Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints has been practiced for a long time. Spinal manipulation and lower extremity movement to relieve low back pain are mentioned in ancient Chinese and Greek manuscripts from between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. In fact, Hippocrates, the legendary Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., spoke on the necessity of physical manipulation. ” Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” he asserts in one of his publications. Evidence of manual manipulation of the body has been discovered in Egypt, Babylon, Syria, Japan, the Incas, Mayans, and Native Americans.
The chiropractic profession officially began in 1895, when Daniel David Palmer restored Harvey Lillard’s hearing by adjusting his neck. This event trigger something that told Dr. Palmer that he was on to something excellent. Dr. Palmer went on to found the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, two years later, in 1897, which continues to teach chiropractors to this day.
Throughout the twentieth century, the chiropractic profession received widespread acceptance and scientific backing. There have been several studies clearly proving the usefulness of chiropractic therapy in terms of lowering healthcare expenditures, boosting recovery rates, and enhancing patient happiness. In fact, the 1993 Manga Research, a significant Canadian study, indicated that chiropractic therapy would save hundreds of millions of dollars each year in work disability benefits and direct health care expenditures. Several large studies, including those undertaken by the United States Government, the Rand Corporation, and others, have all proved the tremendous usefulness of chiropractic therapy.