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Number of Alberta chiropractors reaches 1,000th mark


October 2, 2013
By Canadian Chiropractor staff

Oct. 2, 2013 — Alberta has just licensed its 1,000th chiropractor, marking a milestone for the province’s chiropractic regulations, the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) has announced.

"From the first chiropractors in Lethbridge in the early 1910s to our
1,000 members today, Alberta's chiropractors are committed to providing
quality care," said Dr. Clark Mills, president of the ACAC. "There are
just that many more of us out there helping Albertans every day."

With
90 years of chiropractic regulation, chiropractic has a long and proud
history of self-regulation and participation in Alberta's health-care
system
, the ACAC said. In 1923, Alberta's Chiropractic Act, the first in
Canada, saw 32 chiropractors licensed. As early as 1924, injured
workers sought chiropractic care through the Workers' Compensation
Board. Today, Alberta is recognized for having the highest global
chiropractic utilization rate.

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Close to one million Alberta
residents seek chiropractic care each year. In 2012, current Alberta
patients reported a 93 per cent satisfaction with chiropractic services,
the ACAC said.

"Obviously Albertans see great value in
chiropractic care and they make Alberta a great place to practice. We
are so very honoured to celebrate this milestone for the chiropractic
profession," said Dr. Mills.

"As a trusted health-care
profession, we are passionate about helping Albertans lead healthier,
more active lives. The chiropractic profession continues to grow,
offering Albertans a viable health-care option."

The ACAC
regulates the chiropractic profession in Alberta under the Health
Professions Act and is firmly committed to its mandate of protecting the
public, ensuring accountability and improving Albertans' health and
well-being.

Chiropractors complete a minimum of seven years
accredited post-secondary education, including a four-year,
chiropractic-specific program that focuses on neuromusculoskeletal
diagnosis and treatment. In addition to 4,500 classroom hours, students
treat patients in a supervised clinic setting during their final two
years of education.

To practice in Alberta, chiropractors must
pass stringent national competency exams and maintain ongoing
professional competency through approved seminars and courses, the ACAC
said.