Who are Chiropractors?

A chiropractor is a member of a regulated health profession, regulated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Board (NLCB) under the Chiropractors Act, 2009. In order for anyone to practise as a chiropractor or use the title of “chiropractor” in Newfoundland and Labrador, an individual must meet the registration requirements of NLCB. These requirements include graduation from an accredited chiropractic college, successful completion of clinical competency and legislation and ethics examinations, and completion of an application for registration with the NLCB. Doctors of chiropractic complete a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education before becoming registered with the NLCB. As well, as part of being a member of a self-regulated health profession, chiropractors are required to participate in life-long learning, which includes continuing education and professional development, self-assessment and peer and practice assessment.

Chiropractors are authorized to use the “Doctor” title in providing patient care and communicate a diagnosis within the chiropractic scope of practice.

What does a Chiropractor do?

The scope of practice of chiropractic in Newfoundland and Labrador is defined in the Chiropractic Act, 1991, as follows:

The practice of chiropractic is the assessment of conditions related to the spine, nervous system and joints and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment, primarily by adjustment, of,

(a) dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the spine and the effects of those dysfunctions or disorders on the nervous system; and

(b) dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the joints.

Chiropractors practise within the scope of practice to examine, diagnose and provide care to patients with a variety of health concerns related to the spine and joints and the effect on the nervous system, such as low back, shoulder and knee pain, sports injuries, and overall wellness care. Chiropractors focus on patient-centred care, use manual therapies, and often work in collaboration with other regulated health professionals.