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1997 – ICA Tribute to Herb Reaver

February 9, 2024

This tribute is to Herbert Ross Reaver who was jailed multiple times for practicing chiropractic in the early 20th century when it was illegal. Speakers discuss the persecution chiropractors faced then, laud the Reavers for their steadfast conviction in chiropractic’s philosophy despite personal sacrifices, and describe them as icons whose efforts paved the way for today’s practice rights. The speeches highlight challenges in establishing chiropractic’s legitimacy and convey admiration for the Reavers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hostility from medical authorities once threatened chiropractic’s survival
  • Passionate belief in hands-on healing overcame legal barriers
  • Repeated imprisonment tested but failed to deter the Reavers
  • Early chiropractors risked their livelihoods and freedom to help patients
  • Pioneers like the Reavers legitimized chiropractic over time through perseverance
  • Speeches affirm chiropractic philosophy’s continued relevance
  • Today’s practice freedoms resulted from past civil disobedience
  • The doctor-patient bond enabled chiropractic’s early growth