Chiropractic has been around in some form for a very long time, but the profession as a formal means of healthcare is only a little over a century old. It has constantly evolved and improved to ensure that patients get the very best care available to live a long and vibrant life. Here’s a look at the history of this whole body approach to wellness and health that we know as neurologically-based chiropractic care.
The Origins and History of Chiropractic Care
The very first spinal adjustment on record was performed in 1895 by D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. His son, B.J. Palmer developed the techniques and philosophy of the discipline known as neurologically-based chiropractic care. He was the first person to define vertebral subluxation (misalignments in the spinal column that place pressure and irritation on the nerves) negatively affecting overall body function.
Dr. Palmer’s daughter-in-law, Mabel Heath Palmer, carried the science forward and became the first female chiropractor in 1905. Her son David later picking up the torch and carrying the legacy forward. The Palmer School of Chiropractic was later founded and helped to pave the way for many new chiropractors to learn their science and hone their skills. Today, dozens of chiropractic schools exist across the United States and chiropractic is the largest, drugless healing profession in the world!
The Evolution of Chiropractic Care
Over the past 120+ years, chiropractic care has continually evolved and grown as our knowledge of the human body has improved. However, the principle has always remained the same: the human body is capable of astounding self-healing. It simply needs help at times to correct interferences of its natural systems.
Where once, chiropractic relied only upon touch and feel to identify problems, we now have advanced diagnostic technology and tools available that pinpoint the exact level(s) of vertebral misalignment. We also have specialized equipment that allows for precise adjustment of spinal problems to augment the traditional manual manipulation.
“Methods are many, principles are few. Methods often change, principles never do.” -Proverb