Help People with a Career in Chiropractic: Sherman College to Host Showcase Events in July, October

Showcase Sherman weekend 2016Sherman College of Chiropractic welcomes future doctors of chiropractic to campus four times a year for its popular “Showcase Sherman” event, where guests will discover why Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job and see what sets Sherman apart as a leader in chiropractic education. The remaining 2016 Showcase Sherman weekends will be held July 22-23 and October 21-22.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, chiropractic employment opportunities are growing much faster than average for all occupations. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 17 percent this decade. Sherman College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of chiropractic care.

Showcase Sherman Weekend is a two-day event for prospective students and college advisors. This weekend is designed to ignite a passion for leadership as well as help students begin their pursuit of an exciting career in the health and wellness field of chiropractic.

During Showcase Sherman, visitors will tour Sherman’s campus, including the on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. They will talk with current students about the curriculum and learn about the academic program, campus community, financial aid and housing options.

Highlights from the weekend include:

  • A welcome session with Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero
  • Leadership experiences geared toward preparing students to be confident and effective leaders through team building, planning, and decision making
  • Palpation demonstration given by Sherman faculty members and leading interns
  • Passion-filled discussions with currently practicing chiropractors and alumni
  • A campus tour including Sherman’s Chiropractic Health Center, which serves the local community with approximately 30,000 patient visits each year
  • Personalized “Spartanburg Living” tour of downtown and several local apartment complexes

Showcase events are available once a quarter. The college also hosts personalized tours and visits to campus each week. For more information about visiting Sherman College, call Emily Wood at 864-578-8770, ext. 271, email ewood@sherman.edu or visit http://www.sherman.edu/showcase/.

Explore Chiropractic Education with the Showcase Sherman Weekend

Showcase Sherman Weekend is an opportunity to discover your passion for chiropractic

Are you looking for a stand-out education that teaches you the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic? If so, then Sherman College might be the perfect fit for you. From our hands-on student clinic to our small classes on everything from patient education to neuroanatomy, we help you develop all the skills you’ll need to become the best chiropractor you can be.

Want to get a closer look at how we prepare our students for a rewarding career in chiropractic? If so, then Showcase Sherman Weekend might be the perfect opportunity for you to ignite your passion for the profession and begin your pursuit of becoming part of the next generation of DCs2B (Doctors of Chiropractic To Be)!

What is the Showcase Sherman Weekend?

Showcase Sherman weekend is a quarterly, two-day event that’s suited for both prospective students and college advisors. During the Showcase weekend, you’ll get to see your future college campus, speak with current Sherman students and meet with our expert instructors to get a truly in-depth perspective on what it’s like to attend Sherman. In fact, you’ll even spend time with our president, Dr. Edwin Cordero, during the Welcome Session and weekend wrap-up!

By the end of the two-day event, you will have a better understanding of chiropractic as a potential career and how it offers a safe, natural, and non-invasive healthcare option for patients.

Discover How Sherman Prepares You for Your Future Chiropractic Career

During Sherman Showcase Weekend, you’ll be introduced to our unique learning environment that combines theoretical training as well as hands-on, practical learning.

For example, you’ll soon discover our commitment to creating the leaders of tomorrow during our Leadership in Chiropractic Experiences session, which helps prepare you to be a confident and effective leader through team building, planning, and decision making exercises.

You’ll also get the chance to discover the many resources we offer students—from our multimedia center to our chiropractic library and more. You might even get the chance to learn about our cutting-edge chiropractic research. This is because at Sherman College, our goal is to help you go above and beyond in order to become the best doctor of chiropractic possible.

Discover Sherman’s Friendly Campus Environment During Showcase Sherman

Throughout Sherman Showcase Weekend, you’ll also discover how friendly Sherman students and staff are. Student Ambassadors will be there to guide you through your campus tour, which includes our classroom, student center, research and x-ray facilities, and even our on-site chiropractic clinic. You’ll also be introduced to clubs where you can meet new people and explore new interests once you begin your studies at Sherman.

Meet Sherman’s friendly student body during the Sherman Showcase Weekend

In order to help you make arrangements for accommodation during your future chiropractic education at Sherman College, our helpful Ambassadors will also provide a tour of area apartment complexes—which will help you prepare for a smooth transition into graduate school life. Our ambassadors will also be more than happy to answer your questions and share their experiences with you so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not chiropractic is the profession for you.

Interested in attending? For new students and transfer students, the deadline to apply to the next Showcase Sherman—which takes place on July 22 and 23, 2016—is coming up fast. Sign up by May 30th to reserve your spot.

Are you ready to start your chiropractic career?

Discover your life-changing opportunity during the upcoming Showcase Sherman Weekend.

Want to Expand Your Chiropractic Education? Try Sherman’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers

Students discuss the philosophy of chiropractic at Sherman College

Students discuss the philosophy of chiropractic at Sherman College

Chiropractic isn’t just a science – it’s also an art and a philosophy. That’s why top chiropractic colleges educate students on all facets of chiropractic: so their students graduate with the foundation they need to understand chiropractic to its fullest, and so they can provide excellent patient care as a result.

At Sherman College of Chiropractic, for example, students complete demanding courses in chiropractic philosophy, the history of chiropractic, subluxation theories, and media communications – among many other courses. Through this complete and holistic approach, students gain an in-depth perspective on chiropractic.

But whether you’re a current student with a passion for chiropractic philosophy, or an experienced doctor looking to take your practice to the next level, an even more in-depth education on the philosophy of chiropractic could help you take your career to new heights.

Here’s a closer look at what participants learn at Sherman’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers, and how this program can help you become a better leader and chiropractor.

The Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers

For doctors and students looking to take their understanding of chiropractic philosophy to the next level, Sherman’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) could be the perfect educational opportunity. This supplementary one-year program delves into the fascinating world of chiropractic philosophy, and it helps candidates apply this philosophy to their lives and practices.

Chiropractic philosophy is one of the three key components of a complete chiropractic education

Chiropractic philosophy is one of the three key components of a complete chiropractic education

The 100-hour post-graduate program in philosophy is delivered through a combination of live lessons and distance learning modules. It is only offered by colleges with chiropractic accreditation. And, because chiropractic is a field that knows no borders, this course is offered in the U.S. and in locations around the world.

The Chiropractic Education You’ll Receive with the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers

This challenging and inspiring program is a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of chiropractic history and philosophy, and a valuable extension of our accredited chiropractic school.

As Felicia Stewart, D.C., and 1988 Sherman College graduate recalls, “I took the ACP program at Sherman when I had already been in practice for 20 years. I found it to be the single most fulfilling program I have ever participated in as a chiropractor. It served to sharpen my thinking, made me a better communicator and brought a whole new vitality to my practice.”

Sherman graduates and current students can enroll in the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program

Sherman graduates and current students can enroll in the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program

During the program, students delve into crucial topics like the Interbrain Cycle, the Third Paradigm, and the Normal Complete Cycle – among many other topics. They closely examine D.D. Palmer’s thoughts, words and deeds, and become more familiar with the 33 foundational principles of chiropractic. And, as a result, they become better chiropractors and patient educators.

“Enrolling in the ACP program was the most important decision I have made as a chiropractor,” says Steve Tullius, D.C., and 2002 LACC graduate. “The in-depth analysis of our philosophy and history has given me incredible certainty that has resulted in improved communication of the principles with my practice members and other chiropractors. Do it for yourself, your practice members and the profession.”

Do you want to expand your chiropractic education by becoming a member of Sherman’s prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers?

Apply now to save your spot!

Enhancing Your Chiropractic Training with Sherman’s Weekly Conference Calls

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Going beyond the classroom is a big part of Sherman’s approach to chiropractic education. We provide our students with an on-campus chiropractic clinic, a museum on the history of chiropractic, research facilities, clubs where students can meet new people and explore new interests – and the list goes on!

Among the many enriching services offered by Sherman, one of the most appreciated is our weekly chiropractic conference call.

What is the Sherman Connect weekly chiropractic conference call, and how does it benefit students as well as alumni? Read on to find out!

An Educational Tool on the Art, Science, and Philosophy of Chiropractic

Every Monday at 9 p.m., students, alumni, and friends of Sherman College can call in and listen to leading professionals in chiropractic in an hour-long, free conference call (long-distance charges may apply for listeners using landlines). Listeners gain new insights into the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic; learn valuable practice-boosting tips; and hear inspirational advice from experienced professionals. All listeners have to do is call the conference call number at 641-715-3650 and enter the access code (577840#).

“These calls give us a great opportunity to bring our students, alumni and other field chiropractors together and provide a valuable resource for our fellow visionaries,” explains Sherman President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “We invite our colleagues and our students to take advantage of this opportunity to hear top speakers in the profession and renew their enthusiasm for chiropractic.”

The Birth of the Weekly Conference Calls

Students and alumni can benefit from the expertise of chiropractic professionals

Students and alumni can benefit from the expertise of chiropractic professionals

The idea for the weekly conference call came from Sherman College trustee Dr. Danny Knowles as he listened to recorded interviews in the Sherman library. He was captivated by the interviews, and wanted to see if there was a way for students and alumni to regularly hear from some of the leading voices in chiropractic.

Not long after, the Sherman Connect weekly conference call was born.

Upcoming Weekly Chiropractic Conference Calls

Every week, the Sherman Connect conference call invites a new guest speaker to discuss an important topic in chiropractic. One week, students might listen to the inspiring story of a Sherman graduate; another week, they might listen to practical advice on how to explain chiropractic research and the philosophy of chiropractic to new patients.

To see which guest speakers are coming up, students and alumni can consult the list of scheduled speakers, and see which enlightening topics and leading guest speakers have been scheduled. This semester, several guest speakers have already been booked, including Nick Spano, D.C., who will be discussing innate intelligence on February 22.

Boost Your Chiropractic Education by Catching up on Past Conference Calls

Of course, Sherman College knows that for busy students and professionals, calling in every week at a specific time can be difficult. Students might want to listen to a discussion on chiropractic science, but miss the live conversation due to a previous commitment.

Fortunately, most past conference calls are archived and easily accessible online. Students and alumni can visit the conference call archive, and listen to fascinating past calls on topics like marketing to a new generation and how chiropractic helps kids.

Are you interested in beginning your chiropractic education? Why not visit the Sherman website and discover the benefits of pursuing a career in chiropractic.

 

 

Patient Education: An Important Part of Any Chiropractic Career

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After completing years of rigorous education, doctors of chiropractic understand chiropractic care so well that they might forget that patients are probably not as familiar with its many benefits. Even though more and more people are turning to chiropractic, there are still many new patients who might not know how chiropractic works, or why it’s such a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s likely that prospective patients won’t understand common chiropractic terminology such as “subluxation.”

That’s why chiropractors must adopt the role of educator as well as healthcare provider. Whether they’re introducing a new patient to the art, philosophy and science of chiropractic, or expanding the knowledge of a regular patient, patient education is often a big part of any chiropractic career.

Here’s a closer look at just how important patient education is, and how the right chiropractic college gives you the hands-on experience to take on this important responsibility.

Why is Patient Education so Important to Your Chiropractic Career?

As a caregiver, your chiropractic career will be centered around helping your patients lead healthier lives. That’s why patient education is vital. Patients who understand the benefits of chiropractic know that it isn’t just a simple method of relieving painful symptoms. They understand that healthy living goes much deeper than that and, as a result, they won’t wait until they experience pain or discomfort before seeking chiropractic care.

Patients who understand the benefits of chiropractic are more likely to return for regular visits

Patients who understand the benefits of chiropractic are more likely to return for regular visits

Patients who are educated on the benefits of chiropractic are also more likely to return for future visits and refer chiropractic care to a friend.

Plus, parents who know and understand the benefits of chiropractic will be more likely to seek chiropractic care for their kids, too. It’s easy to see that while patient education begins with helping one patient lead a healthy lifestyle, it can often expand to helping many more people experience the benefits of chiropractic.

How Interns Develop their Patient Education Skills at Chiropractic College

Choosing the right chiropractic college often takes time and careful research. After all, the education that you receive will help lay the foundation of your future career. It’s where you’ll learn the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic as well as important practice-building and business skills. And, just as importantly, the right college will also provide you with hands-on clinical experience so that once you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to start your chiropractic career!

Students practice explaining the benefits of maintaining a healthy nervous system through regular chiropractic care

Students practice explaining the benefits of maintaining a healthy nervous system through regular chiropractic care

That’s why schools like Sherman College of Chiropractic include courses focused on patient education in the curriculum. Through these courses, students develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills to become active listeners and build a rapport with their patients. And, through presentations and hands-on exercises, they gain the experience they need to put those skills to use in a practical, real-world setting. In fact, they even deliver chiropractic health presentations to Health Center patients and community groups as part of their internship experience.

With that solid foundation, students graduate ready to explain the benefits of chiropractic to patients – and help even more people lead healthy lives.

Are you ready to start your chiropractic degree?

Visit the Sherman website to discover just how rewarding a healthcare profession can be.

What Does it Mean to be a Military Friendly Chiropractic College?

Leo Levesque fondly remembers the support he received as a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Leo Levesque fondly remembers the support he received as a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Leo Levesque, a 14-year U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, was first drawn to chiropractic while still overseas. A friend had recommended chiropractic care to help Leo after injuries he’d sustained in combat, and the positive effects were immediate. As Leo remembers, that first visit was a huge turning point.

“My personal experience with chiropractic,” he recalls, “led me to pursue a career that will allow me to continue to serve those who are still serving, those going through what I experienced.”

When he was medically retired from the military in 2011 following an injury in Iraq, Leo turned to Sherman College of Chiropractic because of its ideology and small size. Not only does Sherman provide a unique and comprehensive approach to teaching the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic, but it’s also a Military Friendly School.

What does it mean to be a military friendly chiropractic college? Read on to find out!

How Sherman Has Earned Military Friendly School Designation

Making it onto Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list is a privilege that only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country achieve. To earn this designation, a college must demonstrate outstanding graduation and employment outcomes, as well as a supportive learning environment for military students.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” notes Daniel Nichols of Victory Media, an organization dedicated to connecting military and civilian worlds. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Sherman's supportive environment helps students every step of the way

Sherman’s supportive environment helps students every step of the way

This year is Sherman’s third consecutive year on the list – making it a top choice for veterans looking to learn chiropractic science, art and philosophy.

Helping Veterans Complete Their Chiropractic Training With the Yellow Ribbon Program

Sherman College is also a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which supports veterans as they complete their higher education. Under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program is a partnership between colleges and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

As a Yellow Ribbon School, Sherman waives a portion of tuition costs for veterans in the form of a scholarship, which is matched by the VA.

“The Yellow Ribbon Program offers a tremendous opportunity to serve and honor our veterans who give so much to our country,” says President Edwin Cordero, D.C., a U.S. Navy veteran himself. “We’re happy to participate in this program and proud to be able to help cover the cost of a college education for people who have served our country. I think it’s especially fitting at Sherman College, as service to others is a major component of our mission.”

Sherman College Supports Veterans

Even outside the classroom, Sherman College supports veterans by offering reduced rates for veterans at the school’s on-campus chiropractic clinic. That welcoming and supportive environment helps veterans at every step of their chiropractor training.

Sherman's on-campus clinic offers reduced rates for veterans

Sherman’s on-campus clinic offers reduced rates for veterans

“From the beginning of my inquiry,” says Leo Levesque, “the people at Sherman College went out of their way to ensure my success. The needs of a service member are as unique as the environment that Sherman College of Chiropractic possesses. This is recognized by the instructors, the administration, as well as the president, a former member of the U.S. Navy.”

Are you a veteran considering enrolling at chiropractic college?

Discover the Sherman College difference by visiting our website or speaking to one of our friendly advisors.

 

4 Time Management Tips for Students Starting their Chiropractic Education

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By managing your time effectively, you can stay on top of your studies at chiropractic school

Ready to start your chiropractic education? Congratulations – chiropractic is a fulfilling career choice and a profession increasingly in demand with the growing popularity of holistic health options.

Studying to become a doctor of chiropractic is a challenging endeavor. You’ll complete demanding courses in subjects ranging from anatomy to chiropractic philosophy, gain hands-on clinical experience, and have the opportunity to join fun and rewarding college clubs and activities.

How can you balance all those time commitments at once? Here are a few tips to help get you started!

1. Don’t Overload Your Schedule at Chiropractic School

With so much to try at Sherman – from our weekly chiropractic conference calls to our many clubs – it can be tempting for new students to want to try it all. But, while we recommend you add some extra-curricular activities to your schedule, it’s best not to commit to too many things at once.

Joining every club might seem like a good idea at the beginning of the quarter, but when you have many assignments due, it can become more difficult to manage all of them.

That’s why it’s a good idea to start with just a few commitments to see how they fit into your schedule. Then, by the time you’re ready for your next quarter, you’ll know if you have the time to add a few more club meetings, museum visits and conference calls to the mix.

2. Do a Bit of Studying Each Day During Your Chiropractic Training

To help you avoid last minute cram sessions or draining all-nighters during your chiropractic education, it’s a good idea to do some studying each day. Even when an exam or project seems far away, try to review your notes after class when they’re fresh in your mind and continuously work on projects.

Study sessions with friends can be a fun way to stay on top of your coursework

Study sessions with friends can be a fun way to stay on top of your coursework

Studies have shown that information is better retained when it is regularly reviewed rather than in marathon sessions before a test. Plus, it’ll be easier to fit small sessions into your schedule versus finding the time during exam week.

3. Develop a Schedule to Stay on Top of Your Chiropractic Education

To help you stay on top of deadlines and budget your time effectively, it’s a good idea to write up a schedule at the beginning of the quarter. Establish your highest priorities and important dates before adding in study time, clubs and other commitments so that you won’t run the risk of forgetting an essential task. Try to build in some flexibility to manage unforeseen projects and fit in social engagements.

You can create your schedule with an app on your smartphone so that you can stay up-to-date while on-the-go. Or simply use an old fashioned planner or calendar to keep track of your schedule during your chiropractor training.

4. Don’t Forget to Include Downtime in Your Routine

It can be tempting for new students to try and get more done by sleeping less, staying in, and sacrificing relaxation for extra study time. While that might seem like a good idea at first, burning the candle at both ends is a quick way to drain your energy.

Even just a quick chat with friends in between classes can be a great way to de-stress

Even just a quick chat with friends in between classes can be a great way to de-stress

Whether it’s a quick nap to give yourself an added energy boost, a regular exercise session or spending an enjoyable afternoon with friends, it’s important for you to stay healthy during your studies – and have fun too!

By developing good habits at school, you’ll give yourself an edge in your studies. And, as an added bonus, those healthy habits will stay with you after graduation as you set up your chiropractic business practice.

Do you want to study the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic?

Find out what makes Sherman College a standout choice by visiting our website or speaking with one of our friendly admission counselors.

International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) 2016 Call for Submissions

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Conference Theme: Subluxation Correction: Essential to Patient-Centered Care

April 1, 2016: Deadline for submissions
April 15, 2016: Notification to authors
April 22, 2016: Author confirmation to present

Conference Location: Spartanburg, SC, at the Spartanburg Marriott (downtown Spartanburg)
Conference Dates: October 1-2, 2016
Conference Link: www.sherman.edu/iraps

On October 1-2, 2016, Sherman College of Chiropractic will host the 13th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), a peer-reviewed chiropractic conference that addresses vertebral subluxation research and the philosophy of chiropractic.

The theme for 2016 is Subluxation Correction: Essential to Patient-Centered Care. Much has been written and discussed on the topic of patient-centered care (PCC) in recent years. A working definition of patient-centered care that may be helpful in constructing an IRAPS submission is: “Relationship-based primary care that meets the individual patient and family’s needs, preferences, and priorities” (from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).

How does the location, analysis, correction of vertebral subluxation (LACVS) fit into patient- centered care? This question and others similar to it will be addressed at the conference, which will include:

a) A keynote speaker offering a vision for chiropractic’s future in research and context of the theme.
b) Presentation of abstracts (podium or poster)
c) An interactive panel discussion>

The goal of IRAPS 2016 is to bring together leaders in philosophy and research as well as practitioners who are centered on the vertebral subluxation practice, to build a stronger academic community worldwide regarding the subluxation model of chiropractic. Our intent is to foster a view that the chiropractic profession is centered on vertebral subluxation, based on vitalism, dedicated to research and developing a discipline of philosophy.

Abstract formats
Abstracts are to take the form of short papers having approximately 300 words. References are expected. Use 12 point font size throughout abstract.

Topic examples for this year’s abstracts may include:

• How LACVS fits into the patient-centered model of health care.
• Does patient-centered care include concepts contained in chiropractic philosophy such as vitalism?

Panel discussion
The panel topic for this year’s IRAPS is “The Relationship Between Subluxation-Centered Care and Patient-Centered Care.” As with abstract submissions, panelists will be selected using a peer-review process. Potential panelists will submit the following information in a Word document, explaining why they should be selected, based on his or her: a) level of interest in the topic, b) why there is an interest, and c) qualifications relative to the topic.

Each submission undergoes a peer-reviewed process. Preference will be given to submissions that relate to the theme. If accepted, abstracts will be approved for either a podium, poster, or panelist presentation. Email the submission as a word document to Dr. John Hart at jhart@sherman.edu. Include CVs for all authors in your email. The brief CV should include author’s educational background and other scholarly accomplishments.

Registration is open and up to 11 hours of continuing education credit will be available; for additional information about the symposium, go to www.sherman.edu/iraps. View the full Call for Submissions at http://www.sherman.edu/intranet/continuing-education/IRAPS2016abstracts.pdf.

An Introduction to Pediatric Chiropractic

Kids of all ages benefit from regular chiropractic care

Kids of all ages benefit from regular chiropractic care

Students familiar with the philosophy and science of chiropractic already know that chiropractic care provides preventative, natural and holistic care to help keep the body at optimal health.

And, when it comes to developing healthy habits, it’s never too early to start!

That’s why more and more parents are introducing their children to chiropractic. They’ve seen the benefits of chiropractic for themselves and want their kids to receive the many benefits chiropractic care has to offer.

But what are the differences between adjusting a child compared to an adult, and how can chiropractic students prepare for this rewarding career path after graduation?

Dr. Ron Castellucci, an internationally recognized expert in pediatric analysis and adjusting, explains.

Why do Kids Need Chiropractic?

Parents unfamiliar with the benefits of chiropractic often ask this question. They think that because children don’t suffer from back pain, they won’t benefit from chiropractic as much as adults.

But, as Dr. Castellucci explains, that’s just not the case.

“It is important for parents to know that from the time children are born, they have many opportunities to get a subluxation.” That’s because even small bumps and falls from learning to walk or riding a bike can cause subluxations, which are misalignments between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine which can disrupt proper nerve function and lead to decreased performance and overall health.

Even birth can cause subluxation. “Being born is stressful on the spine,” Dr. Castellucci explains, “and it is during the normal process of birth that children often get their first subluxations.”

Fortunately, regular chiropractic care can help young spines grow up healthy.

“When a newborn is adjusted and then checked regularly for subluxation, the spine grows healthy and their nervous system develops without the damaging interference caused by years of subluxation.”

The Differences Between Child and Adult Spines

While the spines of children and adults are in many ways very similar, there are still some key differences between adjusting a child and adjusting an adult.

“A child has more flexibility,” explains Dr. Castellucci, “which is due to the immaturity of the muscles, ligaments and joints; and, of course, the structures are much smaller.”

As a result, pediatric chiropractors “must be very specific and use much less force, adapting their adjustments according to the age and size of the child.”

Pediatric chiropractors also need to face some unique challenges in their line of work.

“A child is also very wiggly,” warns Dr. Castellucci, “so while this makes for a fun visit, it can be challenging for the inexperienced chiropractor.”

Working with wiggly patients can be an added challenge, but it’s also a rewarding experience for doctors of chiropractic

Working with wiggly patients can be an added challenge, but it’s also a rewarding experience for doctors of chiropractic

But with the right chiropractic training, he assures, chiropractic students can soon develop the hands-on skills they need to start their career in pediatric chiropractic.

Adjusting Techniques to Learn During Your Chiropractic Training

As students complete their chiropractic education, they learn how to adapt adjustments to the age of their patient.

“The child who is hours old will be adjusted with techniques adapted for their age just like a patient who is 90 will be adjusted with appropriate techniques,” says Dr. Castellucci, emphasizing that “the key here is the chiropractor must have training to care for children.”

To prepare for this rewarding career path, Dr. Castellucci advises students to “be sure to take pediatric adjusting and analysis courses in chiropractic college,” and to “consider becoming certified by taking the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association certification program.”

Sherman students learn how to work with young patients during their chiropractic training

Sherman students learn how to work with young patients during their chiropractic training

With that specialized training and a chiropractic degree from a top school of chiropractic, students will be well prepared to start their career in pediatric chiropractic after graduation.

Do you want to become a doctor of chiropractic?

Sherman College of Chiropractic is currently accepting applications for spring 2016, but make sure to apply before the deadline of February 15th.

How Doctors of Chiropractic Can Add a Little Holiday Cheer to Their Practices

Students get hands-on practice in the classroom and the clinic at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Students get hands-on practice in the classroom and the clinic at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Once you graduate from chiropractic college, you might decide to join an existing clinic or start your own practice. Having your own practice gives you the chance to be your own boss, set your own hours, and run your business the way you think is best.

You’ll get to decide on details like how to decorate your lobby, how many staff you want to hire, and – when the season approaches – how you would like to celebrate the holidays at your chiropractic practice.

Here’s a look at some of the ways you might add a dash of cheer to your practice.

Decorate Your Chiropractic Practice for the Holidays

Your waiting area says more about your practice that you might believe – messy tables and unpleasant lighting could risk losing your patients’ confidence in you. Lobby areas should be clean, comfortable and child-friendly. You might choose to add informative posters about the science of vertebral subluxation or paint the walls of your practice soothing colors to help patients relax. The choice will be all yours!

Some chiropractic practices decorate their waiting areas for the holidays

Some chiropractic practices decorate their waiting areas for the holidays

During the holiday season, you can also decide whether you want to add a few fun decorations to your practice. You might decide to add a Christmas tree to your waiting room, or simply use lights or garlands to decorate your reception desk.

Add a Bit of Festive Cheer with Music and Movies

If you choose to include a TV monitor in your waiting area, then you might like to play a few classic movies during the holiday season. Family friendly Christmas movies like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, or The Santa Clause can be a fun way for patients to pass the time while they wait for their appointments.

And, if you decide against a TV in your waiting room, simply playing festive music can add a dash of holiday cheer to your practice.

Give Back to Your Community Once You Become a Doctor of Chiropractic

As a doctor of chiropractic, you’ll be a respected member of your community. Many chiropractors feeling gratitude for their successful careers give back to their communities throughout the year but are extra generous around the holiday season, which often inspires others to do the same.

Use the holiday season to help families in need once you become a doctor of chiropractic

Use the holiday season to help families in need once you become a doctor of chiropractic

You could choose to offer free or discounted services to members of the community. Or you could encourage your staff and patients to donate food to a local food drive, or sponsor a family in need.

Take a Fun Staff Photo at Your Chiropractic Practice

As you grow your chiropractic practice over the years, you might want to take a fun staff picture when the holidays approach. Staff photos help promote holiday cheer, and can be a fun and heartwarming addition to your practice website or newsletter.

Ask your employees to bring Santa hats, holiday sweaters or other festive garments to wear for a funny and memorable moment.

Throw a Party During the Holiday Season

To celebrate the holiday season, you might want to host a fun party at your future practice. You could offer refreshments, prizes, and snacks for guests, and maybe even have Santa visit (sure to be a hit with kids and young patients)!

Once you set up your practice, you can decide exactly how you’d like to celebrate the holidays.

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