Desmond Wiggins Roger ENgel


Historical accounts indicate that the first chiropractic adjustment occurred on September 18, 1895, when D.D. Palmer treated the spine of Harvey Lillard. According to the records, Lillard, a deaf man, regained his hearing following this treatment. The event launched the start of chiropractic education. Given the historical significance and dramatic treatment response, the story's validity has been a source of contention within the chiropractic profession. Furthermore, the records are inconsistent concerning the anatomical location of the first chiropractic adjustment. This article summarizes an investigation into the Lillard event to provide a more accurate description of the first chiropractic adjustment and the most probable anatomic location.