The Founder 

In 1895 DD Palmer founded Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa with the first chiropractic adjustment to a deaf janitor named Harvey Lillard.  A few days later Harvey regained his hearing.  DD Palmer opened the Palmer school of Chiropractic two years later.  

“Life is but the expression of spirit through matter. To make life manifest requires the union of spirit and body.” – DD Palmer

biochemistry lab in chiropractic school

Dr. Zach Gower


Palmer was a brilliant anatomist and magnetic healer, dedicating his life to understanding the human body. His vision was to create a natural healing profession based on vitalism, holism, and the spirit within.  He believed the power that made your body is what heals your body; promoting health and healing from within.

Chiropractic is based on an inside-out philosophy, not an outside-in approach as in medicine.  We all created with an inborn intelligence or life force; in chiropractic we call this innate intelligence.  Our Innate intelligence directs our life force through the nervous system, the master control system of the body.  Every muscle, gland, blood vessel, organ and system works by the communication and connection to the nervous system. 

The spine protects and facilitates the messages between the brain and nerves to the body.  Spinal misalignments affect the nerve system communication pathways, called “subluxation.”  Subluxations cause nerve disturbance (dis-ease) between the brain and body.  Dis-ease sometimes causes symptoms and sometimes not.  Regardless of the presentation of symptoms, subluxation affects the structure and function of all body processes, which leads to reduced quality of life, disease and early death.  

This is the main reason why we recommend everyone be checked for subluxations by a principled chiropractor.  You are healthier without subluxations and nerve interference.  Your body is better able to adapt to stress, function optimally and heal.  Chiropractic is a natural approach to restoring health, focussed on finding and correcting the cause of subluxation, restoring your connection to the power of life.

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