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History and academic studies of Chiropractic

Today, the third health profession on the world scale, Chiropractic made its way onto the podium of the healthcare professions more than a century ago in the United States.

Chiropractic was born in 1895 when David D. Palmerdeveloped a therapy bases on vertebral adjustments to correct misalignment of the spine, which he considered an important source of pathology.

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Palmer believed that the human body had an ample supply of natural healing power transmitted through the nervous system. He suggested that, if an organ was affected by a disease, this organ should not be receiving its normal “nerve supply”, there must be some kind of interference in the normal process of the nervous system, what he called “subluxation”.

This method of treatment was discovered when Palmer examined an employee in his building who suffered from deafness. He had lost his hearing 17 years before, when he felt a snap in his back bending over.

Palmer detected the presence of a misaligned vertebra in the cervical area. Through an adjustment, he put the vertebra in its normal position, and the man recovered his hearing instantly.

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Shortly after, Palmer received a patient with cardiac disorders. He deduced that if he took care of the vertebra linked to the heart, good results could be obtained. He performed a spinal adjustment and the patient was cured on the spot.

The success of these first two adjustments, as well as its amazing speed of action, led to a series of scientific investigations in the US who quickly spread this science based on the relationship that exists between the spine, the nervous system and the joints, and, consequently, health in general.

Chiropractic requires a 5 to 7 years college degree depending on the country (5.500 teaching hours) in 40 universities around the world. Chiropractic should not be confused with quiromasajes nor with quiropraxia, that do not require such a university degree. In Spain, since 2007, you can study the speciality of doctor of Chiropractic at el Real Centro Universitario Escorial Maria Christina, and then a master’s degree in Chiropractic (official title of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and since 2009 in Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC), and then a master’s degree in Chiropractic (official degree from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra)..

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