This newsletter I thought you all might be interested in a bit of history behind the origin of chiropractic! This is a short summary of how chiropractic began.
Reaching two and a half millennia into the past, Western physicians and surgeons also practiced spinal manipulation. In the century or two before chiropractic was born, however, orthodox medical practitioners abandoned this form of manual therapy, leaving spinal manipulation to persist as a folk specialty of uneducated bone setters.
For a time, only books and papers gathering dust on library shelves survived to document manipulative techniques considered quite orthodox from antiquity until the 17th century. Almost unnoticed, medical iconoclast continued even into the 19th century to practice or advocate spinal manipulation in Great Britain, but not in the United States.
In the 19th century, many hard working American rural and industrial communities suffered from back and neck pain, but almost nobody in the United States at that time was practicing spinal manipulation to give them relief. One family of English bone setters migrated to New England and at least one individual bone setter apparently ventured into the vast wilderness of frontier America.
Bone setters were rare in the United States, however, and quite unavailable to most farmers and workers who needed spinal care. Daniel David Palmer helped to fill this vacuum when he created the chiropractic profession.