About Dr. D.D. Palmer

The historic healing techniques of Dr. D.D. Palmer

Although the profession of chiropractic – as a distinct form of health care – dates back to 1895, Dr. D.D. Palmer revolutionized it through a new adjustment and philosophy. Palmer strived to discern why two people could be living and working in the same environment, but only one was plagued by pain and soreness. From that curiosity came Palmer’s discoveries in the chiropractic world.

I am not the first person to replace subluxated vertebrae, but I do claim to be the first person to replace displaced vertebrae by using the spinous and transverse processes as levers…and to develop the philosophy and science of chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. D.D. Palmer

The History of Chiropractic

The Development Of Philosophy, Adjustments, & Science

The roots of chiropractic care are traced back to the beginning of time – with writings in China and Greece from as far back as 2700 B.C. mentioning spinal realignment. Throughout the centuries, knowledge spread through the workings of scientists including Hippocrates, Aristotle, and most notably – Dr. D.D. Palmer. Learn how the practice has changed and evolved over the course of history.

2700 BC

First Chiropractic Writings

Writings in China and Greece from as far back as 2700 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the easing of lower back pain.

400 BC

Hippocrates Spinal Involvement

Throughout the century, Hippocrates published texts and the importance of spinal care, stating “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”


First Recorded Chiropractic Adjustment

Dr. D. D. Palmer founded Chiropractic as a profession, in Davenport, Iowa, after famously adjusting the spine of deaf janitor Harvey Lillard, whose hearing was then restored.


Beginning of Chiropractic Education

Palmer opened the Palmer School & Infirmary of Chiropractic where he began taking in his first students. While practicing, Palmer never stopped studying to learn more about the connection between the spine and overall health.


Dr. B.J. Palmer Advances Chiropractic Care

D.D.’s son, Bartlett Joshua, continued his father’s work and took on responsibility for the Palmer school and clinic. B.J. is also credited with developing chiropractic into a clearly defined and unique health care system.


Palmer Publishes Two Books

Between 1906 and 1913, Dr. D. D. Palmer published two books detailing the practice of chiropractic – The Science of Chiropractic and The Chiropractor’s Adjustor.


Chiropractic Around The World

Throughout the twentieth century, the practice of chiropractic spread globally.

It is now licensed in all American states and provinces, practiced in 100 countries, and taught in over 40 schools worldwide.

About Our Clinic & Practice

As award winning professionals in the London, Ontario health and wellness field, we strive to relieve acute and ongoing pain through safe and effective chiropractic techniques.

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