B.J. Palmer introduced the use of x-rays to the chiropractic profession in 1910, only 15 years after the technology was originally developed. He stated that the main purpose was to ‘verify or deny palpation findings and to verify or deny proof of the existence of vertebral subluxations’. X-rays are still an important diagnostic tool in the chiropractic profession not only to help visualize the structure of the body, but to rule out other pathologies as well.
Prior to the discovery of chiropractic Dr. D.D. Palmer occupied himself as a farmer, grocer beekeeper and schoolteacher. His formal education did not expand past the sixth grade but he was an avid reader in a variety of subjects, including spiritualism, vitalism and the mechanical and biological sciences of his day.
Did you know that photographs of the B.J. Palmer Clinic in 1945 revealed a large rehabilitation department that was extensively equipped with all the various high-tech exercise equipment of the day? This included the use of cycles, stretching mats, parallel bars, proprioception systems and resistance exercise devices for all parts of the body.
Before Dr. D.D. Palmer became the 'Founder of Chiropractic' in 1895 he was a magnetic practitioner in Burlington, Iowa. He offered his services to many patients and after 9 years of clinical experience and theorizing, Dr. Palmer decided that inflammation was the essential characteristic of all disease. He came to the conclusion that displacements of anatomic structures were the cause of inflammation which led to the discovery of chiropractic treatments.
Mable H. Palmer, Dr. B.J. Palmer’s wife, was a guiding influence who became a chiropractor in 1905. She became a recognized authority on anatomy and was an instructor at the Palmer School of Chiropractic (PSC) for more than 30 years. In 1920 she authored an anatomy book that was widely used by both the chiropractic and medical profession. Her love for anatomy greatly impacted the ever-growing chiropractic profession.