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International Chiropractors Association

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International Chiropractors Association
Foundation 1938
Location Arlington, Virginia
Country Flag usa.gif United States
President Gary Walseman, DC [1] USA
Website International Chiropractors Association

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is the oldest international chiropractic association, having been founded by B.J. Palmer in 1926 in Davenport, IA. Palmer served as their President until his death in 1961.[2]

Due to [3][4] a view of the profession's scope, which the majority of chiropractors find parochial,[5] in that they advocate for the treatment "by hands only" (non therapeutic)[6] of the subluxation, and have traditionally been opposed to what the mainstream profession considers to be "full scope" chiropractic, their membership has continued to decline. Today their membership is estimated at about one fifth that of the rival American Chiropractic Association.[7][8]

There are pervasive feelings of loyalty towards the Palmers, who brought chiropractic to the world, and thus many continue to support the ICA whether they fully adhere to these limitations or not.[citation needed]

Merger attempt

In the mid 1980s there was a major campaign for ACA members to join the ICA, in order to cast votes for a merger of the two agencies. The idea was two fold: a, to free up the name, "International" Chiropractor's Association, so that a new organization could be formed to represent the profession at the World level, and b, to have for the first time, one united voice for the profession in the United States. The attempt failed [9] and the profession reached a consensus in London, in 1987, to create the World Federation of Chiropractic.


Its name is a misnomer, as the ICA does not count any national chiropractic associations having status with the World Health Organization, as members.[10] Moreover, the ICA has accepted a position as a national chiropractic association in the World Federation of Chiropractic,[11] with representation on the Executive council.[12] They have individual members all over the world[13] who pay dues, and in that sense they remain "international", in the same way as the much larger American Chiropractic Association.


The ICA, through its various Councils,[14] promotes continuing education for DC's, and has at least one Council (Sport) which does, and most that[15] do not, compete with those of the larger ACA. Their Councils include:

  • ICA Council on Applied Chiropractic Science
  • ICA Council on Upper Cervical care

The Council on Fitness and Sport Health Science, which was previously called the ICA Sports Council, was a charter member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic.

Continuing education programs

The ICA provides continuing education courses which are accredited for CEU's (continuing education units) by the various State licensing boards.[17]


Gary Walsemann, DC
Alexandria City, Alabama

W. Gene Cretsinger, DC, LCP, DPhCS
Vice President
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Stephen P. Welsh, DC
Roswell, Georgia

John K. Maltby, DC
Chairman of the Board
Blythe, California


  1. Editorial Staff, "The Chiropractic Choice", Vol. 8, No. 2, ICA Publ.,July, 2009, Pg 3. [1]
  2. ICA Site source [2]
  3. Keating JC Jr, Cleveland CS III, Menke M (2005). "Chiropractic history: a primer" (PDF). Association for the History of Chiropractic. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ICA Mission Statement [3]
  5. ACA-Definition of Chiropractic [4]
  6. ICA Mission Statement [5]
  7. Petersen, D: "Are We in Danger of Losing the ICA?", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 21, Issue 03, – January 27, 2003 [6]
  8. Petersen, D: "How Low Must We Go?", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 17, Issue 14, – June 28, 1999 [7]
  9. Edwards, J: "ACA and ICA: It's the Same Thing!", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 18, Issue 06, March 6, 2000 [8]
  10. Membership [9]
  11. WFC membership
  12. World Fed. of Chiro. Executive Council [10]
  13. ICA Membership list [11]
  14. ICA Site- Councils [12]
  15. ACA Sports Council Site [13]
  16. Council Site [14]
  17. ICA Site - Symposiums [15]
  18. Staff Writer. "ICA Officers". ICA Website. International Chiropractor's Association. Retrieved 8/2011. 

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