Friday, July 22, 2011

Medical Assistant to Chiropractic Assistant

Many seasoned medical assistants seeking jobs and new opportunities in their field are looking at chiropractor's offices for work as a chiropractic assistant or cross-train into the role of a chiropractic technologist. Just like their medical assistant counterparts in a medical doctor's practice, the chiropractic assistant works under the supervision of licensed chiropractors, performing both clerical and clinical tasks. Their duties are assigned based on their training and ability. The goal is to follow and achieve progressive treatment plans as defined by a medical physician, and/or the chiropractor.

The vast majority of chiropractors operate their own practice; others are partners in a group practice, or partnership office setting. Their daily routine includes nutritional counseling, application and removal of supports and wraps, hot and cold compresses, exercises, decompression, physical and massage therapy regimens, rehab and weight loss counseling, acupuncture and sometimes general medical services. Many recommend nutritional products and natural supplements, ointments and topicals, herbals, pillows, mattresses and orthotics to relief neck pain, back pain, stiff joints and muscle tension.

Chiropractic Assistants in Florida

To work as a Chiropractic Assistant in Florida you need to apply and register with the State, or more precisely the Board of Chiropractic Medicine which runs under the Florida Department of Health. The application process is rather simple. The registration fee is $25, plus a $5 unilicensed activity fee, which is non-refundable. It is wise to read Section 460 of the Florida Statutes and Rule Chapter 64B2, Florida Administrative Code before you send in your application form and money.

The registered chiropractic application form can be obtained directly from the Department of Health, Post Office Box 6330 Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330 or downloaded online

On the form you will provide your full name, address, phone number, email and social security number and answer a few yes and no questions, such as whether you have been enrolled, or participated in any drug or alcohol recovery program, been treated for a diagnosed mental or physical disorder within the last five years.

You and your supervisor will sign that you have carefully read the questions in the foregoing application and have answered them completely, without reservations of any kind and declare, that your answers and all statements made by me herein are true and correct, and that's pretty much it.

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