The ControversyFrom the beginning, chiropractic has been the target of misrepresentation and illegal discrimination.


 D.D. Palmer, chiropractic’s controversial founder.

Colorful Personalities

The Palmers of Davenport, Iowa discovered and developed many of the principles of chiropractic. Both D.D. Palmer and son B.J. Palmer were flamboyant and charismatic. Their personalities and dogmatism produced vehement detractors.

Medical Monopoly

To hamstring the fledgling chiropractic profession, the American Medical Association prevented medical doctors from working with or referring to chiropractors. This illegal tactic ended in 1990 when the A.M.A. was found guilty in U.S. Federal Court (Wilks vs AMA). Nevertheless, the damage was done.

Increasing Acceptance

Today, the profession of chiropractic is recognized and licensed worldwide. Currently, there are 22 chiropractic colleges around the world graduating educated, compassionate and talented healers. Insurance companies and many government programs reimburse for chiropractic care. Chiropractic has come a long way since 1895.

The Difference That Makes the Difference

The very right to practice chiropractic, written into the laws that license chiropractors around the world, specify that chiropractic is a separate and distinct, nonduplicative healing art, different from medicine. Both medical doctors and chiropractors contribute to the health and welfare of our nation by offering two very different approaches to the restoration and maintenance of better health.

Medical Treatment – Medicine is the study and practice of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and relief of the symptoms of disease or illness. Primary interventions include the use of drugs, physical therapy and surgery.

Chiropractic Care – Chiropractic is the art, science and philosophy of restoring the inborn ability to self-heal by detecting and reducing compromises to the nervous system, usually along the spine. The primary intervention is the spinal adjustment.

The Battle

Each model sees you and your health challenge differently. Which approach makes sense to you?

The Mechanist

The established health care model sees the body as a machine. With parts that wear out or need attention. It has spawned a variety of disciplines that look at your “parts.” Examples include:

  • Internists
  • Urologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Orthopedists

Intervention often involves drugs to change the function of the body by artificially changing blood chemistry.

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The Vitalists

The emerging model is more holistic and recognizes the interactivity of the mind, body and spirit. Because you are self-healing, vitalists see you as greater than the sum of your parts. Examples include:

  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Homeopaths
  • Naturopaths

Care is designed to help restore your body’s balance and integrity. Aches or pains are merely signs of some other underlying problem.

Best of Both

In our practice we observe the mechanics of the spine, but see the whole-body effects of a compromised nervous system.

Find out how our patient-centered approach to health care can help you naturally, without drugs or surgery.


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