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Chiropractic medicine

Chiropractic is a scientifically-backed treatment method that can be used as an alternative and/or a complement to medication, surgery and physiotherapy in treating a wide range of movement-related diseases and complaints. Since autumn 2008, it has been possible to study chiropractic at the University of Zurich’s Faculty of Medicine. The Department of Chiropractic Medicine was incorporated into Balgrist University Hospital.


Developing, implementing and monitoring the new chiropractic courses at the University of Zurich (Bachelor of Medicine with a focus on chiropractic and Masters in Chiropractic Medicine).

Planning, developing and conducting research projects in the domain of chiropractic, sometimes in cooperation with other institutions (University of Zurich; Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; Bournemouth University, UK).

Clinical training
Future chiropractors will be able to receive clinical training at Balgrist University Hospital from autumn 2011. Work has already begun on planning the infrastructure and the curriculum.

Please find more information about clinical training on YouTube.

Areas of expertise
The Department of Chiropractic Medicine provides evaluations and treatments on an outpatient basis.
With a view to ensuring that patients treatment is as complete as possible, we are involved in close interdisciplinary exchange with all other departments of Balgrist University Hospital.

The department focuses on:
  • pain and functional problems in the spine
  • consequences of injuries to the cervical vertebrae (whiplash-associated disorders)
  • pain and functional problems in periphera
  • pain and functional problems in peripheral joints, such as the shoulder, elbow and knee
  • Qualifications from professional training institutions
    Six-year university course within the framework of the Swiss federal law on medical professions (MedBG).
    External tutor and training mentor:
    Prof. Jenni Bolton, PhD MA Ed ILTM FCC (Hon)
    Professor in Chiropractic Education and Director of Research and Professional Development at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth, UK

    Head of Department
    Prof. B. Kim Humphreys, DC, PhD

    Coordination / Management of Clinical Training
    Daniel Mühlemann, PT, DC
    Christoph Gorbach, DC, MD

    Supervisors outpatient clinic for chiropractic medicine

    Curdin Caviezel, DC    
    Colette Faas, DC   
    Fredrik Granelli, DC
    Vassilis Maltezopoulos, DC
    Inga Paravicini, DC, MME
    Patricia Schaller, DC
    Peter Schnider, DC
    Urs B. Zahner, DC


    Appointments by arrangement
    Contact - Office
    Ms. Larissa Susin
    Tel. +41 (0) 44 386 57 06
    Email: chiropraktik@balgrist.ch

    Teaching & Research Positions Chiropractic Department

    Teaching & Research Positions Chiropractic Department



    Tel: 044 386 15 88

    The appointments office is open from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.


    Universitätsklinik Balgrist
    Forchstrasse 340
    8008 Zürich

    Phone 044 386 11 11



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