A Brief History Of
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.
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.
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.
The modern chiropractic
perspective on health and disease emphasizes two
1) The structure and condition of the body influences
how the body functions and its ability to heal itself;
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.
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,
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.