The Birth of a new Healing Art – Chiropractic
It was September of 1895 when a magnetic healer named Dr. D.D. Palmer examined Harvey Lillard, a deaf janitor who worked in the building in which D.D. Palmer practiced in Davenport, Iowa. Harvey described to Dr. Palmer that he lost his hearing 17 years previously while exerting himself and explained that he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf. Dr. Palmer examined Mr. Lillard and located a subluxated vertebra in his spine. Dr. Palmer then purposefully repositioned the vertebrae back into place and Mr. Lillard’s hearing was miraculously restored.
D.D. Palmer – The Founder of Chiropractic
Harvey Lillard reported in the January 1897 issue of The Chiropractic that:
”I was deaf for 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.”
-Harvey Lillard, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa, (Palmer 1897).
Shortly after the Harvey Lillard case, Dr. Palmer had a patient with heart trouble that also was resolved when he adjusted a subluxated (misaligned) vertebra. In this particular case, he examined the spine and located a subluxated vertebra pressing on the nerves supplying messages to the heart. Dr. Palmer reasoned that if two diseases, so different as deafness and heart trouble, came from pressure on the nerves, then other diseases may be caused due to a similar issue in the spine.
Thus, the science and art of chiropractic were formed. The dawn of a new era of health care was born, a system to investigate the cause of all disease and treat the cause, not the sign or symptom — a system based on a vitalistic approach that allowed our bodies to heal naturally without the use of toxic drugs or surgeries.
Years later, B.J. Palmer, D.D. Palmer’s son, became known as the “Developer of Chiropractic.” During the years 1935-1951 B.J. Palmer did extensive research, unraveling the mysteries of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. This Vertebral Subluxation is found primarily at the C1-C2 level of the spine. (1st and 2nd verterbrae of the spine)
B.J. Palmer wrote over 40 volumes of books on chiropractic, developed hundreds of adjusting techniques, was the first person to x-ray a spine, and, along with Dossa Evans, developed the first chiropractic instrument that is still in use today. Simply put, B.J. Palmer was dissatisfied with average results. His life was dedicated to the pursuit of the specific.
Gray’s Anatomy book, 28th edition, page 4: “The Nervous System (neurology) includes the Central Nervous System which is composed of the brain and spinal cord, the Peripheral Nervous System which is composed of nerves and ganglia and the Sense organs, such as the eye and ear. Its function is to control and coordinate all the other organs and structures and to relate the individual to his environment.” Scientists say that our nervous system is the most complicated electrical system in the universe.
With all of that being said, it is vital to receive the most specific scientific chiropractic adjustment possible for you and your family’s health. Since 1895, the chiropractic profession has become more and more scientifically based in regards to how to correct misalignments within the spine.
How We Can Help
Chiropractors offer non-invasive, non-surgical methods to help ease your pain and heal injuries in your back, neck, and shoulders. But did you know we can do so much more than that?
Through chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, we can help you heal from the lingering effects of an auto accident or sports injury. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Chiropractic is a well-rounded service designed to treat pretty much any part of the body. Do you experience tingling or numbness in one of your limbs? Or, what about flare-ups from fibromyalgia? Chiropractic treatments focus on the relationship between your body’s support system, especially the spine, and how well the various parts of your body are functioning, with a particular focus on your nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment can help reduce pain, but there are an abundance of other potential benefits, even those that extend beyond the immediate and physical. From pregnancy aches to asthma, chiropractic adjustments can help assuage a wide range of different issues and ailments.
Chiropractic has been shown to help with much more than just neck and back pain and headaches! Conditions that have responded well to specific scientific chiropractic care:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Auto Accidents
- Back Pain
- Bed Wetting
- Carpel Tunnel
- Digestive Issues
- Ear Infections
- Eye Sight Issues
- Herniated Discs
- High Blood Pressure
- Immunity Issues
- Menstrual Issues
- Neck Pain
- Numbness & Tingling
- Pinched Nerves
- Slipped Disc
- Thyroid Problems
Want to know more about how Chiropractic can help with various symptoms? Check out these research articles or learn more about our adjustment technique below!