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Chiropractic isn’t for back pain?

What is the biggest chiropractic myth? That chiropractic is for back pain.

Wait–isn’t chiropractic care for back pain? And aren’t chiropractors quite effective at helping people with back problems.

Well, no. And yes. Let’s see why by taking a trip back into history.

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Every year right around the middle of September, many chiropractors and chiropractic colleges celebrate the birthday of chiropractic. September 18th is the date that D.D. Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment in Davenport, Iowa in 1895.

D.D. Palmer, was a self-taught anatomist, grocer, hobby-farmer, and magnetic healer. He claimed to be the first person (at least in the modern era) to use a short, gentle thrust to adjust a mispositioned vertebra back into position.

(Physicians and healers of all kinds have used the spine to create healing, from the time of the ancient Greeks.)

At this time, D.D. had a large magnetic healing practice in one of the tallest buildings in Davenport, Iowa. Before the era of modern antibiotics and safe and effective surgery, many people turned to magnetic healers for chronic health problems.
D.D. Palmer had many patients as a magnetic healer, but Harvey Lillard was his first patient using what would be become chiropractic care.

And Mr. Lillard, as the first chiropractic patient, wasn’t healed of back pain. Here is a testimonial from Harvey Lillard printed not long after his first chiropractic adjustments.

I was deaf 17 years, and expected always to remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind not to take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good.

…Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury to my spine. This was news to me: but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine. In two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.

–Harvey Lillard

Based on Mr. Lillard’s healing, Dr. Palmer thought he had found the cure for deafness. He didn’t. But after experimenting with other patients, D.D. learned that he had found something better.

D.D. Palmer had discovered a way to remove nervous system stress and irritation coming from the spine. In Harvey Lillard that stress had caused deafness. In others it causes vertigo, migraine, or seizures. Still in others, it affects their mood, their sleep, and their hormones.

And yes. For many, it creates spine tension and back pain.

So chiropractors, especially with their long education on the anatomy, physiology, and mechanism of injury in the spine, are quite good at helping people with back pain. But chiropractic care isn’t only about back pain. It’s ultimately about having a healthy spine, and therefore a healthy nervous system. And all the good things that happen when the nervous system is communicating as it should be.



Upper Cervical Chiropractor at Life In Alignment Chiropractic
Dr. Zachary Ward first discovered the power of spinal care after watching his little brother heal from debilitating pain. Now he practices a unique form of chiropractic care that offers you the opportunity to experience your body in a new, freer way. Contact him via social media or via the contact form to request a ten minute health review. He also blogs at

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Jaw pain, clicking, cheek soreness, teeth grinding, neck pain and headaches are symptoms associated with a condition that over ten million Americans suffer from: TMJ Disorder. It’s a problem that can impact any activity involving the muscles of your face like chewing, swallowing, and yawning. Even talking or laughing can elicit pain. It’s common for TMJ… Continue Reading

TOS and Upper Cervical Chiropractic – Part 2

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Let’s see how Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can help the body take pressure off these important passages, naturally. Continue Reading

50 simple ways to lose your upper cervical alignment

50 simple ways to lose your upper cervical alignment

even a really good upper cervical correction may not hold very well, especially in the beginning of our care. And if we want to make the most of our upper cervical chiropractic care, we’re going to need to NOT do a few things that tend to weaken our upper neck. Here are 50 of them. Continue Reading

I lived in pain ever since my car accident

I lived in pain ever since my car accident

I seriously am still in awe! Here is an unsolicited review of Dr. Zachary Ward and Life In Alignment, LC on the practice’s Facebook page. I was in a car accident in ’99, and I have lived with pain everyday since. Not always extreme, but pain just the same. Two Sundays ago, I was putting… Continue Reading

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