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Our Mission


Our Mission

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) strives 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 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. 


Our Work

The ICPA fulfills our mission by engaging and serving family chiropractors worldwide through research, training and public education. 

We conduct research to discover what's possible.

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. 


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We train chiropractors to better serve families.

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. 


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We teach the world about chiropractic family well-being.

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 place upon it. The ICPA offers resources to the public on the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care for children and in pregnancy. 


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Our Tribe

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 more than 5,000 chiropractors and chiropractic students contributing to the ICPA mission and chiropractic, we are building collaborations with multiple communities. 


The ICPA strives to advance the well-being of families in a salutogenic model. 

Salutogenesis is a term meaning the creation of health. Science and health professionals have long recognized that a body that was free of symptoms was not necessarily a healthier body. Much of the attention given to health is “pathogenesis”. This focus is on what creates pathology or diseases and seeks to treat them. Salutogenisis looks at the myriad of health and lifestyle choices that can be utilized to create better vitality and well-being. 

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 research methodologies and protocols in a salutogenic model. Our public education strives to build awareness of the benefits of a salutogenic lifestyle.

Salutogenisis is about improved adaptability and increased life expression. It is not merely proper diet, increased exercise, adequate rest and processing of lifes stressors. Although those all contribute to positive health outcomes, 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. 


Get Involved

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.