The First Adjustment

Have you ever wondered how modern-day Chiropractic was discovered? Who gave the first adjustment? Who researched and drove the profession where it is now? What are the different techniques and how do they affect the body and pain?

D.D. Palmer was working in his office when Harvey Lillard, who was a deaf janitor, came into the office. They had a conversation about how Harvey became deaf which he stated that he felt a pop in his back and lost his hearing. D.D. Palmer had him lay on his table and felt his mid back and noticed something had shifted out of place. So, D.D. Palmer pushed on the thoracic spine and the segment went in on September 18, 1895. Harvey Lillard’s hearing returned.

D.D. Palmer then started a school in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa called Palmer School and Cure which later turns into Palmer College of Chiropractic. D.D. Palmer is credited for the modern-day Chiropractic that we know.


Continuing D.D. Palmer’s Legacy

D.D. Palmer’s son, B.J. Palmer then took over the research to see how Chiropractic adjustments affect the spine and nerves and why it helps restore function. B.J. Palmer stated, ” Medicine is the study of disease and what causes man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes man to live.” He also states, ” While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, Chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment.”

Since then, chiropractic has evolved into multiple techniques and theories. These techniques were created by different chiropractors based on their thoughts and principles. Contrary to their beliefs and to most chiropractors’ beliefs, in my opinion, is that one technique does not always work for everyone or solve all issues. Therefore, I believe that you need to find a chiropractor that works best for your body.

Chiropractic Techniques

Here are some the techniques that can relieve pain and restore function:

  • Gonstead
  • Diversified
  • Thompson Drop
  • Atlas Orthogonal
  • Palmer Package
  • Toggle
  • Neat
  • Pettibon
  • Chiropractic Biophysics technique (CBP)
  • Activator
  • Cox Flexion/Distraction
  • Logan Technique
  • Extremity Adjusting
  • Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Graston technique
  • Etc…

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