• Dr. Eric Carlsen

Interesting Facts about Chiropractic


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  • “Chiropractic” comes from two Grecian words. “Cheir”, meaning hand, and “praktos”, meaning done, translates to “Done by Hand”. That’s kind of perfect!

  • In 1895, Daniel David Palmer, the father of Chiropractic, gave the first adjustment to Harvey Lillard. These chiropractic adjustments helped Lillard regain his hearing after an accident he had 17 years earlier.

  • To become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), you need to complete a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab, and clinical internships during a 4-year doctoral program. If you were to combine all those hours, it would be 175 days non-stop!

  • An estimated 35 million American adults and children are treated by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) each year.

  • There are around 95,000 active doctors of chiropractic worldwide, along with 10,000 students in the United States alone, currently enrolled in chiropractic education programs.

  • 32 National Football League teams take advantage of chiropractic. Each of the 32 teams has a chiropractor on staff to increase performance, maintain the players’ well-being, and treat musculoskeletal strain and injury.

  • Surprisingly, chiropractic care can be very beneficial to infants. Birth can be tough on a newborn! Infant adjustments are perfectly safe and modified for the baby’s needs.

  • Across the globe, over one million adjustments occur each day!

  • In over 40 countries including the U.S., chiropractic is recognized and regulated by law. There are licensed D.C.s in all 50 states!

  • Injured at work? Did you know you are 28 times less likely to undergo spinal surgery if the first medical professional you contact is a D.C. rather than a surgeon?

  • One of the most common symptoms treated by chiropractic care, lower back pain, could cost up to 20% percent less if it is first treated by a DC instead of an MD.

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