First Chiropractic Patient was for Hearing Loss

Harvey Lillard

Did you know that the first chiropractic patient suffered from hearing loss and not back pain?  D.D. Palmer is lauded as being the inventor of chiropractic.  At the time of performing his first adjustment, he was working as a magnetic healer inDavenport,Iowaand recently been treated by Andrew Taylor Still the “father of osteopathy.”  One day he met an African American janitor by the name of Harvey Lillard who suffered from acute hearing loss.  According to Lillard, his hearing began to deteriorate when 17 years prior he had bent over to pick something up and heard a loud pop in his back.  Palmer offered to examine the janitor’s back and found a large lump in between his shoulders.  From Palmer’s understanding of anatomy he decided that Lillard’s hearing loss was due to a misalignment of his vertebrae that then in turn blocked the spinal nerves which control the inner ear, what would later become known as a vertebral subluxation.  Palmer pushed the vertebrae back into place and after a few days Lillard was happy to report that his hearing was not only better but was almost completely restored!  D.D. Palmer and his son B.J. went on to open several chiropractic schools that would teach this newfound science to the public and thus chiropractic was born.  This just goes to show, it never hurts to try chiropractic for everything!


About Dr. Marina Zaré

I am a Chiropractic Wellness Consultant in NW Portland, OR, in the heart of the Pearl district in Portland. I focus on prevention and am extremely passionate about taking care of the young before damage occurs. I utilize numerous technologies in the field of Chiropractic such as Thermography, Electromyography, Heart Rate Variability, B.E.S.T. KST which enable me to help people with chronic pain, learning disorders, ADHD, allergies, injuries, depression, anxiety and other ailments that are caused by having vertebral subluxation
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