Chiropractic in Denmark

Chiropractors in Denmark practice in private clinics and in hospitals, primarily at hospital centres for patients with back problems. There are about 650 practicing chiropractors in about 260 chiropractic clinics and approximately 30 chiropractors are employed in hospitals.

In Denmark chiropractors have the right to diagnose patients independently and no medical referral is required as a condition of treatment or as a condition for grants from the national health service. Through their training chiropractors achieve competences within the medical imaging field, and all practising chiropractors have access to X-ray facilities. The national health service subsidizes chiropractic treatments.

In Denmark chiropractors are granted authorization from the Danish Patient Safety Authority after completing the five-year Master’s Degree in clinical biomechanics at University of Southern Denmark. It gives the chiropractor the right to practice in subordinate positions in hospitals or clinics under the supervision of a chiropractor with authorization to practice independently. Authorization to practice independently is issued by the Danish Patient Safety Authority after an additional one-year practical training (internship or GPE).

Chiropractors educated outside Denmark (including chiropractors from the Nordic countries and the EU/EEA countries) must hold Danish authorisation to be able to practice in Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

As a result of international agreements, different rules govern the recognition of qualifications obtained abroad, depending on the applicant's nationality, and where the education took place. For this reason, applicants are divided into three groups. Read more at the website of the Danish Patient Safety Authority

The Danish Chiropractors’ Association (DCA) is the professional association organizing chiropractors and chiropractic students. DCA seeks to ensure that chiropractics is practised under well-organized and regulated conditions. This is the DCA website.

The DCA is a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic and since 2015 also a member of the European Chiropractors' Union.

Master of Clinical Biomechanics
The chiropractic study programme in Denmark takes place at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, and is called clinical biomechanics.

Research and NIKKB
Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB), is a research institute and center of scientific information and post-graduate education facilitator. In close co-operation with the University of Southern Denmark and Spine Center South at Lillebælt Hospital NIKKB produces and disseminates contemporary health care research at a high international level pertaining to the chiropractic profession and clinical biomechanics. NIKKB was established in 1990 and is financed by the Foundation for Advancement of Chiropractic Research and Postgraduate Education, which gets its means directly from Danish chiropractors and the Regions’ Board for Wages and Tariffs. 

Read the history of the institute and learn more about how the institute is funded and organized.

In 2016 the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE) was established through a co-operation between the European Chiropractors' Union (ECU), the Danish Chiropractic Association (DCA) and the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB):

The ECCRE is to become a European leader in facilitating research of relevance to the chiropractic profession and patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Once a year - usually 1. of March - ECCRE invites researchers from the ECU member countries to apply for grants for musculoskeletal research. Find grant application forms at the ECCRE website.


Danish chiropractic research is worldleading.

20 chiropractors have achieved a PhD, and 10 chiropractors are about to complete their PhD. At the University of Southern Denmark two chiropractors are employed as professors.

Danish Society of Chiropractics  
The Danish Society of Chiropractics (DSK) is the chiropractors’ professional society working for the promotion of chiropractic education, development and science.

DCA organizes information about the services of chiropractors on the website: 

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Opdateret okt 2018