Chiropractors diagnose, treat and prevent patients’ neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spine, nervous system, pelvis and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. They are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners.

They take patients’ case history, conduct examinations, observe patients, and perform X-rays and other tests to diagnose patient’s condition. Diagnosis of neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spinal column, pelvis, extremities and associated tissues and treating health disorders in a natural manner through adjustments or articular manipulations and complementary treatments such as electrotherapy, acupuncture, heat therapy and massage with special attention given to the spine are their jobs.

They also advise patients on alternate treatment modalities such as corrective exercises, posture, lifestyle and nutrition that have positive effects on the spine, joints, muscles and nervous system. They refer patients for medical care when appropriate.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$16.60 – $54.50

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$32,379 – $106,275

Chiropractors (3122)

Doctor of chiropractic (DC)

A minimum of two years of university undergraduate studies in sciences and completion of a four- or five-year program at an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Education

Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$16.60 - $54.50


$32,379 - $106,275


Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.

Chiropractors can have their own private clinics or join others to form group health center. However, large investment of time and money and business skills are required to have a good practice.

There are only two accredited chiropractic programs in Canada.

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and

L’ Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres

A candidate must be currently attending or have graduated from a Chiropractic program that has either been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCE-C), or, accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by CCE-C or that has been approved by a Canadian Provincial Chiropractic Regulatory Board.

Chiropractic Programs are accredited by three regional bodies. A full listing of accredited Chiropractic Programs for each region can be found on the web sites below.

Canada  CCEC: Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC)

International (CCEI): Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC)

United States (CCE): United States Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)

Excellent communication skills; empathetic; ability to work independently, Physical and mental stamina; Critical thinking skills

Chiropractors may specialize in working with specific populations such as children or adults, or persons with distinct problems such as dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain.

Difference between Chiropractors and Physiotherapists

The main difference between Chiropractors and Physiotherapists is that a chiropractor traditionally uses manipulation of the spine and limbs, whereas a physiotherapists will more commonly use mobilization techniques and rehabilitation exercises.

  1. Entry and completion of an accredited Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program followed by completion of the examinations of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and of the provincial licensing body are required.

  2. Licensing by a regulatory body is required in all provinces and in the Yukon.