The word ‘Chiropractic’ has its origins in the Greek word ‘cheir’ which means hand and ‘praktos’ which means ‘done’. Thus, it means being done by hand. This name was first created and used by the inventor of chiropractic treatment, Mr. Daniel David Palmer.
Mr. Palmer was an avid reader of all kinds of literature related to science. He had the realization that despite the different forms of medical manipulation that had been in common medical use for hundreds of years, no one knew the exact mechanisms by which these treatments worked. All people knew was that they worked, they did not know why they worked. Mr. Palmer changed the course of history by codifying the philosophy and science of chiropractic treatment, based on his vast knowledge of human anatomy.
Mr. Palmer did his first chiropractic treatment in 1895 in the month of September. He treated a janitor who had been deaf for 17 years after he felt intense pain in his back. Palmer closely studied the area where the pain had been and made an ‘adjustment’ to re-align a specific vertebra which had been misplaced in the upper back of the Janitor. This treatment turned out to be a success and the janitor was able to hear once again.
After that, Mr. Palmer continued treating patients with back pains and established the Palmer School of Cure in 1897. In 1913, the first state law was passed in the US to license the art of chiropractic treatment. By 1931, 39 states now considered chiropractic treatments as legitimate medical treatment and gave it legal recognition.
Since that time, the practice of chiropractic treatment has spread all around the world and many people get relief from back pains every day by getting chiropractic treatments.