Statement of Purpose
The Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association (IPSCA) is a state chartered non-profit professional corporation which was originally founded in 1950.
1. To protect, promote, and promulgate the advancement of the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic and the professional welfare of members of this association in every legitimate and ethical way. To this end, people in every locality shall have the unhampered right and opportunity of obtaining the qualified services of doctors of chiropractic and unquestionable standing and ability.
2. To maintain the science and art of chiropractic as a separate and distinct health profession dedicated to the service of mankind.
3. To preserve and protect the chiropractic principle and practice based on the premise that the relationship between structure and function in the human body is a significant health factor.
Since they serve humanity in the specialized “science and art which utilizes the inherent recuperative powers of the body and the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures and functions of the body, particularly of the spinal column and the nervous system, in the restoration and maintenance of health,” doctors of chiropractic have a unique health service to offer not available from any other source.
Members are authorized to do all things necessary and proper to exercise such power and authority as are consistent with the general purposes of this organization. They will also uphold the best interests of the profession and the public health and welfare under the Standards of Practice and Professional Conduct as well as the By-Laws of the IPSCA.
Throughout the '50s innumberable members were prosecuted (and some jailed) for practicing medicine without a license. After such hardship, the IPSCA was able to get section 9a of the Illinois Medical Practice Act passed, allowing Palmer graduates the opportunity to be tested and gain Illinois licensure. This opened the door for licensing to many qualified and deserving chiropractors then and now. Many D.C.s and patients are indebted to this standing for principles and diligence needed to overcome adversity.
Since the licensure amendment, the IPSCA has been active legislatively and administratively to promote and maintain the distinctness of chiropractic in the healing arts field. Currently, members of the IPSCA vary in the schools they graduated from, the techniques they utilize, specialties they are certified in, and in ancillary procedures they use. However, the common bond of members is the primary emphasis on the chiropractic adjustment (the removal of subluxations, primarily the spine).