History of Chiropractic Care
The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded
time. Writings 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., also published texts detailing the importance
of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, "Get
knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for
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 medical journals of his time and had great
knowledge of the developments that were occurring throughout
the world regarding anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Daniel
David Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic,
which has continued to be one of the most prominent chiropractic
colleges in the nation.
Throughout the twentieth century, doctors
of chiropractic gained legal recognition in all fifty states.
A continuing recognition and respect for the chiropractic
profession in the United States has led to growing support
for chiropractic care all over the world. The research
that has emerged from " around the world" has
yielded incredibly influential results, which have changed,
shaped and molded perceptions of chiropractic care. The
report, Chiropractic in New Zealand published in 1979 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 health care costs.
Doctors of chiropractic have become pioneers in the field of non-invasive care promoting science-based
approaches to a variety of ailments. A continuing dedication
to chiropractic research could lead to even more discoveries
in preventing and combating maladies in future years.