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.
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!
Can Money Buy Happiness? Maybe, but a recent study found good health is far more important relative to happiness.
As it turns out, money can buy happiness; or at the very least, help support a happy life. However, money doesn’t seem to be the greatest driver of happiness; being healthy is. A consumer insight consulting group polled over 250,000 people about what helps to create happiness. The goal of the project was to further the collective understanding of happiness and its root causes.
In part, the survey found that happiness is all around. The polled US population was found to be six times more likely to say they are happy vs. unhappy.
Although money can’t really buy happiness, the study found that it does seem to help. For many, financial success is closely associated with greater feelings of happiness, especially when considering the ways we splurge on ourselves. For example, people who buy jewelry, eat at upscale restaurants, or make luxury purchases are 23 times more likely to report being generally happy in life.
Good health, however, was the greatest winner on the “happy quotient”. Being healthy seems to go a long way towards overall happiness. Those who say they are healthy are 143 times more likely to be happy than those who report being unhealthy.
So common sense seems to dictate, if you want to be happy, be healthy. I know, that is not always easy and that sometimes, optimal health is just not possible. That said, I firmly believe that regardless of the overall state of your body and your health, you can take actions to move towards being as healthy as possible within the frame of your overall personal situation.
Why not commit to being healthier (and therefore, happier)? Start with these simple steps:
- Drink more fresh clean water. The goal is to drink 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, try to drink 150 ounces of clean filtered water daily
- Move your body. Depending upon your current health, you may not be able to do all that much at first, and that’s okay, but do something. Start by moving your body a little and then build up to 20 minutes of sustained activity 6 days a week
- Rest. Resting allows your body to heal and replenish. Most people do best with 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. A cool dark room is best and remember to turn off anything with a “blue screen” about ½ before retiring. This practice will allow important decompression and relaxation of the mind in preparation for deep healing sleep
- Finally, eat a few additional servings of healthy fresh fruit, vegetables, and proteins. Again, nothing drastic, just slowly start adding in high quality food choices throughout the day
Remember that Vitality Chiropractic and Medical Wellness’s chiropractors, acupuncturist, and nutritionist are in the office in Rockville, MD to help you meet your health and wellness goals. No matter what is going on with your current health, we want to work with you to help you move towards higher levels of health, wellness, and increased vibrancy for life…
Proper Posture Prevents Poor Performance
The chiropractors at Vitality Chiropractic and Medical Wellness in Rockville, MD teach our patients that proper posture is essential for optimal performance and vitality. We all can recognize poor posture when we see it; if you look around, you will likely notice more than a few examples. Unfortunately, only a few people have an understanding of the importance and necessity of good posture and, perhaps more importantly, how to correct poor posture.
Why is proper posture important?
Proper posture enables us to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions by utilizing supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments during all movement and weight-bearing activities.
Proper Posture is essential for:
- Keeping bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly
- Decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain
- Reducing the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together thereby minimizing the likelihood of injury
- Allowing muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, prevent muscle fatigue
- Helping prevent muscle strain and overuse disorders, including back and muscular pain
Many factors can contribute to poor posture:
- Weak postural muscles
- Abnormally tight muscles
- High-heeled shoes
Additionally, poor flexibility, stressful work environments leading to incorrect working postures, and excessive sitting or standing without changing positions can all contribute to poor body positioning.
So what can be done to correct and then maintain proper posture?
Dr. Glenn Molin leads a team of chiropractors, an acupuncturist, a nutritionist, chiropractic assistants, and the supportive staff at Vitality Chiropractic and Medical Wellness in developing health programs aimed at correcting and maintaining proper body posture.
We invite you to take advantage of our website special and receive a complimentary new chiropractic patient visit at no charge. The goal is to develop a plan to help you bring your posture to an optimal state. Your first session will include a postural evaluation, a chiropractic examination, and a complete orthopedic and neurological evaluation of any problem areas. Our chiropractors will then explain to you what your examination revealed, if we can help you, and if necessary and acceptable to you, a postural correction chiropractic treatment.
Please call us today at 301-321-0050 to take advantage of our offer and get on the road to good healthy posture and increased vitality for life…