Chiropractic. Image: Wikimedia Commons


The main goal of chiropractic is to reduce pain, promote mobility and thus also improve the quality of life and general health by restoring and normalizing function in joints, muscles, connective tissue but also the nervous system.. The treatment provided is always prepared based on the patient's overall health situation and overall perspective. The chiropractor uses a variety of treatment methods, where the hands are mainly used to restore normal function. Chiropractic has good evidence in the treatment of lumbago, neck pain, headaches and a variety of other musculoskeletal ailments.


Some of the most common treatment methods include:

- Joint mobilization.
Joint manipulation.
- Trigger point treatment.
- Muscle work.
- Stretching techniques.
- Needle treatment / dry-needling.
- Functional assessments.
- Ergonomic adjustment.
- Specific training instructions.

It is important to remember that all people are different and thus every clinician is different from another as well. Some have special skills outside the areas we have mentioned now. Others may even have further education in other fields such as imaging, pediatrics, sports chiropractic, nutrition or the like.


Chiropractic - definition.

«Health profession that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of biomechanical malfunctions in the musculoskeletal system and assesses the effect of this on the nervous system and the individual's general state of health. The treatment is largely based on manual methods. " - Norwegian Chiropractor Association



Chiropractors have been one of the country's authorized health personnel groups since 1988. This means that the title chiropractor is protected, and that persons without authorization are not allowed to use the same title or a title that may give the impression that the person has the same authorization. The chiropractic studies consist of 5 years of university education followed by 1 year in rotation. It is important that you check that your chiropractor is a member of NKF (Norwegian Chiropractor Association), as there are a few who work without this membership - and this may be due to the fact that they have not passed the guidelines set by NKF, or that they have received his education at a university that is not ECCE (European Council on Chiropractic Education) or CCEI (The Council on Chiropractic Education International) approved.


Sick leave, referral rights and other rights.

- Perform examination and treatment with the patient's right to reimbursement from the National Insurance Scheme without a referral from a doctor.

- Right to refer to a medical specialist, imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound) or physiotherapy.

- Right to sick leave for up to twelve weeks.


Also read: What is a Chiropractor? (Article on education, reimbursement, rights, salary and much more)




1. Norwegian Chiropractor Association

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