What is a Chiropractor?

What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are licensed primary health care professionals who:

  • Diagnose and assess disorders of the spine or other joints of the body, muscles, and the nervous system;
  • Treat disorders and conditions of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems; and,
  • Provide advice and counselling on matters related to the condition of the spine or other joints of the body, muscles and the nervous system.

Chiropractors are trained to provide patients with a variety of treatment options, including manual therapy, massage, exercise recommendations and posture correction. In many cases, chiropractors work in collaboration with other health care providers to provide a team-based approach to care. Chiropractors are also permitted to take and read x-rays when they are clinically necessary to assist in diagnosis. 

Patients do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. 

The College’s online register provides information about registered chiropractors in British Columbia.  Patients or prospective patients can search for information on providers to confirm that they are licensed to practice.

As licensed health care providers, chiropractors must practice in a competent, safe and ethical manner. Patients who have concerns that the care they received does not meet the standards of practice are encouraged to share those concerns with the College by filing a complaint and learning more about the complaint review process.