Chiropractic was discovered in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer in Iowa, USA, who was an alternative therapist, Palmer's friend 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.

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To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-6 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 fouor universities in Australia that have hiropractic programs producing graduates with Bachelor and Masers degrees. in Chiropractic. They are:

  • RMIT University (Melbourne)
  • Macquarie University (Sydney)
  • Murdoch University (Perth)
  • CQU (Mackay/Brisbane/Sydney)

The two professional associations maintain an open line of communication with the four 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