September-Anniversary of Discovery of Chiropractic

DD Palmer, H Lillard



September 18 -- 22, 2023

September 2023 marks 128 years of people benefiting from receiving chiropractic adjustments. On September 18, 1895, D.D. Palmer performed the first adjustment in Davenport, Iowa, on Harvey Lillard, a janitor who had been deaf in one ear for 17 years. After having his adjustment, Lillard's hearing was restored – and the science of chiropractic was discovered.

Come celebrate with us the Anniversary of the Discovery of Chiropractic!

Come to our office for a celebration of this moment in history.  Enjoy tributes to the pioneers in chiropractic, a festive spirit, free give-away goodies and the warmth of our staff.

Also, for those who are not patients at our office, we will have appointments available for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our doctors.  In addition to meeting the doctor one-on-one, you will also be able to ask the doctor about how you can improve your health through nutrition, exercise, rest, a positive mental attitude and chiropractic care.  We ask please that consultation appointments be scheduled at least 3 hours in advance.

If you would like to book an appointment for the week of the Chiropractic Anniversary, please call our office at (707) 996-4535. Our Staff Members will be happy to assist you.

Come join us in the celebration of the Anniversary of the Discovery of Chiropractic!

Because you appreciate chiropractic . . . and we want you to know we appreciate you.

* Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Neurology
* Diplomate, American Chiropractic Neurology Board

A Tribute to

D. D. Palmer

Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer was born in 1845 in rural Ontario, Canada, but his family relocated to the Mississippi River valley near the end of the Civil War.

In 1888, D.D. Palmer opened a magnetic healing practice Davenport, Iowa. His business steadily grew. In one of his earliest known advertisements, he writes, “Dis-ease is a condition of not-ease, lack of ease.” This became one of concepts that is central to chiropractic. D.D. Palmer advanced the practice of magnetic healing by focusing on the affected organ, palpating for a tender spot, and then breaking up the “congestion.”

After practicing magnetic healing for some time, D.D. Palmer came up with a new theory: that the “congestion” he sensed in the organ had a cause that could be traced to the spine. He expanded his approach. His new method was to palpate the sensory distortion from the tender spot over the organ to the spine. He then manually adjusted the spine, as chiropractors do today.

The first person to receive treatment based on D.D. Palmer’s new strategy was a janitor, Harvey Lillard. Mr. Lillard had been deaf for 17 years and had given up hope for a cure. After two treatments with D.D. Palmer, his hearing was restored.

Famous D.D. Palmer Quotes

"Chiropractic embraces the science of life, the knowledge of how organisms act in health and disease, and also the art of adjusting the neuroskeleton."

"The principles of chiropractic... are not new. They are as old as the vertebrae... I am not the first person to replace subluxated vertebra, for this art has been practiced for thousands of years."

A Tribute to

B. J. Palmer

Bartlett Joshua (B.J.) Palmer started practicing chiropractic around 1901 and took over the school from his father between 1903 and 1906. B.J. Palmer traveled widely and spoke often in order to spread the big idea of chiropractic. He also wrote extensively -- so much so that he started a printery at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

In addition, B.J. Palmer took up of the cudgel of advocating for chiropractors to be able to be recognized and licensed by legal and legislative bodies. B.J. Palmer came to believe that it was important to establish the philosophy of chiropractic. Therefore, Palmer had the faculty of Palmer College grant him the first ever Philosopher of Chiropractic (PhC) degree. Shortly afterward he wrote a book called The Philosophy of Chiropractic.

By doing all this, B.J. Palmer created the dominant philosophical viewpoint in the profession of chiropractic. More than that, he was bringing chiropractic to the world as a completely different approach to health.

Famous B.J. Palmer Quotes

"There is no effect without a cause. Chiropractors adjust causes. Others treat effects."

"So what Chiropractic does, is that it simply 'takes the handcuffs off Nature', as it were. By finding the particular vertebra that had shifted and restoring it to its natural position, the adjustment thus releases the natural flow of nerve impulse. When the maze of nerves, or Nature’s communication system, supplies the body with the energy it needs for well being, you have health."

A Tribute to

James H. Adams

In 1962, James H. Adams (Dr. Jim) graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He then got busy trying to become a practicing chiropractor. In 1964 he joined the practice of Dr. Stephen Duff in San Rafael and worked under Dr. Duff for 2 years. Then he struck out to make a practice of his own. In 1966 he moved to Sonoma, California, and bought an office on Broadway. Then in June 1977 he purchased land and built his vision of an office at 101 Andrieux St.

In 1978, Dr. Jim attended New College of California in San Francisco and received his Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities. Later, Dr. Jim became passionate about a science which would become a driving force of his practice for the rest of his career: chiropractic neurology. Wanting to implement this science into his treatment of his patients, he attended Logan College of Chiropractic and received a Diplomate in Neurology in 1993.

Dr. Jim could often be heard excitedly explaining that the understanding of neurology helped him to make his adjustments more precise and have a more powerfully positive effect for the benefit of his patients. Although retired from active practice in 2020, Dr. James H. Adams' presence will always be felt in the practice bearing his name.

James H. Adams Favorite Quotes

"Chiropractic adds years to life and life to years."

"Health is a journey, not a destination."