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Members of the British Chiropractors’ Association with Bartlett Joshua Palmer (the son of chiropractic’s founder), London, May 1934

What is chiropractic?

The World Federation of Chiropractic has defined chiropractic in the following way1:

“A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.”

Chiropractic’s founder was Daniel David Palmer. According to Palmer, chiropractic came into existence in September 1895, in Davenport, Iowa.

Chiropractic has been practised in Britain since about 1908. In Britain today chiropractors are subject to statutory regulation. The UK regulator is the General Chiropractic Council.

1. World Federation of Chiropractic (1999). World Federation of Chiropractic Policy Statement: A General Dictionary Definition of Chiropractic. World Federation of Chiropractic, Toronto, Canada.

What is the BSHC?

The British Society for the History of Chiropractic is a not-for-profit organisation which aims:

1. to promote study of the history of chiropractic

2. to promote preservation of source materials relevant to understanding the history of chiropractic

3. to provide opportunities for mutual collaboration, discussion and critical analysis of the history of chiropractic.

We are a group of people who share an interest in chiropractic’s past.

Membership is open to those who support the aims of the Society, chiropractors and non-chiropractors alike.

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The Society’s fifth educational meeting was held at the AECC University College on 14 April 2018. The theme for the meeting was ‘Science and medicine’.

Taken at the fourth educational meeting, Abingdon, March 2017