History of Chiropractic

Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints in the body have been performed for a long time. Ancient writings from China and Greece dating between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. In fact, Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published a text detailing the importance of manual manipulation. In one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases". Evidence of manual manipulation of the body has been found among the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Syria, Japan, the Incas, Mayans and Native Americans.


The official beginning of the chiropractic profession dates back to 1895 when Dr. Daniel David Palmer came on the health care scene. At that time, medicine was leaving an era of proclaimed cure-alls to pursue more scientific investigation into the treatment of disease. Dr. Palmer reasoned that the body had an ample supply of natural healing power transmitted through the nervous system. If a single organ was sick, it must not be receiving its normal nerve supply. That led to the premise of spinal misalignment, which Dr. Palmer referred to as a subluxation. This thinking led to a procedure for adjusting the vertebrae.


Dr. Palmer performed his first adjustments in 1895, relieving one man of deafness and another person of heart trouble. Arrangements were made to train others in the application of the chiropractic principle. The Palmer School and Cure was founded in 1897 and was later incorporated under the laws of Iowa. The school later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic. Through the efforts of Dr. Palmer's son, Dr. Bartlett Joshua Palmer (BJ), Palmer School developed effective adjusting methods and education of future chiropractic doctors.


Palmer School (now named Palmer College of Chiropractic) continues to be the leader in education and research in the chiropractic profession. Its three campuses and multiple clinics treat thousands of patients for various issues. Dr. Staggs is proud to be a 3rd generation Palmer graduate.