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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

    Administrative Manager / Coordination

    Dr. Daniel Mühlemann, PT, DC

    Departmental Assistant / Deputy Administrative Manager

    Manuela Lüber
    Phone 044 386 57 01
    Email: manuela.lueber@balgrist.ch

    Clinical Director of the Clinic
    Dr. Patricia  M. Schaller
    Dr. Urs B. Zahner

    Supervisors outpatient clinic for chiropractic medicine

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

    Senior Staff
    Dr. Christoph Gorbach, DC, MD


    Clinic for chiropractic medicine
    2nd Floor Pflegeheim Rehalp
    Forchstrasse 366
    8008 Zürich

    Phone +41 (0) 44 386 57 06
    Janine Rückauer
    Email: chiromed@balgrist.ch
    Appointments by Arrangement





    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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