Your Chiropractor’s education is indeed rigorous
Chiropractors go through an immense amount of education prior to receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. A chiropractor’s education begins by earning a 4 year college bachelor’s degree with coursework including:
- Biology (General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Biology)
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
- In addition to core college requirements
Upon acceptance to a graduate program at one of the 18 national chiropractic colleges, chiropractic students take a total of 3,390 hours of didactic classroom work and at least an additional 1,305 hours in a clinical residency setting for a total of 4,695 hours of advanced education.
Summary of Course Hours for a Doctor of Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College
- Anatomy – 585 hours
- Biochemistry – 75 hours
- Physiopathology – 330 hours
- Microbiology and Public Health – 135 hours
- Diagnosis – 540 hours
- Diagnostic Imaging – 270 hours
- Clinical Laboratory – 75 hours
- Associated Studies – 150 hours
- Chiropractic Philosophy – 195 hours
- Chiropractic Technique – 615 hours
- Ancillary Therapeutic Procedures – 90 hours
- Clinical Practice Issues – 195 hours
- Clinical Experience and Outpatient Services – 1,305 hours
- Elective Courses – 135 hours
Total – 4,695 hours
Then, before a doctor of chiropractic can begin practicing, he or she must successfully pass both written and oral national boards (parts I – IV & PT) and individual State boards.
A Chiropractor’s educational requirements are rigorous and his or her education doesn’t stop after graduation. Almost all State Chiropractic Boards require advanced continuing education throughout the doctor’s career. In Maryland, the Maryland Board of Chiropractic mandates a minimum of 48 hours of approved classwork in addition to provider level CPR training every two years.
Chiropractic is the largest natural healing profession in the world. It has grown over its history because it is safe, it works and its providers, 60,000+ chiropractors nationally, are well educated in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic.
Children and Headaches – It’s Just Not Okay.
I read a statistic recently that about 10% of school-aged children and 15-27% of teens experience headaches on a regular basis. That is not okay. Nobody should suffer from headaches and especially not children.
Below are a few things to consider to help prevent headaches for adults and children alike.
- Proper hydration – Make sure to properly hydrate. This is especially true when the weather is still warm and there are a lot of outdoor activities. Encourage your child to drink more fresh filtered water and make it easier for him or her to do so by providing a filled water bottle
- Diet – Eating regularly will go a long way in feeling and functioning at your best. Skipping meals can cause a drop in blood sugar leading to fatigue and headaches. It is very important to make sure your child is eating regular meals consisting of fresh fruit, vegetables, and good lean proteins
- Sleep – Getting proper sleep is vitally important for a growing body. Typically, middle and high school students need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep a night to encourage healing, growth and feelings of being well-rested. Not getting enough high quality sleep can be a cause of headaches
- Stress – Increased stress, or rather, a body’s response to stress can be a major cause of headaches. If your child is experiencing a lot of day-to-day stress, including “text neck” and computer device stress; try to schedule some down time to allow for a bit of “decompression”
- Vision Problems – If your child is complaining of frequent headaches, it is probably a good idea to get a vision check. Also, moving to the front of the class may be a good idea to avoid eye strain
The majority of headaches in children are not a cause for alarm. There are, however, some instances which may require a little more exploration. If your child’s headaches have become more frequent or severe, if he or she wakes up in the morning or the middle of the night from pain, or if the headache causes vomiting, it’s best to have your child evaluated by your doctor.
Fortunately, most headaches are caused by muscular contractions in the cervical spine (neck) and head and relatively easy to correct. This problem can be brought on by any of the causative agents listed above or by head and neck trauma, accidents, playing sports, or a multitude of other “normal” daily life events. This can include “text neck” and computer device stress. We see a lot of this at Vitality Chiropractic and also around town in Rockville. Even carrying a heavy book bag can cause muscle tightness and imbalance that can lead to a headache.
Increasingly, people are turning to safe and effective Chiropractic treatments to help correct the cause of headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in correcting spinal structure and posture to relieve stress on the nervous system, muscles, and ligaments. Once proper structural posture is restored and some reasonable lifestyle modifications are addressed, your child can move along functioning normally and pain free.
Too Much Sitting Just Isn’t Good for You
Excessive sitting and other low energy activities that involve sitting have been found to be associated with neck pain, back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS), and increased risk of anxiety and depression. Activities including watching TV, working at a computer, driving, and playing electronic games, are typical sedentary behaviors.
Many studies have shown that sedentary behavior is associated with physical health problems like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis. Higher incidence of neck pain, back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS), and other spinal pain and body pain has also been found to correlate with excessively sedentary lifestyles. Additionally, recent research found links relating sedentary behavior and poor mental health.
Office workers, who tend to sit for extended periods throughout the day, tend to experience:
- 33% more headaches
- 30% more back pain
- 20% more muscle pain
- 17% more neck pain
- 9% more Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- 9% more upper back pain
than those with more active jobs or lifestyles.
One thing that can help if you must sit for extended period is proper ergonomics. Adapting your equipment and surroundings to support healthy posture will help to mitigate the negative effects of excessive sitting. The key is to keep your body in a neutral position. The graphic below represents ideal ergonomics and body posture in the seated position.
Unfortunately, prolonged sitting may just be a fact of life for you. If that is the case, try paying attention to some of these things.
- Sit up against the back of the chair
- Have 1”-2” between the end of the chair and your knees
- Use a lower back cushion if your chair does not support you well
- Move close enough to the desk so you don’t lean forward
- Get checked by your chiropractor for possible spinal subluxation and posture problems
Remember, keeping your spine and nervous system mobile, stable, and level is the very best thing you can do to ensure the best chance at a long, healthy and vibrant life!
Headaches? Try stretching and strengthening the neck and shoulder muscles.
Strengthening and stretching neck and shoulder muscles may help to decrease the onset and severity of muscle tension headaches. Recent research found that neck and shoulder muscles can be up to 26 percent weaker and also be imbalanced between the right and left sides in people who suffer from tension headaches.
People with tension-type headaches often feel like they have a tight band wrapped around their head; like they are wearing a hat that is too tight. Tension headaches typically cause less pain than is felt from cluster headaches or migraine headaches, but can still be quite painful and decrease vitality and zest for life.
Chiropractic care often has great success treating many types of headaches, including tension-type headaches, naturally and without drugs. The chiropractors at Vitality Chiropractic and Medical Wellness in Rockville, MD have specialized training correcting the muscle-skeletal impact that can cause tension-type headaches.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others”. Let the caring Doctors and staff at Vitality Chiropractic and Medical Wellness help you claim your Vibrancy for Life…