September 18th, 2017 marks the 122nd birthday of chiropractic. Known as Founder’s Day, it is the anniversary of the first chiropractic adjustment given by Dr. D.D. Palmer to his patient Harvey Lillard. Upon receiving his first adjustment Mr. Lillard’s deafness resolved. Inspired by this amazing result, Dr. Palmer dedicated his life to pioneering chiropractic as a unique and distinct approach to health care around the world. Chiropractic is a separate and distinct healing art, science and philosophy, which without the use of drugs or surgery, serves patients of all ages and walks of life.
122 years later, chiropractors are still seeing amazing results. Take this case study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, for example. A 4-year-old male presented to a chiropractor with loss of balance and delayed speech. He was experiencing daily seizures, with up to 3 seizures per day. He had been diagnosed with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at 18 months old by a neurologist and was given anti-epileptic drugs. Under chiropractic care, episode frequency decreased while quality of life improved.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. How could a simple, non-invasive chiropractic adjustment lead to an improvement of symptoms in a patient with such a complex condition?
A chiropractic adjustment corrects a vertebral subluxation in the spine. A vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between the brain and the body. When those signals are improved, the brain’s function and chemistry changes, improving the overall wellbeing and function of the body.
This is why many of our patients receiving regular chiropractic care report drastic improvements in their health and wellbeing. When we give our bodies the care and support that they need to regain and maintain an ideal state of wellness, the results are simply amazing!