Posted tagged ‘D.D. Palmer’

Happy Birthday, Chiropractic!

September 15, 2010

[originally published in KCN, September 2003]

Birthday CakeMark your calendars!  Because on September 18th, chiropractic turns 108 [115 by today’s date in 2010].  It was on this day back in 1895, from his office on the second floor of the Ryan Block building in Davenport, Iowa, that D.D. Palmer delivered his first adjustment — an adjustment that not only changed the life of his patient, but the lives of millions that would follow the birth of this new profession of chiropractic.

So, just what did the first chiropractic patient complain of?  Well, it may surprise you, but it wasn’t back pain, neck pain, or even headaches. (more…)

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Navigating the Chiropractic Technique Jungle

April 2, 2010

[originally published in KCN, September 2001 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Technique Jungle TomLamarCartoon.com  SpinalColumnBlog.com Dr.Thomas Lamar

Diversified, Gonstead, Cox Flexion Distraction, Activator, Thompson, Sacro Occipital Technique, NIMMO Receptor Tonus, Applied Kinesiology, Logan Basic, Cranial, Pierce-Stillwagon, Pettibon, Directional Non-Force, Toftness, Chiropractic Spinal Biophysics, Toggle Recoil, Neuro Emotional Technique — the list goes on, and on, and on, easily surpassing the 100 mark.  To the average chiropractic patient, or non-patient for that matter, these names probably seem like some sort of cryptic chiropractic jargon.  But to the chiropractor, these names parallel a walk down the tool aisle at Sears — these names represent chiropractic adjustive techniques.

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…But wait! There’s more!

August 14, 2009

[originally published in KCN, February 2000]

visceral-but-wait-guyToday it is becoming more and more accepted by the health care community and public at large that chiropractors are great back doctors.  I would agree.  The scientific literature certainly supports our primary method of treatment for back pain, and more insurance companies are covering our services for it.  Considering our history of long uphill battles to gain “acceptance”  as a viable health care profession,  it is understandable that we might be drawn to settle into this “comfortable chair” of being labeled as back pain specialists.  But to do so would really be undermining the true potential that the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic has to offer. (more…)


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