Chiropractors are doctors

Chiropractic is hands on healthcare that does not involve drugs or surgery. Your Doctor of Chiropractic has years of experience in discovering the root cause of your pain and how to heal it naturally. Patients who suffer with debilitating pain for years often find themselves searching for healthcare options that don’t involve daily medications or potentially risky operations. Chiropractic may help and you don’t need to wait for a referral. Many of these patients recover without the drugs or surgery.

Only health professions with the label “doctor” are granted the ability to diagnose patients. The BC Government’s Health Professions Act acknowledges chiropractors as doctors due to their education, experience and skills. As doctors, chiropractors provide evidence-based care to patients.

Chiropractors are doctors. Chiropractors complete at least 7 years of post-secondary education to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Individuals who wish to become a chiropractor must complete a minimum of three years of post-secondary education, focusing on organic chemistry, biology and social sciences before applying to an accredited chiropractic college for a further four years of study. Chiropractic degree programs average at 4,500 hours which is comparable, if not greater than the amount of hours required by medical students.

The College of Chiropractors of BC requires that all licensed chiropractors complete 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain their expertise and keep them on top of new developments in the healthcare environment.

Where to next?

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How Chiropractic can help

If your life is disrupted due to back pain, neck pain, headaches, sprains or strains, or another problem involving your muscles, joints, and nervous system, chiropractic care can help you feel like yourself again.

Effective Health Care

A visit to the chiropractor begins when you walk through the clinic door and are greeted by the receptionist. Visits are very similar to what you might expect at any health clinic.

Chiropractic does work

Chiropractic is effective and chiropractic does work. Countless studies document the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of chiropractic.


ICBC and WorkSafeBC approved claims cover chiropractic care. Get to know more about what to do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident or injured at your workplace.