It is believed that the practice of chiropractic can be traced back to ancient Egypt, China, and Greece Hippocrates may have practiced chiropractic. Historians often refer to Hippocratic quotes like “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases” as evidence of his involvement with chiropractic. The beginnings of modern chiropractic care began with D.D. Palmer. At the end of the 19th century medicine was leaving the era of proclaimed cure-alls to pursue more scientific investigations into disease treatment. D.D. Palmer felt the body had an ample supply of natural healing power that was transmitted through the nervous system. He believed that if a single organ was sick, it was because it was not receiving its normal nerve supply. This theory led to the premise of spinal misalignment or subluxation. From this, a procedure for adjusting the vertebrae was born. D.D performed his first adjustments in 1895, reliving one man of deafness and another from heart trouble. The Palmer School and Cure was founded in Davenport Iowa in 1897 to train other in the applications of Chiropractic principles. The school was incorporated by Iowa’s laws and later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which is still teaching Chiropractic today!
Today, there are more than 70,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially recognize chiropractic as a health care profession. Many other countries also recognize and regulate chiropractic, including Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and Switzerland