Chiropractors’ Field of Practice and Areas of Activity

Chiropractors’ field of practice includes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) disorders, and the effects that these disorders have on a person’s overall health, to ensure the recovery and maintenance of optimal health.

All chiropractors receive the same academic training, which is subject to international teaching standards, including several chiropractic techniques. Throughout their careers, chiropractors can specialize in certain chiropractic techniques or approaches, or discover an interest in certain groups or types of clientele.

For example, some chiropractors choose to adapt and orient their care to a specific clientele:

  • athletes
  • pregnant women
  • children
  • senior citizens

Other will develop an interest in certain approaches:

  • rehabilitation and occupational health
  • orthopaedics
  • radiology
  • clinical science
  • lifestyle habits (e.g., ergonomics, nutrition, therapeutic exercise)

Most chiropractors have a general practice and see patients of all ages and backgrounds.

The key is to discuss the situation with your chiropractor, ask questions and state your expectations. This will help establish a relationship of trust and cooperation between you and your healthcare professional, and ensure optimal management of your health.

Did you know?

Chiropractors are the professionals of choice to help families dealing with health issues affecting newborns, children, and adolescents. Their work is supported not only by their professional order, which ensures public protection, but also by scientific literature. Chiropractors are also called upon to work in tandem with other healthcare professionals in cases involving paediatric care.

The following are a few physical disorders that can have a major impact on children’s short—or long-term health:

  • torticollis
  • plagiocephaly
  • motor development disorder
  • jaw anomalies linked to breastfeeding difficulties
  • scoliosis
  • text neck syndrome

Chiropractic Care Tailored to Athletes

Chiropractors have the educational background and skills required to treat athletes of all levels. Given their in-depth knowledge of the neuromusculoskeletal system, chiropractors are able to assess, diagnose and treat most problems related to physical activity.

Their educational background makes them professionals of choice for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Sometimes accompanied by recommendations to do specific exercises, chiropractic care makes it possible to restore mechanical function, improve neuromuscular control and facilitate proprioceptive function.

The Team

Within an interdisciplinary environment, chiropractors work in teams and communicate easily with other professionals who work with athletes, helping them recover and return to their sport more quickly.