Definition of Chiropractic | Norton Family Chiropractic

Chiropractic has been practiced for thousands of years by civilizations around the world. Chiropractic as we know it was first developed by D.D. Palmer in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. He gave the first adjustment to a man named Harvey Lillard, who was deaf and also having upper back pain. After he was adjusted, Harvey found that his back pain had resolved, and his hearing had improved. It was at that time that D.D. Palmer realized he had experienced something very special and potentially life changing for patients.

Today’s chiropractic has the capability to improve the lives of patients in many ways. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—centered around the spine—and how it functions. Even though there are a variety of treatment approaches and options, chiropractors primarily perform adjustments (also called manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of improving alignment problems, easing body pain, repairing movement and body function, and supporting our body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Dr. Elliott uses palpation to evaluate the movement of each joint in the spine and any other joint that may be causing pain in the patient. She will then adjust the joint using one of many techniques. Dr. Elliott will try different techniques until she finds the best one for each individual patient.