Home » Academics » Technique Department

Technique Department


Technique Department

Classes in the Technique Department represent the art of chiropractic. It is our mission to set the highest standards in chiropractic technique education to prepare our students for their future professional success in a nurturing environment. Life West students are able to progressively acquire new skills through the most comprehensive technique program of core and elective techniques of any chiropractic college.

Department Chair: Christian Labau, DC

Christian Labau, DC

Dr. Labau was born and raised in Paris, France. He attended college at La Sorbonne Paris III University where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree in English Literature and Civilizations. He then decided to take up professional photography during his 20’s and 30’s.

He had always been interested in natural health and discovered chiropractic through Chase Riley, DC, who was his wife’s chiropractor. Dr. Labau’s first chiropractic visit inspired him to become a chiropractor. He first studied at the French Chiropractic College (IFEC) in Paris, but quickly transferred to Life Chiropractic College West, where he graduated in 2010.

After practicing in both France and California, Dr. Labau returned to Life West in March of 2019. He was promoted to his current position in November of that year.

Q + A with Dr. Labau

Q: What techniques are taught at Life West?
A: We offer five core spinal adjusting techniques: Diversified, Toggle Recoil, Gonstead, Integrated drop table and Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Students will also learn extremities adjusting techniques and pregnancy and pediatrics adjusting techniques as part of our required curriculum. Additionally, Life West offers a wide array of more than a dozen of elective techniques. Some examples are SOT, Spinal Network and Activator.

Q: What can I expect from my instructors?
A: You can expect to find professional, motivated and inspired instructors to teach you chiropractic techniques. They love to share their experience in a nurturing and empowering environment that takes every student’s unique abilities into account.

Q: How is Life West different from other chiropractic colleges?
A: Life West offers more techniques than any other chiropractic college in the world. We do it because we understand that every student is unique. By offering this large selection of techniques, we make sure to respect and honor the diversity of our students.