HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC

Daniel David (DD) PalmerThe term Chiropractic stems from the greek words: “chiro” meaning hand and “practic” meaning practice.

Throughout history prominent healers have understood a relationship between health and the condition of the spine, Hippocrates, for example, advised “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.

Chiropractic, as a healthcare profession, was founded in 1895 by Daniel David (DD) Palmer. He described his first spinal adjustment on a deaf janitor to whom he restored hearing after one adjustment of the upper spine. He then went on to use spinal adjustments to help with a variety of complaints and concluded that their effectiveness was based on eliminating nerve interference that was causing the patient’s complaint. DD Palmer’s son BJ Palmer continued his legacy and developed Chiropractic into a clearly defined health care system, aiding in getting it recognised as a licensed profession.

The chiropractic profession has advanced immeasurably since the days of DD and BJ Palmer with some of the original messages still standing – looking at the function of the spine to allow the nervous system to work effectively, which allows the body to function at its optimum. Chiropractic is also still a drug free method of health care.

Influential research has underpinned the development of the profession worldwide and has boosted efforts to establish clinical guidelines that now recommend manual therapies for acute low back pain. www.nice.org.uk

Chiropractic research is continually advancing and many studies around the world have shown positive effects with headaches and back pain and how it can reduce the amount of sick days from the work place. More can be read about this on: www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk or www.gcc-uk.org.

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