The history of chiropractic can be traced back as far as 17,500 BC. Hippocrates was of the opinion that a misaligned spine contributed to an individual’s health.
There is an extensive history of chiropractic treatments dating back more than a century. The first chiropractic adjustment was made on September 18, 1895, by Dr. Daniel Palmer.
Dr. Palmer, born in Canada in 1845, was a keen student of the healing arts and was a pioneer in magnetic healing. Magnetic healing used the body’s natural magnetism to heal. During the year 1886, Dr. Palmer opened his first practice of magnetic healing in Burlington, Iowa. Later in 1887, he opened another office in Burlington, Iowa, which he continued to operate for the rest of his life.
In his research, he sought to determine the causes and effects of the disease. He aimed to find out how sickness affects the human body, as well as why it causes sickness. In 1895, the first chiropractic adjustment that he performed on a patient with impaired hearing was on a man who had lost his hearing 17 years previously.
He reported to Dr. Palmer that, at the time of losing his hearing, he had strained his back and that when this happened, he heard a noise in his back. He suspected that there was a spinal misalignment, so Dr. Palmer examined him and found a misaligned vertebra. The spine was realigned by Dr. Palmer, and the man’s hearing quickly improved.