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"Family Chiropractic Care serving Summerville, Ladson, North Charleston and Goose Creek"

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Chiropractic History

Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center


In the late 1800s, Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer reasoned that the human body had its own​ healing power which was supplied by the body's nervous system.  This idea led to the basis for spinal misalignments or "subluxations" and in turn the concept of spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments.


On Septemeber 18, 1895 - D.D. Palmer performed the first Chiropractic adjustment.  The patient was a janitor, Harvey Lillard, who suffered from deafness.  A few years prior, Lillard recalled hearing a 'pop' in his spine and his hearing diminished shortly after.  Upon evaluation by D.D. Palmer, he determined that the cause was a result of a misalignment in his spine.  Palmer preceded to adjust the spine, a few days later Lillard stated his hearing was better and nearly completely restored.


D.D. Palmer decided to teach others the ability to apply the Chiropractic principles.  And in 1897, The Palmer School and Cure was founded. The school was later named Palmer School of Chiropractic or Palmer Chiropractic College.


B.J. Palmer, the Developer, is credited for the growth of the Chiropractic profession.  B.J. contributed to the increased research and development of adjusting methods, Chiropractic education standards and an increased appreciation for Chiropractic worldwide.  Throughout the 20th century, research emerged supporting Chiropractic care.  Studies have shown Chiropractic could save millions of dollars annually in regards to work disability.   


Doctor of Chiropractic Education

Chiropractors complete four years at an accredited Chiropractic school consisting of a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical experience time.  Upon completion of schooling, individuals must also pass all four parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners board exam.  The Chiropractor must also meet the required criteria for each state the individual is licensed in.


The intention of Chiropractic schools are to provide an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the human body through health and disease.  Education training includes basic medical sciences, includind anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.  There is also training in differential diagnosis, radiology (x-ray) and therapies.  A Doctor of Chiropractic has the ability to diagnose and care for patients unlike non-physician providers.


Interested in learning more about becoming a Chiropractor?  Visit the Palmer College of Chiropractic page for more information.  You an also feel free to contact our office and we would be happy to answer all of your questions!