November 12, 2019 (Falls Church, VA): On November 8th and 9th the ICA and 8 other national chiropractic organizations joined over 150 representatives from about 40 state Chiropractic associations, representing 35,000 practicing DCs, to celebrate 50 years of service dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession.

ICA President Dr. Stephen Welsh, in remarks to the 50th Anniversary Chiro Congress, called for greater unity within the profession to defend subluxation-based Chiropractic as “evidenced-based.” Dr. Welsh reminded the audience that the practice of Chiropractic, as defined in all 50 states, asserts that the primary purpose of Chiropractic care is to remove interference from the nervous system in order to improve function and restore health.

As the Chiropractic profession prepares to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our founding, 2019 has been a year in which several Pub-Med indexed journals have published “opinion pieces” with a common theme centered around the false premise that subluxation-based Chiropractic is not “evidenced-based”. A handful of academics and researchers, primarily from Canada and Northern Europe, in an attempt to marginalize Chiropractic as practiced by the majority of Chiropractors in the United States, have opined that subluxation-based and evidenced-based are mutually exclusive concepts.

These recent claims that the subluxation is an imaginary entity that should be limited to a historic reference is in direct contradiction to the ever-growing body of evidence supporting the foundational tenets upon which the Chiropractic profession was founded almost 125 years ago.

In his remarks to the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, Dr. Welsh announced the five new Policy Statements recently approved by the ICA Board of Directors addressing the values of Respect, Equitability, Empowerment, Collaboration and Transparency, and called for greater unity in rejecting attempts by our competitors to “contain chiropractic” by limiting its practice to neck pain and back pain only.

The ICA Mission has always been “To protect and promote chiropractic throughout the world as a distinct health care profession predicated upon its unique philosophy, science, and art of subluxation detection and correction.” Recognizing that the Chiropractic profession is unique, separate, and distinct, the ICA has long participated in interprofessional collaboration with Partners in the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) and advocates for the elimination of discrimination against all licensed non-MD health care providers, including Chiropractic, the largest of traditional CAM professions.

The ICA, a strong supporter of evidence-based research, patient-centered education and practice, also recognizes that there is a need to increase research funding with a focus on the positive effects of the Chiropractic adjustment on improving both function and performance.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) rejects all attempts to strip Chiropractic of its rich history and terminology and cautions that the use of the phrase “chiropractic medicine” creates confusion in the health care marketplace, misleads the general public, and diminishes the value of the unique services provided by doctors of chiropractic around the world.

Dr. B.J. Palmer, the ICA founder, wrote and spoke often about the importance of chiropractic staying in its lane and leaving “medicine” in its lane. These words of wisdom are as practical today as they were when he wrote them more than 50 years ago.


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