The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) exists to create a healthier and more balanced planet. The ICPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance chiropractic by establishing evidence-informed practice, supporting excellence in professional skills and delivering educational resources to the public.
What began as a dream from our founder Dr. Larry Webster in 1986 to better train chiropractors in family care has grown into a global mission to support the health and well-being of families worldwide.
As families today struggle to navigate their health and well-being, the ICPA provides information and resources to both care givers and recipients of care.
The ICPA fulfills our mission by engaging and serving family chiropractors worldwide through research, training and public education.
The ICPA promotes a scientific approach to clinical practice, supporting membership involvement in research publication, establishing and overseeing a Practice-Based Research Network and correlating research findings to establish protocols of care.
ICPA provides advanced training in chiropractic philosophy, science and art, offering certification through our training program. Our focus in teaching lies in covering all aspects of family well-being from conception, pregnancy, through the care of infants and children.
There is much more to health and well-being than just freeing the body of disease and pathology. Chiropractic allows the body the very best ability to adapt to the environment and to the stressors we are subject to. The ICPA offers resources to the public on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children and in pregnancy.
The ICPA is a tribe of people working together to foster collaboration through the sharing of knowledge instead of competition. Community in chiropractic is important to us in creating wellness in the world. With close to 6,000 chiropractors and chiropractic students contributing to the ICPA mission and chiropractic, we are building collaborations with multiple communities.
Salutogenesis is a term meaning the creation of health. Its focus is on health, well-being, and improved quality of life, not merely the treatment of symptoms. In contrast is the pathogenic model, which focuses on the the treatment of disease. This emphasis on pathology often includes fear of symptoms and disease. Instead, a salutogenic approach looks at the myriad of health and lifestyle choices that can be utilized to create better vitality and well-being. It also recognizes the practitioner uses encouragement and support in their care, with an inherent trust in the body's wisdom to adapt, heal, and regenerate.
The ICPA is a leader in defining salutogenic health care for today's culture. Our professional training is built upon a practice model of building the vitality and adaptability of the people honoring the organizing wisdom inherent in all life. Our research division is powered by innovation, developing quality of life research methodologies and protocols relevant to family well-being. Our public education strives to build awareness of the benefits of a lifestyle with trust in the body's inherent ability to function at its peak potential.
Salutogenesis from a chiropractic perspective is about improved adaptability and increased life expression. In addition to proper diet, increased exercise, adequate rest and processing of life's stressors we recognize the importance of the nervous system in facilitating optimal function and therefore improved quality of life. Most importantly, we honor that each individual has the responsibility to decide what health and lifestyle choices are best for their needs and that of their family.
Whether you are a chiropractor, a parent or a supporter, you help us fulfill our vision. Together we share a common interest in the advancement of quality, evidence-informed care for families.