History of Chiropractic
The art of joint manipulation has been practiced for thousands of years. Hippocrates,
The Father of Medicine (460-370
BC), describes manipulative procedures in his monumental work known as the Corpus
The birth of Chiropractic, as a distinct healing profession, occurred in 1895. The founder of
Chiropractic was Daniel David Palmer (1844-1913), a Canadian born in Port Perry, Ontario. While
practicing as a magnetic healer in Davenport, Iowa, he delivered the first known chiropractic adjustment
to a misaligned vertebrae in the neck of Harvey Lillard, and restored his lost hearing. D.D. Palmer did
not claim to be the first to restore a malpositioned vertebrae, but the first to use the specific, short lever
technique that he called Chiropractic (derived from the Greek words meaning 'done by hand') to 'rack'
the vertebrae back into normal position.
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