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Unit Group

3122 Chiropractors

Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients' neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spine and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. Chiropractors are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners.

Example Titles

  • chiropractic doctor
  • chiropractor
  • doctor of chiropractic
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Main duties


Chiropractors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Take patient's case history, conduct examination, observe patient and perform X-rays and other tests to diagnose patient's condition
  • Diagnose neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spinal column, pelvis, extremities and associated tissues
  • Treat health disorders in a natural manner through adjustments or articular manipulations and complementary treatments such as electrotherapy, nutrition, light and massage with special attention given to the spine
  • Advise patients on corrective exercises, posture, lifestyle and nutrition
  • Refer patients for medical care when appropriate.

Employment requirements

  • A minimum of two years of university undergraduate studies in sciences
    and
    Completion of a four- or five-year program at an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Education
    and
    Completion of the examinations of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and of the provincial licensing body are required.
  • Licensure by a regulatory body is required in all provinces and in the Yukon.

Classified elsewhere

  • Chiropractic aides (in 3414 Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services )