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First Year of Chiropractic School Complete!

One year down, two years and 1/4 remains. As I reflect back over the last 12 months/4 quarters of school. I can say that time went by very quickly,  I learned a tremendous amount of information, lost 60lbs, and began to think more like a doctor (of Chiropractic). I am proud  of my decision on attending Chiropractic School… I almost signed up for Pharmacy School… Long story, and i’ll share one day soon.

Being in School and attending outside seminars has benefited me greatly, I have a better understanding of functional nutrition, the various techniques of chiropractic, and associated protocols utilized in patient diagnostics.  Its difficult to explain, but it seems like my perspective and mindset has changed. I am more detailed oriented, more hungry to learn, and more eager to utilize my knowledge to help my neighbors, friends, and family in need. I feel like I am transforming into a detailed oriented Doctor of Chiropractic, ready to analyze (not over analyze) and find the underlying issue and potentially fix it… or point my patient in the necessary direction. I am excited for what the next two years and 1/4 will expose me to, and all that I will learn.

My life has changed for the better since I started school, I dropped weight, became more athletic, my attitude is positive which is all a very exciting process.

I started taking Neurology Courses at the Carrick Institute of Neurology, I have only taken one module thus far, however, it seems promising… I think I learned more in one seminar than I did in one month of Neurology at school. I found it so interesting that I can’t stop learning about it because I understand the significance.

I have been attending FCA seminars and listening to Dr. Vasquez DC ND DO lecture on functional nutrition, which has been a huge influence on my learning as far as the potential of proper/poor diet, supplementation, life style changes, and the positive/negative outcomes that all may bring.

I spent the past year attending clubs during school hours which offered topics such as Motion Palpation club, so I can work on my hand work and palpation techniques. I have attended Gonstead Club, where we practice Gonstread Adjustment Techniques. I have attended Upper Cervical Club, where we learned about some history and technique as it relates to the upper cervical specific adjustment, which is said to be one of the most powerful and specific adjustment any chiropractic professional (with the proper EXTRA training) could utilize.

As far as studying goes, I utilized my studying time to understand the material, rather than memorize for the tests. I found that by studying to understand, and then Google the material studied and view it in alternate forms enabled me to gain a better understanding of concept, which I feel will benefit me and patients in the long run. I performed above average in my courses, and found myself always asking questions in class, and even raising my hand to argue a few points.

I enjoyed this fist year of Chiropractic School and am looking forward to the next. 

So, break started today, my last final ended at 9am. What will I do for the next 11 days??

Well, for today, and Friday, I will relax by the pool, exercise, eat well, and read leisurely in subjects on Functional Nutrition, and Neurology.

On Saturday and Sunday I have Module 2 of Carrick Institute of Neurology.

Then, I will visit Family on Monday through Thursday in Boca Raton, Florida.

Friday I will make my way to Georgia for a Grostic Upper Cervical Seminar/ Module to learn more about this technique. I want to see how I like the technique, and potentially get certified in it to expand my foundation on upper cervical care…because it is said to be a very powerful adjustment.

My goal is learn as much as I can in class, and outside of class. It is important to know all you can so you can help as many as you can. I don’t set limits on myself as far as how much I will learn, I let the limits try to find me… if they can.

Anyway, enough of my 1 year rant, I am going to the pool.

Thank you for following!

Always True,

The Chiropractor Student 


Big or Small, We Adjust All.

I’ve been asking undergraduate students and some older adults about why they do not go to the Chiropractor to get adjusted, or regular check ups, the results are as follows:

 They do not understand what Chiropractors do, or the benefits therein. Chiros need to lecture in schools, colleges, work places, etc. I understand some Chiropractors are active in their community, which is much appreciated, however, a large handful are not. So, spread the word, don’t just sit on facebook, posting chiropractic-like memes (most are pretty cool though… ) But, we need to get out there and use our educated voice!

– They can not afford Chiropractic Care. They go on to say $50 is too much per visit, and ‘they want to see me a few times per week.’ Why are there few Chiros out there offering student incentives?? Students can not afford $150 initial exam fees, and if they can’t afford them, they will put it off and not get them. Even worse, students can not afford $40 follow up exams. Don’t allow our students in our community to  neglect Chiropractic care because of the cost! Figure it out, you’re doctors. Also, we can make the argument that if they cared so much about Chiropractic care then they would find the cash to make the extra effort….not if they don’t understand what Chiropractic is….

Doctors of Chiropractic! Are you offering student benefits? Why is it that I am rarely seeing Chiropractors offer discounts to students?

NO Student, or adult should not receive proper Chiropractic care because its too expensive. We are running to other countries to help them chiropractic-ally, on mission trips, etc, which is also important, however, we have our neighbors in our own town who can’t afford it. How can you/we fix this?



If your/our community does not understand Chiropractic, Go give a presentation! Make an appointment with the local high school, college, business place, etc. and talk. Get off Facebook and talk. Don’t leave it up to me or my fellow passionate student Chiros. Take it upon yourself to get up and do it. Our time will come… I promise.

If you do not change this, when I become a Chiropractor, I will.

Believe you me, I will.

The Chiropractor Student

Chiropractic Explained: Old Video – Same Principles

The Philosophy, Science, and Art behind it all.

I created another page (above) that includes some of the books written on Chiropractic Philosophy, Science, and Art.  These books are intended for Students of Chiropractic and Chiropractors of  today and yesterday.

Read them carefully, read them well, and enjoy.

The Chiropractor Student



Whats going on so far…and some adjusting video clips.

This week,

Two Exams:
Microbiology- including virus families, their presentations, treatments and public health relationships.

Anatomy of the anterior abdominal layers,stomach, intestines, inguinal canal. Blood supply, innervation,location relationships of all.

Learned how the body regulates fluids, like blood,  urine, and interstitial fluid via the kidneys and associated structures. Exam on that next week…

Radiology last week, we were introduced to analyzing lumbar and hip x- rays. I enjoy that class. 12 students to 1 professor ratio…good odds, if you want to learn your stuff.

Technique class: This quarter we are focusing on the Lumbar (lower back) and hips. So far the techniques we are learning utilize the  Hy- Lo table  and Knee Chest piece. We learned Double Thumb and Single hand adjustments. We were introduced to side posture, but I have a feeling there will be much more…It is very important to learn proper technique!

Take a look at some of these clips, and notice the patient’s positive reaction… Find your local Chiropractor and go get checked.

Knee Chest:


HyLo Table:


Side Posture:



Don’t put off for tomorr…

Don’t put off for tomorrow, what you can do today, because tomorrow you will want to do something that you could have done, if you didn’t put off yesterday’s task.

As a student of Chiropractic, one of the most important things you can do is attend as many seminars as possible. The seminars may pertain to, ‘Chiropractic Philosophy’ “how to run a business” or even about another Chiropractor speaking about his/her own practice and the journey he went through. To listen to someone who has been through school and out in the real world is priceless information that will help gear your thought processes to success (hopefully).

Most of these type of seminars are FREE, however, you will come across many that charge $. You will have decide how valuable that particular seminar is by asking around, ask people who may have went to that seminar in the past (usually upper class men). Usually technique and adjustment seminars charge a pretty penny.

Speak to your school clubs that deal with technique, ask them to put on a seminar for technique and charge 5$ for fundraiser for their club. That is a good way to learn a lot, for a low price, as opposed to having a major technique guy/business fly to your area and charge $200 + for the same thing. School clubs are more often then not run by students for the students, so don’t be afraid to present them with ideas like this, they will appreciate it. If not, then they are part of the club for the WRONG reasons.


Remember, what you learn in school, clubs, seminars will all add your treatment tool box. The worse thing in the world (can only imagine) is to have a patient come to you and you have no idea what to do.

Learn it now, don’t put it off, push yourself. You’re welcome.

Always True,


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

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)

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