History

Hippocrates in 400 BC
Hippocrates in 400 BC

As long ago as 400 BC, Hippocrates recognised the importance of the spine in relation to health. The father of medicine advised: “Acquire knowledge of the spine, for this is requisite to understanding many diseases.”

It was not until 1895 that Daniel D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, founded what was to develop into the Chiropractic movement that is spreading throughout the world today.  His premise was that no cell or organ can function correctly without its full supply of nerve impulses.  The slightest displacement of joints can interfere with this supply and result in many kinds of ‘dis ease’ – literally lack of ease

Daniel David Palmer
Daniel David Palmer

Daniel D. Palmer introduced the term ‘chiropractic’ to mean adjustments of the bones made by the hands alone, from the Greek words ‘kheir’ meaning ‘hand’ and ‘praktikos’ meaning ‘done by’. He founded the first school of chiropractic, Palmer College in Iowa, and was succeeded by his son B. J. Palmer. It was one of his early students, Dr. Mary Walker DC, who taught chiropractic to John McTimoney in the 1950s.

John McTimoney was to further develop the techniques he was taught and extended their use to animals. The swiftness of the adjustments he devised requires great sensitivity and skill, and once mastered the McTimoney method has proved to be extremely effective.  The McTimoney College of Chiropractic was founded in 1972, and was the second chiropractic college to be started in the UK. It was formed to teach the Palmer principles of chiropractic, together with the McTimoney-developed method of chiropractic care.

Dr. Mary Walker
Dr. Mary Walker

The McTimoney method of chiropractic is holistic and concerned with the welfare of the whole body. This emphasis on causes rather than symptoms has growing public appeal. At the same time the medical profession increasingly recognises chiropractic as an effective way to manage a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions. Such widespread acceptance was marked by the Chiropractors Act 1994, and the setting up of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) which is now the Statutory body regulating chiropractic in this country. The GCC has the remit to protect the public, promote the profession and set standards.

This has resulted in the accreditation of chiropractic colleges, leading to the award of recognised qualifications for the purpose of gaining entry to the official Register of Chiropractors. Only those registered with the GCC may practise as chiropractors in the UK.