What is Chiropractic?

Follow these 4 easy steps to understand chiropractic:

  1. The living body uses Mental Impulses to control the entire body via the brain and nerve system.
  2. The brain is protected by the skull, and the spinal cord is protected by the spinal column.
  3. Spinal bones can become misaligned and disrupt or distort the Mental Impulse as it travels across the nerves. This is what is called a subluxation. It is important to note that subluxations are often silent; they do their damage long before any symptoms appear.
  4. Chiropractors detect subluxations.  Then, using a specific, scientific, chiropractic adjustment, help to restore normal transmission of Mental Impulses via the nerves. That means a better expression of LIFE for you!

Here is how Daniel David Palmer, the Discoverer of Chiropractic answers the above question. Far ahead of his time, in a book he wrote in 1910 he states: “Life is the expression of tone. In that sentence is the basic principle of Chiropractic. Tone is the normal degree of nerve tension. Tone is expressed in functions by normal elasticity, activity, strength and excitability of the various organs, as observed in a state of health. Consequently, the cause of dis-ease is any variation of tone–nerves too tense or too slack.” Wait a second, you might be thinking, what does that have to do with back pain and neck pain? Well, the truth is, Chiropractic did not start out as a treatment for those conditions, even though that is what people commonly think. It has more to do with its effect on the nerve system, and the overall function of the body. In other words, its not about your back, its about your LIFE! But how? Let’s go back to Palmer’s book for the answer.

Daniel David Palmer

The Discovery of Chiropractic

The date was September 18, 1895. Here he explains what happened with his first patient that he ever used adjustments to help. “Harvey Lillard, a janitor in the Ryan Block, where I had my office had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf. An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half-hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before.” He goes on to say “shortly after this relief from deafness, I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief- nothing “accidental” or “crude” about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time.”


You are alive. Sounds obvious, I know. But that is the key to chiropractic. The gift of life comes from GOD, and includes having the ability to grow, heal, coordinate bodily functions, and adapt. This is all controlled internally by the brain and nerve system. Chiropractic is not here to take the place of the body’s ability to do all these things. It is here to help the body do all those things as well as it possibly can. How? By helping to align your spinal column with specific, scientific, chiropractic adjustments. This allows a clear connection internally between your body’s GOD given inner wisdom (called the innate intelligence by the first chiropractor) and your physical body itself. So chiropractic is not about a great doctor who controls how your body works from the outside. It is about the “great doctor” and “master controller” put inside your body by GOD, doing the best job possible. This helps everything work as it was designed to work, and not less than. Can you see how that might affect how you feel? How you function at work? How you perform at athletics? How you can be your best with regard to physical, social, spiritual, and mental aspects of their life? It is all about YOU having a better life.