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Frequently asked questions

The following information will serve to inform you about the chiropractic profession and what to expect at the first consultation.

What is Chiropractic?

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Chiropractic is a health profession that studies the functioning of the spine and its effect on communication between the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (sensory, motor and mixed nerves).

What does Chiropractic treat?

The chiropractor’s goal is to detect and eliminate vertebral subluxation, a common phenomenon that often causes neurological symptoms. Patients who seek chiropractic do so mainly for health problems related to the spine. There is also a layer of patients who seek chiropractic to respond to other health problems such as headaches or numbness in the limbs. There are still other patients who seek chiropractic to use it to prevent or minimize their health problems.

What training does a chiropractor have?

What training does a chiropractor have? Chiropractic training is provided only at colleges that are accredited to do so by the Council on Chiropractic Education International. The training time is 5 academic years (10 semesters – 4700 hours), where many subjects are the same as those in medical training. Chiropractic colleges generally require candidates to have a higher-level academic degree (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) to apply for the course. The academic degree awarded in the Bologna system is Master’s.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is safe and should be used from an early age to avoid lifelong health problems. Because it is safe, all age groups use chiropractic (adults, teenagers, the elderly and even babies). In the case of newborns, their parents should consult a chiropractor immediately after the babies’ first major physical trauma, childbirth.

Chiropractic is one of the safest healthcare professions. Due to the fact that chiropractors have very demanding academic and clinical training, there are no absolute contraindications to chiropractic adjustment. Only in cases of carriers of certain diseases may there be relative contraindications.

What is the Associação Portuguesa dos Quiropráticos?

It was the first and is the only national association that represents the profession and its professionals, but also acts in defense of users. APQ is an associate of the World Federation of Chiropractic, which collaborates closely with the World Health Organization (WHO). APQ has the ability to report whether a chiropractor is appropriately qualified.

First consultation

What should I bring to my first consultation?

You must be accompanied by your complementary diagnostic tests, a list of the medications you are taking, or any other element you consider relevant.

What should I expect at the first consultation?

At the first consultation you will be clinically evaluated, diagnosed and duly informed of the initial prognosis. Treatment is usually started at the first consultation. If the diagnosis is outside the scope of chiropractic, you will be advised which specialty to seek.

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Academic and Clinical Training

Who is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional trained at a chiropractic college or university that has an academic and clinical program accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education International.

What training does a chiropractor have?

Chiropractic training is provided only at colleges that are accredited to do so by the Council on Chiropractic Education International. The training time is 5 academic years (10 semesters – 4700 hours), where many subjects are the same as medical training. Chiropractic colleges generally require candidates to have a higher-level academic degree (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) to apply for the course. The academic degree awarded in the Bologna system is Master’s.

Is chiropractic recognized?

Chiropractic in Portugal has been recognized by law since 2003, and was recently regulated. The Portuguese Association of Chiropractors is the only association that represents the profession and the professionals who practice in the national territory and acts as a representative body of the class within government bodies.

Dr. Paulo Valente

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Graduated from the New York Chiropractic College in New York (USA) where he obtained the academic degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (academic degree recognition by the Ministério do Ensino Superior e Tecnologia).

Holder of a certificate of competence from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (independent body that assesses the academic and clinical competence of chiropractors). Mandatory assessment to be able to practice the profession in the United States.

President of the Associação Portuguesa de Quiropráticos (APQ), the only national body that represents the chiropractic profession and its professionals.

Member of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) which collaborates closely with the World Health Organization in relation to chiropractic matters.

Member of the Advisory Council for Non-Conventional Therapeutics representing Chiropractic.

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