Chiropractic Care: History Of The Practice

In 1895 chiropractic care was established by Daniel David Palmer. He was a grocer who had a deep interest in metaphysics. Palmer was a magnetic healer before he discovered chiropractic and he also had interests in phrenology a study of diagnosing disease based on spiritualism and bumps of the skull. The principle of chiropractic was announced by Palmer when he reportedly cured a janitor of his 17-year deafness by manipulating his neck.

The name of the treatment was called “Chiropractic” by Palmer which means “done by hand”. He attested that all disease is caused by subluxated bones, which are spinal bones 95% of the time and which prevent the flow of natural intelligence. He did not perform any research or test; he rather treated patients directly and taught the next generation of chiropractors his principles and techniques.

The first adjustment Palmer did, lead to the development of chiropractic care and the establishment of Palmer school of cure which is presently known as Palmer College of Chiropractic located in Davenport, Iowa, still today. Due to the successful first adjustment, a lot of people begin to have an interest in Palmer’s art of healing and principle. One of those who joined him in his mission was his son, named Bartlett Joshua plus some people who were members of the older healing arts of osteopathy and medicine.

Step By Step History

In 1895, Daniel David Palmer created chiropractic.

In 1897, Palmer school of cure now known has Palmer College of Chiropractic was established.

In 1913, the first U.S state to recognize chiropractic and get licensed was Kansas while Louisiana in 1974, became the last state.

In 1923, the first province to be licensed in Canada was Alberta and the last province was Newfoundland in 1992.

In 1933, the United States Council of State Chiropractic Examining Boards is established and the name of the organization was later changed to Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, in 1974.

In 1939, the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, became the first jurisdiction outside North America to accept and license the practice of chiropractic.  

In 1996, a fund was raised by the United States government for the support of chiropractic research through the national institute of health.

In 1998, it was the first time when there will be more chiropractic school outside the United States.

In 2002, chiropractic care was introduced to the military health system.

In 2005, WHO published guidelines on the safety and training of chiropractic.

In the United States today there are more than 70, 000 chiropractor that are licensed. All states now accept chiropractic treatment or care as health care profession and they are even regulated by some countries.


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