Upon its founding in 1895, Chiropractic’s early philosophy was rooted in vitalism, naturalism, magnetism, spiritualism and other constructs that were not amenable to then-scientific theory. It was originally an attempt to merge science and metaphysics. In 1896, D.D. Palmer’s first descriptions and underlying philosophy of chiropractic was strikingly similar to Andrew Still’s Osteopathy, established a decade earlier. Both described the body as a “machine” whose parts could be manipulated to produce a drugless cure. Both professed the use of spinal manipulation on joint dysfunction/subluxation to improve health. He described the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulation as being mediated primarily by the nervous system and therefore our emotions.  A general sense of well-being can be achieved and relieve feelings of depression and other emotional imbalances.

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What To Expect

A hands-on experience, including stretching, manipulating and realignment of the body skeletal structure.

At your initial visit, your chiropractor will ask questions about your health history and perform a physical exam, with particular attention to your spine. Your chiropractor may also recommend other examinations or tests, such as X-rays.

During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor places you in specific positions to treat affected areas. Often you’re positioned lying face-down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its normal range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as your chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session.

Your chiropractor may recommend other treatment approaches in combination with chiropractic adjustment, such as:

  • Heat or ice

  • Massage

  • Stretching

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Exercise

  • Weight loss

Some people experience minor side effects for a few days after chiropractic adjustment. These may include headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.

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“Chiropractic: Origins, Controversies, and Contributions.” Chiropractic: Origins, Controversies, and Contributions. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. –


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