Chiropractic History

Dr. Daniel David Palmer (D. D. Palmer) created chiropractic when he gave the first chiropractic adjustment to a deaf man, Harvey Lillard, on September 18, 1895. His son, Dr. Bartlett Joshua Palmer (B. J. Palmer), became the central figure in chiropractic until his passing in 1961.


D. D. Palmer

"I founded the science of Chiropractic upon the basic principle of tone. By reasoning upon the immutable laws of biology, which are based upon tone, the living principle of animal and vegetable life. Chiropractic DD Palmerphilosophy explains the phenomena of biology in health and disease. From this basic principle of tone many principles are derived" --D. D. Palmer

"It has been one of the rules in my life, that what is worth doing at all is worth doing well. In chiropractic this is especially so; particularly when laying the foundation for a coming science which is destined to be the grandest and greatest of this or any age." --D. D. Palmer


B. J. Palmer

"I am a Chiropractor working with the sciences of the universe by turning on the life in man through the art of the adjustment. I do not prescribe, treat or diagnose conditions. I use only my hands. I work with

BJ Palmerthat 'mysterious something' which created my body from two cells. At a time prescribed aeons ago I was set in this body to experience. That cosmic power which created me, which also moves the seas, rotates the earth, directs the heavens, gives life, takes it away, is everything. And that power which set the universe in motion and created me did not abandon me when I became free of the security of my earthly mother's womb. It is still with me and protects me as it moves all forms toward their final predestined goal. It is not mine to educatedly ask 'why' or 'where', but to innately live; and live to help my fellow creatures. And with this Chiropractic adjustment I use all the powers and energies moving this universe, to allow my fellow creatures the chance to live, free of dis-ease. I wish nothing in return, only the chance to GIVE. I give with the only thing I have, LOVE. And I love all by removing that which interferes with 100% LIFE. I do not look to others for direction, I look within. I am a perfect expression of God living 24 hours each day for others. I am a PRINCIPLED CHIROPRACTOR." --B. J. Palmer, D. C.


More B. J.

"We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the imprisoned impulse, the tiny rivulets of force, that eminates from the mind and flows over the nerves to cells and stirs them into BJ Palmerlife. We deal with majestic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay, that robes the earth with beauty and scents the flowers with the glory of the air. In the dim, dark, distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life; it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows and countless living forms. Through eons of time, it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly, it worked, evolving its forms until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy, its blows the bubble of each individual life and then, silently, relentlessly dissolves the form and absorbs the spirit into itself again. And yet, you ask, 'Can chiropractors cure Appendicitis or the Flu?' Have you more faith in a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world?" --B. J. Palmer, D. C.


Michael A. Scimeca, D. C.

1182 Grimes Bridge Rd., Ste. 400

Roswell, GA 30075



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