The modern history of chiropractic began on September 18, 1895, in the small office of Daniel David Palmer. As Dr. Palmer studied to understand the cause and effect of disease he learned that Mr. Harvey Lillard, a janitor in his building, had felt something give in his back 17 years earlier while bent over working. Mr. Lillard had suffered near complete hearing loss ever since. Upon examination, Dr. Palmer discovered a “lump” on Mr. Lillard’s back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of alignment and pinching a nerve going to Mr. Lillard’s ears. With an admittedly unrefined chiropractic technique, D.D. adjusted the vertebra with a small thrust. Mr. Lillard began hearing noises from the street below, and after several “treatments” his hearing was completely restored and chiropractic was born.
Evidence suggests that spinal care pre-dates medical-care and has been one of the favored healing systems during most of mankind’s civilized existence. The earliest recordings of spinal corrections are depicted in ancient Chinese etchings on turtle shells, dating back over 4000 years.