Chiropractic care has been around and in use for centuries. Its first (arguably) great leap forward as an accepted science, however, took place in the late 19th century. In 1895, Dr. D.D. Palmer became the first person to formally define spinal misalignment, or vertebral subluxation, in scientific terms. He was also the first person to diagnose a patient with the condition and the first to deliver a chiropractic adjustment to correct the condition. Dr. Palmer recognized the significance of spinal pressure on the nerves from such a misalignment.
In the decades that followed, Dr. Palmer’s son and daughter-in-law continued to advance his studies, which eventually resulted in establishing the Palmer School of Chiropractic. This school went on to become a leading research institute for holistic approaches to health care and for a scientific approach to chiropractic care.