Today 18th September (1895) is Chiropractic’s birthday! In many ways it was a re-discovery of the ancient art of spinal care found in nearly every culture and practiced since time immemorial, however today is the day we celebrate Chiropractic’s birthday in the “new world”. 1895 was also a time of scientific discovery and a recognised time of rediscovery.
On Sept. 18, 1895, Dr. D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, gave the first chiropractic adjustment. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a cleaner in Palmer’s building, who had been deaf since a traumatic accident several years earlier. Palmer, who had been studying the spine and nervous system, found a bump on Lillard’s upper spine that he presumed to be a spinal misalignment. After adjusting Harvey’s spine his hearing returned – thus the beginnings of Chiropractic was born. As Palmer had suspected there was a relationship between spinal misalignments and a body that wasn’t functioning as well as it was capable of.
Palmer created the Palmer School & Infirmary of Chiropractic. In 1898, he accepted his first students. Although he never used drugs, under Palmer’s care, fevers broke, pain ended, infections healed, vision improved, stomach disorders disappeared, and of course, hearing returned. Often surprised at the effectiveness of his adjustments, D.D. Palmer returned to his studies of anatomy and physiology to learn more about the vital connection between the spine and one’s health. He realized spinal adjustments to correct vertebral misalignments, or subluxations, were eliminating the nerve interference causing the patients’ complaints.
“I am not the first person to replace subluxated vertebrae, but I do claim to be the first person to replace displaced vertebrae by using the spinous and transverse processes as levers…and to develop the philosophy and science of chiropractic adjustments.” D.D. Palmer, Discoverer of Chiropractic
Today’s Chiropractors continue the work of locating and reducing spinal misalignments. The spine houses the nervous system which is the master control system of the body. Thanks to D.D. Palmer and his son B.J. Palmer, millions of people world wide receive relief from needless pain and suffering every week through chiropractic adjustments and are therefore able to express true health and potential on every level unhindered.
Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy which allows the body to reach it’s inborn potential and capacity to heal without the use of drugs or surgery. The Chiropractic profession is leading the Wellness Revolution aimed at getting people well and helping them maintain that wellness. With today’s health care problems at their peak, chiropractors are willing to think outside the realm of common thought so that better, safer, more natural solutions can be created.
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