Chiropractic Health Care Continues to Expand Globally Report

Since its humble beginnings in the small town of Davenport, Iowa, the natural & drugless healing profession known as chiropractic has continued its growth beyond the borders of North America.

It was September of 1895 when Daniel David Palmer, founder of chiropractic, made the first spinal adjustment. Before that time there were no chiropractors in the United States, or anywhere else in the world. D.D. Palmer introduced the world to what he called “Chiropractic,” a new natural health care system intended to get sick people well and keep the well from getting sick.

More than 110 years later the professional practice of chiropractic is licensed and regulated in every North American state. States such as California began licensing doctors of chiropractic as separate and distinct health-care practitioners (not governed by or relating to the practice of medicine) in the early 1900s. For several decades, other states followed to the point that chiropractic had become a licensed profession in every US state. Chiropractic also expanded early on into Canada, the birthplace of its founder. Like the great inventor Thomas Edison, Palmer was there to deliver something new that would affect the lives of countless millions. Listening to our MP3 podcasts today, we don’t give much if any thought to Edison and his invention of the tin foil phonograph back in 1877.

What was known almost exclusively to North Americans in the early 1900s, the practice of chiropractic has been expanding for the past century throughout the world. There are chiropractors in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, and many other countries. This year chiropractic has not only seen expansion and growth in its birthplace country, the United States, it is experiencing global expansion in places such as Taiwan, Panama, Mexico and Russia.

Earlier this year reported on the growth of chiropractic in Taiwan. Government legislators were reported in the press to have been positive about the growth of chiropractic in their country. Legislators felt well educated chiropractors would provide a beneficial service to the public and noted that there was an increasingly high demand for chiropractic services in the country.

South Africa has also been reporting steady growth and there are now two well-established chiropractic schools located in South Africa. One is at the Durban Institute of Technology, and the other at the University of Johannesburg. The practice of chiropractic in South Africa is regulated by law and reports suggest that government and public acceptance are good. There are still few chiropractors practicing in other African countries. Areas such as Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, have less than a handful of chiropractors practicing there.

Mexico has a new (and the countries only) school of chiropractic that has opened at the State University in Mexico City. The chiropractic program in Mexico was developed along with participation from Northwestern Health Sciences University of Minnesota and Parker Chiropractic College of Texas.

Some of the latest news on Chiropractic’s global growth comes from Russia. Chiropractors have been working for the past few years with business professionals, medical professionals, and other health-care practitioners to expand the practice of chiropractic in St. Petersburg. While the expansion of chiropractic into Russia is relatively new, there are plans to open more clinics and possibly a chiropractic school there. @ 5:42 pm | Article ID: 1154576590