Many chiropractic patients ask, “How 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 deaf.
This janitor 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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Chiropractic is the
fastest-growing and second-largest primary
health care profession.
There are approx. 60,000 doctors of chiropractic
(DCs) in active practice in the United States
spread from rural areas to inner cities. More
than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in
chiropractic educational programs accredited by
a federally-recognized body (CCE).
Chiropractic services are in high
Tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for
chiropractic services and this number is rapidly
growing. In 1993, more than 30 million consumers
made chiropractic a regular part of their health