Chiropractic – The beginning

In 1985 the first specific chiropractic adjustment was made on a janitor named Harvey Lillard. Some 18 years previously he turned deaf after falling off a ladder on to his neck. Daniel David Palmer (DD) found that a vertebra had misaligned in Harvey’s neck causing sufficient pressure upon the nerve that controls hearing. He corrected the vertebra into alignment and after 3 sessions Harvey’s hearing had returned, fully.

The USA had a much smaller population back then and word got round all over the country that DD Palmer has the cure for deafness. Unfortunately for them, not everyone was cured. However, DD noticed other ailments and diseases disappearing and from their chiropractic grew as a health profession. His son BJ Palmer developed chiropractic to another level. He strived for excellence. He studied the brain and nervous system in such detail and this was in a time where medicine didn’t put much importance on the nervous system. The blood and circulatory system controlled everything they said. How wrong were they.

BJ Palmer also brought chiropractic to Europe, he first formed the British Chiropractic Association and things grew from there. Chiropractic was under a lot a scrutiny from the medical profession in the USA in the 1900’s and chiropractic was only legalized by the government because of its effects on the flu. Chiropractic was considered a health benefit, a bit like how we view vitamins today, and it was the only thing that showed to slow down the flu epidemic.
In the late 1900’s medical insurance companies started to pay for a part of chiropractic care. Chiropractors were happy, their patients just as happy until the insurance companies stated they would only pay for care for people who have back and neck pain. This reduced the scope of chiropractic from an overall health benefit to back and neck pain doctors.

In Spain we are fortunate to have kept our roots. People know and love chiropractic for its powerful effect on the body’s nervous system and what it controls. People come through our door with a range of ailments such as; flu, asthma, high blood pressure, hypo/hyperthyroidism, migraines, whiplash, and more, for preventative care and for optimal health.

In our chiropractic centre in Albir (between Benidorm and Calpe) we respect our patients’ wishes and give the best, most specific chiropractic service suited for their needs. Since 2004 we have helped over 5000 patients.
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Aleksander is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an emphasis on holistic and vitalistic health.