Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. Chiropractors focus on the nervous system and adjust the vertebral column to help the nervous system function more efficiently. According to Gray’s Anatomy, the nervous system is the master system in the body which controls and coordinates all other systems such as the respiratory, circulatory, hormonal, digestive, muscular, and immune systems.
So why do chiropractors focus on the nervous system? Because we have discovered that your health is dependent upon a few basic principles.
- Your body is an incredible self-healing organism. It is in a constant state of change and repair that works on an exact program.
- Your nervous system is what runs the program. It acts as the central command system of the body. If the nervous system is allowed to communicate with every organ, tissue, and cell of the body, literally down to the last nook and cranny of the body, like it is designed to do, you should experience the best health you have ever had and feel better than you have ever felt. This is what we call normal.
- If there is an interruption in the nerve function, then the nervous system cannot do what it is designed to do, which is to run the body. As such, your body starts to experience break downs and does not perform its normal functions in a healthy and consistent manner.
- Staggs’ job is to determine why your body is not functioning properly and figure out how to restore the normal law and order so you can function better. Think of him as the new sheriff in town.
History of Chiropractic
Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints in the body have been performed for a long time. Ancient writings from China and Greece dating between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. In fact, Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published a text detailing the importance of manual manipulation. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”. Evidence of manual manipulation of the body has been found among ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Syria, Japan, the Incas, Mayans and Native Americans.
The official beginning of the chiropractic profession dates back to 1895 when Dr. Daniel David Palmer came on the health care scene. At that time, medicine was leaving an era of proclaimed cure-alls to pursue more scientific investigation into the treatment of disease. Dr. Palmer reasoned that the body had an ample supply of natural healing power transmitted through the nervous system. If a single organ was sick, it must not be receiving its normal nerve supply. That led to the premise of spinal misalignment, which Dr. Palmer referred to as a subluxation. This thinking led to a procedure for adjusting the vertebrae.
Dr. Palmer performed his first adjustments in 1895, relieving one man of deafness and another person of heart trouble. Arrangements were made to train others in the application of the chiropractic principle. The Palmer School and Cure was founded in 1897 and was later incorporated under the laws of Iowa. The school later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic. Through the efforts of Dr. Palmer’s son, Dr. Bartlett Joshua Palmer (BJ), Palmer School developed effective adjusting methods and education of future chiropractic doctors.
Palmer School (now named Palmer College of Chiropractic) continues to be the leader in education and research in the chiropractic profession. Its three campuses and multiple clinics treat thousands of patients for various issues. Dr. Staggs is proud to be a 3rd generation Palmer graduate.