Category Archives: Chiropractic and Health

Self-Experiment That You Might Find Interesting

The past 5 weeks or so I have conducted a little self experiment:

5 weeks ago I began listening to only classical and Frank Sinatra- type music and have noticed the following changes in emotion and motivational drive to exercise and work out. The results are the following:

Prior to making the musical change I predominantly listened to Rock, Rap, Hip Hop music because I thought it kept me motivated to exercise and be more attentive + aggressive toward daily life, including hard workouts. Since I made the change,my assertiveness( intellectual curiosity) towards life and education has increased immensely. However, my drive to exercise and really get a hard work out has dropped significantly. I attribute this to the emotions/feelings related to rap music/and rock, when compared to mellow classical/ Frank Sinatra- Type music.

This morning, I played rap music /rock music and it made me want to go work out hard. While, there may be several other variables contributing to these emotions and feelings, including but not limited to nutrition, daily schedule, environment, etc. I am asserting that the music plays a more immediate role in behavior compared to most other factors. However, all are important.

Therefore,after blasting rock and rap music this morning, I am pumped to go exercise hard. Then, when I return home, I will switch to classical and Frank Sinatra-type music to induce an increased drive to learn and study.

I’ll let you know,

The Chiropractor Student


First Week of Quarter 4 in the Books!

The first week of 4th quarter just ended. This quarter I should be fluent on everything within the anterior abdomen, including every organ (anatomy, physiology, and pathology) including the genitourinary and gastrointestinal system. I should know and understand how to perform physical exams with regards to the organs and their connected systems. I will learn how to set up for an adjustment of the lumbar spine and hips; I will learn when to adjust… and when not to adjust. I will also learn more on microbiology, including, but not limited to bacteria, viruses and their related pathologies and clinical manifestations.
I’m truly enthusiastic about Chiropractic school. They are training us to be a doctor of the body. I am confident that with what I learn in school (and definitely on my own) that I will be able to help a wide scope of people. I made a good decision to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.

This evening there was a speaker who was invited to lecture on his career as a chiropractor. The auditorium was full, my school served dinner prior to. The speakers held everyone’s attention for almost 2 hours. Hard to believe that after tonight’s talk that I was even more inspired to be involved with such a profession. He spoke about the significance of proper nutrition and diets to maintain health and prevent imbalances that lead to other harmful pathologies. He was passionate and confident about the main philosophy of chiropractic and its true clinical outcomes. He seemed very honest, straight forward, and intelligent. I think that’s one several variables that contribute to a successive chiropractor.

Anyway, it’s Friday… I was going to ‘relax’ and watch a movie. However, I am too pumped up to sit around… I am studying the GI, GU, and maybe , Microbiology.

Always True,

The Chiropractor Student

My professors and day 2 are/were ideal!

Wow, today was great! We started talking about the Gastrointestinal Tract (GI)… my professor is incredible. He explained the topic very well.    This is him:
Also, we had a clinical anatomy course today. We reviewed what we will be doing, and the professor (same professor that teaches us anatomy this quarter) asked students around the room clinical questions about various diseases and reviewed some basic anatomy and physiology of the GI. We also spoke about  how the course would function over the quarter. Pretty excited, this class has about 70 students and we all can participate in discussion. We did today, just a little bit…
We then had lecture on technique and adjustments for the Lumbar and Hip. Our professor is great; he spoke for 2 hours and kept the whole class focused the entire time, we are lucky to have him as our professor. This is him,
My last class today was a small group (10-14 students) active learning strategies design. Our professor (the same one that is teaching us anatomy this quarter) sat with us. We were given a portion of a “patients” history and asked to come up with differential diagnostics, and as she gave us more info, we could add more or delete diagnostics…. It felt like we were working with House, trying to diagnose the patient. We will continue the exercise next class.
Overall, day two was a success. 10.5 weeks left. I am going to learn a bunch.
I’ll be in touch,
The Chiropractor Student

The insides of a nerve ending, what do they look like?

Inside a nerve ending that has been broken open to reveal the synaptic vesicles (by Tina Carvalho)

Quarter 4 Started today.

So today went well,

We had three classes:

First course will cover the Anterior Abdomen and its contents within, as in organs, tissues, cells and the blood supply, innervation, and common pathologies therein. Also, we will be learning history taking, diagnostics, and examinations as it relates to this area. Our professor seems great, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She calls on everyone, and anyone throughout the class.

Next, we had subluxation theory course. This course will review how peripheral nervous system, spinal cord and tracts, neurogenic inflammation, and neuroimmunological factors relate to the subluxation complex.

If you don’t know what subluxation is, the WHO definition (via Wikipedia) of the chiropractic vertebral subluxation is:

                  “A lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.”

Our last class today is called, Genitourinary physiology and pathology. So, it will review concepts like the different types of fluid within our bodies, how they may be affected by various hormones, diet, and disease with regards the kidney at its associated counterparts. I’ll fill you in as I learn more.

Overall, a good day…

Until tomorrow,

The Chiropractor Student

My First Official “Real” Blog Post

I have had my Facebook Page, since I started Chiropractic school. It has been great, I feel like I am reaching quite a few people on there. However, Facebook is not a blog, it is a page. I have been corrected time after time for calling it a blog. So, here it is… I did it!

This is the first post of many to come, on my first “real” blog…

Always True,

The Chiropractor Student

P.S. Quarter 4 starts tomorrow… I’ll let you know.

P.P.S. Thank you Dr. Knox, the last and final person to tell me to start a real blog.

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