Did you know the first chiropractic adjustment wasn’t for back or neck pain but for deafness?

I know, it sounds too strange to be true, as we all think of chiropractors as doctors who relieve us of back pain. There is so much more to it. The spine holds every nerve center in your body. Any misalignment in the spine will result in misfiring of information from your body to your brain and back.

The history of chiropractic began in 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard.

While Lillard was working without his shirt on in Palmers office, Lillard bent over to empty the trash can. Palmer noticed that Lillard had a vertebra out of position. He asked Lillard what happened, and Lillard replied, “I moved the wrong way, and I heard a ‘pop’ in my back, and that’s when I lost my hearing.”

Palmer, who was also involved in many other natural healing philosophies, had Lillard lie face down on the floor and proceeded with the adjustment. The next day, Lillard told Palmer, “I can hear that racket on the streets.” This experience led Palmer to open a school of chiropractic two years later.
– From Wikipedia

I had a patient came running into our office the day after his first adjustment, yelling “What did you do”?

This patient had come into the office for shoulder pain but didn’t tell me that years ago he had lost 75% of his hearing. 

After his first adjustment, he could hear the traffic on Linworth Road next to our office. Later that day he had his hearing checked and it was normal.

Although he was thrilled and shocked, he was puzzled by how that adjustment could improve his hearing.

The answer is really quite simple…

When the brain can’t clearly communicate with the body, symptoms occur.

In his case, our adjustment moved something that allowed the hearing mechanisms of the body to correctly communicate with the brain and allow him to hear normally.

A chiropractic adjustment improves communication with your brain and your body heals itself.

Every chiropractic adjustment improves the functioning of the brain and de-stresses the nervous system.

This is great news in our fast-paced, high stress lives. 

Dr. Julia Keiser

  1. Absolutely great information for the public to know.

  2. All I can say that chiropractic services have a lot of benefits for your health. Thanks for the information Keep sharing!

  3. Thanks for the great content.

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