A HISTORY LESSON FOR CHIROPRACTIC
It’s a strange word, but just like all words in our language, it is derived from Greek origins. When Daniel David Palmer was developing chiropractic, his hands were his tools. In Greek, “cheir” means hand, and “praktos” means done, and this form of care was “done by hand.”
The first adjustment was delivered by D.D. Palmer in 1895 to a partially deaf janitor. After his treatment, Harvey Lillard later reported that his hearing had improved after the intervention—something no other doctor or professional at the time had been able to do.
D.D. Palmer opened the first school for chiropractic two years later in a small town in Iowa. In the century since, chiropractors have used spinal adjustments to help people of all shapes, ages, and sizes prevent and cope with pain, headaches, muscle soreness, and a variety of other physical challenges. Millions of people benefit from the work of chiropractors every day.
HOW ARE YOU TRAINED TODAY?
While the art of chiropractic may not have changed much over the course of its history, the training of chiropractors certainly has. Chiropractors go through a minimum of four years of schooling to learn the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic. This education is generally preceded by an undergraduate degree in a life science, or several years of experience in another health care field.
Chiropractic students must spend a minimum of 4,200 hours in a classroom setting, learning anatomy, biology, chemistry, nutrition, radiology, chiropractic history and technique, and a number of other topics. In addition, students have 1,000 hours of fully supervised clinical training with a practicing chiropractor, learning appropriate diagnosis and treatment techniques to help you heal and restore your body to its fully functioning state.