Chiropractic Care: Then and Now (Sponsored by River Valley Chiropractic)

The story goes a lit­tle like this: D.D. Palmer was a gro­cer with an inter­est in meta­physics, phrenol­ogy, and spir­i­tu­al­ism. Har­vey Lil­lard was a jan­i­tor with dam­aged hear­ing. Palmer did an adjust­ment on Lillard’s neck and Lillard’s hear­ing returned. Thus was the chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice born in the U.S.

Research shows the roots of stretch back even far­ther into his­tory. Writ­ing from China (2700 B.C.) and Greece (1500 B.C.) spinal manip­u­la­tion as a method for reliev­ing lower back pain. The ancient Greek physi­cian Hip­pocrates pub­lished texts illu­mi­nat­ing the impor­tance of chi­ro­prac­tic care. Along with peo­ple like Palmer, these men were pio­neers in the field of non-invasive care for a vari­ety of ailments.

While early chi­ro­prac­tors believed spinal block­ages of essen­tial life force by small mis­align­ments of the spine, today’s chi­ro­prac­tic spe­cial­ists focus more on dis­or­ders within the mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem. Chi­ro­prac­tic care is used to treat every­thing from lower back pain to headaches to inner ear inflam­ma­tion. Chi­ro­prac­tic care is rec­og­nized by the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) and is rec­og­nized and licensed by all fifty U.S. states. Many hos­pi­tal have on-site chi­ro­prac­tors avail­able to care for patients.

From its shad­owy begin­nings to its current-day accep­tance, chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice has grown to be a well-respected field, the third-largest group of health care providers in the nation, after physi­cians and den­tists. Mil­lions of peo­ple go to chi­ro­prac­tors each year from treat­ment of a whole range of symp­toms, from lower back pain to headaches. The field con­tin­ues to grow as it takes advan­tage of new sci­en­tific knowl­edge and tech­niques. The world of chi­ro­prac­tic care seems set to help pro­vide a bright and healthy future for mil­lions of people.


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