Fact 1: What is the origin and meaning of “Chiropractic”

Etymology, origin and meaning of chiropractic by etymonline:

in reference to the curing of diseases by manipulation of the spine or other bodily structures, coined in American English, 1898 (adj.); 1899 (n.), from chiro- “hand” + praktikos “practical” (see practical), the whole of it loosely meant as “done by hand.”

The term “chiropractic” is a combination of two Grecian words: cheir which means hand, and praktos which means done. “Done by Hand”… fitting, right?

Fact 2: The first chiropractic adjustment

The first chiropractic adjustment was given in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer (the father of Chiropractic!) who helped a janitor, Harvey Lillard, regain his hearing after a back accident he suffered 17 years prior …. ?

3) Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) go through a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical internships during their 4-year doctoral graduate school program. Perspective: If you combine all that time, that’s 175 days straight…… Oooof?

4) It is estimated that Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) treat over 35 million Americans (adults and children) annually.

There are about 95,000 doctors of chiropractic in active practice across the globe, and about 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic education programs in the United States alone.

5) 32 National Football League teams utilize chiropractic services! ALL 32 teams have their own chiropractor to boost performance, maintain wellness and treat musculoskeletal strain and injury… They Know what’s up!

6) Unbeknownst to quite a few, infants can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. It makes sense—birth can be pretty hard on a little body! The adjustment is adapted to suit their needs and is perfectly safe.. Crazy but true!

7) An injured worker is 28 times less likely to have spinal surgery if the first point of contact is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), rather than a surgeon.


8) Treatment for low back pain (a common symptom treated by chiropractic care) initiated by a DC costs up to 20 percent LESS… yes I said LESS, than when started by a MD…

9) Each day over ONE MILLION (in my best Austin Powers voice) adjustments take place across the globe… That’s a whole lot of relief !

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