How did the Chiropractic Profession Begin? The chiropractic profession began 122 years ago. It started in 1895 with the famous adjustment that Daniel David Palmer performed on Harvey Lillard, a deaf janitor of 17 years. After D.D. Palmer adjusted Harvey, he noticed an immediate improvement in his hearing. Since then he dedicated his life to chiropractic, establishing “Palmer School of Cure” in 1897, now known as Palmer College of Chiropractic. D.D. Palmer and B.J. Palmer (D.D. Palmer’s son) fought for the recognition of chiropractic as an alternative medicine that has its roots based on art, science, and philosophy. They researched scientific evidence proving the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments for the treatment of different health conditions. Thanks to the hard work of these and many other early chiropractors – that today chiropractic is a thriving health field.
What’s a chiropractic adjustment? Many people have asked me this question. In short, an adjustment is the removal of a “chiropractic subluxation” to facilitate health and well-being. Chiropractic treatments focus on creating a balance in the body’s nervous system. The nervous system is in charge of controlling every single aspect of our lives such as breathing, thinking, moving, etc. Our spine and the spinal cord are two of the main parts of the nervous system allowing the correct communication between organs, muscles, joints and our brain. When chiropractors speak of the “chiropractic subluxation” – it is a term describing a minor misalignment of a vertebra in correlation to another vertebra in our spine. The spine is composed of multiple bones called “vertebrae,” when one or more shift from their normal position it may create tension and stress in around that region. The longer those bones stay misaligned the communication from the nervous system in that area may be compromised. The results of having vertebral subluxations for years can be reflected with symptoms such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, degeneration/arthritis, headaches and much more.
Why are chiropractors so different from each other? Over the years our profession, different techniques have been created and refined for more specific conditions. Chiropractors can focus on different fields to provide the latest research procedures such as sports medicine, pediatrics, nutrition, and many other techniques are just examples of various certifications available in the chiropractic field. These different techniques have helped chiropractors step out of the traditional role as “back doctors” onto a platform to treat a wide variety of conditions ailing every region of the human body.
Do chiropractors cure diseases? We don’t cure disease. By correcting vertebral subluxations/misalignments, it allows the nervous system to communicate effectively with your organs and other vital bodily systems that are meant to fight the disease (i.e. your immune system). Asthma, ear infections, vertigo, digestive problems, and allergies are some of the few conditions that chiropractic research studies have shown to improve.
Chiropractors embrace a holistic approach that promotes a culture of wellness. We all have the same purpose of improving the quality of life of people without the use of drugs or surgery. If you know anyone that can benefit from chiropractic care, give us a call! Don’t forget to watch “Basics of a Chiropractic Adjustment” and “Natural Shoulder Pain Relief”
Yours in health,
Dr. Adriana Huertas