What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic has been helping people of all ages with a variety of health issues for over a century without the use of drugs or surgery. The name comes from the Greek word meaning “done by hand.”


Chiropractic was born in September of 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, a self-taught healer in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer wanted to find a cure for disease and illness that did not use drugs. He studied the structure of the spine and the ancient art of moving the body with the hands (manipulation). Palmer started the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which still exists today. The professional development of Chiropractic is credited to Dr Palmer’s son, B.J. Palmer (shown here).

Chiropractic education requires at least 4 years of professional study and includes a 4-year undergraduate/college prerequisite. Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their M.D. counterparts. Chiropractors are unique practitioners in health care, and are quite often misunderstood. So we’re delighted that you’ve chosen to visit our site and learn more!

At Stucky Chiropractic Center, we love our patients – they are like family to us! Our chiropractors will take the time to explain everything in advance and answer any questions you have. You will find we are very good listeners and will do everything in our power to help you find a solution to your health concerns.