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Chiropractors deal with musculoskeletal problems or injuries. If you choose to be a chiropractor, you’ll help to diagnose, treat and help to prevent disorders by using their hands or specialist equipment to help correct spinal cord issues or injuries by making adjustments. They may also prescribe specific exercise techniques to help their patients. They may treat people of all ages from babies to adults.
A chiropractor is considered to be part of the complementary medicine field and chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. They will, if necessary, refer a patient to another medical practitioner.
You will need a post-graduate degree (Masters of Technology in Chiropractic) to be a chiropractor in South Africa.
Entry requirements may differ per institution, but you will generally be expected to show competency in the following subjects:
Chiropractors in South Africa typically study for 6 years.
Once qualified, you can register to open your own practice with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). You can also register with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) to obtain a practice number.
You will always need to treat your patients according to the guidelines, ethics and legalities outlined by the AHPCSA and the Department of Health.
Chiropractors are required to take the Chiropractor’s Oath which is in line with the Hippocratic Oath.
You can then also get full membership to the Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) which is open to all qualified chiropractors who are registered with the AHPCSA.
To find more information about chiropractors, contact The Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa, the Chiropractic Association of South Africa or the Department of Health.