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Youtube clip – The Career of a Chiropractor

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is an alternative health care professional.

They can diagnose and treat patients with neuro-muscular health problems. They carefully manipulate (move) the bones and muscles with their hands to help the patient.

Sometimes Chiropractors also perform acupuncture and ultra-sound.

They DO NOT prescribe medicines or perform surgery.

What does a Chiropractor do?

  • examines patients
  • records medical history of patient (including diseases/diets/exercise routines etc)
  • examines and analyse x-rays
  • manually manipulates or adjusts various parts of the body and spinal column

Are you . . . ?

  • responsible?
  • caring?
  • able to work with people of all ages?
  • sympathetic?
  • good with your hands?
  • interested in science  and biology?

How do I become a Chiropractor?

There are 2 school of Chiropractic in South Africa.

Both institutions offer a 6 year course consisting of 2 years of basic sciences followed by 4 years specialising in chiropractic. The final qualification will be an MTech or Masters of Technology in Chiropractic.

  • Durban University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 




  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Biokinetist or Sports Massage Therapist

Is becoming a Chiropractor the right career choice for me?