About Chiropractors

What does a chiropractor do?

As spine and musculoskeletal (MSK) system experts, chiropractors are focused on the spine, muscles, nerves and joints to improve mobility and alleviate pain. They are educated to treat and recommend options that help reduce pain and restore mobility.  

What kind of treatments do chiropractors offer?

The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustmenta non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain, discomfort, and restore range of motion. Chiropractic treatments may include an adjustment and other therapies, such as heat or massage. Learn more about treatments here.

What training do chiropractors receive?

Canadian chiropractors are evidence-based medical practitioners who receive 8 years and 4,200 hours of rigorous education and hands-on patient experience (on average). 

In Alberta, chiropractors must:

  • pass a national clinical competency examination
  • maintain professional competency through approved seminars and courses

When should I see a chiropractor?

If you are struggling with sporadic or chronic pain, a chiropractor may be able to help. Patients do not require a referral to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors can help to provide treatment for many common conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis.
  • Sciatica pain.
  • Neck and back pain.
  • Whiplash and other motor vehicle accident injuries. 
  • Chronic and acute pain syndromes, including myofascial pain syndromes.  
  • Common injuries -strains, sprains, work injuries, joint conditions and sports injuries. 
  • Conditions of the spine and extremities (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nervous system).

To help you lead an active and healthy life, chiropractors can also provide recommendations for your overall health including:

  • Nutrition
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Arthritis treatment
  • Lifestyle and ergonomics (your work set up).  


Still have questions? Visit our frequently asked questions page. 


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