History of Chiropractic
Many chiropractic patients ask,
did chiropractic get started?” Well, Chiropractic got started
in Davenport Iowa a little over 100 years ago. In 1895 a
“magnetic healer” as he was called, by the name of DD Palmer
operated an office on the corner of Second and Brady street in
downtown Davenport. Dr. Palmer, as he was known, noticed on that
day the janitor who worked in his building was nearly totally
was a black gentleman by the name of Harvey Lillard. Upon
questioning, (probably very loud questioning) Harvey explained to
Dr. Palmer that he had lost most of his hearing 17 years earlier
when he was bending over and felt a “pop” in his upper back or
neck. Dr. Palmer examined the area and noticed a bump which he
determined to be a spinal vertebrae out of position. It seemed
that Harvey noticed this bump right after he lost his hearing.
Having a knowledge of anatomy, Dr. Palmer convinced Harvey to
allow him to try to fix it by pushing the bone back into place.
History is uncertain as to whether it
was one visit or several, but the result was Harvey got his
hearing back! From that point DD Palmer changed his practice over
to this new method of replacing bones that were out of position
and allowing people to heal. His practice grew and the profession
of chiropractic was born.
Within two years Dr. Palmer opened the
first school of Chiropractic on Brady Street in Davenport. It was
his son Dr. BJ Palmer, who continued the school after the death of
DD. It is the son BJ, who is given credit today for growing and
developing the profession into what it has become today.
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