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A Brief History Of Chiropractic

The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 18, 1895, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Dr. Palmer was, at the time, studying the cause and effect of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had complained of hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a “lump” on Mr. Lillard’s back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place, which he then repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several such treatments, much of Mr. Lillard’s hearing was restored.

Since Dr. Palmer’s first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Today, advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the growing acceptance among other health care professionals makes chiropractic a popular health care choice. In addition, the words “adjustment and subluxation” have evolved as science has had a deeper understanding of how the nervous system controls all functions of our bodies. The “adjustment” that the profession offers today has expanded to include Non-Thrusting Adjustments used in the modern chiropractic office.

Chiropractic Philosophy

The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes three fundamental concepts:

  1. The soft tissue, framework and condition of the body influences how the body functions and its ability to heal itself.
  2. The mind-body relationship is instrumental in maintaining health and in the healing processes.
  3. The Nervous System controls the function of the body. Any source of nerve interference can and will influence one’s health.

Although chiropractic shares much with other health professions, its emphasis and application of philosophy and science distinguishes it from modern medicine. Chiropractic philosophy gravitates toward a holistic (“total person”) approach to healing which combines elements of the mind, body, chemistry and spirit. It maintains that health depends on obedience to natural laws, and that deviation from such laws can result in illness.

Widespread Use of Chiropractic Care

The increasing interest in alternative forms of care has caught the attention of several health associations and government agencies. A 1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that “The estimated number of visits made in 1990 to providers of unconventional therapy was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical nationwide,” and chiropractic was among the most frequently used non-medical therapies.

A follow-up report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that the use of non-medical treatments had increased significantly since the 1990 survey, with “overall prevalence of use increased by 25%, total visits by an estimated 47%, and expenditures on services provided by practitioners of alternative therapies by an estimated 45%.” Of the survey respondents, one in nine (11%) had used chiropractic care within the previous year.

Healthy Tips for a Healthy Spine

The following tips can help you take better care of your spine:

  1. Make sure you have a firm mattress that keeps the spine aligned and supports the spine’s natural curve. The best sleeping positions are on your back or side.
  2. When standing for extended periods, rest one foot on a small stool to maintain spinal curvature and relieve pressure. The knees should be bent when bending forward. Low-heeled shoes may help by maintaining spinal curvatures and cushioning your weight.
  3. Use chairs that promote good posture and support your back. Placing a lumbar support in the lower portion of your back may help support your spine’s natural curve. Readjust the seat of your car so that your knees are level with your hips.
  4. When bending forward, bend at the knees and hips, but keep your back straight. This will help to keep your spine’s curvature in proper alignment. When lifting, keep your spine straight while using your legs to do most of the work. Hold the objects being lifted close to your body to keep the weight on your spine to a minimum.

Receptor-Tonus Technique as originated by Dr. Raymond Nimmo, D.C.

The Nimmo Technique basis is founded in the premise that “muscles move bones, bones don’t move muscles”. Therefore it makes more sense to adjust the muscles and surrounding soft tissue to restore and enhance body function thus improving mobility of the joint. The Wilmington Clinic utilizes palpation (recognized as the best way to identify these abnormalities) to locate nerve interference that produces hard, usually painful nodules(“knots”) in muscles, ligaments, fascia, and tendons called trigger/acupressure/acupuncture points. Once the “trigger point” is located that is causing the source of pain and there can be multiple ones, a gentle pressure dictated by patient comfort is applied to reduce and eventually eliminate the “knot” and restore normal muscle function which in turn affects motion of the joint. Contact the Wilmington Clinic for more details.

Endo-Nasal Technique

For the seasonal and chronic allergy sufferer or the cold and flu season, this technique works wonders! It is a procedure (please watch video Nasal Specifics and Pharyngeal Sweep Procedure with Dr. Fiscella and Pastor David Crank) that involves gently expanding the nasal cavity and clearing the eustachian tube and pharyngeal areas where many infections like to hide. This is an excellent alternative and or complement to traditional medical therapy, especially if those treatments that have proven ineffective. Safe and noninvasive for infants to adults. Contact the Wilmington Clinic for more details.


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