Daniel David Palmer – the developer of this area of medicine – chose the word “chiropractic” because of its Greek background, with ‘cheir’ meaning ‘hand’, and ‘praktos’ meaning ‘done’. And, while adjustments had been being made for hundreds (if not thousands) of years prior to Palmers interest, it was he who comprised the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic care – all of which was based on his studies of anatomy and physiology. In 1897 he founded the Palmer School of Cure – now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic – in Davenport, Iowa. Over 100 years later the college remains on its founding grounds and, since that time, all 50 states (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands and many other countries around the world) have recognized chiropractic as a health care profession.
Here are some other fun facts about the world of chiropractic care:
1. There are roughly 77,000 Doctors of Chiropractic here in the United States – all of which were required to pass a series of four national board exams and be state licensed in order to practice.
2. Throughout the United States there are 18 nationally accredited doctoral graduate education programs in the field of chiropractic, housing approximately 10,000 students at any given time.
3. The amount of classroom hours completed by doctors of chiropractic is equivalent to that of traditional allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
4. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams for optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back pain, strains to hamstrings and quadriceps, and whiplash injuries.
5. Chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies.
6. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are the highest rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).
Here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, we strive to provide a whole person, patient-centered approach to care. We work with our patients to restore motion and function, which allows the body to heal quickly and allows the individual to get back to their daily activities, pain free. If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic care can help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!