History

 

Dr. B.J. Palmer, Our Founder

Dr. B.J. Palmer

ICA Established: 1926 in Davenport, Iowa, USA

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has stood the test of time. We are the world’s oldest international chiropractic professional organization. We represent chiropractors, students, chiropractic assistants, educators, and laypersons world-wide.

The ICA is dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession based on Dr. Palmer’s fundamental belief in the principle and philosophy of chiropractic as a unique, separate, distinct, and drug-less health care profession. We believe in ‘staying in the lane of chiropractic’.

ICA’s distinguishing feature today is the same as it was in 1926 – advocating for chiropractic. For over 94 years, the ICA has advocated and, when necessary, litigated to support the chiropractic profession and quality patient care. With the support of ICA’s dedicated members and leaders globally, chiropractic is a formally recognized and respected health care choice.

In 2021 and going forward, we continue our work to remove barriers to access and bring and an end to the unequal treatment of chiropractors in healthcare systems worldwide.

We are focused on improving and expanding the body of clinical and basic science research; in practice-based outcomes research; and in advancing the knowledge base of the whole person effect of regular chiropractic care.

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