The roots of chiropractic can be traced back to the beginning of recorded time. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, published texts on the importance of maintaining the spine. In one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine for this is the requisite of many diseases."
The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on Harvey Lillard on September 18, 1895 by Dr. Daniel Daid Palmer , a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Mr. Lillard was a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. He began losing his hearing 17 years prior when he was bent over and heard something "pop" in his spine.
Upon examining Mr. Lillard's spine, Dr. Palmer found a lump and suspected a vertebra might be out of place. With a gentle thrust he realigned the malpositioned vertebra and Mr. Lillard's hearing immediately improved and eventually restored.
While the medical community criticized this new technique for healing the body, the people who followed in these footsteps found an amazing new way of dealing with illness and disease. Dr. Palmer's theories are still discussed in the chiropractic profession today. Without this man's input into medicine in a time where he was greatly discredited, the millions of people today who enjoy the life changing benefits may never have had this opportunity. There is still a school named after Dr. Daniel Palmer as well as over 20 schools and thousands of chiropractic students across the country.