I’ll start this series of FAQs with the beginning of modern chiropractic. I have a list of some questions, but if you have one, or if any of these spark your interest please ask away. I will happily answer any questions that I can. This one came from a family friend.
Regarding the name chiropractic; it is an original American word coined for the first time in 1898. It comes from the ancient Greek cheiros meaning hand + praktikos meaning practical. Usually translated to be “done by hand.” The term chiropractor was first recorded in American literature in 1904.
The origins of modern chiropractic come from the same time period. There have always been people who practice manual medicine. We all instinctively rub a sore spot, or bend or twist to get at that spot that just doesn’t feel right. Possible evidence of chiropractic has been found among ancient Greek, Egyptian, Chinese and other ancient civilizations. Similar to the story of medicine, from witch doctors to today. The modern version of chiropractic comes from D.D. Palmer a magnetic healer, who when working with a deaf man noted that a back bone was out of place. Upon hitting the bone back into place, the man could hear. That’s the story, fanciful as it may be. Thoughts, theories, and research have developed it from that point into what chiropractic is today. D.D. began teaching, and coined the term chiropractic himself. Practitioners of this art and science refer to themselves as chiropractors.
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