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History of Chiropractic

Chiropractic health care was founded more than 100 years ago, when the first school, the Palmer School of Chiropractic, was founded by D.D. Palmer in the late 1800s.

Palmer's tenet on health was simple: misalignments in the bones of the spine (called “vertebral subluxations”) interfere with the body's function and its inborn (innate) ability to heal itself*.

Palmer’s approach was significant because it meant that illnesses could be treated without surgery or drugs by correcting misalignments of the spine*.

Modern Chiropractic Health Care

Today, chiropractors treat a whole range of biomechanical dysfunctions and improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. Chiropractors must obtain a degree from an accredited chiropractic college and successfully complete licensing exams in order to practice. Chiropractic healthcare is well established in Australia, Canada and the United States, where the majority of chiropractic colleges are located. Chiropractic health care is practiced around the world and is often covered under private health insurance plans.

* Keating, 2005

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