The History of Chiropractic Care
In 1895 Daniel David Palmer founded what is today's modern chiropractic care and, in 1897, he founded the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. But was Mr. Palmer the true founder of chiropractic care? Actually, he was just the person who laid it all out and put a name to it. But the roots of chiropractic care stem from writings in Ancient Greek and Chinese texts dating back to 2700 B.C.E and 1500 B.C.E. respectively with mentions of spinal manipulation and moving the lower extremities to alleviate lower back pain. Even Hippocrates (circa 480 - 357 B.C.E.), published documents detailing the importance of chiropractic care specifically in regards to knowing more about the spine.
Now jump ahead to the 20th century where chiropractic care gained recognition in all fifty states. Reports and studies conducted around the world detail the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care, with results of these studies stating that such care would save hundreds of millions of dollars yearly with regards to work disability payments and direct health care costs. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupations and Environmental Medicine, Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark Inc. conducted a study of its own corporate wellness program, which saved $1.3 million during a 4 year period. Another study reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics tracked data from a unique Independent Physicians Association (IPA) where chiropractors serve as first-contact, primary care physicians. The report analyzes data from 2003-2005 and found that patients visiting chiropractors had 60% fewer hospitalizations, 62% fewer surgeries and used 85% fewer pharmaceuticals than HMO patients who received traditional medical care. And a study published in the research journal Spine involving over 600,000 adults concluded that 'Alternative' providers, predominantly chiropractors, report significantly less average cost per patient than when patients consult a 'conventional' provider, predominantly medical doctors ($342 vs. $506).
Chiropractors' practices generally take the stance that natural and conservative health care is the way to go. The chiropractic practitioners deeply respect the human body's ability to heal itself without the use of medication or surgery.