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Mission Trip to Costa Rica

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

And other folder of photos found. These are from a crew chiropractic trip to Costa Rica in October of 1999.


A chiropractor from South Lake Tahoe California provides chiropractic care to individuals in Costa Rica. This was taken inside of a civic gymnasium outside the city of San José. I believe there were about 18 to 25 chiropractors on this particular mission trip and an estimated 40,000 individuals were adjusted during a six-day period. Talk about getting your procedure down and simply focusing on the adjustment. There’s nothing like the intensity of providing chiropractic care while thousands of people stand in line waiting to be the next in the chair.


In this photograph you may notice the child sitting on the woman’s lap. She’s looking up to see what’s going on. It wasn’t uncommon that moms would hold their kids on their laps while receiving an adjustment. Depending on the chiropractor, the child was either checked first, or adjusted after the parent was adjusted. I think every chiropractor had a different system, but everyone that entered those gymnasiums was checked for nerve interference.


A child gets their spine and nervous system checked by a chiropractor while mom watches. Notice the head of the chiropractor just barely touches the head of the child. I noticed that as a fairly common technique when kids were being checked. It’s something I’ve seen over and over again when looking at photos from a decade plus of chiropractic missions. Doesn’t really matter who the chiropractor was, it’s not long before they begin leaning their heads in, and making a third contact with the individual being checked.

Directly connected, these photos bring back lots of memories for me.



  1. Was just in CR and found the people lovely. My understanding is that it can be rather difficult trying to set up a practice but a few have been successful. Keep up the good work. I would love to go on a chiro missions trip.


    Dr. Ratcliffe DC DACRB

  2. I have a friend and his wife that have 2 practices in Costa Rica. One just outside of San Jose and the other in Atenas. Aside from the incredible beauty of the country, the people are very friendly and the food and culture are incredible. I hear you practically have to be born there or actually marry a native to be able to practice because of certain politics.

    I traveled there last August and it was my favorite getaway spot to date.

    – Matthew Loop, DC

  3. I know half a dozen chiropractors that moved to Costa Rica after graduating from life chiropractic University in Atlanta, Georgia. They told me it was fairly easy getting into practice there. From what I’ve been told there is one chiropractor that has been working to make things more difficult for US chiropractors to practice in the country. Typical chiropractic politics.

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