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Chiropractor

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Chiropractic care (which comes from the Greek word meaning "done by hand") dates back to 1895. It was developed by Daniel David Palmer, a self-taught healer in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer wanted to find a cure for disease and illness that did not use drugs. He studied the structure of the spine and the ancient art of moving the body with the hands (manipulation).

Palmer first treated a local janitor who complained of impaired hearing after performing heavy labor. Palmer examined the janitor and noted a lump on the man's back that he believed was caused by a displaced bone of the spinal column (vertebra). After adjusting the janitor's spine, Palmer claimed that the man's hearing was restored.

As more people began to seek Palmer's care, he refined his theory to state that many ailments were caused by the vertebrae pressing on the nerves of the spine. Palmer called such interference with normal nerve signals "subluxations." He believed that manipulating or adjusting to correct the alignment of the vertebrae would restore normal brain and nerve transmission and help the body's natural ability to recover from illness. Today, most practicing chiropractors mix spinal adjustments with other therapies, such as nutritional counseling and exercise recommendations.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

American Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association website includes a patient-information section with Health and Wellness Tips.

International Chiropractors Association
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is an international chiropractic professional organization representing practitioners, students, chiropractic assistants, educators, and patients worldwide dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession.

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