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D.D. Palmer

Chiropractic is a relatively new healing art started in 1895 by D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was searching for the cause of disease and explored many types of healing methods. One day a janitor by the name of Harvey Lillard, who worked in the building where Palmer had his office, and who had been partially deaf for many years, allowed Palmer to examine him.

What Palmer discovered was a lump in his neck from a misplaced spinal bone. Palmer convinced Lillard to allow him to “adjust” or restore the bone to its proper position by using his hands. Soon thereafter the janitor’s hearing was restored and chiropractic, as we know it today, was born.




Before Palmer

Actually, restoring better spinal joint function is an old idea. Early Egyptian hieroglyphics show crude spinal manipulation techniques. Even Hippocrates of ancient Greece was aware of the importance of the spine for good health.

Later, “bonesetters” of medieval times were quite successful in relieving pain and many other types of health complaints.

What was new in 1895, was the use of specific spinal adjustments instead of generalized manipulation of spinal joints.





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