The History of Chiropractic
As a celebration of Chiropractic’s 122nd birthday on September 16th, let’s discuss the history of Chiropractic!!
D.D. Palmer focused on finding the true cause(s) of disease. He wanted to know why two people who lived in the same house, drank the same water, breathed the same air and often had the same parents, could have two dramatically difference constitutions, one being healthy and free of disease and the other sickly. Palmer felt that there must be something other than environmental factors or bad luck that influences an individual’s health.
In 1895, Daniel David Palmer made the first chiropractic correction on a man who was deaf. Upon examination, Palmer noticed a vertebra out of its normal position. He reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should return. Harvey Lillard, the first chiropractic patient, had his hearing restored after three visits!
Word quickly got out that Chiropractic restores hearing. As a result, many deaf individuals saw him. Not everyone got their hearing back, but he found that other health conditions (such as sciatica, migraine headaches, stomach complaints, epilepsy, rheumatism, and heart trouble) were benefiting from the same hand adjustments! Patients with all kinds of dis-ease sought treatment from Palmer.
The Winsor Autopsies
To demolish the chiropractic practice, Dr. Winsor attempted to disprove Palmer’s theory that “’dis-ease’ in the body is caused by displacement of anatomical parts (vertebrae).” He ended up proving Palmer’s theory correct. He studied 97 cadavers and was able to trace the nerves connected to each dis-eased organ back to the spinal cord. He found dislocations at the attachment location over 95% of the time!
The medical industry was not pleased with these results. As they saw their own patients were going to a chiropractor instead of them, they claimed that chiropractors were practicing medicine without a license. Many chiropractors continued to practice at the risk of being punished by law.
The Body is a Self-Healing Organism
The principles of this distinct healing art are still the same today as they were over 100 years ago. The nervous system controls and coordinates every organ and tissue within the body. The relationship between the spine and the nerve system is a prime predictor for the state of health. Not only does a misalignment of the top two bones in the spine adversely affect the brain stem, it also reduces the flow of blood and cerebral spinal fluid to the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. Find the interference – correct it and the body will always move back toward health! Our bodies are self-developing, self-organizing, self-maintaining and self-healing!