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How DCs Benefit from a Counseling Degree

There’s no doubting the fact that chiropractic care is beneficial for many people suffering from unexplained aches and pains; it not only helps relieve and alleviate pain, it also helps boost the quality of their lives. Chiropractors work in tandem with their patients to first analyze what is wrong with them and then to provide the necessary care over a period of time. Most chiropractors also offer follow-up care to enable the patient to avoid the recurrence of similar problems and the origination of new ones. Most chiropractic health issues are linked to a poor diet that lacks nutrition and the absence of exercise in a patient’s life. Some problems may be caused by accidents or other kinds of trauma, but for the most part, they can be corrected by introducing significant lifestyle changes. This is where a counseling degree can help in a chiropractor’s practice – when a chiropractor is a licensed counselor, he or she is more capable of dealing with the psychological issues that relate to various health and musculoskeletal disorders. Counseling degrees benefit chiropractic doctors (DC) by:
  • Helping them to identify and analyze the problems that plague their patients and which are directly or indirectly responsible for their pain and discomfort.
  • Providing them with a solid foundation that they can use to counsel their patients about the need for a healthier lifestyle that includes more exercise and a nutritional diet.
  • Adding a degree of respectability to their counseling efforts – it’s a psychological aspect, but patients tend to respond more favorably to counseling when they know that the practitioner is a trained counselor.
  • Making them more knowledgeable about the finer aspects of counseling.
  • Adding more value to the treatment and therapy they give their patients.
  • Allowing them to provide both physical and mental care, both of which complement each other to boost the overall wellbeing of their patient.
Chiropractors can choose to pursue one of the following graduate programs in counseling or psychology – an MA (Master of Arts) or an MS (Master of Science). Both are similar except that the former requires a thesis and the latter does not. They can choose to study online instead of taking time off from their practice to attend college full-time. Counseling in a chiropractic setting involves:
  • Helping the patient resolve normal problems in their lives – the term “counseling” does not imply that they suffer from mental health problems.
  • Interacting with the patient to help them make decisions and choices that change their lifestyle from a sedentary mode to one that more active.
  • Helping the patient make conscious and rational decisions that improve the quality of their health, and so their life.
Most DCs take on the role of counselor even without a degree; a master’s degree is worth their time and effort because it adds to their qualifications and boosts their expertise in the subject.