The Birth of Chiropractic

Sep 15, 2020

This week marks the 125th birthday of Chiropractic!

The Birth of Chiropractic

On this 125th anniversary, it might be interesting to read the words of Dr. DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic:

“Harvey Lillard a janitor in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf. An examination showed a vertebrae racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half-hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before. There was nothing “accidental” about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view, and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing “crude” about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no Chiropractor has equalled it.”

After the historic first adjustment, Harvey’s hearing returned. This revelation, led Dr. Palmer to theorise that nerve interference from a spinal bone out of place was the cause of Harvey’s hearing loss. He further postulated that returning the bone to a more normal position might help correct the problem.

People with all kinds of health problems started visiting Dr. Palmer. The treatments (spinal adjustments) seemed to affect all kinds of conditions! People reported being cured of stomach troubles, asthma, skin conditions, headaches, sciatica . . . D.D. Palmer became known far and wide as the discoverer of a powerful new drugless way of curing people.

It was from this simple beginning that the chiropractic profession was born to what has now become one of the largest healthcare professions in the world.

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