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A Little Bit of Chiropractic History

We recently installed a frame at the clinic which holds a portrait of a Chiropractor performing an adjustment back in the early 1900’s.  Quite a few people noticed it, and as result, a conversation about the history of Chiropractic ensued.  I quickly realized that most people were not aware of how Chiropractic care started so I thought I would post a little history lesson.

Taken from the Palmer College of Chiropractic website.

D.D. Palmer — (March 7, 1845 – October 20, 1913) The Founder

“At the end of the 19th century, when D.D. Palmer came on the health care scene, medicine was leaving an era of proclaimed cure-alls to pursue more scientific investigation into the treatment of disease. D.D. reasoned that the body had an ample supply of natural healing power transmitted through the nervous system. If a single organ was sick, it must not be receiving its normal nerve supply. That led to the premise of spinal misalignment, or subluxation, and from there to a procedure for adjusting the vertebrae. D.D. performed his first adjustments in 1895, relieving one man of deafness and another person of heart trouble. Arrangements were made to train others in the application of the chiropractic principle. The Palmer School and Cure was founded in 1897 and was later incorporated under the laws of Iowa. The school later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic.”