The History Of The Chiropractic Profession

Dr David Daniel Palmer–Founder of the Modern Chiropractic Profession

Last week the chiropractic profession celebrated it’s 125th anniversary of it’s founding. The history of the profession of chiropractic is unique, interesting and colorful. This article will discuss events leading up to the advent of the modern chiropractic profession, and the discovery and advancement of chiropractic.

Physical manipulation of the spine, extremity joints and soft tissues is a healing therapy that has been known to exist for millennia. Hippocrates (460-385BCE), the ancient Greek who is considered to be the father of medicine, said: “look to the spine for disease” and practiced spinal manipulation. Galen (131-202 CE), a Roman surgeon, also provided evidence of manipulation of the spine. Spinal manipulation has been practiced in the early Middle East, Far East, India, Central America and Europe.

In the low countries of northern Europe manipulation was performed by laypeople who were called bone setters. These were not trained physicians but, were people skilled in manipulative techniques that were passed along by family members, neighbors or craftsman. As these people migrated to the United States they brought their skills with them. Many of them settled in the Midwestern states of Iowa and Nebraska.

In the late 1800s a man named Daniel David Palmer, who lived in Davenport Iowa, is credited with performing what is considered to be the first modern chiropractic treatment. He performed a treatment on the spine of a patient and the patient’s poor hearing was helped. Rather than using the term manipulation, he called his method a “chiropractic adjustment.” From that beginning Dr. Palmer began to practice chiropractic by administering chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal vertebrae that were out of alignment, causing pinched nerves. His practice grew phenomenally as he was able to help many people’s ailments without the use of drugs and surgery.

Dr. Palmer became concerned that if he did not pass his knowledge on, his skills would be lost upon his passing. Therefore, he created The Palmer School of Chiropractic where he began training others to become doctors of chiropractic. These chiropractors went out to the rest of the country to start practices and some of them formed other chiropractic colleges.

Dr. David Daniel Palmer’s son, Bartlett James (BJ), also became a chiropractor and continued to build and expand his father’s school which became known as The Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. BJ Palmer was an interesting person in that he started other businesses. One was a powerful radio station in Davenport Iowa that is said to have given former president Ronald Reagan his first job in the entertainment business.

The chiropractic profession proliferated in the United States and throughout the world. More chiropractic educational institutions have developed. Chiropractors have presented scientific articles that have been accepted by prestigious research journals. In the US every state issues licenses and regulates the chiropractic profession.

Chiropractic care for spinal back and neck pain relief is considered the gold standard of treatment. Chiropractic care has been shown to be safe, gentle and effective in providing millions of people spinal pain relief.

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Low Back Pain Relief In Pregnancy

Gentile Chiropractic Care for Back Pain Relief In Pregnancy

Did you know that 50-72% of women experience low back pain during their pregnancy? Back pain is also the leading cause of missed workdays for working women during their pregnancy. Studies show 10% of women will experience disabling back discomfort for at least two years following delivery. Obviously, back problems associated with pregnancy are major health concern. This article will discuss why pain of the back develops during pregnancy and a safe, effective method to help with this malady.

Most would agree that medications and surgery are not the answer for a woman with a back problem during her pregnancy and even in the breast-feeding postpartum. In 2004 Americans spent $26.1 billion trying to find relief of back pain during pregnancy.

Because treatment options are limited during pregnancy due to mother and fetus safety a nonsurgical and drug-free option would be the best course of action. Fortunately, that option exists in the form of chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic offers a safe, noninvasive approach to managing back discomfort in pregnancy that uses a time-honored method of care. Because of the changes occurring in a woman’s body during her pregnancy the lower part of the spine in the pelvis are susceptible to becoming misaligned and moving improperly. The lower the bones of the spine are called the lumbar vertebrae. The pelvis is made of three separate bones formed by two winged bones called the Ilium and the central tailbone called the sacrum.

Because of the weight and position of the growing fetus any of the lumbar vertebral and pelvic bones can experience improper movement and misalignments of their joints. A chiropractic examination will reveal where improper biomechanical changes occur in the low back and pelvis. Then, safe, gentle, chiropractic adjustments (sometimes called chiropractic manipulation) can be administered to the pregnant female to give effective relief of lower back pain during pregnancy.

In 2009, 78 pregnant women participated in a research study to evaluate disability and pain intensity upon receiving chiropractic care for back discomfort during pregnancy. For disability 51% showed improvement with chiropractic care. For pain 67% showed significant improvement. In a follow-up 11 months later 85% rated their improvement as either excellent or good!

Research also shows that women receiving chiropractic care during their pregnancy experience faster delivery time and less delivery discomfort.

So, the answer is clear. Seek chiropractic care during pregnancy to manage disability and pain so that you can enjoy your pregnancy!

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“My Lower Back Feels Stronger Now”

Lower Back Pain Relief Through Safe Chiropractic Care

“My lower back feels stronger now.” This is the statement I heard after I had treated Marianne for her back condition. It is also a statement I’ve heard many times in my 35 years of chiropractic practice. Marianne was a 45-year-old patient who was a hairstylist. Over the past several years she had been experiencing increased back discomfort. She also noted her lower back felt extremely weak and tired after putting in a long day at work.

This article will discuss how chiropractic care can give relief of low back pain and help increase back strength and endurance. We’ll also discuss a recent scientific research study detailing how chiropractic therapy helps with relief of back discomfort and reported subsequent improvement of disability.

Marianne had been to her PCP, orthopedic specialist and physical therapist but her back episodes of pain and tiredness persisted. When I initially examined her, I found that she had misalignments of her spinal bones and pelvis that had been overlooked. We discussed a plan of care that led to her obtaining relief of her back complaints by providing chiropractic manipulations to correct malpositioned and improperly moving spinal vertebrae and pelvic joints. We also worked through a process of providing stretching and strengthening exercises so that she was able to take on the strenuous physical activities of being a hairstylist without fear of having tired back at the end of her workday.

Chiropractic care has been shown, scientifically, to increase strength and endurance of the back. In the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, June 2020 a study was performed where military personnel received chiropractic care. Those receiving treatment reported improved strength and endurance, as well as a reduction in low back pain intensity and disability compared with patients on a waiting list who received no treatment.

I have also seen patients in occupations such as nursing, construction, restaurant workers, employees in the retail business and others experience an ability to perform their occupations not only free of back discomfort, but also able to have the endurance to put in long hours required of their profession.

If one has strength or endurance disability, and pain from a spinal condition it is highly recommended to seek chiropractic care immediately. It could be the difference between relief or pain, or normal function versus disability. It might even be the difference between being able to continue working or be forced into retirement.

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Preventing Back Pain

Back Pain Prevention

As a practicing chiropractor for over 35 years I have seen thousands of patients seeking care for their back discomfort. Fortunately, I have been able to help the vast majority gain relief of their spinal pain. Once back problems are relieved, I encourage patients to take necessary steps to keep it from returning. This article will discuss steps one can take for the prevention of back and spinal pain.

Experts note that 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. 60% of opioid medication prescriptions, as Percocet and OxyContin, are taken for spinal neck and lower back discomfort. Deaths from unintentional drug overdoses in the USA, primarily driven from opioid overdoses, are the second leading cause of accidental death. Clearly, we need to take simple, yet effective preventative measures to control spinal pain.

I like my patients to consider focusing their efforts toward these three approaches to prevent recurring back discomfort: proper exercise, proper posture support when sitting and sleeping and chiropractic preventative care.

Proper exercises to prevent spinal pain are easy, take little time and require no specialized equipment. I counsel every patient I see to perform some simple stretching exercises in the morning that involve neck and low back muscle warm-ups. For the purposes of this article, I won’t delve into specific exercises, but can say a morning exercise routine should be very gentle and low risk. More vigorous exercise should be performed later in the day. Also, anyone who knows me, will confirm that my favorite exercise is walking. Walking with good, upright, erect posture while swinging the arms appropriately is what human beings have done for millennia and what we are designed for. Additionally, as much as possible, walking should be performed on softer services, like trails and high school tracks.

Proper posture support is vitally important in the prevention of spinal pain. A good quality mattress may be one of the most important investments a person can make. Most traditional spring mattresses have seen their best days after approximately eight years of usage and need to be replaced with a new mattress. I am a supporter of adjustable air mattresses in addition to regular spring mattresses.

Because we sit so much for school and work, we must also have a good quality supportive chair to support our spine. One must spend some time trying different types of chairs that give proper economic support. If possible, it is highly recommended utilizing a variable desk-top so that standing while doing desk and computer work is an option.

Finally, chiropractic care to keep proper movement and alignment of the spine, would be desirable in the quest to prevent discomfort of the back and neck. Chiropractors use gentle, safe, effective spinal manipulation to keep structures of the spine healthy. We all know that if our car is out of alignment our tires will wear out more quickly. If our spine is out of alignment, mechanical stress will cause early spinal degeneration which may lead to back and neck maladies. Chiropractic care provides a clear and strong advantage to prevent spine pain. Following these steps and approaches will allow many people, if not the majority, to live life free of chronic pain and disability due to spinal problems.

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Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

Many women experience lower back pain during their pregnancy. Fortunately, there is a viable solution offering pain relief. This article will discuss why mechanical back pain of pregnancy occurs, some recent research detailing back discomfort during pregnancy, and a drug-free, nonsurgical alternative method to gain relief of spinal pain for expectant mothers.

First let’s discuss the physical changes placed on the spine and pelvis as pregnancy progresses. As the fetus grows and enlarges the mother’s stomach protrudes and places stress upon the lower spine, which is called the lumbar area. The bones of the lumbar spine are called vertebrae. Joints between the vertebrae of the lumbar spine are called the facet joints. The facet joints undergo more and more mechanical stress as a woman’s pregnancy progresses.

Likewise, the bones of the pelvis may become misaligned, causing irritation of the joints and possibly a pinched sciatic nerve, a painful condition causing radiating nerve pain down the leg.

A research study in the journal Pain Management Nursing, June 2020 noted questionnaires completed by 400 expectant mothers revealed that 75% had experienced back pain at some point in their pregnancy, particularly in the lumbar region during the third trimester. Nearly half of the women in this study (45%) reported that their back pain limited their daily activities. Clearly back pain during pregnancy is a problem and a solution needs to be addressed.

Chiropractic doctors commonly treat low back pain rising from pregnancy with a combination of manual therapies and specific exercises. Chiropractors utilize spinal adjustments to realign the joints of the lumbar spine and pelvis to help expectant mothers gain pain relief. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are safe and gentle methods of treatment.

One method of chiropractic care, called the Webster Technique, has been successful for treating women during pregnancy for decades. Dr. Larry Webster, a chiropractor, found that using a chiropractic treatment method he developed, helped many women experience a much more comfortable pregnancy and easier and faster deliveries.

The Webster Technique is now taught in the profession of chiropractic and many chiropractors become certified after being trained in the technique and procedures. By doing an online search or simply calling a chiropractor’s office one can readily find a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique.

Many midwives, obstetricians and obstetric nurses have observed the benefits pregnant women receive to obtain low back pain relief through chiropractic care and readily recommend expectant mothers seek chiropractic services.  Women who would like to have a healthy and comfortable pregnancy would be well advised to investigate having a chiropractor on their healthcare team for possible assistance.

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How Migraine Headache Relief Can Be Attained Through Chiropractic Care

Many people know that chiropractic care is great for helping with lower back and neck pain relief. However, some may be surprised that chiropractic treatment can help with relief of pain for migraine headaches. This article will discuss a mechanism of cause of migraine headaches, how chiropractic care brings relief of migraine headache pain and a case study detailing how a patient suffering from migraine headaches was able to be helped by chiropractic therapy.

Let’s begin with a brief discussion of migraine headache. A textbook migraine headache is typically one where a person experiences pain on one side of the head or the other. Is usually not found on both sides of the head. A person suffering from migraine headache typically has what is called a prodrome. A prodrome is an abnormal sensory feeling such as loss of peripheral vision, squiggly lines in the visual field, ringing in the ears or a tingling feeling of the face and upper part of the body. The prodrome usually precedes the actual pain of the headache by minutes to hours. Someone who gets repeated or frequent migraine headaches usually knows when it is coming because of the prodrome.

When the actual headache pain sets in it is usually very excruciating. The sufferer is usually sensitive to light and wants to be in a dark room. They also may suffer nausea and thus feel like they want to lie down. For most is almost impossible to carry on with their everyday activities of work, family time and recreation.

Migraine headache researchers have found that there seems to be abnormalities with normal blood flow of the head. Arteries bring blood throughout the human skull. These arteries are surrounded by small muscles which contract and relax and thus control blood pressure. Research shows that for some reason, arterial muscles contract and dilate improperly which they attribute to migraine headache pain.

Chiropractors have had success helping give relief of migraine headache pain for many decades. Spinal nerves that are found in the upper neck, which is called the cervical spine, have an effect controlling normal arterial muscle action. If there is nerve irritation from a misalignment or improper movement the upper cervical spine chiropractors are trained professionals who may be able to help. A doctor of chiropractic is able to restore proper movement in alignment of the spinal bones through a chiropractic adjustment. This helps restore normal nerve integrity and can help bring migraine headache relief.

In my 35 years of chiropractic practice I have had the opportunity to help many people gain relief from their migraine headaches. One was a young woman who had suffered with couple or several headaches every week from the time she was a child. She had seen numerous specialists had every diagnostic test available including MRIs, CT brain scans, vascular studies, allergy sensitivity tests and others. The only help she got was by taking medication. However, she was only allowed to take a limited amount of the medication due to the side effects. The rest of the time she was at the mercy of the headaches.

When I initially evaluated her in my chiropractic practice I found that she had significant misalignments of the vertebrae of the upper cervical spine causing nerve irritation. We set about with a series of treatments to correct the alignment. After a few weeks she noticed fewer and less intense headaches. Following a couple months of chiropractic treatment she suffered virtually no more migraines. She has told me how this has made a great impact improvement upon her life and it has been rewarding to have been able to be of help.

Hopefully, this article will encourage patients suffering with migraine headaches to explore chiropractic care for opportunities to gain relief of migraine headache pain.

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