Chiropractic was discovered in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer in Iowa, USA. D.D. Palmer was an alternative therapist, whose driend Harvey Lillard revealed that his deafness of 17 years had started suddenly when he was lifting something heavy and felt a “pop” in his back.

 Palmer made the connection between the brain, the body’s organs and the function of the spinal cord and was able to restore Hillard’s hearing through a series of adjustments. D.D. Palmer concluded that allowing the body to function at its optimal level would enhance the body’s chances of healing other conditions. 

The word, “chiropractic”, meaning “done by hand” was coined, and Palmer went on to establish, in 1897, a facility to educate “chiropracters”, now called the Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Although techniques and procedures have evolved, the principle of adjustment of the spine to improve body function remains the basis of modern chiropractic. Information derived from Kean Chiropractic, Washington DC, USA


  • Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural health care based on your inborn potential to be healthy.
  • Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.
  • The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and

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To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractors Registration Boards.

Currently there are three universities in Australia that have chiropractic degree programs. RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria offers a 5-year program as a three year Bachelor of Applied Science in Complementary Medicine - Chiropractic which, on completion, provides entry into a two year Master of Clinical Chiropractic. The Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales has a three year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science which provides the basis for entry into a two year Master of Chiropractic. The Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia offers a five year Bachelor of Chiropractic. Successful completion of the whole program of study is required for professional registration as a chiropractor.  

The Association maintains an open line of communication with the three educational institutions running chiropractic degree programs. Members of the profession and the Association’s chief executive attend course advisory committee meetings and regular discussions are held between the universities’ academic staff and the CAA National Board. The Universities encourage input from the profession in developing the structure of their courses and assistance with the operation of the student outpatients involves viewing an explanatory DVD on spinal function followed by an explanation of your examination and the X-rays, and the findings from these. A number of options of care to resolve your concern will be outlined to you.