None of us like pain.
It is a warning, an announcement that we are in trouble and our survival
Healthy bodies have very little
if any pain. Most of us have been schooled to use pain as a meter
to gauge the distress we are under.
Pain that stays around eventually
forces us to seek out more information about its origin. There
can be many causes of pain in our body taunting our perceptions.
But if you are having pain
of a chronic, a long term nature and have been told to “live with
it” it may be time to think and act a little differently.
Chiropractic as we know it
has been formally practiced in the north Americas for the past one hundred
and fifteen years. First administered by a man named Daniel David
Palmer, a Canadian practicing magnetic healing in Iowa.
D.D. Palmer was apparently
looking to solve the upper back pain of a man named Harvey Lillard when
he decided that the “bump” on the back of Mr. Lillard’s shoulder
was from bones that didn’t match the placement of all of the others
D.D. Palmer had Mr. Lillard
tell his story about the painful bump on his back and about some of
the other symptoms he had been feeling. Mr. Lillard had pain,
in the upper back, about the neck, and also had difficulty hearing since
the bump appeared.
Convinced that the bump was
showing stress upon Mr. Lillard’s upper thorax and ribs D.D. Palmer
had Mr. Lillard lie down upon his stomach on the treatment table and
proceeded to carefully examine the bump and all of its associated painful
D.D. Palmer then decided that
the matrix of irregular findings on Mr. Lillard’s upper back was a
buckling up of the ribs and vertebrae immediately under the muscles
Mr. Lillard had told D.D. Palmer
that he had stood up quickly under some stairs and heavily bumped his
shoulder and neck some time before his visit and that the pain had been
persistent ever since. He too added that his hearing had degraded
from that day also. And that the injury had been there for a very
long time, perhaps several years.
Thinking that the pain was
coming from the jamming and binding of the bones of the ribs and vertebrae
D. D. Palmer felt about the area and finally placed the heel of his
hand upon the apex of the stressed and tender upper back.
Then, to each others surprise,
D.D. Palmer with his hand in place on the rib and vertebrae, straightened
up his arms and upper body and with all the speed he could muster drove
his weight fully upon the area.
An immediate crunching sound
ensued. “Harvey?” D.D. Palmer enquired. “Harvey
are you all right, can you hear me?”
“Yes,” Harvey replied.
“I can hear you and the pain in my back is gone!” And indeed
the pain had gone and Mr. Lillard’s hearing returned to him too.
What D.D. Palmer had administered
was the first chiropractic vertebral adjustment in recorded history.
It was done by the man to help another man with his fight against pain.
Yet in the process an art form
was born. D.D. Palmer thought that he may have discovered a new
treatment for deafness.
But time proved that what he
had discovered was a treatment method that addressed the overwhelming
pain and suffering that the binding and jamming of the bony pieces of
the human frame can produce.
With the aid of a friend D.D.
Palmer called the newly discovered art form “chiropractic” which
is Greek and literally means “done by hand.”
D.D. Palmer went on to mentor
others especially his son, B.J. Palmer and together they founded the
first school of chiropractic which still stands to-day producing some
of the finest chiropractors. Indeed the Palmer School of Chiropractic
in Davenport Iowa has trained tens of thousands of chiropractors
with their healing hands relieving the pain and suffering of millions
upon millions of people from birth to old age.
Chiropractic is safe when administered
properly. It is cost effective, painless and many find the adjustments
easy upon them and enjoyable.
Although the chiropractic adjustment
helps reduce much of the pain in our bodies it’s real purpose is to
reduce the stress upon us.
Stress, the binding and jamming,
the resistance upon our capacities to have uncompromised healthy
nervous systems. Chiropractic adjustments improve our right to
be right and allow us to reach our health potentials without painful
Harvey Lillard healed himself.
He did not heal from the chiropractic adjustment but rather from the
adjustments removal of the stressful blockade that the
or misaligned ribs and vertebrae were relentlessly placing upon his
willing nervous systems.
So my friends, if you are having
an issue with pain and it is dragging and nagging you on, then perhaps
you have something in common with Harvey Lillard and should find yourself
a chiropractor, a D. D. Palmer of your very own.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for 35 years
practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on
Grand Bahama Island for the past
10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was
educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has treated
many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine. Dr Blower is
currently in practice at the
Center across from the Rand Hospital, Freeport. He can be reached at 242-351-5424 or 727-2454.
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