Chiropractic in NY legalized


The practice of Chiropractic gained recognition in New York State on April 26, 1963. Then, in 1970, the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) was founded and it 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 is a statewide professional Chiropractic Association, comprised entirely of your peers and colleagues. We have joined together in the promotion, advancement, and defense of Chiropractic. In conjunction with our full-time lobbyist, the NYSCA monitors all legislation that affects our profession while working to protect and expand practice rights. 


The NYSCA believes that doctors of chiropractic can contribute significantly to public health with their expert musculoskeletal care and their focus on a natural, whole-body approach to enhancing health and wellness. The NYSCA strives to remove any barriers that prevent patients from accessing the services of doctors of chiropractic. 

The NYSCA has made it our mission to provide a unified voice to protect and advocate for doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic patients and the chiropractic profession. We will accomplish this by promoting and pursuing excellence in all aspects of chiropractic practice and leading the chiropractic profession in establishing chiropractic care as the healthcare service of choice for people in the pursuit of wellness and the optimization of health.

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!