We hope you have a safe and fun Holiday. We know you are just as grateful as we are that we live in this amazing country. For the 4th of July we thought we’d bring you 4 Fast Facts about Chiropractic.
Fact #1: Chiropractic Started Just to our East in Davenport IA
That’s right! The very first adjustment took place in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer. Palmer was working in his office when janitor, Harvey Lillard, came in to clean. As Lillard bent over to empty a trash can Palmer noticed a vertebra out of place. He asked Lillard if he had injured himself and Lillard responded that he had felt a pop about 17 years ago resulting in hearing loss. Palmer adjusted the vertebra. Lillard had immediate relief including regaining some of his hearing.
Fact #2: The Name Chiropractic Was Suggested by a Pastor
When DD Palmer’s Pastor, Rev. Samuel Weed, heard about what Palmer was doing, he suggested he name it “chiropractic”. Rev. Weed was very familiar with Greek and derived the word chiropractic from the Greek words, “cheir” meaning hand and “praktos” meaning done. And so chiropractic means done by hand.
Fact #3: Chiropractic is the Fastest Growing Primary Healthcare Profession
In the US nearly 35 million people see a chiropractor annually and almost 100 million adjustments happen every day. When it comes to treating back pain chiropractic care is more effective than medications, yoga, massage, pilates, and OTC drugs. AND by visiting a chiropractor regularly you can reduce your pharmaceutical costs by 85%. These along with ease of access to care and reduced cost of care compared to the traditional medical route, are why more and more people are turning to chiropractic care.
Fact #4: Chiropractors go to School for 7.5 years!
That’s right, many people may be surprised to learn that chiropractors go to school for a total of 10.5 years. That’s 4 years of undergraduate, plus 3.5 years of chiropractic school, and many go on for additional years to specialize in a number of areas!
Check out this comparison of curriculum:
And when you compare subjects