Chiropractic Awareness Day Officially Proclaimed as September 18th

Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization News

Davenport, Iowa (September 21, 2009) — History was made on Friday, September 18th in Davenport, Iowa – the birthplace and fountainhead of the Chiropractic profession. Doctors, chiropractic students, members of the Davenport City Council and the public were all on-hand to witness the first ever Chiropractic Awareness Day of Davenport, Iowa in the courtyard of the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence in Davenport, Iowa.

Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO), working with the City of Davenport, Iowa, celebrated the first ever Chiropractic Awareness Day September 18th at 12:00pm on the historic Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport in conjunction with Palmer’s Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day is celebrated annually within the chiropractic profession in recognition of the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895 by D.D. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Now, every year on September 18th, Chiropractic Awareness Day will be recognized and celebrated in the City of Davenport.

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Pictured are: Quad City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (in red), Palmer College of Chiropractic President Dr. Donald Kern, Vickie Palmer, Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization President Joshua Heines (with scissors) and Aldermen Gene Meeker and Bill Boom — Photo taken by Shelley Vermeulen
President of NPCO and current Chiropractic student, Joshua Heines, approached the City of Davenport, Iowa over the summer to petition September 18th as Chiropractic Awareness Day and received the official Proclamation in mid-August. NPCO’s goal of bringing Chiropractic awareness to the general public was the motivation for Heines to work hard towards having Chiropractic Awareness Day proclaimed in Davenport, Iowa, the birthplace of the profession. “The more awareness about Chiropractic we can bring to the public, the more lives we can help with Chiropractic care,” states Heines.

In the short thirty minute ceremony on September 18th, Davenport, Iowa Alderman Gene Meeker (representing Mayor Bill Gluba) read the proclamation for Chiropractic Awareness Day and said that he, and all the members of the City Council, were proud to have a day to celebrate the Chiropractic profession and involve the local community in events to raise Chiropractic awareness. Other speakers included NPCO President Joshua Heines, Palmer College of Chiropractic President Dr. Donald Kern and Vickie Palmer (granddaughter of B.J. Palmer).

“This is a day that the citizens of this community can be proud that the healthcare profession that began here in 1895, Chiropractic, now contributes to the healthcare of communities all around the world. With NPCO’s similar goal of raising Chiropractic awareness in the general public, each year Chiropractic Awareness Day will be a day dedicated to educating the local community on the background, history and importance of Chiropractic healthcare contributing to a healthy community,” stated Heines.

The first ever Chiropractic Awareness Day ended with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Joshua Heines and Vickie Palmer, and tours of the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence. To get Chiropractic Awareness Day proclaimed in your city or to view the official wording of the Chiropractic Awareness Day proclamation, please visit

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