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Orthopractic and Other Non-regulated Groups

The practice of chiropractic consists of the examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of spinal, joint and related neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Chiropractic care is based upon the fundamental biological and physiological sciences.

Spinal manipulation has associated benefits and risks, and therefore may represent a public safety issue for the public. To minimize the risk, appropriate educational standards and competency are necessary to perform diagnostic procedures involving consultation, chiropractic examination, neurological examination, x-ray examination and other available diagnostic aids to determine the necessity of spinal manipulation/adjustment. If contraindications to spinal manipulation/adjustment are determined, the patient should be referred to the appropriate health care provider.

Any individual or group who may offer spinal manipulation services to the public who are not members of a regulated or legislated profession possessing an enabling scope of practice are placing the public at risk and are not recognized by the chiropractic profession. Orthopractors (as represented by the Canadian Othropractic Manual Therapy Association, COMTA), spinologists and orthotherapists are examples of such unregulated groups.

Before individuals can practice chiropractic, they must pass both National and Provincial Board examinations. National clinical practice guidelines were established in 1993 through the Canadian Chiropractic Association. These national guidelines provide individual chiropractors with guidance in patient care and evaluation.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association represents the professional interests of Canada’s chiropractors. Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces, and is one of the largest primary health care professions in Canada. The practice of chiropractic consists of the examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of spinal, joint and related neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

April 2002

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