Some people say that chiropractors are not real doctors. They’re wrong. The doctors at Loehr Health Center, formerly Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture are highly skilled professionals who specialize in delivering top-quality health care. In fact, our chiropractors have received highly specialized training while earning various post-doctoral certifications, and they are not content to rest on their laurels. They continue to expand and refine their skills by pursuing additional training. Learn more below their credentials and the rigorous requirements they have fulfilled to earn them.
Wanting to help is not the same as knowing how to help. To obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to assist our patients in reaching their wellness goals, our doctors have worked diligently. Sadly, many people continue to underestimate the amount of training required to become a chiropractor. How do our doctors compare to other wellness professionals?
How does the curriculum for a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program compare to the curriculum required to become a medical doctor? Both are doctoral programs that typically require four years to complete. To gain admittance to either of these graduate-level programs, students must first complete appropriate undergraduate training; many aspiring chiropractors and doctors earn their bachelor’s degrees in fields like human biology or organic chemistry. Once they’ve been accepted into accredited doctoral programs, students from both groups must spend years completing challenging coursework and hands-on clinical training.
While there is a fair amount of overlap in the subjects that chiropractic and medical students are expected to master, their educations place different amounts of emphasis on certain areas. Chiropractors specialize in noninvasive techniques, so chiropractic students receive more training in anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation. Since chiropractors do not prescribe medicine, students pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree do not learn as much about pharmacology or organic chemistry.
The specific requirements for certification in acupuncture vary, but quality programs typically include a thorough grounding in Oriental medical theory, biomedical clinical sciences, integrated acupuncture, and diagnosis and treatment techniques.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) strives to facilitate quality, evidence-based care for families. To do so, the association makes educational resources available to the public and offers excellent training opportunities to physicians. One of the key components learned by ICPA-trained physicians is the Webster technique. This specialized technique lets chiropractors safely adjust pregnant women, allowing them to provide welcome pain relief and encourage proper fetal positioning both before and during labor.
The American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine is a group of practitioners dedicated to treating reproductive disorders, including infertility, through a holistic approach. Natural fertility treatments may include acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and dietary changes. These treatments can be used in conjunction with hormone therapies, in-vitro fertilization, and other techniques to create the best treatment plan for your family.
A chiropractor who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists has completed significant postgraduate training as a primary care physician. A variety of topics including functional medicine, modern medical diagnosis, and natural therapeutics are covered. This post-doctoral program reinforces chiropractic’s methodology by emphasizing the use of a conservative, noninvasive medical approach in order to minimize the risk to the patient. It also expands the range of tools that can be used to discover what is going on with the body. Doctors with this background can utilize a range of tests that includes physical exams, functional tests, x-rays, blood work, allergy testing, gastrointestinal analysis, and saliva samples. Earning this credential requires the completion of some 300 hours of coursework, certification, and continuing education.