How Were Subluxations Discovered?
Dr. Daniel David Palmer was a successful natural healer in Davenport, Iowa at the turn of the twentieth century. He examined a deaf man and found a spinal bone(vertebra) slightly out of its normal position. Palmer adjusted the vertebra back into place and the man’s hearing returned! Dr. Palmer examined other patients’ and found more of these abnormalities in their spines.
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. Then I began to reason if two diseases so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on the nerve, were not other diseases due to a similar cause?Dr. Daniel David Palmer
Such was the discovery of chiropractic and the subluxation. In many ways it was a rediscovery of the ancient art of structure system alignment found in nearly every culture throughout history.
The Subluxation Complex
Palmer’s “displaced vertebrae …[causing] a pressure on the nerves” is no commonly referred to as a subluxation. Subluxation is a term used to describe the phenomenon by which chiropractors get such good results. Research reveals the subluxation involves structural distortions that affect the brain and nerve function.
What Does A Subluxation Do?
Subluxations cause body malfunction (dis-ease) which results in lowered resistance to disease, pain, imbalance and fatigue and can increase illness through out the entire body. Subluxations are sometimes referred to as “silent killers”