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Public Health

The promotion of healthy lifestyles is an important objective of chiropractic care. In this regard, chiropractors are trained to provide dietary, nutritional, lifestyle and therapeutic exercise counseling to address specific patient complaints and to enhance overall health. As primary health care providers, the chiropractic profession supports public health promotion and prevention strategies that encourage physical and mental health and well-being, such as programs that address smoking cessation, obesity, physical activity, nutrition and immunization.

Further, the Canadian Chiropractic Association recognizes that good health requires more than good health care and supports national public policies and initiatives that address the socio-economic determinants of health such as early childhood development, poverty, education and safe, affordable communities.

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.

February 2005


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