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Posted on 12-10-2015
Although the history of chiropractic care dates back long before the beginning of recorded time, Daniel David Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, is officially credited with the main-stream implementation of this non-invasive method to relieve all manner of ailments in 1895. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), works from China, dating back to 2700 B.C., and Egypt, dating back to 1500 B.C., both refer to spinal manipulation in conjunction with the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. In fact, the renowned Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-357 B.C.), published the particulars on just how important chiropractic care was: “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”
Palmer, a grocer by trade, was an avid reader and had serious a interest in all things scientific, including metaphysics, anatomy, and physiology. He allegedly discovered the principles of the chiropractic method after restoring the hearing of a janitor who had a displaced vertebrae. Apparently, after a rudimentary adjustment, the janitor reported a vast improvement in his hearing which he had been without for 17 years. It was also D.D.Palmer who coined the term chiropractor, which is the combination of the Greek cheir (hand), and praktos (done). In short, chiropractic, translates roughly to “done by hand.”
As we have seen, chiropractic care has been a part of human life for quite some time. It was not, however, until the late 18th century that the practice of spinal manipulation began to increase in momentum. In 1897, Daniel David Palmer established the first school of chiropractic medicine, the Palmer School of Care. Now called the Palmer School of Chiropractic, the facility remains one of the most prominent in the country for chiropractic study. The first state law in regards to the licensing of chiropractors was passed in 1913. By 1931, chiropractors in 39 states had received legal recognition to practice chiropractic medicine.
Over the years, research has provided many persuasive results which have helped to adjust, modify, and transform opinions on the efficacy of chiropractic care. If ever society was looking for leaders in the field of non-invasive treatments for all manner of ailments, they have undoubtedly found an ally in chiropractic providers. We here at Lexington Family Chiropractic are happy to be a part of that change. Contact us and let us know how we can be of further assistance.
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