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Records dating back to the ancient Greek and Chinese civilizations indicate that the practice of chiropractic and spinal manipulation began several thousand years ago. As a matter of fact, it was the Greek physician Hippocrates who once said, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

However, chiropractic as health care was not recognized in the United States until 1895 when Daniel David Palmer performed the first chiropractic manipulation. Palmer later founded “The Palmer School of Chiropractic” in Davenport, Iowa, which remains one of the most renowned chiropractic schools in the country thanks in large part to Palmer’s son, Bartlett Joshua (B.J.)

Throughout the 20th century, chiropractic continued to develop and spread throughout the world. As the chiropractic philosophy has grown, it is increasingly becoming an important component of the U.S. health system. Chiropractic is currently the most popular non-invasive drug-free treatment in the U.S., and chiropractors are often recognized as specialty care providers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, chiropractors held around 53,000 jobs in the U.S. as recently as 2006. The project employment numbers rise 14 percent by 2016, with a projected number of approximately 60,000 chiropractors to be employed.