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The Early Years: Chiropractic Medicine's Long History

By Stephen R. Farris

Looking back through history, have you ever wondered what the medieval knights did to cure or relieve their aches and joint pains from wearing all that armor and riding on horseback? What about the soldiers of the Roman legions, or just about any soldier in the infantry; what did they do to seek joint pain relief? 

After all, they did a lot of marching for long periods of time and it had to be tough on the joints of the feet, ankles and knees, not to mention the back -- especially with all of the weapons and gear they carried.

There's not a whole lot mentioned in the history school books concerning chiropractic medicine. However, you'd be surprised what has been written and about whom. Here's a look at a few of them.

Hippocrates, the Namesake of the Modern Day Hippocratic Oath

It seems somewhere near the time of 400 B.C., Hippocrates -- known as the father of Greek medicine -- used treatment techniques for the spine. This could very well be the beginning of chiropractic medicine. Unfortunately we may never know as many of the early ancient writings and depictions were destroyed prior to Hippocrates' time.

Buddhists Get in on the Act of Chiropractic Therapy

Quite possibly, over 2,000 years -- maybe longer -- Buddhist temples show in their writings that monks used techniques to treat the spine with adjustment techniques. 

Post-Medieval Europeans Make Spinal Adjustments

The hardships villagers and farmers faced were sometimes treacherous and it wasn't uncommon to get a broken bone or two from constructing dwellings and buildings with stones or pushing carts and wagons through marshy bogs, fields and muddy roadways. Doctors and/or men and women familiar with medicine during the 16th century would set the bones in their patients, but also manipulated the back, making spinal adjustments to help with the process.

Chiropractic Medicine Becomes a Common Option

It wasn't until around 1895, when the founder of modern day chiropractic medicine, Daniel David Palmer, began to use techniques to relieve back pain and other conditions in the body, although he never claimed to be the first person to ever use chiropractic treatment.

Today, chiropractic treatment is used all over the world helping everyday people -- from stay-at-home moms and dads, to workers and athletes who suffer from joint pain -- get back to their normal routine of living life. Chiropractors also offer nutritional and exercise ideas to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gainesville, Ga.

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