Golfer’s Tips from the BC Chiropractic Association

Here’s a great run of tips for all the golfers out there.

1. Stretch before and after you do any strengthening exercises. Here are some recommended stretches:

  • Side bends work the muscles on the sides of your back and hips
  • Hip rotations stretch several muscles in your hip, pelvis and thigh region
  • The hamstring stretch works the large muscles at the back of your thighs
  • Back extension helps the muscles that bend your spine backward, while back rotation stretches the muscles that rotate your spine and shoulder muscles
  • The shoulder stretch works shoulders and upper arms

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How long do Doctors of chiropractic go to school?

Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor.

Today’s graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a post-secondary college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college.

Becoming a chiropractor is a demanding and highly rewarding path that includes a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom learning, clinical science and internship training. During the course of their training, he/she will have studied the following three areas:

  • Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology of the study of disease, biochemistry, clinical sciences and X-ray diagnosis.
  • Specialized training in the philosophy and practice of chiropractic.
  • Clinical internship with emphasis on hands-on practice.

Reprinted with permission by the BC Chiropractic Association. www.bcchiro.com

How does a chiropractor become licensed to practice?

By law, every province requires chiropractors to earn a license before they can practice. Graduating chiropractors must attain passing scores on national and provincial board exams administered by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB).

Chiropractic is a self-governing profession which means that doctors are bound to a professional code of conduct through national and provincial chiropractic associations, such as the British Columbia Chiropractors’ Association (BCCA).

This self-regulating and disciplinary process ensures that the public’s health concerns are the chiropractic profession’s highest priority.

Reprinted with permission by the BC Chiropractic Association. www.bcchiro.com