The History of the Adjustment

Do you know how the chiropractic profession began?

Do you wonder what made people start getting their spines adjusted in the first place?

Most people believe chiropractic is about neck and back pain, that it started out as a treatment for the discomfort.

Truthfully, chiropractic was not intended to be used as a treatment for any kind of pain.

This is because the first chiropractic patient, a man named Harvey Lillard, had loss of hearing.

Lillard was working as a janitor when he first got adjusted by D.D. Palmer.

D.D. was the very first chiropractor and went on to start Palmer College of Chiropractic and educate thousands of chiropractors.

After the first adjustment, most of the hearing Harvey Lillard had lost, returned.

D.D. Palmer later revealed he simply adjusted his neck and that shortly after Lillard regained his sense of hearing. Initially, the thought was that chiropractic was a cure for hearing loss.

Over time, the thinking changed. Now we know that chiropractic isn’t so much a treatment for hearing loss. Instead, it’s important to the overall function of the nervous system.

Harvey Lillard’s story is not an isolated incident. There have been hundreds, if not thousands of stories similar to this one over the past one-hundred years.

However, the majority of the public still believe chiropractic is focused primarily around neck and back pain.

Now, that’s not to say the average person won’t notice improvement in discomfort of either their back or neck.


Chiropractors work with the nervous system which runs and coordinates everything in the body. Making sure it’s functioning at a high level helps create overall health in the rest of the body.

Therefore, it’s not abnormal to see symptoms unrelated to the back or neck clear up after clearing the nervous system.

Chiropractic isn’t a treatment of any kind, but it does benefit the overall health and well being of our bodies.

Stay healthy friends.