International Chiropractors Association highlights role of technology in posture problems and their repercussions

May 13, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has developed new informational resources to add to its ongoing efforts to increase awareness of the role posture plays in health with additional attention and patient education outreach on "Text Neck" and postural challenges related to use of modern technology, particularly prolonged computer use and the sustained postural pressures from hand-held devices. "The chronic combination of tension and strain on the back, neck, shoulders, chest and pelvis are increasingly recognized as serious and progressive in their effects on the body and on healthy function," reports George B. Curry, DC, president of the International Chiropractors Association. "The concerns are far-reaching, and extend beyond the commonly recognized "posture-related" back problems expressed as pain in the lower back and neck. Chiropractors recognize how multi-faceted repercussions that postural pressures from technology use, particularly texting and other handheld device activities, will generate on the body and how they influence positioning, function and health, particularly in relation to vertebral subluxations." The ICA has developed public and patient information services to offer important insights and action steps, including strategies to address the challenges of almost-constant use of portable technologies, to address how good posture is a part of good health,. "Looking down at any wireless device, such as a cell phone or tablet, for prolonged periods of time are increasingly identified as factors for spinal issues from incorrect posture and progressive imbalances in weight distribution. This includes and involves stress, strain, fatigue, and problems with pressure placed on multiple joints and connective tissues. "Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to assess postural issues, spinal imbalances, and multiple motion restrictions," notes Dr. Curry, "combining lifestyle changes with specific chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations."



Dr. George B. Curry Honored as ICA's Chiropractor of the Year for 2016

May 9, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: George B. Curry, DC, DACS, FICA, LCP, has been honored by the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) as the association's 2016 Chiropractor of the Year. Dr. Curry, who is serving as ICA's 18th President, was selected to receive this, the ICA's highest honor, at the association's 2016 Annual meeting and Gala 90th Anniversary Celebration held in April on the campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the location of the association's founding in 1926. "I am deeply humbled and honored by this unexpected recognition and truly appreciate the confidence in my efforts it represents," said Dr. Curry. "This is one of the greatest milestones in my professional life and I will now strive with greater energy and determination to validate this expression of trust on the part of my professional peers." Read more



ICA Recognizes Dr. Dennis Marchiori with Special Excellence in Chiropractic Education Award

May 6, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has recognized Palmer educational system Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori with a special Excellence in Chiropractic Education award for his exceptional leadership in that vitally important field. This special recognition was presented to Dr. Marchiori for his insightful and forward-looking leadership at Palmer and throughout the chiropractic educational community worldwide. Dr. Marchiori received his award from ICA President Dr. George Curry on the Palmer Davenport Campus during the ICA's 90th Annual Meeting. "ICA deeply respects and appreciates the efforts of Dr. Marchiori to lead and innovate in the realm of chiropractic education and to also maintain a powerful focus on the core principles of chiropractic," said Dr. Curry when presenting this important award. "ICA cherishes its longstanding relationship with Palmer College, as Palmer College in Davenport was the place of ICA's establishment by Dr. B. J. Palmer in 1926, and we look forward to many decades of productive partnership with the Palmer community." Read more


 

ICA brings increased awareness and action steps to address the central role posture plays in health for patients of all ages

May 5, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) encourages people around the world to take a closer look at personal posture habits and to better learn strategies and habits, to avoid the constellation of problems related to poor posture, and to enjoy the benefits of healthy alignment. A vital priority in personal health, healthy posture supports proper balance for the body, alignment of the muscles, joints and ligaments, and is essential to the normal functioning of the nervous system. Communities in multiple locations around the world observe Posture Month, Perfect Posture Month, and other posture-focused awareness efforts each May, including "National Posture Month" in the US, and the ICA has each year shared informational updates on healthy posture as part of its Public Information Service Series. ICA has prepared helpful information, insights, and helpful tips on posture and health in special resource materials provided to its members and for public and patient education. "Healthy posture is a day-by-day activity with a lifetime of rewards," observes Dr. George B. Curry, President of the International Chiropractors Association. "Chiropractic care includes careful assessment of multiple factors, and works to address and correct many important aspects of postural alignment patterns. The critical role that vertebral subluxation plays in posture, healthy alignment, and optimal function is an integral part of chiropractic care." Read more


 
 

2016 Annual Meeting brings ICA Chiropractors from around the world together in powerful strategic and action planning sessions along with a gala celebration of ICA's 90th Anniversary

April 14, 2016  Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year and special events and presentations were featured at the Association's 2016 Annual Meeting and Gala Celebration, held April 8-9, 2016 in Davenport, Iowa. ICA leaders from around the world gathered to both conduct the business of the ICA as well as share a very special time of fellowship and reflection on the Association's decades of service and accomplishment, plus focus on strategic planning and action steps for advancing the profession. Hosted on campus by Palmer College, ICA leaders heard presentations from a host of special guests including Palmer Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori, who received a special award from the International Chiropractors Association presented by ICA President Dr. George Curry. In addition, special presentations and discussions were directed on legislative, legal and policy issues by ICA's chief federal lobbyist, Beth Clay, ICA's legal counsel, James S. Turner and Betsy Lehrfeld, and Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin Treasurer and member of the CSW Board of Directors, Dr. Kris Erlandson, an ICA member who reported on recent legislative challenges in that key state. In addition to professional business, health policy analysis and practical challenges in the field in multiple jurisdictions, ICA leaders participated in detailed presentations on ICA's efforts to reform the Medicare program to secure fair treatment for DCs and patients alike including the right to opt out of that massive federal program.

 

ICA recognizes Chiropractor of the Year and Herbert Ross Reaver Award recipients at Annual Meeting in Davenport, Iowa

April 13, 2016  Falls Church, Virginia: As part of the International Chiropractors Association's 2016 Annual Meeting activities, ICA's Chiropractor of the Year and Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver awardees were chosen and announced by the Distinguished Fellows of the ICA, the Association's special honorary society. These recipients and other awards were announced at the gala banquet held on April 9th at which nearly 200 ICA leaders and their families celebrated ICA's historic 90th Anniversary milestone. This year's honoree as ICA Chiropractor of the Year is current ICA President, Dr. George Curry. The Chiropractor of the Year award is ICA's highest honor, created by ICA Founder and President Dr. B.J. Palmer. It is presented to one exceptional individual who has distinguished himself or herself through extraordinary service to the ICA and the chiropractic profession. The 2016 recipient of the Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver Award is Dr. Hugo Gibson, who currently serves as Chair of the ICA's Board of Directors. Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver has been recognized by the profession as the "most jailed chiropractor" being charged for "practicing medicine without a license" and served as the first vice president of ICA, holding office when Dr B.J. Palmer was ICA's president. The Award was created by the ICA Board of Directors over a decade ago and is presented in celebration of his lifetime of dedicated and courageous service and sacrifice, and his powerful and lasting legacy on behalf of the ICA and the Chiropractic profession.

 

ICA celebrates first class of Upper Cervical Diplomates

April 11, 2016  Falls Church, Virginia: ICA's Annual Meeting and 90th Anniversary weekend observances included the first graduation of the inaugural class of diplomates (DCCJPs) of the ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care. Held on the Palmer campus in Davenport on Saturday, April 9th following the fall of the gavel on ICA's business meetings, the graduation celebration included a keynote address by Dr. Robert Brooks, Chairman of the Board for the ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care, well-known for his interesting and practical lectures on "Taking Care of Patients." Comments were also presented by the class Valedictorian, Dr. Ian Bulow. The DCCJP is the first and only postgraduate program that is designed for all upper cervical practitioners regardless of the technique of their choice. The 18 DCs who have the distinction of being the profession's first DCCJPs include: Drs Scott Bales (Canada), Mychal Beebe(NH), Rachae Bell (WA),Jean-Paul Bohemier (Canada), Ian Bulow (PA), Tyler Evans (NH), Johanna Hoeller (Canada), Patricia Gregg (TX), Daniel Judge (MI), Melissa Licari (FL), Matthew McNally (WI), Joseph Miles (NC),Anthony Monnin (OH), Philip Schalow (IL), Jeffrey Scholten (Canada), Frederick Schurger(IL), Christine Theodossis (SC) and Craig York (AR). Also honored at the graduation as the first Fellows of the Council were Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt (FL) and Dr. Roderic Rochester (GA). The ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care is starting its next Diplomate series in September 2016. Upper Cervical practitioners interested in taking their expertise to the next level are encouraged to register for this program which the graduates revealed has made a huge impact on them, their practices and their patient outcomes. For more information visit www.icauppercervical.com.

 

ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness Features Special NFL Athlete presence and Unique Award to Arnold Schwarzenegger

March 8, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science hosted the acclaimed Annual ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports for the 24th consecutive year with the world's most famous chiropractic patient, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as keynote speaker. Presenting in Columbus, Ohio over March 3-5, 2016 with a powerful array of chiropractic educators including clinical presentations by Frederick R. Carrick, DC, PhD, John Brimhall, DC, DIBAK, and John Downes, DC, CCEP, the lineup incorporated an exceptional series of speakers that also featured NFL athletes Michael Haynes, MA, Sam Madison, and Darryl Tapp, bringing their special insights, information and experience to the program.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was recognized for his lifetime of commitment to community service following his keynote presentation at this international event, highlighting his inspiring leadership for people everywhere making a difference in their communities through supporting individuals and groups working to advance health and fitness. He was presented with a special Civil War-era sword and framed certificate honoring his contributions in these critical public health areas. A strong advocate of chiropractic care for people of all ages, Governor Schwarzenegger spoke about his observations and personal experiences with chiropractic's value and significance from the podium.  Read more
 

ICA launches special new and proactive Medicare Fairness Campaign for Patients and Practitioners

January 22, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is launching a powerful new campaign to seek badly needed reforms in the chiropractic portion of the Medicare program. ICA’s new program features special action steps that target the current restrictions in Medicare. Medicare reform is the association’s top legislative priority for 2016. Recent federal legislative changes have alerted the ICA about multiple serious threats to patient coverage. In fact, coverage for the adjustment to correct a subluxation has been targeted for severe restrictions and/or even possible elimination by 2017. The ICA has developed a special interactive/informational website with resources and action steps for both patient and practitioner including petition platforms and a series of FAQs, Legal Opinions, and key regulations and policies regarding Medicare. For information and to access the special resources for patients and doctors, go to www.icainacation.org.  Read more

 

ICA recognizes Congresswoman, Honorable Dina Titus, for support of key health issues and chiropractic

January 20, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The Honorable Dina Titus, representing the First Congressional District in the US House of Representatives, a public official highly regarded for her strong support of key health issues and for her knowledge of and support for chiropractic, was recently recognized with a special Public Service Award at ICA’s 90th Anniversary Reception in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. George B. Curry, ICA President (L), made the presentation to her with ICA member Dr. Stephanie Youngblood (R) while highlighting her commitment to fairness in the health care system. To a standing ovation Dr. Curry told the excited gathering, “We are honored to have this opportunity to recognize Representative Titus for her many efforts to protect the public’s right to safe, effective forms of health care," said Dr. Curry. "With her pioneering vision and commitment to action, it is a fitting tribute to present in conjunction with our launch of celebrations recognizing ICA's 90th Anniversary and the pioneering work ICA has undertaken on behalf of the profession and the public since it was founded by Dr. B.J. Palmer in 1926.”

 

Fitness Council set to celebrate its 24th Symposium on Natural Fitness & Sports

November 11, 2015, Falls Church, Virginia: ICA’s Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science is announcing its special all-star lineup of leading educators and guest celebrity athletes at the 2016 Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports! Mark your calendars for March 3-5, 2016 and come to a full and fantastic weekend of powerful presenters, fitness stars, champion athletes, and innovative, practical chiropractic continuing education offerings. There’s no other program on exercise, sports, and chiropractic like the ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness, which features special highlights – including entry to the huge Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival and our personal keynote presentation by Arnold Schwarzenegger right at our Symposium! For more information and to register, go to icafitness.org and chiropractic.org/Symposium.  Read more

 

ICA Takes Action, Offers Assistance on Recent Developments Regarding Chiropractic Safety and Professional Conduct in Indonesia

February 12, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has responded to developments in Indonesia in which a doctor of chiropractic has allegedly been performing professional services outside the established rules for such procedures and in violation of visa and other requirements and that, in the course of such activities, a young patient has died following the administration of care by this individual.

In a formal statement released to public officials and the media in Indonesia, the ICA also has sought to emphasize the value of specific professional recognition and licensure of the chiropractic practitioner and the chiropractic profession and stands ready to serve and assist any nation or jurisdiction seeking to develop appropriate and effective regulatory rules and procedures.

The ICA has extended its deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased. ICA also wishes to state its strong commitment to the strictest adherence of all chiropractic professionals to all rules and regulations the various jurisdictions around the world have in place for the provision of health care services. Read more.


 

ICA Strongly Supports and Endorses the IHPC’s Innovative CoverMyCare Initiative

October 2, 2015, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) applauds and strongly supports the innovative CoverMyCare initiative developed by the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) and encourages all organizations in the chiropractic profession to become familiar with and engaged in its promotion and its utilization.

“This initiative is centered on educating patients, providers and most importantly public policy makers on the exact language and meaning of Section 2706 (nondiscrimination in health care) of the Affordable Healthcare Act,” said ICA Vice President Dr. Stephen P. Welsh, who represents the ICA on the IHPC’s Federal Policy Committee. “The chiropractic profession has an historic opportunity to engage with other non-MD professionals who share our concerns over discrimination, unfair exclusion and the denial of patients’ rights and ICA hopes that individuals and organizations will take full advantage of this means to build strength through numbers.” Read more


 

Chiropractic Leaders Honored at Connecticut Chiropractic Council Conference

September 29, 2015, Falls Church, Virginia: ICA President Dr. George Curry was presented a special award from Palmer College of Chiropractic for his years of dedicated service to the chiropractic profession at the Connecticut Chiropractic Council (CCC)’s 2015 CHIROXTRAVAGANZA held September 18-19 in Ledyard, Connecticut. Dr. Curry, a 1982 graduate of Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa has been active in state and national chiropractic organizations and in Palmer Alumni activities for many decades, and was recognized by the Palmer community for his many years of dedicated service.

At that same event, the Connecticut Chiropractic Council presented Peter Martin, DC, FICA, with a special Lifetime Achievement Award for his many decades of leadership and service in chiropractic education. Dr. Martin presently serves as president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus, located at Port Orange, Florida, where he has served in that important capacity since 2005.  Read more


 

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Unprecedented New Congressional Bills Seek to Sharpen State Vaccination Mandates, Officially Deny Vaccination Risks or Injury Potential

July 22, 2015, Falls Church, Virginia: Three new congressional initiatives have been introduced in the current session of the US Congress that seek to significantly sharpen federal demands that states have stringent vaccination mandates in place or face denial of federal funds, and to also officially deny that any risk of injury exists in any vaccination process. “These unprecedented initiatives represent a dramatic new level of potential federal enforcement of a national vaccination requirement and simply ignore an individual's right to choose; it should be my body-my decisionsaid ICA President Dr. George B. Curry. “All citizens who value their personal freedom and all health professionals who believe that questionable research with pharmaceutical influences are driving public policy on medication and vaccination have reason to be gravely concerned. ICA believes it is vitally important to bring these issues to the attention of the profession and the public and to encourage a powerful response in opposition to these anti-personal freedom and dogmatic vaccination mandate enforcement efforts.”  Read more
 

 

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