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Who We Are

The ECU is a federation of 23 European national chiropractic associations. It exists to promote the chiropractic profession in Europe through support and facilitation of research, education and political representation.

Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian healer living in Davenport, Iowa in the United Stated of America. The first chiropractors began practising in Europe around the turn of the nineteenth century.

The ECU was founded in 1932 in London by the national associations of Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland. Throughout the twentieth century, chiropractic became increasingly popular and numbers of chiropractors increased significantly. It is now regulated in a number of European nations and in some chiropractic is included as part of mainstream health care.

Now, the ECU has a total of 23 members. During its history it has supported the founding and development of 9 educational programmes. It continues to work in developing the profession in new countries with the aim of universal coverage across all European nations.

The ECU maintains an office in London, UK which is administered by a secretariat comprising a Secretary General and an Administrator. An Executive Council is responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the secretariat, financial governance and for formulating strategic proposals and policy. A General Council representing all ECU members ratifies and approves decisions, including the awarding of financial grants.