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History of Chiropractic

The word 'Chiropractic' comes from the Greek words ‘ chiro' meaning 'hand' and ‘ praktos' meaning 'done' i.e. Done by Hand Chiropractic was invented by Daniel David Palmer.

DD Palmer was born in Ontario, Canada in 1845 and moved south to Iowa in the USA.

DD performed the initial chiropractic adjustment in September 1895. A prolific reader of all things scientific, DD realised that although various forms of manipulation had been used for hundreds if not thousands of years, no-one had developed a philosophical or scientific rationale to explain their effects. DD Palmer's major contribution to the health field was the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic.


What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the third largest primary health care profession in the world (a primary health care professional being one who carries out both diagnosis and treatment) after medicine and dentistry.

Its practitioners bring relief to thousands of people who would otherwise suffer prolonged pain or illness.

The main focus of chiropractic is the relationship between the function of joints, muscles and the nervous system (neuromusculoskeletal disorders) and the effects of these disorders on health. The spine is of central importance.

The principal treatment is joint manipulation or adjustment. Management also includes rehabilitative exercises, patient education and lifestyle modification. There is also an emphasis on health promotion and early return to activities for injured patients. The focus on education and patient empowerment is an important factor in the success of chiropractic management and the high levels of patient satisfaction.

Chiropractic is a natural and conservative form of health care, offering an alternative to medication and surgery. Accordingly it makes no use of drugs or surgery and has no aspirations to do so. Apart from high levels of general diagnostic skills, chiropractors are also trained how to take and read X-rays, when appropriate for use in establishing a diagnosis.


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Yes, suffered back and joint problems for many years prior to my visits. Now only need moderate maintenance.” - Richard McCann

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