A Brief History Of Chiropractic
The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 18, 1895, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Dr. Palmer was, at the time, studying the cause and effect of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had suffered from hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a "lump" in Mr. Lillard's neck and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place. Dr. Palmer then "adjusted" the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several such treaments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was restored.
Since Dr. Palmer's first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Today, advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the growing acceptance among other health care professionals makes chiropractic a popular health care choice.
The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes the following fundamental concept:
1) the structure and condition of the body influences how the body functions and it's ability to heal.
Although chiropractic shares much with other health care professions, it's emphasis on restoring the body back to it's most normal structural position is becoming much more accepted by today's patients. Instead of masking the symptoms of a problem, doctors of chiropractic work to find the cause of the problem. After the cause is found the chiropractor can then determine the best path for the patient to eliminate the cause and alleviate the patient's discomfort.