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Chiropractic History

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While traditional chiropractic medicine has only been around for a little over 100 years, manual manipulation of the spine and extremity joints dates back thousands of years. Spinal manipulation to relieve back pain has been found in ancient Chinese and Greek writings between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. In fact, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the importance of spinal manipulation. In one of his books, Hippocrates wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” Evidence of manual manipulation has also been discovered in the civilizations of Japan, Egypt, Babylon, Syria, as well as the Mayans, Incas, and Native Americans.

In 1895, Daniel David Palmer restored the hearing of Harvey Lillard with the first traditional chiropractic adjustment, marking the official beginning of the chiropractic profession. Dr. Palmer opened the first chiropractic college in Davenport, Iowa two years later. Dr. Brandon Nevel is an proud, distinguished alumnus of Palmer College of Chiropractic: Florida Campus. Dr. Brandon Nevel is now a chiropractor in private practice in Jupiter, Florida.

During the twentieth century, the chiropractic profession gained the support of the medical community as research studies continued to demonstrate the efficacy of chiropractic care on patient’s health. Chiropractic care has been found to be the premier treatment for neck pain, low back pain, and headaches. Further, research has found that health care costs decrease with chiropractic treatment for pain versus traditional medical care and patients were more satisfied with their outcomes. More research supporting the use of chiropractors continues to emerge.