Chiropractors are doctors who practice a manual approach to medicine, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system, muscles and joints of the body.
Chiropractic care encompasses a combination of treatments which are based on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete medical history, and assessing the patient using orthopedic testing, a chiropractor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan including therapeutic exercises, soft tissue work, osseous manipulation (ie. chiropractic adjustments), and diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Chiropractic education is rigorous and thorough. To attend chiropractic school, applicants must complete a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate training at a university. Their chiropractic education is 4 years, thus doctors of chiropractic graduate with a minimum of 6 years of full time post-secondary education.
Doctor of chiropractic is a regulated profession, recognized in statute in all Canadian provinces and American states and most counties of the world.