Chiropractors study for a minimum of 5 years at university or private chiropractic colleges and are recognised as Doctors of Chiropractic in over 70 countries around the world.
Currently in Spain there are around 250 properly trained chiropractors, and two chiropractic colleges; one in Madrid and the other in Barcelona. The first graduates from Spanish chiropractic schools were in 2012.
The training for doctors of chiropractic and doctors of medicine is similar in terms of hours & courses studied, although chiropractic training has around 237 more hours than medical training. Most of these extra hours are dedicated to anatomy, physiology, radiology, diagnosis and orthopaedic testing.
Although recognised as doctors of chiropractic in over 70 countries worldwide, in Spain there is still no official recognition of chiropractic as a health profession and so the industry is not yet regulated. Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a chiropractor even without the extensive training required to practice it safely.
To make sure your chiropractor is properly trained check the Spanish Chiropractic Association or AEQ webpage listings to see whether they are a member. You can only become a member if you provide official documentation of your studies and sit the required exam.