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Chiropractic's History in Canada


In Canada, socialized medicine has afforded opportunities in healthcare that may not be feasible in other places. Although the geographic layout of Canada makes socialized medicine difficult to operate, due to concerns over infrastructure and the integration of monitoring systems, the healthcare system performs relatively well. Chiropractic care has long established roots in Canada, going back as far as the late nineteenth century.

In 1895, a local grocery store owner named Daniel David Palmer took it upon himself to work on his deaf janitor’s neck in an effort to relieve some of the difficulties the janitor had with hearing. Palmer was convinced that any sort of disease or disorder was rooted in the incorrect formation or alignment of the spine, and that a simple cure could be enacted by adjusting the spine. He theorized the concept of “Innate intelligence” in which the spine was the primary pathway. When the spine was misaligned, the innate intelligence could not properly move throughout the body, and effectively would result in some sort of negative health outcome.

20 years later, chiropractic care was the third largest discipline of primary care. Chiropractic care got a significant boost in reverence and national attention when the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College was opened in 1945. This development conveyed to the Canadian people, that spinal alignment and that medical education with respect to chiropractic care was an increasingly useful discipline in medical care.

Throughout the twentieth century, chiropractic care continued to gain momentum. A crucial development came about in 1973, when the Ontario Council of Health formed a Health Task Force on Chiropractic. This establishment recognized the need for continuing research into chiropractic care and a more thorough understanding of techniques, treatment protocol, case management, and various other aspects of chiropractic care as it grew exponentially.

In 2015, Canadians understand that chiropractics has the potential to assist in various different health problems, anywhere from headaches to respiratory problems. While there are still those who doubt chiropractic care in the United States, Canada has adopted chiropractic care as a norm in medical care. If it weren’t for the inquisitive nature of Daniel David Palmer and his deaf janitor, the landscape of chiropractic care in Canada might look completely different today.

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