The Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), led by a 16-member board of directors, is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 2,000 licensed chiropractors statewide. Learn more about the history of ANJC, and how six New Jersey chiropractic organizations unified.
Through integrity, access and education, the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors works to promote the highest level of quality chiropractic care.
- Implements effective programs to educate the public about the benefits of chiropractic care and promotes a wellness lifestyle.
- Promotes the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic and assures that only Doctors of Chiropractic will provide spinal adjustments.
- Demonstrates the highest level of integrity and commitment to the general public and patients served.
- Works to eliminate barriers so patients can freely access chiropractic services throughout the healthcare delivery system.
- Provides state-of-the-art learning opportunities to improve patient outcomes by offering continuing education programs of the highest quality.
- Assists members with attracting and retaining new and established patients.
- Assists members with implementing effective practice growth and management programs.
- Assists members with billing, coding insurance and documentation inquiries.
- Provides highly informative newsletters to keep members current on issues of greatest interest and concern.
- Interacts with decision-makers so chiropractic care is more widely known and understood by the public.
- Provides legal representation on key issues confronting the profession.
- Provides legislative representation on House and Senate issues at all state and federal levels.
- Provides regulatory oversight before New Jersey Departments, including Health, Welfare, Workers’ Compensation, Auto and Medicare.
New Jersey: A Brief History of Chiropractic
Imagine getting thrown in jail for practicing chiropractic in New Jersey without a license … but it was impossible to even get a license! However, this is what chiropractors in New Jersey had to contend with in the 1920s and for many years to come.
Boards tried to impose unreasonable standards on many of the healing arts, including the chiropractic profession. These medical examining boards made it even more difficult with the passage of the McClave Act in 1939 which established uniform license requirements for anyone in New Jersey wishing to practice any of the healing arts. Applying the standards of medical doctors, who perform surgery and prescribe medications, to chiropractors was a ploy used in states other than New Jersey to limit the growth of the chiropractic profession.
Finally, in 1953, the New Jersey law was changed and chiropractors were allowed to apply for licensure before an examining board consisting mostly of medical doctors and a single chiropractor.
Over time, New Jersey licensing laws continued to evolve with increasing educational and training requirements for chiropractors that were more in step with the national accreditation given chiropractic colleges. A state licensing board made up exclusively of chiropractors was created by the Legislature and signed into law.
Over the years, as demand by the public for a non-medicinal approach to health care increased, the chiropractic profession grew to levels never before seen. Various state associations began to form, but it was not until 2004 that the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) formed and rapidly grew to its current level of more than 2,000 member doctors who actively work to deliver the highest quality care to the tens of thousands of New Jersey citizens who seek out their care every day.
In 2009, the ANJC intensified one of its major efforts for a new scope of practice bill in the New Jersey Legislature, updating the original scope of practice that was in effect since 1953. The prime sponsors of the bill were Sen. Steve Sweeney and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman, who fully understood the importance of the legislation and how the public would benefit from the added care the chiropractic profession could provide.
Since that time, the ANJC has been an extremely active participant in the legislative process and has had an outstanding relationship working with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Vision & Mission
To position Doctors of Chiropractic as providers of first choice for New Jersey families to obtain optimal health and wellness, while improving the quality of their lives.
To improve the health of patients, families and communities by promoting high standards of professionalism and patient care through chiropractic methods, education, advocacy and accountability.
Association of New Jersey Chiropractors and its member doctors are committed to providing healthcare that is…
- Equitable to all people
- Centered on the whole person within the context of family and community
- Based on science, technology, and best available evidence and research
- Supported by lifelong professional learning
- Grounded in respect and compassion for each individual.