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The First Chiropractic Patient, Was Also the First Chiropractic Testimonial

The First Chiropractic Patient, Was Also the First Chiropractic Testimonial


The first chiropractic patient was Harvey Lillard.

harvey Lillard forst chiropractic patient

In 1895 in Davenport, Iowa, Harvey was a janitor working in the building in which the founder of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, had an office. When Palmer heard that the janitor was partially deaf for the past 17 years after straining his back and had no relief from medical treatments, Palmer adjusted his spine on two occasions. Harvey’s hearing was restored, chiropractic was born and the world has been better off since.

The story of Harvey Lillard does not end there though.

The first formal chiropractic adjustment, the first chiropractic patient (an African American by the way) and the first recorded case of hearing loss relived by chiropractic also lead to one other historic first:

The first chiropractic testimonial.

This quote by Harvey Lillard serves as an enduring testament to chiropractic.

I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.”   HARVEY LILLARD, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa

Testimonials are proof that chiropractic works

Patients having their health restored by their chiropractor has been the basis of chiropractic since 1895. Anecdotal evidence from satisfied patients spurred on chiropractic for many decades despite organized medicine’s repeated attempts to quash the profession. Many years have passed and scientific research has born out the efficacy of chiropractic for many health problems. The most important evidence that chiropractic works, however are the words of real people who have undergone chiropractic treatment and have seen real life results. Patient testimonials are the social proof that real people, with real problems are helped by chiropractic treatments.

Why testimonials matter

Your chiropractor wants everyone with back pain, neck pain, a whiplash injury, or any other painful condition, to know that chiropractic may the answer they’ve been looking for. Not everyone knows about chiropractic. There are millions of Harvey Lillards walking around suffering for months, years and even decades like Harvey did. A testimonial from a patient like you, can be the words that person needs to read in order to be informed or motivate them to seek chiropractic. That person who was inspired by your words just might have a life changing experience like Harvey did way back when.

How you can be involved

You will never see a multimillion dollar advertising campaign for chiropractic on your television. Drug companies are not involved with us. Surgical device companies can perceive no revenue from us. Chiropractic advertising is word of mouth. From one happy patient to another. In this digital social media age, it is much easier. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others can relay information all over the world in seconds. Reviews sites like Google+, Yelp, Mojo, Merchant Circle and more allow you, the consumer to tell your story and help others who may need to hear it. As a current chiropractic patient, you can help by sharing your story with others on these medical platforms, not just to help your doctor because you like him or her, but for the bigger cause—to promote the ideals of chiropractic. Relief of pain, restoral of health without drugs or surgery, and an active healthy lifestyle, are all the tenets of chiropractic that you will be spreading globally. You can be the modern day Harvey Lillard.

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