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History of Chiropractic Care

History of Chiropractic Treatment

Manipulation of the spine has been carried out at many times throughout history, with the earliest references being discovered in Buddhist temples from over 2000 years ago. Hippocrates also used the method, manually manipulating the spine of his patients to alleviate their conditions. It is also known to have been popular around the 16th century, when families known as bone-setters would teach their trade to the next generation through apprenticeships.

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However, despite its long history, the first “modern” use of spinal manipulation was carried out in 1895, by Daniel David Palmer. A man who had lost his hearing many years before meeting Palmer said that it had happened when he “felt something give” in his back. Palmer examined him and found what is now thought to have been a displaced vertebra in the spine. Using a crude adjustment, he changed the position of this part of the spine, and the man’s hearing reportedly improved.

While Palmer was certainly not the first to use the treatment method, he did call it “chiropractic”, which comes from the Greek words for “done” and “hand” so the approximate translation of the name is “done by hand”, which appropriately describes the method used. He was also the first to explain the effects of chiropractic care in a scientific manner, based on his wide-ranging studies of both anatomy and physiology.

Two years after that first adjustment, in 1897, Palmer founded the Palmer School of Cure, where he taught his process to large numbers of students. These included existing doctors looking to expand their own knowledge and skills, and his own son. The school still exists today in Davenport, Iowa, now known by the name Palmer School of Chiropractic.

The next years led to a great deal of tension between the practitioners of traditional medicine and the new chiropractic treatments. The first licensing law allowing chiropractors to perform their treatments under professional regulation was passed in 1913, but in places without such protection, they could be fined or spend time in prison for illegally practising without a licence, and this occurred until the 1960s.

Today, medicine and chiropractic care are often performed in collaboration, and it is common for doctors to recommend a course of chiropractic adjustments if a patient has musculoskeletal issues. Chiropractic First offer treatment for a wide range of problems, including back and neck pain, slipped discs and headaches. Conveniently located clinics provide treatment to patients in the Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester areas.