The main focus of chiropractic is the relationship between the skeleton (particularly the spine) and the nervous system. Diagnosis is primarily based on physical examination and x-ray. Misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma can lead to decreased function, pain and illness. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to manipulate the spine and bring it back into alignment. Chiropractic is commonly used to treat back pain, headaches, and injuries, and is also used as a preventive therapy.
Upon successful graduating from a CCE accredited school, chiropractic students must write the Canadian Chiropractic Board Exam and a provincial licensing exam. Provincial licensing offices determine the standards of chiropractic health services and provide information to both the public and chiropractic doctors. They also monitor the licensing, conduct and competence of all licensed chiropractors practicing within the province. Chiropractors are regulated separately in all provinces and Yukon. Scope of practice also varies from province to province in terms of what conditions chiropractors may manage and what treatments they may use.
In British Columbia, the regulatory body is: BC College of Chiropractors
For further information:
BC College of Chiropractors and BC Chiropractic Association
T (604) 270-1332
Canadian Chiropractic Association
T (416) 781-5656, 1-800-668-2076