International Chiropractors Association

ICA Hosts Historic International Subluxation Summit

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) welcomed a capacity crowd on the campus of Cleveland University in Overland Park, Kansas at its first annual International Subluxation Summit July 21-22, 2017.  A faculty of exceptional researches and educators presented the latest in clinical research on aspects of subluxation detection, correction and clinical outcomes in a 15-hour program that was also simulcast via Livestream to a worldwide audience. 

“The objective of this conference was to showcase the wealth of new research on the vertebral subluxation and its implications for the health and performance of patients of all ages,” said ICA President Dr. George Curry.  “The ICA is proud to bring to the world of chiropractic such an exceptional array of speakers and to be able to provide DCs worldwide with the kind of powerful, relevant and clearly documented and proven information on the subluxation and the power of the chiropractic adjustment.  We are also truly honored to have convened this conference on the campus of Cleveland University, one of the world’s most outstanding chiropractic educational institutions with exceptional facilities,” said Dr. Curry.   This program was approved for continuing education credit in 44 US states and a host of other jurisdictions around the world and was also approved for distance learning credit in 27 US states and will continue to be available to be viewed for credit in those states where such credit is authorized.  For more information on how to access this great resource, contact the Iva at 
The speakers at this unique event included:
  • Dan Murphy, DC, FICA, who gave a presentation on the contemporary scientific and clinical outcomes literature on the effects of chiropractic care.  Often cited as the world’s most respected chiropractor, Dr. Murphy led participants through the latest studies and published research on key aspects of the subluxation and the increasingly documented implications for health and healing.  
  • Dr. Heidi Haavick who made an extensive presentation on current research on the neurophysiology of the chiropractic adjustment.   She provided participants with a critical review of old and new research supporting, research validating chiropractic from non-chiropractic origin and she also addressed how to apply research in practice to build greater patient clinical outcomes.  Dr. Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor and a neurophysiologist who has worked in the area of human neurophysiology for over 15 years. She holds a PhD in human neurophysiology from the University of Auckland.
  • Dr. James Chestnut presented on the neurophysiological effects of the subluxation complex in relation to stress physiology and illness, explaining how concepts of allostasis and allostatic load as the more accurate, updated neurophysiological models of Hans Selye’s original General Adaptation Syndrome model of stressors and stress physiology.  
  • Dr. Deed Harrison who presented on the cervical sagittal plane subluxation metrics and their effects on pain, disability, peripheral and central nervous system function.  Deed E. Harrison, DC, graduated from Life-West Chiropractic College in 1996. Dr. Harrison has developed and researched original spinal rehabilitation procedures and has lectured to thousands of Chiropractors in over 300 educational conferences around the world. He has authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed spine related publications, 4 spine textbooks, and numerous conference proceedings.
  • Dr. Francis X. Murphy who lectured on Top Down Analysis – A New Approach to Chiropractic Adjusting that utilizes structural analysis of the development of the human frame and how we oppose gravity relates deeply to expression of health and wellbeing.  Dr. Francis X. Murphy, DC has served as Owner/Operator of Whole Health Partners in Dallas, Texas since 1996, and is also the founder of OTZ Health Education Systems, LLC and developer of the OTZ Technique – a non-surgical solution for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS).
  • Dr. Sony Canteenwala presented on Torque release technique/Tonal Model.  Dr. Sony Canteenwala received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba in 1995. In 1999, he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. The same year he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Dr. Canteenwala was certified with Future Industrial Technologies as an Injury Prevention Consultant and has worked as a consultant locally and overseas.  Companies he has worked for and created injury prevention programs for include United Airlines, Air Canada, Pepsi Cola, Hostess Frito Lay amongst many other companies. In 2005, he presented at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba at the Work Safe Symposium on the benefits of education for the worker in reducing injury.
  • Dr. John Maltby made a detailed and extensive presentation on the Objective Documentation of the Subluxation.  John K. Maltby, DC, FICA, graduated from Palmer College in 1977 and has been in private practice in Blythe, California since 1978.  During his years of professional practice, he has made a highly detailed study of clinical documentation and record-keeping in the context of chiropractic care and brings that exceptional knowledge to his lectures on documentation and compliance.  
  • Dr. Kirk Ericksen lectured on Orthospinology procedures in an evidenced  based approach to spinal care.  Kirk Eriksen, DC has been on the Executive Board of Directors for the Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology since 1994. He is on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. Dr. Eriksen is a renowned lecturer who has taught doctors all across the U.S. as well as in Central America and Europe. He has published several research studies and authored two landmark textbooks -- Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex and Orthospinology Procedures which were both published by the prestigious Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  
Plans are already underway for the 2018 program and the ICA is looking forward to once again offering this program worldwide.