The Genesis of the Wellness Revolution: The Story of Chiropractic
It was September 18th, 1895 when a magnetic healer named D.D Palmer examined a deaf janitor in Davenport, Iowa. Harvey Lillard, a deaf janitor who worked in the building in which D.D. Paler practiced, described to Dr. Palmer that he lost his hearing 17 years previously while exerting himself. Mr. Lillard explained that he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf. Dr. Palmer then purposefully adjusted the vertebrae and Mr. Lillard’s hearing was miraculously restored.
Shortly after the Harvey Lillard case, Dr. Palmer and a patient with heart trouble that also was resolved when he adjusted a subluxated vertebrae. In this particular case, he examined the spine and located a subluxated vertebrae pressing on the nerves supplying messages to the heart. Dr. Palmer reasoned that if two diseases, as different as deafness from heart trouble, came from pressure on the nerves, then other diseases may be caused due to a similar cause. Thus, the art of chiropractic was formed.
The dawn of a new era of health care was born; a system to investigate the cause of all disease and treat the cause, not the symptom. This new health care system is based on a vitalistic approach that allows our bodies to heal naturally without the use of toxic drugs or surgeries.
Subluxations: The Silent Killer
Your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) is responsible for sending messages to every cell, tissue, organ, and system in your body. This communication is made possible by your spinal neurological network. This vast communication network is in charge of virtually every function in your body and determines whether you enjoy good health or disease. The central nervous system is so important that nature built armor around it – your skull and spinal column!
However, even with this inborn protection, our nervous system can experience interference, injury, or disturbance. We call this damage to our nervous system a subluxation. Your examinations have determined that you have one or multiple subluxations existing in your spinal neurological network. This could potentially be a very serious threat to your continued overall health and well-being.
Subluxations can have devastating effects of your overall health and well-being. Our primary goal is to detect and correct the subluxations that are interfering with your nervous system.
It may be a gross over-simplification but there really are only three kinds of health problems, or conditions, and they are:
These conditions are progressive. The first time someone’s health begins to fail there are usually no symptoms. When the body has been moving in an unhealthy direction long enough for it to begin to breakdown, symptoms generally appear. The first sign of a symptom does not mean that the health problems associated with it are acute or new… it just means the symptoms are. An acute health problem is usually one that develops as a result of an obvious injury either physically, chemically, or emotionally.
If the cause of that health issues is left unhanded, eventually the problem returns. Symptoms return and the body demonstrates signs of a chronic problem. Unfelt but frequent signs of a chronic problem include: symptoms that come and go, x-rays that demonstrate localized areas of spinal degeneration or decay, muscle problems that won’t be massaged away or simply health concerns that most people use over-the-counter medications to deal with.
Permanent health problems result from simply treating symptoms when they arise without taking the time to address the underlying cause of the malfunction of the body. People often use medication for the rest of their lives to try and bring comfort to a malfunctioning body. Unfortunately, this only buys comfort… not health. This practice actually causes health problems that are easy to correct to progress from acute, to chronic, to permanent.
It is for these reasons that we so strongly recommend spine and nervous system evaluations be performed regularly, not just when symptoms develop. It is also why we are so adamant about how important it is to make sure your children grow up healthy rather than wait for them to break down as adults.