A Brief History Of Chiropractic
The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 18, 1895, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Dr. Palmer was, at the time, studying the cause and effect of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had complained of hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a "lump" on Mr. Lillard's back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place, which he then repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several such treatments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was restored.  This birthed original chiropractic theory. Within chiropractic circles, many still cling to the subluxation hypothesis.  Most chiropractors, however, have a modernized definition of subluxation, myself included, that follows an evidence based, scientific approach.   

With that being said, since Dr. Palmer's first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Today, advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the growing acceptance among other health care professionals makes chiropractic a popular health care choice. 

Modern chiropractic care, particularly, how Dr. Thomas practices, deals with biomechanical, postural and physical stress.  In the same way Yoga, or Martial Arts has roots in ancient philosophies, Yoga is great for stretching and Martial Arts are great for self-defense techniques. 

Chiropractic care, when using a biomechanical, postural and functional restoration model is both effective and scientific. We do not require you to believe in any "chiropractic philosophies" for chiropractic to "work".  Click here for my non-traditional view on subluxation. I love skeptics also.  Here's an example of one (though it wasn't me personally.  Just keep in mind not all chiropractors are the same, so to lump them all together would not be correct. 

Chiropractic Philosophy

The modern chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes two fundamental concepts:

1) The structure and condition of the body influences how the body functions and its ability to heal itself;
and
2) All injury is due to the body's inability to deal with physical change and/or the physics of stress and strain on the body. 

Chiropractic Techniques

Dr. Thomas practices a variety of techniques based on what is necessary to achieve the necessary goal.  Primarily he uses Diversified technique, as well as extremity adjusting, also Arthrostim/Activator technique (Instrument Adjusting) as well as Drop Table adjusting (Thompson).  Cox flexion/distraction therapy is also utilized when necessary. 
 
When I was in school, someone said, "A good chiropractor should be able to adjust the same bone at least 3 different ways."  I can think of at least 3 accomplish most of my adjusting goals. For more about chiropractic techniques, click here

For More Information on the "Widespread Use of Chiropractic Care" and "Healthy Tips for Healthy Spine " please go to our patient education section of our other website.  


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