Chiropractic care has been around in some form for a very long time, but the profession as a formal means of healthcare is over 100 years old. Chiropractic care is constantly evolving and has improved in the past century-plus to ensure that patients receive the very best care available to live a long and healthy life. Here is a look at the entire history of the holistic, non-invasive, and whole body approach to health and wellness that we know as chiropractic care. 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 very first spinal adjustment on record was performed in 1895 by Dr. D. D. Palmer. Dr. Palmer developed the techniques and philosophy of the discipline known as chiropractic care. He was the very first person to diagnose and define the problem of vertebral subluxation, or misalignments in the spinal column which place pressure on the nerves and negatively affect 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 College of Chiropractic was later founded and helped pave the way for many chiropractors to learn the art, science, and philosophy, as well as hone their skills. Today, there are dozens of chiropractic schools across the country.
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 that is self-healing and self-regulating. The body simply needs help to correct interferences caused by thoughts, traumas, and toxins.
Originally, chiropractic relied upon touch and feel to diagnose problems, we now have advanced diagnostic tools and imaging that allow us to pinpoint the exact location of vertebral misalignments. We also have specialized equipment that allows for specific adjustment of spinal problems that differ from traditional manual adjustments.