What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic, since its discovery, has been based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body.

Twenty four bones called vertebrae protect the spinal cord and it is necessary for these vertebrae to be flexible so that we can move as we do.

However this makes it possible for them to move out of position and lose their normal motion. When they lose their normal position they can irritate the major nerve roots which exit from the spine through gaps in the vertebrae.

This causes interference to the nervous system and disrupts the function of the tissues and organs which these nerves control. When this happen many health problems far in excess of back pain and neck pain can result.

The aim of chiropractic treatment is to locate these areas of spinal malfunction and correct them.

History of chiropractic

The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words ‘CHEIR’ meaning ‘hand’ and ‘PRAKTOS’ meaning ‘done’ – meaning ‘done by hand’.

Modern chiropractic treatment was founded by Daniel David Palmer or as he was more commonly known, DD Palmer. He was born 1845 in Ontario, Canada. DD moved to Iowa, USA at the age of 20. He spent 20 years as a successful horticulturist and farmer before turning his interests to magnetic healing and opening an office in 1887.

It was in 1895 that DD Palmer delivered his first chiropractic adjustment to a janitor who worked in his office building.

Harvey Lillard was the man to receive this adjustment and regain his hearing after 17 years.

DD later wrote in The Chiropractors Adjustment:

“Harvey Lillard, a janitor in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made the enquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give in his back and immediately became deaf.

An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if the vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half hour talk persuaded Mr Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before. 

There was nothing “accidental” about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view, and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing “crude” about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no chiropractor has equalled it.”

Chiropractic Education

In 1897, DD went on to open a chiropractic school in Davenport, Iowa. The school still remains open to this day. By 1902 fifteen students had graduated from the Palmer Infirmary and Chiropractic Institute.. DD’s son BJ Palmer (Bartlett Joshua) was one of these graduates. In 1907 the school was renamed the Palmer School of Chiropractic (PSC).

From 1904 until his death in 1961 BJ was president of the school. He was a self taught genius who understood and promoted innate intelligence. His contributions were vast and included extensive research, improved methods of spinal adjusting and analysis, higher standards for chiropractic education and an increased awareness and appreciation for chiropractic worldwide.

BJ was often the centre of controversy, but well before his death in 1961, chiropractic had secured a place among the health sciences battle which was to face this young profession for years to come.

Chiropractic has developed rapidly since Palmer College opened and there are now over 35 schools and colleges around the world and on every continent.

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