Chiropractic care has been around longer than most people think. The ancient Chinese were aware of the value of manipulating the lower extremities to alleviate back pain in 2450 BC, and the Greeks showed an awareness of this technique as early as 1200 BC. Hippocrates, of Hippocratic Oath fame, was a Greek physician who lived four centuries before Jesus Christ. He embraced the teachings of the ancients and advised, "Know ye the spine, for in it lies the causes of many disorders."
It would be 22 centuries later that Americans were first made aware of the value of spinal manipulation. In the late nineteenth century, an Iowa man born of farmers, Daniel David Palmer, accidentally hit upon a technique that had by the end of the twentieth century changed the life of millions. Palmer was a dedicated Anatomist and was a leader in the knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. There was a deaf custodian, named Harvey Lilliard who worked in his building and had a large lump on his neck. Palmer examined him and manipulated his cervical spine and to both of their amazement Harvey could hear! Palmer thought he had discovered a cure for deafness and people who were deaf came from all over the country to be cured. What happened next no one including Palmer expected. The deaf people remained deaf but a variety of other ailments disappeared which lead Palmer to conclude that he had stumbled on a new way to treat abnormal conditions of the human body. Palmer's procedure involved what is widely known today as spinal manipulation, which is the adjustment or maneuvering of the spinal column to give the body a better ability to cure itself--a practice today known as "chiropractic." The very first school of chiropractic was established by Palmer in 1897; it later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic, and today Palmer Schools of Chiropractic are among the most respected chiropractic colleges in the World.
Chiropractic care is non-invasive care, based on solid scientific approaches to a wide variety of ailments. Doctors of Chiropractic complete four years of intensive study at accredited chiropractic college. They study the structure, functions, and diseases of the human body, including anatomy, Neurology, Myology, kinesiology, , human dissection, biochemistry, and physiology, radiology, and various therapeutic techniques.
The clinical hours are spent learning about the various spinal adjustment techniques. It is this spinal adjustment that makes the chiropractor unique in the medical field. Medical doctors generally do not receive any training whatsoever in spinal manipulation.
The chiropractic profession is driven by a fundamental belief and trust in natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic believe that the human body can cure itself in most instances of disorder, thus obviating the need for surgery or drugs. A Doctor of Chiropractic is one who is involved in a total wellness approach to patient healthcare. Doctors of Chiropractic treat patients who have constant headaches, unremitting joint, neck, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, strains, and tendonitis, allergies, digestive disorders, asthma, Neurologically based disorders and many other disorders.
Dr. Angelini is a 1984 Graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He has been practicing for 33 years using the knowledge and traditions of the founding father of Chiropractic, Dr. D.D. Palmer.