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Chiropractors are experts at getting joints moving by manipulating them. They do this as part of treating nerves and muscles, to help with conditions such as back pain and headaches.

How do I find a chiropractor?

All chiropractors work in private practices. You can search the New Zealand Chiropractic Board register to find a registered chiropractor. Or you can use the Yellow Pages. If you meet certain criteria, your doctor may refer you to see a chiropractor.

What qualifications and training do chiropractors have?

All chiropractors are master or bachelor degree graduates from internationally recognised colleges. Many also have post-graduate training in specialised areas such as treating children or people with sports injuries.

New Zealand chiropractors must be registered with the New Zealand Chiropractic Board and hold a current annual practising certificate.

What do chiropractors do?

They focus on joints and their effect on your nerves and muscles. If you suffer from back pain, for example, they'll adjust or manipulate the joints of your spine to treat the issue.

Chiropractors most often treat things like back pain, neck pain, pain in your joints, and headaches. They also treat referred pain, which is pain that starts in a joint and spreads to other areas of you body.

What does it cost to see a chiropractor?

There is normally a charge to see a chiropractor, but if your pain is the result of an injury or accident, ACC or your employer may partly cover the costs. Costs may also be covered if you have private health insurance or you're a Work and Income (WINZ) beneficiary who qualifies for financial support.

If you're an approved war veteran you can also receive funding for chiropractic treatment.

Written by local chiropractors. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created September 2016.

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