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The Benefits of Magnesium

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (2)

10 Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, and it plays several important roles in the health of your body and brain.

You may not be getting enough of it however, even if you eat a healthy diet. We've listed the top 10 health benefits of magnesium that are supported by modern scientific research.

1. Magnesium is Involved in Hundreds of Biochemical Reactions in Your Body

Magnesium is a mineral found in the earth, sea, plants, animals and humans. About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in bone, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including blood . In fact, every cell in your body contains it, and needs it to function. One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a cofactor or "helper molecule" in the biochemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes. It is actually involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including (2): Energy creation:

  • Helps convert food into energy.
  • Protein formation: Helps create new proteins from amino acids.
  • Gene maintenance: Helps create and repair DNA and RNA.
  • Muscle movements: Is part of the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • Nervous system regulation: Helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system. 

Unfortunately, studies suggest that about 50% of people in the US and Europe get less than the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that supports hundreds of chemical reactions in your body. However, many people get less than they need.

2. It May Boost Exercise Performance

Magnesium also plays a role in exercise performance. During exercise, you may actually need 10–20% more magnesium than when you're resting, depending on the activity. Magnesium helps move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactic acid, which can build up in muscles during exercise and cause pain. Studies have shown that supplementing with it can boost exercise performance for athletes, the elderly and people with chronic disease. In one study, volleyball players who took 250 mg per day experienced improvements in jumping and arm movements. In another study, athletes who supplemented with magnesium for 4 weeks had faster running, cycling and swimming times during a triathlon. They also experienced reductions in insulin and stress hormone levels.

3. Magnesium Fights Depression

Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression. A recent study of over 8,800 people found that those under 65 years of age with the lowest intake of magnesium had a 22% greater risk of depression. Some experts believe the low magnesium content of modern food and poor food choices may be the cause of many cases of depression and mental illness. In a randomized controlled trial of depressed older adults, 450 mg of magnesium improved mood as effectively as an anti-depressant drug. Isn't that amazing! 

4. It Has Benefits Against Type 2 Diabetes

Magnesium also has beneficial effects against type 2 diabetes. It's believed that about 48% of diabetics have low levels of magnesium in their blood. This can impair insulin's ability to keep blood sugar levels under control and research suggests that people with a low magnesium intake have a higher risk of developing diabetes. One study followed more than 4,000 people for 20 years. It found that those with the highest intake were 47% less likely to become diabetic. In another study, diabetics who took high doses of magnesium each day experienced significant improvements to blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1c levels, compared to a control group. 

5. Magnesium Can Lower Blood Pressure

Studies show that taking magnesium can lower blood pressure. In one study, people who took 450 mg per day experienced a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Another study found that magnesium lowered blood pressure for people with high blood pressure, but had no effect on those with normal levels.

6. It Has Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Low magnesium intake is linked to chronic inflammation, which is one of the drivers of aging, obesity and chronic disease. In one study, children with the lowest blood magnesium levels were found to have the highest levels of the inflammatory marker CRP. They also had higher blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels. Magnesium supplements can reduce CRP and other markers of inflammation in older adults, overweight people and those with prediabetes. In the same way, high-magnesium foods can reduce inflammation. These include fatty fish and dark chocolate.

7. Magnesium Can Help Prevent Migraines

Migraine headaches are painful and debilitating. Nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise often occur. Some researchers believe that people who suffer from migraines are more likely than others to be magnesium deficient. In fact, a few encouraging studies suggest that magnesium can prevent and even help treat migraines. In one study, supplementing with one gram provided relief from a migraine more quickly and effectively than a common medication. Additionally, magnesium-rich foods may help reduce migraine symptoms.

8. It Reduces Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is one of the leading causes of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. It's characterized by an impaired ability of muscle and liver cells to properly absorb sugar from the bloodstream. Magnesium plays a crucial role in this process, and many people with metabolic syndrome are deficient. In addition, the high levels of insulin that accompany insulin resistance lead to the loss of magnesium in the urine, further reducing your body's levels. Fortunately, increasing magnesium intake can help. One study found that supplementing reduced insulin resistance and blood sugar levels, even in people

9. Magnesium Improves PMS Symptoms

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common disorders among women of child-bearing age. Its symptoms include water retention, abdominal cramps, tiredness and irritability. Interestingly, magnesium has been shown to improve mood in women with PMS, and may also reduce water retention and other symptoms.

10. Magnesium is Safe and Widely Available

Magnesium is absolutely essential for good health. The recommended daily intake is 400–420 mg per day for men, and 310–320 mg per day for women. You can get it from both food and supplements.The following foods are good to excellent sources of magnesium:

  • Pumpkin seeds: 46% of the RDI in a quarter cup (16 grams).
  • Spinach, boiled: 39% of the RDI in a cup (180 grams).
  • Swiss chard, boiled: 38% of the RDI in a cup (175 grams).
  • Dark chocolate (70–85% cocoa): 33% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams).
  • Black beans: 30% of the RDI in a cup (172 grams).
  • Quinoa, cooked: 33% of RDI the in a cup (185 grams).
  • Halibut: 27% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams).
  • Almonds: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (24 grams).
  • Cashews: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (30 grams).
  • Mackerel: 19% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams).
  • Avocado: 15% of the RDI in one medium avocado (200 grams).
  • Salmon: 9% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams).

Supplements are also a great way to make sure your body is getting the amount of magnesium it needs. In our office we carry Standard Process Supplements. They use organic whole food ingredients to provide safe, effective, and the highest quality of nutritional support. It's what we take and what we give our families. Questions about magnesium? Ask Dr. Jen next time your in! Our patients health and well-being is our #1 priority. 


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Cast Iron Skillet Steak & Veggies

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Cast Iron Skillet Steak & Veggies

This recipe is great to add to your meal prep for your lunches & dinners. I also set some steak a side and had it with my scrambled eggs for breakfast this week!  Everything was cooked in one pan to make clean up quick and easy!




  • 2 – 2 ½ pound cowboy cut rib eye steak (bone-in)
  •  1 ½ tablespoons sea salt
  •  1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  •  Clarified butter, or organic butter


Serves 2-3




-Preheat your oven to 350°.


-Pat the rib eye with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture; then, season both sides of the steak with the sea salt and the cracked black pepper.


-Heat a cast iron skillet until very hot, and add in just about 1 teaspoon of either clarified butter, or organic butter; place the rib eye into the hot skillet and sear it on the first side for about 4-5 minutes, then flip over and sear the other side for about 4-5 minutes; you should have a nice golden-brown crust.


-Next, turn the steak onto it’s side, and carefully slide a digital thermometer through the middle and side of the rib eye, and place the skillet with the rib eye into the oven to bake for roughly 25 minutes, or until the thermometer reaches 130° for medium-rare.


-Remove the steak from the pan and allow it to rest, lightly tented with foil, for about 10 minutes; then, slice the meat and serve with the veggies of your choice. ( I made sauteed green beans and mushrooms in the same skillet for easy clean up!)

Oven Baked Spinach Chips

Posted on February 4, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Oven Baked Spinach Chips

If your a snack lover like I am, sometimes it can be hard to find healthy, low-carb options. Try these easy to make Spinach Chips to satisfy your snacking cravings. Let me know what you think!

Spinach Chips

Serves 1-2


  • 2 large handfuls of spinach (I used about 1/2 the bag)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Italian herb seasoning 
  • 1/8 tsp pink himalayan salt or sea salt
  • Garlic salt to taste (if desired)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Massage oil into spinach until all leaves are completely coated. Add italian seasoning and pink himalayan salt or sea salt and garlic salt, combine until evenly dispersed. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place leaves on the parchment paper so that they aren’t overlapping (this will allow them to cook evenly). Bake for 9-12 minutes until crispy.

Baked Garlic Paprika Chicken Legs

Posted on January 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Baked Garlic Paprkia Chicken Legs

Not only is this recipe packed with tons of flavor, but also is low carb and easy to make! Throw some of your favorite veggies into the roasting pan and have a delicious one pot meal ready in less than no time!

Prep Time: 15 min  Cook Time: 50 Min  Total Time: 1 hour 5 min

Serves 4 - 6


  • 3 - 3 & 1/2 pound of chicken drumsticks 
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder (may replace with salt)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 4 - 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 - 4 tbsp fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, oregano)
  • 1 lb or more of green beans, cauliflower or any vegetables.


  1.  Wash chicken legs, dry, rub with salt, white pepper and bouillon powder and set aside.
  2. In a small pan over medium low heat, combine coconut oil, minced garlic, fresh herbs, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Stir for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. turn off the heat and let this mixture sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. place chicken in a large bowl or ziplock bag, toss with garlic paprika spice mix, then sprinkle with onion powder
  5. Place chicken and vegetables into a baking pan, arranging the chicken out in a single layer.
  6. Bake chicken legs until cooked through and the skin is crispy, about 45 - 50 minutes.
  7. If desired, rotate chicken halfway through - roughly 25 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken and vegetables and serve.

Welcome to the 100 Day Challenge!

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the next 100 days we want to encourage you to eat better, move your body, and love yourself more! The goal of the 100 Day Challenge is to be healthier, live better, and to be stronger, both mentally and physically. Each Saturday we will be posting healthy recipes for you to incorporate into your weekly meal prep, and also posting some of our favorite motivational quotes and exercises, the goal being to be active and move your body for at least 30 minutes a day, everyday. You can chose from walking, swimming, jogging, it's up to you, but we want you to challenge yourself each week by increasing your distance/speed! If you have any questions about whether starting an exercise program is right for you, please check with your MD.

Keep the Fun in Summer by Staying Safe in the Sun!

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Summertime means longer days, warmer weather, and more time spent outdoors. That extra time in the sun can lead to permanent skin damage and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. The following tips will keep you and your family safe all summer long!

1. The sun’s rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. If possible, avoid outdoor activities during this time.

2. Before going out in the sun, apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. To achieve adequate protection, make sure the product you use offers protection against both UVB and UVA rays. Avoid using aerosolized sunscreen. Sunscreen sprays cloud the air with tiny particles that may not be safe to breathe. Remember to apply sunscreen often. The sun breaks down ingredients in sunscreen that protect your skin. And reapply after swimming or heavy perspiration.

3. When outdoors, wear clothing that is dark and tightly woven. There are many clothing options that have an SPF protection woven into their clothing.

4. Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds expose the skin to up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun, and can increase your risk for melanoma.

5. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to help protect your eyes and ears. Remember that UV rays can bounce off snow, sand, concrete, and water!

6. Keep very young children out of the sun. Children younger than 6 months of age lack the tanning pigment known as melanin to protect their skin.

7. For people with thinning hair, remember to apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.

8. If you need an insect repellent, buy it separately, and apply it first.

9. Find some shade, or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, or take a tent to the beach.

10. Check your skin regularly for new moles or moles that have changed size, shape, color, itch or bleed. If you have noticed any changes in your skin, please see your Dermatologist.


Defeat Stress with 10 Easy Steps

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM

April is National Stress Awareness Month and the perfect time to explore how stress effects our health and how to defeat it. Most of us have experienced moments of stress and with our busy, fast paced lives, those moments are becoming more and more frequent. Stress not only effects your mood, but can also have negative consequences on your health. Some of the long term health consequences of stress are depression, headaches, digestive disorders, and an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and even cancer.

When you are stressed, it triggers a “fight or flight response” in the body. This response is a survival mechanism and helps keep us alive when in a dangerous situation. It triggers the release of stress hormones that provide more energy to your muscles, speeds up your heart rate and blood pressure, while slowing down other bodily processes that are not necessary for a survival response. Once the threat that has triggered this response is over, your body will naturally return to a state of calm and wellbeing. Experiencing constant stress can cause a buildup of stress hormones in the bloodstream that can have negative consequences on your health.

While you can’t eliminate all the situations that contribute to stress in your life, you can incorporate the following steps into your routine to lessen your response to stress and to keep your “fight and flight” response in check.

Step 1: Get moving. Exercise is a great way to reduce the effects of stress hormones on your body and also improve your health. Something as simple as getting outside and taking a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood can do wonders for your mood and physical health.

Step 2: Praise yourself. Too often we are our worst critics. Congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished, and remember that a bad day does not equal a bad life.

Step 3: Focus on today. So many people spend too much time and energy dwelling on bad experiences in the past, or worrying about the future. Pouring all of your focus and energy into today sets you up to have an even better day tomorrow.

Step 4: Laugh. Whether you chose to see a comedy show, share a giggle with a close friend, or read the comic strip, laughter is a great way to relieve stress, increase your pain tolerance, and boost your immune system!

Step 5: Keep a positive thoughts journal. At the end of each day, take a moment to write down all the positive things that happened to you that day. Whether it was hitting all the green lights on the way to work, or the sun shining after a few days of rain, recording positive experiences, no matter how small, changes your focus from the negative things that may have occurred that day to the positive and helps you appreciate the good in the day.

Step 6: Improve your diet. I am a big believer in the old saying “garbage in, garbage out”. Everything that we put into our bodies causes a chemical reaction. Putting foods into your body that is high in sugar, preservatives, and trans fats not only is bad for you physically, but can have a negative effect on your mood as well! Be good to yourself, especially in times of stress. Eating a diet high in organic vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats is vital to maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing.

Step 7: Volunteer. Most of us are ingrained with a strong sense of service and the desire to help others. Focusing on helping others and providing a service to your community provides a natural sense of accomplishment, and can boost your self-esteem and wellbeing.

Step 8: Get a massage. Massage therapy is a great way to relax and can actually lower blood pressure, reduce your heart rate, relieve muscular tension, and promote the production of endorphins, which is you body’s natural “feel good” chemicals.

Step 9: Leave work at the office. After a stressful day at work, the last thing you want to do is bring that home with you. It will continue to affect you and will affect your family’s mood as well. Envision your home as your sanctuary; a place of peace and calm from whatever happened in the day.

Step 10: Make a change. Sometimes we need to shake things up a bit. Making a change is a great way break up the monotony of routine and can decrease your stress levels. Whether it’s finding a new restaurant to explore with a friend, or buying a different perfume, change no matter how small is always a good thing!


Dr. Jennifer Escarcega D.C.


Juicing for Health

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

If you've been in the office this week, you might have caught a glimpse of the the movie playing in the reception area. Fat, Sick &b Nearly Dead is 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research. Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board. Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross states in a press release that he lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications. 

There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and it's a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables tht y ou normally wouldnt eat. Fruit and vegetables juices retain most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. Thesenutrientscan help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Valuable compounds called flavanoids and amthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard asaginst oxidative cellular damage, which comes from everyday cellular maintenance and is exacerbated by exposure to chemicals and pollution.

When making your own juice, try to make only as much as you can consume at one time. Juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning. Exposure of the drink to air, bacteria and other pathogens can not only make you sick but threaten the nutritional value of the juice as well. Also, before using juicing your desired fruit, you should wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt, pesticides or bacteria. 

Dr. Jen's Favorite Green Juice Receipe

1 Granny Smith Apple                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 Cucumber                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - 2 Stalks of Celery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1 Handful of Spinach or Kale                                                                                                                                                                                                               1/2 Lemon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1 Large Carrot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1/4 tsp Fresh Ginger                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1 Handful of Cilantro (to taste)

Juice according to the instructions on your machine. Enjoy!                                                                                       


Posted on September 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

How do I select a doctor of chiropractic?

One of the best ways to select a doctor of chiropractic (DC) is by getting a referral from a friend, family member, colleague, or another health care provider. You can also locate a DC near you by using the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic website at http://ncchiroboard.com/

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.

Some reports have associated high-velocity upper neck manipulation with a certain rare kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However, evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. These dissections have been associated with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare—about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated with a course of care. This is similar to the incidence of this type of stroke among the general population.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.

According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who do not to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation. That risk rises to more than five times among people age 60 and older.

Moreover, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that abuse of these commonly prescribed painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Overdoses of opioid painkillers are responsible for some 15,000 deaths per year; that’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.

Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?

Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Doctors of chiropracticare educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.

Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

Chiropractic Education

Posted on September 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Chiropractic Education

Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.


The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.


Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists.


Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements.


This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.


1- Meeker W, Haldeman H. Chiropractic: A Profession at the Crossroads of Mainstream and Alternative Medicine.

Annals of Internal Medicine 2002, Vol 136, No 3.

2- American Physical Therapy Association. 2005-2006 Fact Sheet, Physical Therapist Education Programs. January 2007.