Chiropractic care has constantly evolved and improved in the past century-plus to ensure that patients get the very best care available to live a long and healthy life. Here’s a look at the history of the holistic, non-invasive and whole body approach to wellness and health that we know as chiropractic care.
The Origins and History of Chiropractic Care
The chiropractic profession dates back to early 1895, when D.D. Palmer performed his first adjustment of the spine. Dr. BJ Palmer, D.D. Palmer’s son, was responsible for developing the Philosophy and techniques of Chiropractic. He was also the first to define vertebral subluxation, which are misalignments of the spinal column that put pressure on the nerves, which can affect the body’s functions.
The daughter-in-law of Palmer, Mabel Heath Palmer, became the first female chiropractor in 1905, with her son David Palmer soon following in the family’s footsteps. Soon the Palmer School of Chiropractic was founded by BJ Palmer, which paved the way for new chiropractic professionals to learn about this unique practice. Since then, dozens of chiropractic schools have been founded all across the world.
The Evolution of Chiropractic Care
Over the past 120-plus years, chiropractic care has continually evolved and grown as our knowledge of the human body has improved. The core concept, however, has always remained the same: the human body is an incredible machine capable of astounding self-healing. It just needs help on occasion to correct interferences of its natural systems.
Where once, chiropractic relied upon touch and feel to diagnose problems, we now have advanced diagnostic tools and scanning that allow us to pinpoint the exact location of vertebral misalignment. We also have specialized equipment that allows for precise adjustment of spinal problems to augment the traditional manual manipulation.