History of chiropractic care

Like many fields, the history of chiropractic medicine involves some controversy. It started with its origin in 1895, when Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer claimed to have discovered the link between spinal disorders and overall health. During the next century, chiropractic medicine evolved away from the philosophy developed by Palmer and his son, Bartlett Joshua (B.J.) Palmer. Today, the chiropractic field has found more mainstream acceptance as a treatment method for neck and back pain, primarily through manual manipulation of the vertebrae to complement other forms of treatment.

Overview of the origin of chiropractic medicine

D.D. Palmer’s original philosophy of chiropractic medicine was not based on scientific theory or observation. Rather, he used faith-based reasoning to conclude that the body contained an “innate intelligence” or “vitalistic” energy that represented the presence of a higher spiritual power. This vitality, Palmer concluded, was centered within the spine.

Therefore, according to his reasoning, 95 percent of diseases could be traced to spinal disorders. His untestable metaphor, a faith-based assertion that the mind-body relationship has a direct bearing on overall health, led to the development of the core tenants of chiropractic philosophy:

  • There is a fundamental and important relationship, mediated through the nervous system, between the spine and overall health
  • Mechanical and functional disorders of the spine, called vertebral subluxation, can harm health
  • Correction of spinal disorders, also called adjustments, may restore health

Chiropractic care and other treatments for back pain

Modern chiropractic is regulated state by state, and practitioners are required to earn a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from an accredited institution and the mainstream practice has become evidence-based. Even though Palmer’s original philosophy remains controversial, there is evidence that manual manipulation and other chiropractic techniques can provide temporary relief of neck pain, back and other symptoms. Many patients are able to find lasting relief with a comprehensive conservative treatment plan that involves chiropractic care, medication, exercise, physical therapy and spinal injections. Spine surgery may become an option if you and your doctor decide that conservative options have been exhausted without finding the relief necessary for a good quality of life.

If you are in this situation, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how a minimally invasive outpatient procedure can help you find the relief you deserve. We can help you receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.