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HISTORY
 


The New York State Chiropractic Association was founded in 1970, and has continued to lead the path for the Chiropractic profession in New York State since that time. Originally located in New York City, the NYSCA moved its headquarters to the Albany area in 1988.  The NYSCA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1995.

The NYSCA has made it our mission to:

  • Enhance the public health by assuring universal access to safe and effective health care.
  • Lead chiropractic toward full integration in the evolving health care delivery system as the treatment of choice for the conservative management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Advance research, elevate the educational standards of the profession, and embrace the highest professional ethics and standards.
  • Assist the Doctor of Chiropractic -- the patient's advocate - in delivering accountable, coordinated, patient oriented care to people of all ages.


A Visual Timeline of Chiropractic History
1895 D.D. Palmer reportedly performs the first chiropractic adjustment.
1895 The X-ray is discovered by Wilhelm C. Roentgen.
1899 D.D. Palmer and an Iowa allopathic physician feud and the struggle between chiropractic and allopathic medicine begins.
1906 D.D. Palmer is found guilty of practicing medicine without a license and serves 23 days in Scott County Jail.
1910 B. J. Palmer introduces x-ray to the chiropractic profession at the Palmer School of Chiropractic.
1915 North Dakota and Arkansas are the first states to issue chiropractic licenses.
1958 Two public relations films become available to promote chiropractic.
1961 B.J. Palmer, son of the founder of chiropractic and founder of the ICA, passes away.
1963 Chiropractic becomes legal in New York state.
1963 Today's NBCE is chartered. It will give its first exams in 1965.
1970 The New York State Chiropractic Association is founded.
1974 Louisiana becomes the last state to enact a chiropractic licensing statute.
1975 The first interdisciplinary meeting to review the "Research Status of Spinal Manipulative Therapy" is convened by the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke (NINCDS), marking the beginning of chiropractic research.
1978 David Palmer, the grandson of the founder of chiropractic, dies at age 71.
1980 The Association for the History of Chiropractic is established.
1988 The New York State Chiropractic Association moves its headquarters to Albany
1995 Chiropractic celebrates its 100th anniversary around the world.
1995 The New York State Chiropractic Association celebrates its 25th anniversary.
2004 A major U.S. government study shows that 40 million have used chiropractic and consumer demand for alternative healthcare is increasing.
2013 New York celebrates 50 years of Chiropractic licensure!