It Seems Miraculous But It's the Way Healing is Supposed to Work


How Pioneers in the Mind-Body Connection, D. D. Palmer and Others Brought Non-Invasive Healing Practices to the World

In our former blog post, we began to discuss the mind-body connection and how stress and avoiding slowing down to create balance in our lives affects our aging process, our health and our wellness. We discussed how mind-body health is based on the idea of the mind influencing the physical body and we provided The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health's definition of mind-body interventions in medicine. If you haven’t read this blog post, go here for a greater understanding of the mind-body connection and get some insights on how to slow the aging process.

The vital physical link in the mind-body connection is the spine and the body’s power plant or fuse box is the nervous system.

The spinal cord and peripheral nerves act like telephone lines, relaying messages from your brain to your body and back again.

Almost all of what chiropractors study is not the bones of the spine but the nervous system. The nervous system is composed of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The components of the central nervous system are the spinal cord and the brain. The peripheral nervous system includes all of the nerves and the wiring.

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My focus is about moving the hard bone off the delicate nervous tissue that runs as a cord within the vertebrae of the spinal cord. That is why chiropractors are not just back doctors. In fact, what fascinates me most is how we can use the power of the brain and nervous system to our own benefit and advantage instead of the brain and nervous system using us.

Daniel David (D. D.) Palmer(1) of Davenport, Iowa practiced his “magnetic healing” at his clinic, Palmer Cure and Infirmary.(2) (See Palmer College of Chiropractic’s blog post entitled, “D. D. Palmer and Magnetic Healing”). 

In the book, History in the Making, B.J. (Bartlett Joshua) Palmer writes about his father’s magnetic healing techniques:

“His ‘magnetic treatments’ consisted of patient lying on couch, back down–he sitting along-side, with hands resting above and below, in 15-minute periods, flowing HIS magnetism for that period…. He placed one hand OVER the liver (for example), other hand UNDER back, UNDER LIVER.”
[He was] “flowing his MAGNETIC STRENGTH from positive hand to negative hand; flowing MAGNETISM from HIS body INTO AND THROUGH THE LIVER.” —Palmer, B. J., and Clarence D. Jenson. History in the Making. Clarence Jenson, 1985.

Here’s a story of how a chiropractor tapped into the power of the nervous system.

A deaf janitor named Harvey Lillard worked around the Palmer building late at night. Lifting a heavy crate 17 years earlier, Lillard heard a pop in his back and then went deaf.

One night D.D. Palmer asked Lillard if he could work on him with his magnetic healing. The deaf man agreed. 

Dr. Palmer noticed strange boney protrusions on Lillard’s back so he made a bold decision and forcefully pushed on Lillard’s back which caused the unaligned bone to fall back into alignment. The once deaf man could now hear again!

This occurred on September 18, 1895 and became the first documented chiropractic adjustment in the United States. Dr. Palmer called it chiropractic as “chiro” was the Greek term kheir for hand and “pathic” was from the Greek patheia meaning ‘suffering, feeling’ and therefore referring to a healing process.

It should be noted that chiropractic did not come into existence that day in Iowa. There are records of similar techniques from China and Greece dating back to as far as 2700 B.C. Hippocrates, a Greek physician, famously said, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” 

Chiropractic has been developed into a brilliant science that people have utilized for optimum health and longevity. When you consider the wonders of the mind and the capacity of the body, it’s no wonder the mind-body connection has become one of the most important health issues of our time.

If you want to stay healthy and reach your full potential in all ways, it is vital that you take care of your spine and nervous system, the all important mind-body connection.

(1)  The science, art and philosophy of chiropractic evolved from Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer’s years of independent research and study of human health and disease near the turn of the 20th  century.

(2)  For the last sixteen years of his life, Daniel David Palmer was involved in at least ten institutions in four states offering a course in chiropractic. In a five year period spanning the end of nineteenth and the start of the twentieth centuries, D.D. began the chiropractic educational experience with the Chiropractic School and Cure in Davenport's Ryan Building, suceeded by the Palmer School and Infirmary of Chiropractic (PSIC), followed by the Palmer School of Chiropractic.