What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a theoretical healing
process based on the belief that
all health problems are caused by
misalignment of vertebrae.
History of Chiropractic
Chiropractic was invented in 1895
by Canadian-born Daniel David
Palmer, a medically unqualified
Palmer believed he had discovered
a vital energy which he called “In-
nate Intelligence”. Despite a lack of
evidence, he thought this Innate In-
telligence flowed through the body
from the brain, through the spine,
the nerves and on to the various
organs of the body. Disease, he be-
lieved, was caused by misaligned
vertebrae in the spine inhibiting the
flow of Innate Intelligence through
the body by pinching the nerve. A
supposedly misaligned vertebra is
known as a “subluxation”, although
these have never been proven to
Palmer made his discovery when
he treated a man for deafness.
After a discussion with the patient,
he found what he believed to be a
misaligned vertebra in the man’s
spine. After Palmer adjusted it, the
man reported that his hearing had
been restored. Palmer then con-
cluded that all illness and disease
is the result of misaligned vertebrae
and can therefore be cured with
Through medical science we now
know that the ear does not con-
nect to the brain via the spine; so
Palmer’s conclusion was incorrect.
Why isn’t it legitimate?
1. Lack of a sound theory.
Modern medicine has taught us
that much disease is caused from
infection by micro-organisms
(germs), but the theory of Chiro-
practic rejects this fact.
Chiropractic also rejects another
hugely beneficial discovery: vacci-
nation, considered by Chiropractic
as a form of poisoning, despite
overwhelming medical proof that
it saves countless lives.
In other words, Chiropractic
theory contradicts what scientific
evidence tells us is true.
2. Lack of medical evidence.
Medicine is tested through Ran-
domised Controlled Trials (RCTs),
which eliminate factors like human
bias (both doctors’ and patients