Chiropractors specializes in musculoskeletal and nervous system problems and manipulate the spine to realign spinal joints in their patients. You'll need a strong background in anatomy and physiology as well as relevant hands-on experience, which you'll gain with a Heidelberg education.
How do I become a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and get a state license. Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete.
Chris Lofquist '05
Chris graduated from Heidelberg with an athletic training degree before heading to chiropractic school. He started out as an associate chiropractor in a large practice, but eventually started his own - Flag City Sport and Spine. The bulk of his patients come to him with lower back and hip issues, but he works on everything from shin splints to rotator cuffs to plantar fasciitis and even headaches. Lofquist has made a name for himself in the area in soft tissue specialization by using the Active Release Technique (ART), which is useful for treating injuries of repetitive motion and has been proven to work faster than conventional techniques.This specialization combined with Lofquist’s background in athletic training helped him find a niche customer base of athletes, especially runners, who are frequently affected by repetitive use injuries. He uses an integrated diagnosis where he troubleshoots and analyzes biomechanical problems.
From a clinical standpoint, I was leaps and bounds ahead of my classmates in graduate school. I believe my anatomy background from Heidelberg was the framework for my success.