The history of Chiropractic has been documented, including where the word ‘Chiropractic’ originated.

The Founder of Chiropractic was Daniel David Palmer. He was a magnetic healer by trade before facilitating the first ever “chiropractic adjustment” in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa.

After the first adjustment by DD Palmer, he chose the name ‘Chiropractic’ for what had just occurred as it properly described the action that took place.

If you break the word ‘Chiropractic’ down to its root origins, you will find two Greek words:

1. ‘Cheir’ which means “hand” in Greek.

2. ‘Pracktos’ which means “done by” in Greek.

DD Palmer defined what he did, but he also developed a philosophical and scientific course of action for doing it. For hundred of thousands of years, there is documentation of manipulations of the spine that have taken place. In 1895, there was a philosophy, science and art established by DD Palmer for the purpose of adjusting segments within the spinal column.

The philosophy, science and art of chiropractic that DD Palmer established is based on “an inherent recuperative power within the body to heal itself that utilizes the neurological system for the proper coordination and direction of normal function which is dependent upon healthy structural spinal integrity.”

The power of healing is dependent on the neurological system to coordinate and direct the trillions of cells working together towards an optimal state of wellbeing.

Your highest quality of wellbeing is directed by your neurological system through communication of mental impulses from the brain to the body and the body back to the brain through the nerves. This process needs to be free of any interference in order for an optimal state of communication and increased wellbeing to take place.

The practice of chiropractic focuses on the spine (back and neck) due to the intimate relationship the bones of the spine have with the neurological system, which is the structure-function relationship that was mentioned earlier. The structure or alignment of your spine affects the function of the neurological system.

The power within the body to heal back to an optimal state of wellbeing is coordinated through the neurological system, and the ability for the neurological system to function is affected by the structure or alignment of the spinal bones or vertebrate.

‘Chiropractic’ is the philosophy, science and art of facilitating adjustments by hand for optimal spinal integrity.

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