100 Years of Chiropractic in Alberta
In 1917, twelve chiropractors founded the Alberta Chiropractic Association (ACA). For six years, they fought to achieve legislation of chiropractic within the province. During this time, as chiropractic was unregulated, those practicing could be fined or even arrested.
Finally, in 1923, after many years in court, the passage of the Chiropractic Act took place (the first of its kind in Canada). At that time, 32 chiropractors received a license to practice. Now, there are over 1,000 licensed chiropractors in Alberta.
“The few Chiropractors who were located in Alberta got together in 1917 and started regular meetings, sometimes they met every ten days…The Association then hired an Attorney and proceeded to draw up a Chiropractic Act, which they attempted to pass at the following meeting of the Legislature…After five years of hard slugging, and the expenditure of several thousands of dollars this Association finally were successful in having our present Act passed.” – H.J. Messenger, Secretary-Treasurer for the ACAC (1941), excerpt from the “Dear Dr. Ramsay” letter
Articles, Documents & Photos
1928 – Dr. L.C. Watson’s advertisement in a Ukrainian newspaper
Courtesy, Mrs. Roberta Watson
Street sign outside Dr. Lou Heard’s offices in Edmonton
Courtesy, Alberta’s Provincial Archives