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Chiropractic History

From Hippocrates (The Father of Medicine) and Galen (The Prince of Physicians) to the 19th Century bonesetters of the British Isles, many great men and women throughout history have recognized the importance of the spine and nervous system as they relate to the overall health of the individual.
The wisdom of this concept has become even more apparent as our society has become more and more dependent on drugs and surgery for the treatment of health problems.

The chiropractic profession was established in 1895. The word "chiropractic" was derived from the Greek words "cheir" and "practikis" meaning "done by hand." The word "chiropractic" is correctly pronounced "ki-ro-prak-tik." Its form is the same whether used in the singular or the plural. The terms "doctor of chiropractic," "chiropractor," or "chiropractic physician" are all correct titles for the health care practitioner who is licensed to administer chiropractic procedures. "D.C." is the accepted acronym designating a doctor of chiropractic.

Formal recognition and licensure of the chiropractic profession in Florida was first enacted by the Florida Legislature in 1931. Today, all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have statutes that recognize and regulate the practice of chiropractic. In addition, the profession is officially recognized and regulated in nine Canadian provinces, in Switzerland, West Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Bolivia and is acknowledged and accepted in the Scandinavian countries, Italy, the British Isles, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Japan, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Today, over 45,000 doctors of chiropractic serve millions of patients worldwide. According to a study made by the American Chiropractic Association, there was a 77% increase in utilization of chiropractic during the 10-year period of 1964-1974, with a further increase of 43% by 1984. This growth pattern continued into the 1990's and is still on the rise today.