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General Chiropractic Council Registration
No. 01092


There are a number of organisations that train, regulate or represent chiropractors in the UK. Foremost among these are the MCA, GCC and BCA.

McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA)

The MCA was formed by John McTimoney and represents approximately 30% of the practitioners in the UK.

John McTimoney developed the chiropractic techniques taught to him in the 1950s and in doing so created an extremely effective method with a gentle approach and reliance on the hand.

He was also a pioneer in the development of chiropractic treatment for animals, which was a major breakthrough bringing understanding to the causes of animal disease, difficult behaviour and poor performance.

McTimoney Chiropractors are trained in Abingdon, near Oxford, at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, the largest independent college offering mixed mode learning courses in chiropractic.

General Chiropractic Council (GCC)

The GCC is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act of 1994.

The GCC regulates chiropractors, sets chiropractic standards and develops and promotes the profession of chiropractic.

The GCC maintains a register of chiropractors and has protected the title ‘chiropractor’, such that it is now a criminal offence to describe oneself as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.

British Chiropractic Association (BCA)

The is the largest and longest established association for chiropractors in the UK and represents approximately 70% of the practitioners working in the UK.

In addition to supporting its members, the BCA works closely with GPs and the NHS to foster relationships and develop understanding of chiropractic among health care professionals and national health care bodies.

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