By Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA
Chiropractic is primarily the manipulation of bones in the spine in an effort to treat or prevent disease or to reduce discomfort. Though therapeutic manipulation of bones in the spine has a long history, chiropractic—as it is understood today—was invented in the late 19th century by Daniel David Palmer. He conceived the notion that all disease results from vertebrae in the spine being out of place (so-called “subluxations”), and that their forceful manipulation (an “adjustment”) can prevent or treat disease. He gave varying explanations for this idea over time, often claiming nerves carried a spiritual energy called “innate intelligence,” and that obstruction of the flow of this energy by vertebral subluxations caused medical symptoms.1,2
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