Archive for April, 2012

Dr. David J. Lewis, DC on Chiropractic Care

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Chiropractic care is essential to healthy living and can benefit a vast range of people.

Those that suffer from lower back pain, neck problems, headaches, severe disc degeneration, scoliosis, or have suffered a sports injury could benefit from chiropractic care. Everyone can benefit to some degree from receiving chiropractic care.Children should be checked on a regular basis to ensure no unnecessary stress has been placed on their spine through contact sports, falling, or typical childhood play.Pregnant women benefit from regular checkups throughout their pregnancy to ensure their pelvis has not suffered any torsion, which can put undue stress on the fetus and possibly lead to malpositioning. They should also be checked after giving birth, which can be very traumatic on a woman’s body. Traveling through the birth canal and simply being born can be traumatic to a newborn’s little spine as well, so it is important to have them checked as soon after they are born as possible. After infants learn to walk well, they should be checked again because they endure a lot of falls onto the base of their spine while learning to walk, which can cause vertebrae to become misaligned. Blue collar workers and athletes both put unnecessary stress on their spines on a regular basis, due to physically demanding work and workouts. This can lead to severe neck and back issues by putting undue stress on the spine. A quick checkup and any necessary treatment to immediately remedy any signs of problems will help prolong the worker’s ability to perform satisfactorily at their job and keep them feeling great while doing so, as well as help extend the athletic career of the athlete. (more…)

History of Chiropractic Care

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

San Mateo Chiropractor David J. Lewis, DCHistory of Chiropractic Care

The history of chiropractic care began in 1895, when Iowan Daniel David Palmer pioneered the practice. Harvey Lillard, a janitor who suffered from partial hearing loss, was Palmer’s first patient. After Palmer performed the very first chiropractic adjustment on Lillard, the janitor reported an improvement in hearing. Two years later, Palmer opened the world’s first school of chiropractic care.

Early methods of chiropractic care were similar to osteopathy, an alternative form of medicine that emphasizes the relationship between the body’s structure and function. Critics at the time accused D.D. Palmer and others of practicing medicine without a formal license, resulting in the arrest and jailing of many early practitioners.

In 1906, D.D. Palmer passed management of the Palmer School of Chiropractic to his son, B.J. Palmer. The younger Palmer introduced new forms of technology to the practice, including X-rays. A close colleague, Dr. Solon Langworthy, composed the first book about chiropractic care, ‘Modernized Chiropractic,’ that same year.

In the following years, the profession became intensely divided. (more…)