The History of Chiropractics


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Metal Spine Sculpture

The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Documentation from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain.

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his texts he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

In the United States, the practice of spinal manipulation began gaining momentum in the late nineteenth century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa . Palmer was well read in the medical journals of his time and had great knowledge of the developments in anatomy and physiology. In 1897, he went on to found the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which is still in existence today.

Throughout the twentieth century, doctors of chiropractic gained legal recognition in all 50 states. A continuing recognition and respect for the profession has led to growing support for chiropractic care all over the world.

The 1979 report, Chiropractics in New Zealand , strongly supported the efficacy of chiropractic care and elicited medical cooperation in conjunction with chiropractic care.

The 1993 Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. The results of this study concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually with regard to work disability payments and direct healthcare costs.

Chiropractors have become pioneers in the field of non-invasive care promoting evidence-based practices for a variety of health conditions. The continued dedication to chiropractic research will lead to even more discoveries in preventing and combatting illness and injuries in the future.