My name is Darren Scraper; I'm a chiropractor. I've been a
chiropractor for five and a half years. A chiropractor treats
bio-mechanical problems. We concentrate on the neuro-musculo-skeletal
system, which is primarily the spine and other joints in the
body (the related muscles and tissues).
[Decision To Enter This Particular Occupation:]
I decided to be a chiropractor because of my long time interest
in the human body, my involvement in athletics and the injuries
and treatments that I had.
[Type Of Education:]
My education consists of four years of university.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree on to the
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, which
is a four-year diploma. The requirements currently
are a minimum of three years university and
then on to the college.
[Personal Characteristics & Attitudes:]
The personal characteristics that I think
are helpful to be a chiropractor is you need
There's a propensity for learning because
the educational requirements as well as
education that you go through as you practice.
[Teamwork Skills & Positive Attitude:]
Teamwork skills are becoming more important
all the time. The management of certain conditions
might involve a multi-disciplinary approach,
so you might be working with a therapist or
a physician. There's teamwork skills involved
in the clinic itself. I'm working here with
other chiropractors; there's staff members.
A positive attitude is very important. It's
picked up by the people you're working with
and the people that you're working on. People
come to me – typically, they may be in
pain. Their injuries can affect a number of
facets of their life. A positive attitude can
be picked up by the person, by the people you're
[Change In This Particular Occupation:]
The profession is changing all the time in
terms of patient management. Times are changing.
People are becoming more health conscious.
I think their demands on caregivers are increasing.
Since I started here in Saskatchewan, chiropractors
became partially de-insured, meaning that there
was a charge onto the patient. That came in
about three months after I started practicing.
So, that served initially as a bit of a disincentive,
but it's no longer that way.
The other changes are the multi-disciplinary
approach. I think there's more involvement
with the medical community - physical therapists,
occupational therapists – working together,
trying to get to the root of the problems.
We have continuing educational requirements
set upon us by our professional association.
So, there are seminars usually a few times
a year and seminars all over the country you
can go to. There are different techniques,
different skills that can be upgraded or refreshed.
[A typical day for me as I arrive at work:]
I start at 9:00 am in the morning.
I'll have patients booked through the morning
and through the afternoon.
There are often breaks in between patients
where I'll do some paperwork or make telephone
I do a bit of consulting work on the side,
doing independent assessments on patients for
insurance companies. So that may take me out
of the office a half a day a week.
There are issues to deal with in running a
clinic. So there is housekeeping, I guess,
ordering paper and tasks like that.
I'll take some report writing home with me.
Sometimes I'll be in on a Sunday if I'm managing
a really acute patient.
We do work extended hours, so I'm here in the
evening. It's not typically necessarily 9:00
am to 5:00 pm; it can be, but it usually isn't.
[Most Challenging Aspect:]
And there's a number of things that are very
challenging that might involve some difficult
cases that I'm dealing with or trying to manage.
The variety of conditions that we see is varied.
The people all have different responses to
treatment. You're dealing with a number of
personalities in the patients and both in the
clinic, and some days that can be difficult.
[Most Satisfying Aspect:]
The most satisfying part of the job is dealing
with the people. I meet all sorts of interesting
people, inspiring people. I just like what
[One Thing That You Would Change In This Occupation:]
If I could change one thing about the job,
I would probably like to have less paperwork
[Advice For Someone Entering This Field Of
I think the advice I would give to somebody
wanting to be a chiropractor would be: