Chiropractic Specialties

Academic Curriculum of a Specialist (FCCPOR) 


Year One

  • Spinal Rehabilitation Concepts
  • Spinal Biomechanics & Neuromuscular Physiology
  • Incorporating Rehabilitation into a Practice
  • Salient Features of the Examination
  • Functional Testing of the Spine
  • Functional Pathology of the Locomotor System
  • Evaluation & Management of Muscle Dysfunction
  • Evaluation & Management of Uncoordinated Movement Patterns
  • Propriosensory Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Stabilization Utilizing Floor Exercises & the Swiss Gym Ball
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Diagnosis, Treatment & Rehabilitation of Common Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Rehabilitation Protocols
  • Diagnosis, Treatment & Rehabilitation of Common Thoracic Spine Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Rehabilitation Protocols
  • Rehabilitation Protocols of Scoliosis
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutritional Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • Outcome Assessment Measures
  • Practical Integration of Low Tech & High Tech Rehabilitation Protocols

Year Two

  • Rehabilitation of Whiplash, Vertigo & Headache
  • Lower Extremity Functional Kinetic Chain
  • Spinal Stabilization & Patient Management
  • Advanced Swiss Gym Ball Exercise
  • McKenzie Approach to the Lumbar Spine
  • Advanced Strength & Conditioning, with CSCS Examination Qualification
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Pain
  • Rehabilitation Record Keeping & Office Procedures
  • Multi-disciplinary Rehabilitation
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Evaluation & Rehabilitation of Lower Extremity Disorders
  • Evaluation & Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Disorders
  • Sports Specific Rehabilitation

Year Three

  • Assessment & Correction of Extremity Joint Dysfunction
  • Sports Specific Training
  • Assessment & Correction of Key Transitional Segment Dysfunction
  • Treatment & Rehabilitation of Orofacial & TMJ Pain
  • Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy of the Upper Extremities
  • Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy of the Lower Extremities
  • McKenzie Protocols for the Cervical Spine
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Advanced Occupational Functional Testing & Impairment Ratings
  • Case Management

Year Four & Five

  • Research - two years to complete and to be of publishable quality (Canada), or, to be published (USA)
  • Board Examinations - three written & one oral, administered by American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board

Subsquent Years

After completion, and in addition to general continuing education requirements for all chiropractic doctors, a specialist must also:

  • Teach at least 12 hours per year in a post graduate programme, or
  • Teach a minimum 12 hours a year to undergraduate students, or
  • Write a paper suitable for publication not less than 2000 words, or
  • Write and submit for evaluation two case reports, or
  • Complete an equivalency approved by the CCRS(c) Education Committee, or
  • Attend an annual ACRB scientific symposium once every two years, or
  • Publish a paper once every two years.