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Chiropractic History – The Beginning

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Because it’s the beginning of the year, we thought we’d take you to the beginning… the beginning of chiropractic, that is.

We’re going to take a brief look at how chiropractic began, how it progressed to where it is today, and what it might be like in the future.Daniel_David_Palmer

There is evidence that forms of chiropractic stretch back as far as 3000 B.C. References can be found in ancient Chinese writings and in 1500 B.C. the Greeks wrote about spinal manipulation to decrease lower back pain. And, famously, Hippocrates (460 to 357 B.C.), the father of Greek medicine, said “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

Chiropractic officially began in 1895 when its founder, Daniel David Palmer, claimed the cause of any and all disease could be removed by–and needing nothing more than–his hands.

The medical community did not immediately embrace Palmer’s chiropractic theories and techniques. The called him a “quack” and refused to acknowledge his accomplishments.

Research has shown that Palmer was not as ignorant as some in the medical profession claimed. An investigation of this library, which he quoted liberally in his letters, showed that he was up to date in his knowledge at the turn of the 20th century.


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