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Honoring Chiropractors of the Past- by The Evidence Based Chiropractor

You may not know that my great-grandfather was a Chiropractor in the early 1920's.  He went to Palmer and no doubt studied directly with B.J. at the Fountainhead.  At the time, Chiropractors were fighting to stay out of jail and probably could only dream of a time when they would be able to practice without the direct threat of imprisonment.  They risked everything on a little more than anecdote and belief in a better healthcare system. Medical doctors were still blood letting and penicillin had not yet been invented.  Certainly, they could not have imagined how much the practice and economy of healthcare would change over the next 100 years.  

Since that time Medical Doctors have consistently consolidated their resources to become a true behemoth on our nationwide economy.  Meanwhile, chiropractors have bickered and splintered the profession to a point where growth (utilization) has remained stagnant for decades and we have virtually no political power aside from crisis aversion.  

In my opinion, Chiropractic is perhaps the most safe and effective healthcare profession in history.  Furthermore, we now have a plethora of research which substantiates our role in the healthcare arena.  I am sure my great-grandfather would not be able to fathom a day when medical journals would support the use of chiropractic care.  Frankly, I feel as though they would be aghast if they knew thousands of chiropractors were practicing and not actively promoting chiropractic research to the public and to other physicians.  While I will never know my great-grandfathers thoughts on The Evidence Based Chiropractor, I am steadfast in my belief that the promotion of chiropractic research, and the ability to highlight the unbelievable power of the chiropractic adjustment, is a foundational component of how we can secure the future of chiropractic for the next 100 years.   


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The First Chiropractic Adjustment- by The Evidence Based Chiropractor

In September of 1895 in Davenport, Iowa the first chiropractic adjustment was delivered to William Harvey Lillard by D.D. Palmer.  As we understand it, D.D. Palmer was a magnetic healer who had explored a variety of health sciences throughout his lifetime.  Mr. Lillard was a janitor who happened to tell Palmer that his hearing was greatly reduced after a spine injury some years earlier.  Upon examination, Palmer found a "bump" or lump between the shoulder blades of Mr. Lillard.  After "racking" the vertebrae back into position Mr. Lillard experienced a great improvement in his hearing.

The first adjustment was given not for back pain, but for a systemic manifestation of a vertebral (and ultimately nervous system) injury.   In many ways this first adjustment was the beginning of a great chasm within chiropractic care.  Do we provide care for the spine, the body organs/systems, or perhaps, even both?  

It is my opinion that chiropractic is the greatest, drugless, conservative health care profession which has ever been discovered.  D.D. Palmer may not have been able to truly grasp the breath and depth of his accomplishment.  Over 100 years later, we have been able to stand on the back of giants such as D.D., B.J., Barge, Gonstead, Thompson, Gold, etc..  Our profession at its most basic level is the most effective, safe, and cost-effective healthcare option for neuromusculoskeletal complaints.  But, perhaps as research continues to advance, we will be noted for achievements of even greater significance. 


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