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Chiropractic History

How it all began...

The word "Chiropractic" is a combination of the Greek words chiros and praktikos which mean "done by hand". Chiropractic was discovered by Dr. Daniel David Palmer in 1885. Dr. Palmer, a magnetic healer in Davenport, Iowa, delivered his first adjustment on September 18, 1885. The person receiving the adjustment was a deaf janitor who worked at the facility Dr. Palmer practiced at.

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D.D. Palmer

Palmer wasn't the first to use the spine as a system of levers to maintain and restore health. The art of adjusting spines had been in practice in one form or another for thousands of years in ancient Greece, Rome, India, and the Orient. Both Hippocrates and Galen, two well known physicians, described adjusting in one form or another. Chiropractic, unlike other forms of adjusting or manipulation, deals with more than the functioning of the joints which are adjusted. It deals with the neurological component of that adjustment. The nervous system connects everything in the body, and a subluxated or misaligned vertebra could cause improper nerve function, pain, discomfort, and irritation in areas far removed from the site of the subluxation. Chiropractic uses adjusting to realign the vertebra in the spinal column and restore the body to full functioning. Of course the premise is much more complicated than this, and if any Chiropractor tries to tell you they "move bones" make sure and ask them to explain themselves. There is a neurological and physiological explanation to Chiropractic and its effectiveness which you will find in the validating link. Chiropractic still holds true to the ideals set forth by Dr. Palmer. That is, that the body has the ability to heal itself if given the right conditions. The right conditions in this case are a healthy, subluxation free spine as well as a healthy lifestyle


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