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The History of UCC

UCHC is a global franchise with the mission to create a family of upper cervical doctors who embrace the commonalities among the upper cervical procedures and unites the doctors to pursue the common goal of bringing upper cervical care to the forefront of the healthcare industry.


In 1893, a man by the name of Daniel David Palmer, who went by the name D.D. Palmer, was working in his office one night, treating a patient who was telling him about the loss of his hearing almost 17 years prior. The patient had heard a “pop” sound in his neck and then, all of a sudden, his hearing was gone.  Dr. Palmer asked to have a look at the patient’s neck to see if he could possibly figure out what had happened to make him lose his hearing.  When he started feeling around the patient’s neck, he felt a little lump. When he pushed on the lump it made a popping sound.

At first, nothing happened. But after 3 days of repeating this process, the patient’s hearing returned.  So, Dr. Palmer believed he had found the cure for deafness.  D.D. had people coming from all over the world to be treated for their deafness.  While not all of the deaf patients got their hearing back, Dr. Palmer noticed that a lot of other conditions started clearing up—conditions such as kidney problems, heart conditions, etc.  So then his son, B.J. Palmer, comes into the picture. B.J. Palmer is known as the developer of chiropractic because he built on what D.D. had been doing, which was basically pushing up and down, three times on each side of the spine, any high spot just pop, pop, pop, pop—anything you could pop.

Some people got better and some people didn’t, but B.J. decided he needed to narrow this process down, to figure out why some people got better and why some didn't.  So, in 1935, B.J opened a research center and employed the same method that his father had: adjusting all the way down one side and all the way back down the other side, pushing all the highest spots.  And he narrowed it down and did less and less and less.  And his results got better and better and better.  And after 16 years of research, on only the worst cases, he discovered that it was one of the top two bones in the body, in the upper cervical spine, that was the cause of most of these ailments.  By this point, it was 1951.

By 1951, when upper cervical research came up, there were several other schools that had appeared all over America, teaching people how to adjust the entire spine.  B.J. Palmer focused on upper cervical work before leaving the clinic. He died in 1961. At the time of his death, B.J. Palmer was known all over the world.  He had been to the White House with four different presidents.  He took care of Dr. Mayo and his family from the Mayo Clinic.  He was world renowned.

When B.J. passed, his son, Dr. David Palmer, took over the school and began to teach the full spine model once more, a model that is taught in most of the schools across the country today.  So, even as recently as 20 years ago, there were only a handful of upper cervical doctors.  However, over the last decade, upper cervical has seen a real surge and growth of popularity, especially over the last four or five years with the production of documentaries on the subject as well as huge conferences.  There is also now a postgraduate diploma program.  Upper cervical care is really beginning to pick up some momentum.



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