Posted: October 15, 2012 in Spine Remodeling
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March 7, 1845, marks the birth of a man who would change the face of healthcare forever: Daniel David Palmer (1844-1913). The first several decades of the chiropractic story involves a period of struggle and perseverance in the face of tremendous odds. Chiropractors fought passionately to achieve their current legal and professional status. The term “chiropractic” originates from the Greek words “cheir” and “praxis” meaning “done by hand.”

Some of the earliest pictures depicting spinal manipulation were discovered in prehistoric cave paintings in southwestern France; these early historical records date back to 17,500 B.C.  Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-370 BC), expressed considerable interest in the spine and of spinal misalignment problems, in his monumental work known as the Corpus Hippocrateum.

A quick look at history reveals hundreds of differing opinions concerning health care. However, one fundamental feature remains constant — the belief that illness, wherever it appears and whatever form it takes, is first and foremost a loss of proper function.

The birth of Chiropractic, as a distinct healing profession, occurred on September 18, 1895 in the town of Davenport, Iowa when D.D. Palmer delivered the first known chiropractic adjustment to a misaligned vertebra in the neck of Harvey Lillard and restored his lost hearing. D.D. Palmer did not claim to be the first to restore a malpositioned vertebra, but he was the first to use the specific, short lever technique that later became known as Chiropractic.

Within two years, Dr. Palmer opened the first school of Chiropractic in Davenport. From 1906 to 1913, D.D. Palmer published two books, “The Science of Chiropractic” and “The Chiropractor’s Adjuster.” He died in Los Angeles at the age of 68. His son, Bartlett Joshua, continued his father’s work. B.J. Palmer is credited with developing chiropractic into the clearly defined and unique health care system we know today.

Time continues to demonstrate Chiropractic’s unique ability to reduce hospitalizations, surgery, and dependence on medicine among people across the globe. Although the profession has advanced tremendously since the days of D.D. and B.J., the principles of chiropractic as a drug-free choice for health care remain the same as they were 100 years ago.

Call All-Star Chiropractic today and schedule your complimentary assessment, 602-689-0869.

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