Canada’s Chiropractors: Highly educated and looking for answers – Repost from The CCAC

Every wonder about what it takes to become a Chiropractor? Check out this Repost of a Blog from The Canadian Chiropractic Association outlining what it is is and requires! And book with your Kitsilano Chiropractors Dr. Tyler Hunsberger and Dr. Jerry Wright today at

Chiropractors come from varied backgrounds, such as kinesiology, health policy and biology, to name just a few. Something leads undergraduates into the next phase of their education and training, whether it’s the drive to help people, or a deep and abiding fascination with human anatomy.

A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree takes another four to five years (depending on the school) with an average of 4,200 hours of training in everything from anatomy, biochemistry and orthopedics to nutrition, women’s healthcare and diagnosis. Once chiropractors enter practice, to maintain their licenses, they are required to complete 20-40 hours per year in regulator-approved continuing education.

And then there are the DC-PhD clinician/scientists. An intrigue with the workings of the spine on the deepest level drives a small portion of our front-line spinal healthcare providers to search for answers to the questions about musculoskeletal health that have puzzled us for so long.

The many of years completing and defending a PhD takes sacrifice, but the returns are great. This knowledge is being put to work in many university programs across Canada, in departments of medicine, schools of physiotherapy and rehabilitation science, kinesiology and health policy. Some notable and award-winning Research Chairs are investigating things like the fundamental cellular and molecular biological approaches to understanding spinal disease.

In the drive to alleviate this worldwide epidemic, chiropractors are integrating with health teams in hospitals and clinics, and chiropractic researchers are adding to the existing knowledge bank around spinal disease. Stay up to date on current research projects with the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

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