Hippocrates earned recognition as the father of modern medicine due to research produced during his life from 460 BC until 370 BC. Hippocrates was the first person to believe that diseases had naturally occurring causes rather than causes administered through superstition and gods. Hippocrates’ research revolutionised the understanding and approach to healthcare at the time. Emphasis shifted to understanding and changing environmental factors, diet, and living habits when addressing specific health conditions or symptoms. Hippocrates’ influence remains strong today as new doctors recite the Hippocratic Oath during the graduation ceremonies held at medical or professional schools.

One of the most profound findings and statements that Hippocrates made during his lifetime related to the spine.

“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” – Hippocrates

Hippocrates demonstrated advanced thinking that proved far ahead of his time. His instruction and approach to health care represented an understanding that neglecting spinal health meant neglecting most other aspects of health. Massive amounts of research and scientific evidence conducted over the past 2000 years validate Hippocrates’ thoughts and findings. The spine maintains an intimate connection with the health and performance of the entire body through the central nervous system. Chiropractic focuses on the spine and its inter-relationship with function of the body. Chiropractors utilize research dating back to Hippocrates to perfect the practice of applying specific gentle adjustments to spinal vertebrae with less than ideal biomechanical movement patterns with the intention of improving communication between the central nervous system and the brain. Optimal communication produces higher function in all the systems within the body.

Evidence-based studies link amazing results to the health improvements experienced through Chiropractic care. Children and adults share thousands of testimonies that celebrate benefits that transcend simple back or neck pain and accurately represent the life enhancing power found in the central nervous system. Breathing, digestion, and heart and immune health all represent areas of the body where symptoms and conditions drastically improve after experiencing Chiropractic care on a regular basis. Continuing research and education provide people with the information necessary to make fully informed decisions about their health care options.

Chiropractic adjustments improve health and wellness regardless of a person’s age or condition. Research conducted in 2015, nearly 2400 years after Hippocrates’ death, found evidence stressing the connection between the nerves in and around the upper neck vertebrae and the overall health of the body. These nerves directly affected the health of the brain, heart, digestive system, and immunity defense of the body. Overwhelming modern-day research continually reinforces the findings of the father of modern medicine. The health of the spine matters. Chiropractic care improves all aspects of function and human performance because of the unique connection between the spine and nervous system. Optimal health and vitality rely on proper health and maintenance of the spine to endure the physical and mental stressors of everyday life. Hippocrates’ words of wisdom have withstood the test of time.


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