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Thanksgiving and Chiropractic: American-Made Marvels

Posted: November 26, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Alyssa Puor

America has a long history of inspired traditions.  The first chiropractic adjustment and first Thanksgiving celebration were two of these amazing celebrations of life. The very first Thanksgiving was celebrated in November of 1621 when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians came together to celebrate the autumn harvest of the Pilgrims, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.   It is said that their meal consisted of many trimmings including cornmeal, onions, beans, cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, blueberries, plums, gooseberries, raspberries, cranberries, and grapes. Much of these are the traditional items we see on our menu today, however historians relate that Plymouth's Thanksgiving also consisted of seafood, including mussels as they were common along the shoreline. Wild turkey and deer were also part of the menu.

Over 270 years later, the first chiropractic adjustment was delivered in Davenport, Iowa, in 1895. D.D. Palmer delivered the first adjustment to a deaf man who regained his hearing quickly after the subluxation was removed from his spine. One year later chiropractic was given its name, with its Greek roots meaning “done by hand” (cheir = hand, praktos = done by).

The years following the first adjustment given by D.D., the nervous system was more closely studied by his son BJ, and many more greats in the profession. We have a better understanding that misalignments in the spine result in decreased quality of messages going to and from the brain, thus resulting in various forms of dysfunction, including the one we call subluxation.  

This is why correcting the spine, and ultimately our brain and nervous system, is so important to us at Rubin Family Chiropractic and why we love to see pregnant moms and newborns getting checked so that they are on track for a lifetime of health!  Chiropractic and Thanksgiving...American originals!


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