There are many organizations chiropractors can join, and the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is one of them.
What is the International Chiropractors Association?
A commonly known organization for chiropractors is the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).1 The international chiropractic association that chiropractors can join is the World Federation of Chiropractic. The International Chiropractors Association was founded in 1938 by B.J. Palmer. At one point there was a campaign for members of the ACA to join up with the ICA in order to merge the two and “represent the profession at the world level” and unite the profession in the US, but “the attempt failed” and the World Federation of Chiropractic was created in 1987. The ACA is larger than the ICA, and neither organization is international; both represent the United States at a national level. There are various Councils in the ICA that work on promoting continuing education for chiropractors. These ICA Councils include the Council on Fitness and Sport Health Science (formerly the ICA Sports Council), Chiropractic Pediatrics, Applied Chiropractic Science, Chiropractic Philosophy, Wellness Science, and Upper Cervical Care.2 The mission of the ICA is “To advance chiropractic throughout the world as a distinct health care profession predicated upon its unique philosophy, science, and art.”3
Besides networking and strengthening “community leadership roles”, the ICA also has postgraduate programs and continuing education to assist with license renewal. The ICA programs are focused on “philosophy, science and art of chiropractic in relation to the vertebral subluxation complex”. The Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics offers a DICCP or Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, a credential that is board-certified. Research is published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. The Council on Chiropractic Philosophy offers a DPhCS (Diplomate in Chiropractic Philosophical Standards), while the Council on Upper Cervical Care offers a specialty postgraduate program called the Diplomate in Chiropractic Upper Cervical Procedures. The Council on Applied Chiropractic Sciences “serves as a credentialing body for Chiropractic Certification in Spinal Trauma (CCST), Diplomate in Applied Chiropractic Sciences (DACS) and Consortium for Imaging and Thermography credentials”. The Council on Wellness Lifestyle Science promotes expertise on lifestyle and wellness in the profession. Finally, the Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science offers services “as a source for community health networking, educational and clinical resources” such as the best ways to approach patient education and community outreach, chiropractic care in athletics, research into conditioning and strengthening safety and effectiveness, performance enhancement and injury management, and advances in research.4
Learn more about the American Chiropractic Association.