The very first spinal adjustment on record was performed in 1895 by Dr. D. D. Palmer. Dr. Palmer developed the techniques and philosophy of the discipline known as chiropractic care. He was the very first person to diagnose and define the problem of vertebral subluxation, or misalignments in the spinal column which place pressure on the nerves and negatively affect overall body function.
Dr. Palmer’s daughter-in-law, Mabel Heath Palmer, carried the science forward and became the first female chiropractor in 1905, her son David later picking up the torch and carrying the legacy forward. The Palmer School of Chiropractic was later founded and helped to pave the way for many new chiropractors to learn their science and hone their skills. Today, dozens of chiropractic schools exist across the United States.