The History of Chiropractics

Chiropractic is a method of treatment that manipulates the spine and other body structures to relieve lower back pain. It is also commonly used to relieve high blood pressure and headaches. It is an alternative type of medical treatment that originated in ancient Greece.

Chiropractic was popularized by Daniel David Palmer, who established a chiropractic school in Davenport, USA in 1896. One of the first patients who were cured in the school was a partially deaf janitor, and he claimed that the chiropractic method improved his hearing ability. Osteopathy was the biggest contender of D.D. Palmer’s chiropractic method during the early 20th century, but the opening of the Palmer School of Chiropractic and the efforts of his son Bartlett Joshua Palmer helped chiropractic gain popularity throughout the United States.

B.J. Palmer encouraged the integration of modern technology in chiropractic care. As such, using x-rays to map the spinal cord became a common practice. Soon, a new word called “subluxation” was used by one of the chiropractors named Dr. Solon Langworthy. Subluxation or vertebral subluxation is an obstacle in the spine that is caused by a misplaced vertebra in the spine. The job of a chiropractor was to remove the obstacle in the spine. Dr. Langworthy’s book Modernized Chiropractic explained subluxation in detail, and it helped to promote the chiropractic method further.

Besides manipulating the spine and other soft tissues, chiropractic treatment also involves physical exercise and health counseling. The chiropractic philosophy has four primary approaches. The first approach is holism, which suggests that every element around a person’s environment affects his or her health. The holistic approach contrasts to the reductionist approach, which is only concerned with the curing of vertebral subluxation. The second primary approach is conservatism, which stresses on non-invasive treatment and recommends patients to stay away from surgery. Homeostasis is another chiropractic philosophy, and it emphasizes the human body’s natural self-healing capabilities. There is also the straights approach that encourages the selection of a treatment model that is appropriate for a patient.

Chiropractic treatment is predominantly used for ailments such as low back pain, neck pains, headaches, adult scoliosis, and some other non-musculoskeletal conditions. The patients who have undergone chiropractic treatment may feel stiffness and pain in certain parts of the body, or their pain may disappear immediately after the treatment. In many cases, patients require multiple chiropractic treatments before they see any improvement.

Since chiropractic treatment essentially works by applying moderate pressure to soft tissues and muscles to invoke certain biological effects, yoga and massage can serve as an effective alternative to chiropractor cure, since they stimulate the pressure receptors of the body as well.

The chiropractic profession is the leading alternative medical profession in the US, and it is the largest doctored profession after medicine and dentistry. There have been several reviews on the chiropractic method, and the opinions on the efficacy of chiropractic vary greatly. Then again, almost all experts agree that chiropractic is one of the most cost-effective alternative medical treatments.


More Chiropractic Resources:

·        History of Chiropractic: An account of the development of the chiropractic method throughout the years.

·        What is Chiropractic: Basic information about chiropractic.

·        Philosophies of Chiropractic: An article that discusses the different types of chiropractic philosophies.

·        American Chiropractic Association: Official website of the American Chiropractic Association.

·        ACC: Website of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

·        World Chiropractic Alliance: An alliance that promotes the practice of chiropractic around the world.