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A Brief History Of Chiropractic
The first recorded modern 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 using 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.
Chiropractic Philosophy
The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes two fundamental concepts:

1) the structure 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.

Although chiropractic shares much with other health professions, its emphasis and application distinguishes it from modern medicine. Chiropractic philosophy gravitates toward a holistic ("total person") approach to healing which maintains that health depends on certain laws of structure and function, and that deviation from such laws can result in illness.
Neck Pain and Headaches
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain, injury, and stiffness has long been seen as a popular and effective drug-free treatment approach, but what if you suffer from headaches?

"Cervicogenic" describes a headache type that results from joint restriction or muscle spasm/tension in your neck. Most headaches of this type can be helped by gentle chiropractic treatment of your neck, along with stretching and other muscle therapy for the muscles that support our head.

Sometimes, other therapies for the scalp muscles and jaw joints or muscles are needed to relieve headache or neck pain, and these are also treatments that chiropractic doctors use every day.
Basically, you shouldn't wonder if you have to live with neck pain or headaches. Even if you've tried medication and other treatments, until you've tried chiropractic care you may be missing an important part of what triggers and prolongs your headaches. Many patients who had been told that their headaches were stress-related or allergy-related have also had help from chiropractic care and muscle therapy for their neck.

Our clinic offers free consultations to help identify the cause of your neck and head pain and to determine if chiropractic care is appropriate. We can also refer you to another specialist if we can't help your case, so don't suffer, call us to schedule a complimentary consultation today.
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 followup 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, but comfortable, 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.
The ABCs of Misalignment
Vertebral misalignments are displacements of the spinal bones (vertebrae) that can cause stress to your spinal cord and nervous system. Misalignment may be caused by poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise, injuries, auto accidents, sports, slips or falls, and in some cases, the birthing process itself.

Chiropractic adjustments can be very helpful in correcting spinal misalignment and restoring optimal health.