History Lesson: Chiropractic Care for the Ages

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It’s no secret that most medicines and medical practices can be traced back to the beginning of humanity.  And the inception of chiropractic care is no different.  The idea that spinal manipulation held the key to the body’s ability to heal itself began thousands of years ago.  Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.

As the practice showed positive results, it gained significant credibility in the modern age.  The first school to teach the practice was developed by Dr. David Palmer in Iowa in 1897; the Palmer School of Chiropractic Medicine has continued to be one of the most prominent chiropractic colleges in the nation.  Throughout the twentieth century chiropractic medicine gained legal recognition in all fifty states in America. Meanwhile, international studies added to the legitimacy of the long term effects of spinal manipulation.  In 2018, the Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. The results concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually with regard to work disability payments and direct healthcare costs.  

Non-invasive measures of medical care, including but not limited to spinal manipulation, acupuncture and therapeutic massage,  are attractive to those patients who believe in a holistic approach to healthcare. The term holistic is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. Therefore understanding that chiropractic care is not only for the neck and spine, but for ailments ranging from sinus issues to sciatica is of the utmost importance.Now that you have a better understanding of the evolution of chiropractic services, visit the Back Pain Clinic Belleville to see how Dr. Fast can take your care to the next level.