Our team of Gahanna chiropractors all know how we arrived at our professions, but do you know the history of chiropractic work?

The first chiropractor was Daniel David Palmer of Davenport, Iowa. He was a teacher and grocer who began to practice magnetic healing and opened his healing practice in 1886. He performed his first chiropractic adjustment nine years later on a deaf janitor, and the janitor later claimed that the adjustment had helped improve his hearing.

Regardless of whether this adjustment helped the janitor’s hearing, Palmer opened the Palmer School of Cure in 1897, now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic. After the story of the first adjustment, many people became interested in this new form of healing.

However, the first chiropractors faced legal battles and were even jailed. It was said that chiropractics was “separate and distinct from medicine,” and that chiropractors did not heal their patients. The American Medical Association even accused those who practiced chiropractic of being in a cult!

According to the American Chiropractic Association, the first state law granting licensure to chiropractors was passed in 1913. Other states quickly followed suit, and by 1931, 39 states recognized chiropractors legally. Today, there are more than 60,000 active chiropractic licenses in the US.

Now that you know a little more about the history of chiropractic practice, we are so pleased you are considering our expert team of Gahanna chiropractors to help you with your back concerns. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment!