Dr. Steve Hyjek

As a young athlete who participated in many different sports, Dr. Steve Hyjek soon became well acquainted with the field of sports medicine and the role that health professionals play in helping people get healthy and stay healthy. The help he received inspired him to offer similar help to others.

Dr. Hyjek is committed to providing the highest level of care. He has taken extensive post graduate training on the cause and treatment of many spinal and health conditions. Dr. Hyjek feels that staying up to date with the most advanced training and the latest research on health and the function of the body is essential to providing each patient with the best health care possible. The following is a list of the post-graduate courses our chiropractor has attended:


• 8+ years in practice
• Over 20,000 patient visits managed
• Over 60,000 adjustments performed

Graduated with Doctorate in Chiropractic:

Northwestern College of Chiropractic: 2003

Advanced Certifications:

Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology: Spine Research Institute of San Diego

• Module 1: Whiplash: Advanced Topics – The Fundamental Science
• Module 2: Advanced Treatment, Diagnostics, and Auto Crash Reconstruction
• Module 3: Narrative Report Writing and Principles of Impairment Rating
• Module 4: Medicolegal Fundamentals for Practitioners and Forensic Experts

Certified Golf Fitness Instructor: Titleist Performance Institute

• Level 1 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
• Level 2 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor: Medical Professional

Nutrition Certification Program

• Module 1
• Module 2
• Module 3
• Module 4

Creating Wellness Certification: Creating Wellness Alliance

• Basic Creating Wellness Certification
• Advanced Creating Wellness Certification

ProAdjuster Technique Certification: ProAdjuster Group

• ProAdjuster Technique Certification

Advanced Training:

Integrating Applied Kinesiology with Functional Medicine Session 4: 2011
• Soft tissue techniques including origin/insertion, muscle spindle cell and golgi tendon organ techniques, strain/counterstrain, fascial flush, and trigger–point therapy. Upper extremity evaluation and treatment for the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.

Integrating Applied Kinesiology with Functional Medicine Session 3: 2011
• Precise evaluation of the spine, including evaluation and treatment of cervical and lumbar discs. Cranial manipulation and diagnostic methods using Applied Kinesiology to evaluate the skull and efficacy of cranial treatments.

Integrating Applied Kinesiology with Functional Medicine Session 2: 2011
• Mastering the pelvis: Protocols to create and maintain anterior, medial, lateral, and central stability. Additional muscle testing.

Clinical Breakthroughs in the Toxicity-Disease Connection: 2011
• The environmental-genome connection. Understanding xenohormesis, toxigenomics, nutritional epigenetics, and metabolic detoxification, along with clinical implications in dementia, obesity, and type 3 diabetes. Understanding the role of toxins in mitochondrial bioenergetics, oxidative stress, and inflammation. Developing the intervention program.

Nutrition Certificate Program Module 3: 2010
• Supplements and nutrition; therapeutic uses of botanical medicine; food compositions and foods as a vitamin source; weight management and control; case studies.

Sports Nutrition – Strategies for Elite and Amateur Athletes: 2010
• How to maximize energy production and oxygen delivery for sprint and endurance athletes, the importance of nutrient timing-before, during and after training, improving acid-alkaline balance for better performance and health, nutritional strategies to minimize inflammatory trauma associated with exercise, anti-catabolic strategies / the good side of insulin, how to optimize recovery following training sessions, and Improving the health of athletes.

Nutrition Certificate Program Module 2: 2010
• Codex Alimentarius Commission; dietary supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 PL: 103-417 and related regulations; etiology of organ system dysfunction, internal medicine diseases and conditions; efficacy, safety risks and benefits of glandular products, chelation therapy and therapeutic enzymes; contraindications, side effects and toxic effects of botanicals, nutritional supplements and diet products; fiber needs.

Research Driven Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation: 2010
• How to properly use the Cox technique of flexion/distraction and decompression for the treatment of neck pain, low back pain, as well as cervical and lumbar intervertebral disc herniations. Review of the latest research supporting the superior safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for the treatment of cervical and lumbar intervertebral disc injuries.

Nutrition Certificate Program Module 1: 2010
• Nutrition counseling and initial screen to include nutrition physical exam; diet history taking; analysis of lab data including hair, saliva, urine and blood; symptoms of severe vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, and the toxicity of excess supplementation herbs or other nutritional supplements; protein, carbohydrates and fat macronutrient needs and symptoms of deficiencies; vitamin recommended daily allowances (RDAs) and dietary reference intakes; mineral and metal needs of the human body and the biochemistry of essential and non-essential nutritional supplements.

Breakthroughs in the Assessment and Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injuries and Disorders: 2010
• Physiology and nutritional support for musculoskeletal Injuries including soft tissue and joint injuries, repetitive trauma injuries, and sports injuries. 3 phases of care for soft-tissue injuries. Clinical breakthroughs in the nutritional treatment of sports injuries. Key nutritional protocols for chiropractic offices including joint degeneration, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and neuropathies. Using the functional movement assessment to identify physical imbalances.

A Trilogy on Chronic Pain: 2010
• Food-initiation of pain syndromes, mechanisms of inflammatory myopathies, arthridities, and neuro-degenerative disease. Introduction to the trilogy of autoimmune development. Epigenetics – a primary mechanism of gene activation. Environmental initiators of epigenetic initiation. Nutraceutical intervention-modulating the inflammatory cascade.

Diagnostic Imaging – Xray: 2010
• Common origins of lumbar disc pain. Orientation of lumbar facet joints. The effect of lordosis on the position of the nucleus pulposis. How injuries of the annulus fibrosis can cause nerve root changes. Identify the dynamic stenosis of the lumbar spine.

Disc herniations and degenerative disc disease: clinical findings and diagnostic imaging: 2010
• Anatomy of the disc and what causes the disc herniation. Clinical presentation and who is at risk for a disc herniation. Diagnostic imaging findings for the disc herniation patient. Treatment options for disc herniation patients

Vertebral Compression Fractures: 2010
• Clinical presentation and diagnostic imaging procedure for vertebral compression fractures. The use of plain film, CT, MRI, and DEXA. Treatments for vertebral compression fractures. Other causes of vertebral fractures. Other fractures besides vertebral fractures

Nutrition Response Testing: 2010
• Introduction to Nutrition Response Testing. Muscle testing using Applied Kinesiology. Testing for blocked Autonomic Regulation and Neurogenic Switching. Nutrition Response Testing Body Scan. Finding the priority treatment target. Specific nutritional support for specific areas. Assessing for the 5 most common barriers to healing: food allergies, immune challenges, heavy metal toxicities, chemical toxicity, and scars.

Biomarkers of Health: 2010
• Introduction to Functional Medicine, Inflammation, Acid Base Balance (physiology, hormone balance, osteoporosis, etc), Oxidation and Its Relationship to Chronic Disease, Electrolytes and Their Role in Cellular Function, Carbohydrate Metabolism in Relation to Insulin Resistance and Hypoglycemia, Protein Metabolism and Detrimental By-Products, Cellular Respiration (TCA and ATP Production), Hydration, Purity and Deficiency, Liver Toxicity, Renal Toxicity, Adrenal Stress and Catabolism Toxicity, and correlating clinical findings with appropriate nutritional protocols.

Turn it Up with Dr. Jeff Spencer (Lance Armstrong’s Chiropractor): 2009
• Coherent Light & Effects of 3LT® Laser, Phases of Healing, Inflammation Control, Upper & Lower Extremity Diagnosis and Correction, Gait Analysis & Correction, Nerve Entrapment Syndrome, Manual Adjusting Techniques, Proprioceptive Facilitation of the Locomotor System, and Segmental Neurology.

ProAdjuster Advanced Training: 2009

ProAdjuster Basic Training: 2009

Active vs. Inactive Spondylolisthesis: 2009
Chiropractic Scoliosis Correction: 2009

Digital Imaging and X-ray Digitation: 2009

The Rise of Colossus: 2009

Diagnostic Imaging: X-ray: 2008
• Radiographic aspects of flexion and extension x-rays. Evaluating motion of the spine during whiplash injuries. Cervical spine morphology during whiplash. Rehabilitative techniques for whiplash disorder. Normal and unstable cervical spines under “Motion x-ray”

Chiropractic Neurology: 2008

Advanced Creating Wellness Certification Program: 2008

Creating Wellness Certification Program: 2008

Neurologically Based Chiropractic Adjusting Technique: 2008
• Presented by the Carrick Institute of Neurology, this program of study is focused on hands on adjusting of joints without the use of instrumentation or anesthesia. The program is designed to promote maximum skill acquisition in adjusting by the Chiropractor through immersion in practical application and learning scenarios based upon a neurological model of health care.

Current Understanding of Pain Assessment and Brief Pain Inventory: 2008
Talsky Tonal Chiropractic Technique: 2008
Whiplash and Nutritional Pain Management: 2007
The Problematic Cervical Spine: Radiology: 2007
Total Solution Program: 2007
5 Branches of Chiropractic Philosophy: 2007
Chiropractic Science: 2007
Models of Vertebral Subluxation: 2007
Insight Millennium Subluxation Station Technical Training: 2007
Insight Millennium Subluxation Station Interpretation: 2007
Pediatrics: 2007
A Vision of Creating Wellness: 2007
Mastering Chiropractic with Certainty: MC2 Chiropractic Analysis and Technique: 2007
Spinal Impairment Rating: 2007
Personal Injury Law: Arbitration of a No-Fault Claim from a Chiropractic Perspective: 2007
Chiropractic Neurology: 2007
Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Sensitivity and Specificity of Four Common Symptoms: 2007
Pain Management: 2007
Chiropractic – A Glorious Future: The Science and Research that Supports the Benefits of Chiropractic: 2007
The Road to Chiropractic Greatness: 2007
Contemporary Models of Subluxation: 2007
Case Studies and Understanding the Neurospinal Functional Index: 2007
Titleist Performance Institute: Level 2 Golf Fitness for Medical Professionals: 2007
Titleist Performance Institute: Level 1 Golf Fitness Instructor: 2006
Personal Injury Law: 2006
Cervical Spine Trauma: Diagnostic and Clinical Implications: 2006
The Problematic Cervical Spine: Radiology: 2006
CPR for the Professional: 2006

Spine Research of San Diego: Module 4 – Medicolegal Fundamentals for Practitioners and Forensic Experts: 2006
• Essentials of documentation and records keeping; what you need vs. what you don’t, medical photography; when and how to use it and incorporate it, taking the pain out of depositions, arbitrations, and testifying in court, preparing for the classic cross-examination strategies, critical differences between chiropractic and medical approaches that literally make or break a case, using evidence effectively; models, charts, diagrams, photos, movies, and more, Daubert and Frye rules; how they affect your testimony and how they can exclude opposing experts, disabusing the MIST myth; Colossus, and learned treatises and reliable authorities; other federal rules of evidence experts should know

Spine Research of San Diego: Module 3 – Narrative Report Writing and Principles of Impairment Rating: 2006
• Critical documentation from day 1; What every personal injury and forensic expert needs to know, the fundamental of expository, scientific writing you were never taught; common dos and don’ts, the essential craft of narrative report preparation from A-Z; style, strategy, methods, organization, and common pitfalls, incorporating outcomes assessment and disability instruments into your reports (SCL-90-R, Oswestry, Roland-Morris, Rivermead PCS, and more), the application of AMA guidelines in personal injury and forensic practice, modern guidelines and best practices (Presley Reed, Mercy, QTF, ACOEM, Croft); How they are commonly abused and how and when to use them correctly, critical rebuttal methods and strategies in today’s modern forensic practice, and special software applications: managing data, information, graphics.

Spine Research of San Diego: Module 2 – Advanced Treatment, Diagnostics, and Auto Crash Reconstruction: 2006
• In-depth training on all aspects of management of trauma, auto crash reconstruction in low speed crashes: critical knowledge for today’s forensic practitioners, historical documentation in personal injury and forensic medicine applications, comprehensive physical examination of whiplash and traumatic brain injury, special laboratory methods, such as the S-100 protein, the latest radiographic examination methods and analysis techniques, CT examination of brain and soft tissue injuries, MRI examination of brain and soft tissue injuries; latest techniques, special diagnostic imaging modalities (SPECT, PET, fMRI, MRA, VF, etc.); how and when to use, electrodiagnostics (EMG, sEMG, SSEP, VEP, etc…); how and when to use, rendering a diagnosis/impression in the personal injury or forensic setting; pearls and pitfalls, soft tissue healing times and implications for successful case management, the state of the injury and implications for case management, designing a treatment plan and living with guidelines, important applications of activities of daily living; optimizing outcomes, and chiropractic manipulation, deep tissue massage, and PT Modalities for best outcomes.

Spine Research of San Diego: Module 1 – Whiplash: Advanced Topics – The Fundamental Science: 2005
• Requisite and comprehensive biomechanics knowledge for forensic experts, whiplash and brain injuries: the real reasons they are on the rise, the minimal property damage = minimal injury risk myth exposed, in-depth analysis of brain, neck, and cervical spine trauma mechanisms, soft tissue injuries: a comprehensive and cutting edge analysis, All clinical syndromes and conditions resulting from whiplash (WAD/CAD), what forensic experts need to know about the various pain syndromes, and risk assessment: the fundamental key to modern forensic practice.

Auto Injuries and Permanent Post-Concussion Syndrome: 2005
MRI of the Spine: 2005
Chiropractic Science: The Neurology of the Adjustment: 2004
Functional Chiropractic Analysis: 2004
Shoulder Practicum and Intensive: 2004
Imaging the Lumbar Spine in an Adolescent with Low Back Pain: 2004
The Latest Pain Technology: 2004
Weight Bearing MRI: Literature Based Guidelines and Case Review: 2004