A Brief History of Chiropractic

Canadian-born teacher and healer, Dr. Daniel David Palmer, performed the first recorded chiropractic adjustment on September 18, 1895. At the time, Dr. Palmer was studying the cause and effect of disease with his patient, Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard had complained of hearing problems for over 17 years. Upon examining his spine, Dr. Palmer discovered a “lump” on Mr. Lillard’s back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place. He repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust and after several of the same adjustments, much of Mr. Lillard’s hearing was restored.

Since Dr. Palmer’s first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the growing acceptance among other health care professionals are making chiropractic care a popular health care choice.