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Chiropractic is not a new concept

The concept of adjusting the bones of the spine has existed for 1000's of years. Since as early as 2700 BC, historic cultures including the Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Tibetans, American Indians, and South American Incas all practiced spinal manipulation.

The word “Chiropractic” stems from the Greek word “cheir,” meaning hand, and “prakticos,” meaning practitioner or skillful use. Chiropractic is the practice of healthcare, with the skillful use of the hands. This term was coined over 100 years ago by D.D. Palmer, the official founder of Chiropractic as we know it today.

How Did Modern Chiropractic Begin?

On September 18, 1895, Daniel David Palmer (referred to as D.D.) was working in his office in Davenport, Iowa, when Harvey Lillard, who was responsible for maintenance of the building, entered. Lillard had been deaf for 17 years following an injury involving his spine. Upon examination, D.D. Palmer found a hard lump near his spine that appeared to be a vertebra (spinal bone) out of alignment.

Placing his hands over the spine, Dr. Palmer, with his expertise from years of study, moved the bone into better alignment. According to Palmer’s report, Lillard got off the table and exclaimed, “Dr. Palmer, I can hear the wagon wheels on the cobblestones of the street!” Three days later Lillard’s hearing was fully restored. Palmer had discovered a unique principle of health he later named Chiropractic.

How Does Chiropractic Care Affect The Whole Body?

The Nervous System is the “master system” of the body. It controls and coordinates all body functions from the most basic to the most complex. The brain, spinal cord, and nerves transmit messages that we receive fro0m the outside environment and internal organs, which allow the body to respond and adapt appropriately. When these messages are disrupted, the body can lose optimum function and resistance and become vulnerable to disease.

Chiropractic care focuses on the function of the nervous system through its specific care of the spine. The spine can affect the nervous system because the spinal cord is protected and surrounded by the spinal bones, and nerve roots in the body must exit through passageways created by the structure and relationship of the spinal bones to each other. If the spine isn’t in proper alignment, malfunction can occur and the nearby nerves can suffer interference. This is what chiropractors call ‘vertebral subluxation complex’ (VSC).

How Do Chiropractors Take Care of Their Patients?

Doctors of Chiropractic strive to understand the health care needs of each individual patient. They perform specific examinations and make professional recommendations for care based on their findings.

Educational opportunities are also provided to help patients better understand the anatomy and function of the body, the importance of the spine and nervous system to health and the options for care that address an individual’s present health status and future health management.

This knowledge will empower patients to make more informed health care decisions. Chiropractors view healthcare as a team effort with doctors, office staff, and patients working together. It is the chiropractor’s goal to correct Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). VSC is a complex condition that involves impaired function of the spinal joints, which may result in nerve interference, soft tissue damage, and decreased function and performance of the body. Chiropractors don’t want to just temporarily cover up symptoms, but deliver specific spinal adjustments to correct the VSC and allow the body to heal itself. Once the initial condition is resolved, it is the intention of the doctor of chiropractic to correct any new subluxations that develop and to enhance the overall health of their patients.

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