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The Origins of Chiropractic Care

We all know that chiropractic care has been an influential part of the medical community for quite some time, now. But was it always that way? If you're anything like me, the history behind chiropractic care has, until now, been somewhat of a mystery. But today, we're here to fill you in. Below, you'll find quite a bit of interesting information about the origins of chiropractic care, and how it became what it is today- a healthy, natural, and affordable option for numerous health concerns. 

Roots of Chiropractic Care 

The roots of chiropractic care stem all the way back to 2700 B.C., when written word recorded spinal manipulation as being an effective remedy for lower back pain. In fact, in between 460 and 357 B.C., the Greek doctor and philosopher, Hippocrates, wrote, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases". However, it wasn't until later in the 19th century that the practice of spinal manipulation began to pick up steam here in the United States. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer established the first chiropractic practice in Davenport, Iowa. He founded the first chiropractic college, the Palmer School of Chiropractic, in 1897 and it continues to be a forerunner of the chiropractic schools still today. 

Since the early 20th century, chiropractic care has continued to grow, expand, and gain respect as a science-based, non-invasive, and cost-effective approach to medicine. The American Chiropractic Association's website says, "The 1993 Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. The results of this study concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually with regard to work disability payments and direct health care costs". 

Chiropractic Care Today

Despite years of reported discord, today medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic hold a mutual respect for one another and even collaborate when appropriate. It is understood that, within the medical world, there are a number of niches to be filled and, ultimately, consideration and cooperation will be the most successful. Next to medicine and dentistry, chiropractic care remains the third leading health care profession and, currently, it is estimated that between 10 and 15% of the American population utilizes it as a regular part of their health maintenance. 

If you are interested in chiropractic care, consider stopping into The Joint... The Chiropractic Place for a consultation. With a knowledgeable staff, affordable prices, and convenient walk-in hours, they can assist you with all of your chiropractic needs. 


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