The spine protects the nervous system, and every part of your body has a nerve supply. This means a nerve that becomes irritated in your back can lead to pain or dysfunction elsewhere (and anywhere!).
Chiropractic aims to ensure that your spine is moving like a well-oiled machine, allowing your nervous system to function at its most optimal. Areas that are found to be stuck or dysfunctional are adjusted by the Chiropractor to enable them to move freely again and to restore normal function. For more information please read our book, “Yackety-Yack, Let’s Talk Backs —and More!”
Chiropractic as a profession began in the late 19th century, with the development of various forms of manual therapy in the United States. The founder of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, is credited with developing the first Chiropractic adjustment in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer believed that misalignments in the spine could cause various health problems by interfering with the body’s nervous system, and that by correcting these misalignments through spinal adjustments, health could be restored.
Palmer’s son, B.J. Palmer, continued to develop and promote Chiropractic throughout the early 20th century, and the profession grew in popularity over time. Today, Chiropractic is a regulated healthcare profession in many countries around the world, and Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions using a variety of manual techniques.