The profession of Chiropractic (literally means ‘done by the hand’) began in 1895, by a Canadian living in Davenport Iowa. At the time, DD Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic, was working when the janitor for his building came into his office. Harvey Lillard had been deaf for years. When DD asked how his deafness started, Lillard explained that he was crouched in an awkward position when he heard a snap in his spine and he instantly became deaf. On examination, DD found the location on his spine where Lillard had heard the snap and found that it was shifted off to the side, out of alignment with respect to the surrounding vertebrae. He named this malpositioned vertebra affecting the function of the nerves a “subluxation”, meaning a “less than total light-lux- or energy for healing”.
DD Palmer used his hands to move the vertebra back into alignment and Lillard’s hearing returned. DD thought he had found the cure for deafness, so when people lined up to have their spines adjusted to cure their deafness, some responded and some didn’t. The strange thing was that if their deafness hadn’t changed, sometimes their migraines and jaw problems improved, blurred vision cleared up and other “unrelated conditions” went away. This puzzled him and he had to question what was going on.
After years of practicing his method of healing with the hand, he opened a school to train others in his methods. He trained his son, BJ Palmer to take over for him and run the first Chiropractic school in the world. Principals developed over the years and research was begun to develop this burgeoning profession. The Hippocratic Oath that many medical professions swear to upon graduation is also adhered to in the practice of Chiropractic, “First, do no harm!”
The role of the Chiropractor is to detect and correct subluxations, using consultation, examinations, x rays and sometimes computer scanning of the spine. The chiropractor then educates and works with the patient to maintain their spinal alignment with regular gentle spinal checkups.
The maintenance and care of the spine and nervous system should last a lifetime, just as one would brush and floss their teeth and have regular dental checkups for a lifetime. The amazing results I see in my office with patients who are in their 70s, 80s and 90s and have received regular chiropractic care for over 20-30 years still catches me off guard. These patients are mostly free of prescription drugs, actively volunteering in the community and helping others. They eat healthy, exercise (because they can, and want to), and show no signs of slowing down. They have a positive outlook on life and have regular chiropractic checkups. This is the perfect chiropractic lifestyle. Mind. Body. Spirit. Nervous system!
Who is your Chiropractor? Everyone needs one. Why? If you have a spine, you have a nervous system protected by it, and this system needs to be maintained and checked regularly, before a crisis or debilitating pain limits your life. Ask any senior. What is your most valuable possession? Family, health, happiness. It’s usually in that order. Has everyone in your family had a spinal checkup recently?
Dr Alan Cranton DC ND gets his spine checked regularly by his Chiropractor and does the same for his family. He practices at the Cranton Wellness Centre and has done so for the last 27 years.