Chiropractic care can be traced as far back to beginning of recorded time.
Writings as far back as 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities in China and Greece.
The practice of spinal manipulation began gaining momentum in the US in the late nineteenth century
Daniel David Palmer founded the Chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa.
"I graduated from Palmer College in 1992," Dr. Kirk Henrichs of Stout-Henrichs Chiropractic Clinic in Dodge City said. "I then opened my practice in Dodge City with Dr. Stout the same year."
Dr. Jason Joy of Dodge City also went to Palmer College.
"I graduated in July 2000," Dr. Joy said. "I then partnered with Dr. (Mark) Pick in 2004, then recently opened my own practice February 2015."
Dr. Mark Pick of Pick Chiropractic graduated from Iowa State then opened his practice in Dodge City, where he has stayed for the past 29 years.
"I got a neck injury in college playing football," Pick said. "When I went through my treatment for the injury I learned that chiropractic was something I wanted to pursue."
Injuries as well as chronic neck and low back pain is something most of the chiropractors treat.
"There are orthopedic patients that I see as well," Dr. Jammie Phillips of Phillips Chiropractic Clinic said. "With the advancement of technology we are able to use low-level laser techniques and adjustments for pain management."
Ever evolving technology is what chiropractors constantly use and upgrade as it becomes available.
"The advancement and treatment of injuries is always changing," Joy said. "There are new tools that we are using that are new or upgraded to treat any injury or soft-tissue and spine issues."
Dr. Pick also agreed that new soft-tissue techniques are being used.
"The soft-tissue techniques we use now," Pick said, "are more meaningful uses for patients. It makes managed care that much more easier."
Chiropractic work isn’t strictly about alignments and adjustments for patients.
"Chiropractic work isn’t just for pain," Henrichs said. "The validity of chiropractic work has proven to relieve medical issues due to tight muscles around organs that are causing problems.
"Working the nerves and muscles around these organs has proven to relieve ailments such as asthma in patients. But when working with a patient, if there is something I cannot fix I will send them to a medical doctor. I try to make sure that surgery is the very last option available for patients.
"With injuries and pain, constantly working with managed care of a chiropractor, surgery is rarely needed except in extreme cases."
Dr. Henrichs also specializes in using acupuncture with his patients.
Acupuncture is when thin needles are used to stimulate certain points along the skin of the body.
"In Asia and other parts of the world," Henrichs said, "they use acupuncture prior to someone going under anesthesia for surgery. By using that technique, it has proven to lower the risk of death while being completely under. I try to use it as often as possible."
All of the chiropractors agree that the Affordable Care Act has caused some changes to their practices.
"There is a lot more paperwork we have to fill out," Pick said.
With chronic ailments always being an issue there are some preventative techniques that can be used.
"My family has a history of back pain," Joy said. "That was one of the reasons I got into chiropractic work, to be able to instill proper lifting and stretching techniques for those who have a history of pain and to help people as much as possible."
Dr. Henrichs agreed.
"Proper stretching is something that people need to do from the time they start getting active. I would say yoga and Thi Chi are the best possible ways that people can properly stretch their body to avoid pain and ailments from starting, if not to relieve them."