Scopes of Practice > Chiropractors



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

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. 

 

 

 



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope


Summarized Controlled Acts

Communicating a diagnosis (partial)

Chiropractors have the controlled act of:

Communicating a diagnosis identifying, as the cause of a person's symptoms, 

i. a disorder arising from the structures or functions of the spine and their effects on the nervous system, or

ii. a disorder arising from the structures or functions of the joints and extremities.

Spinal Adjustment or Manipulation

Putting an instrument, hand or finger, into natural or artificial body openings (partial: Chiropractors have the controlled act of putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the anal verge)



Authorized Acts

4. In the course of engaging in the practice of chiropractic, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Communicating a diagnosis identifying, as the cause of a person’s symptoms,

i. a disorder arising from the structures or functions of the spine and their effects on the nervous system, or

ii. a disorder arising from the structures or functions of the joints of the extremities.

2. Moving the joints of the spine beyond a person’s usual physiological range of motion using a fast, low amplitude thrust.

3. Putting a finger beyond the anal verge for the purpose of manipulating the tailbone. 1991, c. 21, s. 4.