History Of Chiropractic by Peterborough Chiropractor

A Brief History of Chiropractic Care 1895 – 2017

Misconceptions are abundant when it comes to scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor in Peterborough. Chiropractors, after all, aren’t really real doctors are they? Chiropractic adjustments and care practices, (in many peoples minds) are more in line with more pseudo-scientific medical disciplines such as acupuncture. In reality, however, such assumptions are completely false. This is because chiropractic care is medically proven to be just as effective as more traditional allopathic medical approaches when treating a wide range of disorders.

How chiropractic care was first established

Discovered almost by accident, the benefits of chiropractic adjustments were first realised when a teacher and magnetic healer by the name of Daniel David Palmer, noticed that his janitor seemed to have a misaligned vertebra. Having lost his hearing at the same time as hearing a loud ‘pop’ in his back, Daniel David Palmer subsequently took it upon himself to manually adjust his janitor’s vertebra back into position and within 24-hours, Harvey, Palmer’s janitor, had fully recovered his hearing as a result.

Of course, initially, Daniel David Palmer attempted to promote his chiropractic adjustments as a cure for all known bodily maladies. Today, however, if you are thinking about seeking advice from a chiropractor in Peterborough, your practitioner will be much more realistic when it comes to discussing the benefits.

Early development of chiropractic care & legal challenges

While we know today that there are limits to what chiropractic adjustments can and cannot remedy, many of the conditions which we know can be improved were nevertheless discovered by Daniel David Palmer himself. There was only one problem. Namely, many osteopathic practitioners were at first very resistant to the idea of chiropractic centred treatments. In fact, despite clear similarities between the two medical approaches, the latter fought to see many early chiropractors (including Daniel David Palmer himself) jailed for practising medicine without a license.

Thankfully, many osteopathic practitioners also realised the many benefits of chiropractic treatments. This being the case, the first successful legal challenge won by early chiropractors in 1907 in Wisconsin, was won thanks to defence mounted on an osteopathic text book which touted the benefits of mixed chiropractic and osteopathic treatments.

Chiropractic treatments in the 20th century

Gradually legalised in all 50 American states between 1913 and 1974, chiropractic treatments finally started to garner the interest of medical scholars from the early 1990’s onwards. The good news for patients, in this case, is that while first-hand results of chiropractic adjustments have by and large always been very obvious, there is now growing scientific literature which demonstrates the benefits of seeing a chiropractor in Peterborough (or anywhere) to help alleviate a wide range of bodily ailments.

To demonstrate, as well as numerous studies which show chiropractic treatments to be effective for curing chronic back pain, studies such as one carried out in 2014 by  Kolberg C, Horst A, Moraes MS, et al, show that chiropractic adjustments can actually reduce oxidative stress in the human body, whilst simultaneously encouraging increased antioxidant levels equivocal to those benefited from by people who eat diets rich in fruit and vegetables.

Should you seek the help of a Chiropractor in Peterborough?

From chronic back pain to chronic high blood pressure, chiropractic manipulation today is just as well thought of as conventional medicine. This being the case, it always pays to at least inquire about how a chiropractor might be able to help with whatever malady you might be suffering with. In fact, this is especially true given that chiropractic treatments are completely noninvasive. The only question is, are you ready to find out if your condition could be so easily remedied?