History of Chiropractic Medicine

Many of us take better care of our automobiles than we do our own bodies... yet the auto has replaceable parts.
— B. J. Palmer

Origin of Chiropractic

The importance of the spine in relation to overall wellness dates all the way back to the texts of Hippocrates... but chiropractic care didn't begin to take shape until DD Palmer recognized that no one had developed a philosophical or scientific rationale to explain the effects of manipulations.

He chose the word ‘Chiropractic’ coming from the Greek words cheir (meaning ‘hand’) and praktos (meaning ‘done’), i.e. Done by Hand. No surprise then that there is an emphasis on manual techniques including joint adjustment and/or manipulation. 


Timeline Infographic


Details of the Chiropractic Controversy

Chiropractic treatment has a lot of controversy associated with it, and the word itself can leave some people weary. The modern version is still trying to overcome these negative connotations, and the progress is quite fascinating. For an extremely detailed account of the history, check out Chiropractic History: a Primer by the Association for the History of Chiropractic. 


Some Key Chiropractic Facts:

  • there are over 77,000 active chiropractors in the US
  • over 10,000 students are in nationally accredited, chiropractic doctoral programs
  • chiropractors treat an estimated 35 million Americans annually
  • curriculum includes 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship

Chiropractic care has quite the colorful history, but one thing that’s never changed is the belief that the human body is capable of healing itself if the circumstances are right!

Talk with us today about how our Arden chiropractic office can help you towards living a pain-free life and enjoying all that Western North Carolina has to offer.