April 20, 2014 International Chiropractors Association
Historical Background


The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is the world's oldest international chiropractic professional organization representing nearly 8,000 practitioners, students, chiropractic assistants, educators and lay persons world-wide dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession based on its fundamental principles and philosophy.

The ICA has a long and distinguished history. It was established in 1926 in Davenport, Iowa in the United States by Dr. B. J. Palmer who served as ICA president till his death in 1961. Since then other leaders have emerged to carry ICA and the profession forward, but always remaining true to the principles and philosophy on which it was founded, fighting to preserve its unique identity as a separate, distinct and drugless health care profession.

ICA's distinguishing feature in this new millennium is the same as it was in 1926 - STANDING UP FOR CHIROPRACTIC! The chiropractic profession would not be where it is today if it were not for those pioneering ICA members who fought long and hard, often sacrificing their personal freedom so they and future generations of chiropractors could practice freely the profession they loved and also provide a valuable service to thousands of needy patients.

The ICA litigated and legislated on their behalf, always remembering the chiropractic principle and promoting quality in patient care. Because of ICA's support, the chiropractic profession emerged from an era of dedicated and often unlicensed practitioners into an equally dedicated, formally recognized and respected profession.

ICA's service and leadership in the profession is a matter of record and noted by well-known chiropractic historian, Russell Gibbons who wrote in 1996:


"The story of ICA's maintenance of principle and scope of practice, its growing and systemic efforts through the legislative process and its influence upon opinion makers is a remarkable account. For with minimum resources, ICA created an effective lobby for chiropractic and pioneered the concept of public relations, which eventually was to change the perception of millions of Americans toward chiropractic as a legitimate and respectable health care alternative."