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Chiropractic Care: Where did it begin?

Chiropractic care is commonly used to treat back, neck and joint pain using natural, drug-free methods. While officially founded in 1895, chiropractic care can trace its roots to ancient times. Documentation of spinal manipulation dates back to ancient China in 2700 B.C. The ancient Greeks also practiced chiropractics, and prominent Greek physician Hippocrates published texts that highlighted its importance.

The term “chiropractic” means “done by hand” and was developed in the late 1800s by Daniel David Palmer. Previously a magnetic healer, Palmer was very interested in anatomy and physiology, which led to his interest in manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to relieve pain. In 1897, he founded the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and began teaching others about his discoveries.

In 1906, Palmer’s son, Dr. B.J. Palmer took over the school. He and his wife, Mabel Heath Palmer performed a great deal of research, improving spinal adjustment techniques. While teaching at the college, the couple heightened the standards of chiropractic education, stabilizing chiropractic’s place in the health field.

Many physicians in the United States were skeptical of chiropractic care, and it wasn’t until 1974 that the practice became legal in all 50 states, with Louisiana the last state to recognize a chiropractic license.

The primary belief of the chiropractic profession is to use natural methods to help the human body heal itself. For more information on its history, visit the American Chiropractic Association. Interested in scheduling a consult to learn how chiropractic care can help you? Contact Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center online or by calling 254-899-2225. We look forward to your visit!

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