The section discusses the following topics :

>What is Chiropractic?

>What do Chiropractors do?

>Where do Chiropractors work?

>Education & Preparation


>Professional Associations

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Because chiropractors are "primary contact" health care providers, patients can easily access chiropractic care without the need for a referral from a physician.

What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors are spinal health care experts who provide conservative management of musculoskeletal disorders including, but not limited to, back, neck and head pain (over 90 percent of conditions treated.) After taking a complete history, conducting an examination and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions and are trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional and lifestyle counselling, and recommended rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies. 

Where do Chiropractors work?

Private Practice
Multidisciplinary health care settings like Family Health Teams (FHTs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs)
Rehabilitation Centres
Workplaces (those that retain them as part of their healthy workplace programs)

Education & Preparation

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas: basic training in the biological and health sciences, specialized training in the chiropractic discipline, and extensive clinical training. Becoming a chiropractor in Canada requires a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education including no less than 4 years of full-time classroom and clinical instruction at an institution approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada.
Once students have completed their education, they must pass a stringent set of licensing exams to earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).  Chiropractors are one of only five health professionals permitted to use the title ‘doctor.’

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)


Chiropractic is a self-regulating profession, and each provincial chiropractic regulatory body has the authority to grant a license to practice chiropractic. There are Chiropractic Acts in all 10 provinces and the Yukon Territory which establish a self-regulatory process which includes extensive testing for licensure. In all provinces, licensure requirements include university studies followed by graduation from an accredited chiropractic institution, and passing national and provincial board examinations.  Every chiropractor practising in Ontario must be a registered member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO).

Professional Associations









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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)

College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO)

Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA)

Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA)
























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