B.J. Palmer, who was D.D. Palmer’s son (The Founder of Chiropractic) is credited as being the Developer of Chiropractic. He was able to grow his father’s fledgling profession to in the 1930’s in it’s hay day’s having approximately 460 students at Palmer College of Chiropractic. There were also numerous other chiropractic colleges around the US sprouting up which made chiropractic one of the fastest growing professions around.
B.J. was incredibly prolific and eccentric. On top of being the president of Palmer College, he operated one of the first Radio Stations called WOC (Wonders of Chiropractic) at which he gave future president Ronald Reagan his first broadcasting job, was one the first to use x-rays for diagnostic purposes, travelled extensively around the world, and wrote 33 volumes of Green Books, which would later become tenets for Principled Chiropractors around the world. One his most appreciated books was titled “The Bigness of The Fellow Within” which would later become the inspiration of Dr. Norm’s My Inner Guru program.
Evolution of Chiropractic
Chiropractic was born in the late 1800’s and has grown now to be the 3rd most used primary access health care fields in the world. In North America there are more than 82,250 chiropractors and there are now chiropractors and colleges around the world.
Today there are more than 300 different chiropractic techniques with many different applications and styles. Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) was created in 1982 by Dr. Donald Epstein and is a tonal technique focusing on the nervous system and energy system of our bodies. Network is being research by many universities around the world in regards to its impact on clients quality of life and is currently being taught in many of the Chiropractic Colleges. Network is an exciting and expanding field of holistic health aligned with the core principles of early Chiropractic as taught by D.D. and B.J. Palmer.
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Chiropractic has been evolving over the past century, but its roots go back to ancient China and Greece. Ancient writings in these cultures mention manipulation of the spine and maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Even Hippocrates, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C. published texts detailing the importance of the spine.
“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” -Hippocrates
Chiropractic’s Founder was Daniel David Palmer (known as D.D.) a Canadian who was born in Port Perry, Ontario. He studied spiritualism in the late 1860’s and in 1888 opened a practice as a magnetic healer in Davenport, Iowa. He took out ads and his business grew by word of mouth. His earliest known ad dates to 1887. In the ad he writes, “Dis-ease is a condition of not-ease, lack of ease.” This became one of the fundamental defining aspects of the chiropractic paradigm.
“Life is the expression of tone. In that sentence is the basic principle of Chiropractic.”
- Dr. D.D. Palmer
According to him the interference in the nerves especially at the spinal joints cause restrictions in function. This leads the nervous system to function abnormally due to too much activity or decreased activity causing dis-ease. “This change in biomechanical structure leading to neural dysfunction was termed subluxation by Palmer and his early students. The chiropractic adjustment normalizes and eases the structure and the nervous system bringing the body back into ease which is health.
D.D. Palmer used the term “intelligence” to refer to one’s spirit. Thirty years later, Innate Intelligence became central to his philosophy.
D.D. Palmer’s first adjustment was on his janitor “Harvey Lillard” in the building where he operated. Harvey reported in the January 1897 issue of The Chiropractic that:
“I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.”
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3. Image: D.D. Palmer, schoolmaster. (Courtesy of Palmer College of Chiropractic Archives, Davenport, Iowa.)
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Hi, I’m Dr Norm Detillieux, In addition to running a successful chiropractic studio The Lifehouse, I have offered a number of different workshops centered on wellness care, creating community, awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and a wholistic approach to health