I’ve been asking undergraduate students and some older adults about why they do not go to the Chiropractor to get adjusted, or regular check ups, the results are as follows:
– They do not understand what Chiropractors do, or the benefits therein. Chiros need to lecture in schools, colleges, work places, etc. I understand some Chiropractors are active in their community, which is much appreciated, however, a large handful are not. So, spread the word, don’t just sit on facebook, posting chiropractic-like memes (most are pretty cool though… ) But, we need to get out there and use our educated voice!
– They can not afford Chiropractic Care. They go on to say $50 is too much per visit, and ‘they want to see me a few times per week.’ Why are there few Chiros out there offering student incentives?? Students can not afford $150 initial exam fees, and if they can’t afford them, they will put it off and not get them. Even worse, students can not afford $40 follow up exams. Don’t allow our students in our community to neglect Chiropractic care because of the cost! Figure it out, you’re doctors. Also, we can make the argument that if they cared so much about Chiropractic care then they would find the cash to make the extra effort….not if they don’t understand what Chiropractic is….
Doctors of Chiropractic! Are you offering student benefits? Why is it that I am rarely seeing Chiropractors offer discounts to students?
NO Student, or adult should not receive proper Chiropractic care because its too expensive. We are running to other countries to help them chiropractic-ally, on mission trips, etc, which is also important, however, we have our neighbors in our own town who can’t afford it. How can you/we fix this?
If your/our community does not understand Chiropractic, Go give a presentation! Make an appointment with the local high school, college, business place, etc. and talk. Get off Facebook and talk. Don’t leave it up to me or my fellow passionate student Chiros. Take it upon yourself to get up and do it. Our time will come… I promise.
If you do not change this, when I become a Chiropractor, I will.
Believe you me, I will.
The Chiropractor Student
According to Chiropractic Philosophy; to find the subluxation (not just pain, but subluxation), remove it, and let the body heal itself. I am not finished reading/studying the philosophy, this is what I gathered so far. Personally, at least as of now, I would like to do a thorough history, both Chiropractically, and ‘medically,’ find what is ‘wrong’ document it, and find the subluxation via palpation, x- ray, etc. Remove it. Now, (according to Philosophy and life) the power that made your body can heal your body, minus interference. So, by removing interference, (assuming you found all of it) the body should heal itself. It may take 1 adjustment, 2 adjustments, or more. That is what Philosophy told me so far.
Nowadays, Palmer College 2012, we are being trained as primary care physicians, I will never turn down an opportunity to learn as much as I can. I want to know what is wrong with the patient inside and out. I also want to witness the power of the body as well as the power of an adjustment. As a Q4 student chances are we have never given such an adjustment. People tell me they don’t have allergies anymore from a certain adjustment, we’ve heard that people can see, walk, talk, and hear again from an adjustment. I’ve also heard that those who get adjusted get sick less frequently. I know I have not been sick since I started Chiropractic School, not many of my classmates have. We have all been getting adjustments, not all receiving upper cervical specific adjustments, but adjustments. We hear of the potential, but do we really understand?
The upper cervical atlas/axis adjustment is supposed to be one of the most powerful adjustments. Why? Probably because its location is in a vulnerable place, adjacent to your brain stem, where there is CSF flow, vascular flow, and nerve tissue that can all be inhibited from birth until now, even the slightest to give any which affect to any part of your body, that’s basic clinical neuro-anatomy, go look it up. If we hear these testimonials, then why have we not gotten adjusted by an upper cervical specific chiropractor? I am no angel, I have not gone either, and MANY have not, why? Well, we are stubborn, and/or we just don’t understand, until we try, you’re not in it, until you’re in it. You don’t truly understand something unless you have lived it. I am making my first appointment this month. Will you?
My palms sweat too often and sometimes I feel anxious, maybe it will help that. You have your issues I’m sure; maybe it will help that too. And if it does, will your philosophy shift, will your whole perspective of health care and life, shift!? Mine sure as might… It sure as might. And if it does, believe you me, the WHOLE world will know about it.
http://biology.about.com/od/anatomy/p/Brainstem.htm a nice explanation. If you need a more “credible” source then, here:
Thanks for reading,
I created another page (above) that includes some of the books written on Chiropractic Philosophy, Science, and Art. These books are intended for Students of Chiropractic and Chiropractors of today and yesterday.
Read them carefully, read them well, and enjoy.
The Chiropractor Student
Microbiology- including virus families, their presentations, treatments and public health relationships.
Anatomy of the anterior abdominal layers,stomach, intestines, inguinal canal. Blood supply, innervation,location relationships of all.
Learned how the body regulates fluids, like blood, urine, and interstitial fluid via the kidneys and associated structures. Exam on that next week…
Radiology last week, we were introduced to analyzing lumbar and hip x- rays. I enjoy that class. 12 students to 1 professor ratio…good odds, if you want to learn your stuff.
Technique class: This quarter we are focusing on the Lumbar (lower back) and hips. So far the techniques we are learning utilize the Hy- Lo table and Knee Chest piece. We learned Double Thumb and Single hand adjustments. We were introduced to side posture, but I have a feeling there will be much more…It is very important to learn proper technique!
Take a look at some of these clips, and notice the patient’s positive reaction… Find your local Chiropractor and go get checked.
Don’t put off for tomorrow, what you can do today, because tomorrow you will want to do something that you could have done, if you didn’t put off yesterday’s task.
As a student of Chiropractic, one of the most important things you can do is attend as many seminars as possible. The seminars may pertain to, ‘Chiropractic Philosophy’ “how to run a business” or even about another Chiropractor speaking about his/her own practice and the journey he went through. To listen to someone who has been through school and out in the real world is priceless information that will help gear your thought processes to success (hopefully).
Most of these type of seminars are FREE, however, you will come across many that charge $. You will have decide how valuable that particular seminar is by asking around, ask people who may have went to that seminar in the past (usually upper class men). Usually technique and adjustment seminars charge a pretty penny.
Speak to your school clubs that deal with technique, ask them to put on a seminar for technique and charge 5$ for fundraiser for their club. That is a good way to learn a lot, for a low price, as opposed to having a major technique guy/business fly to your area and charge $200 + for the same thing. School clubs are more often then not run by students for the students, so don’t be afraid to present them with ideas like this, they will appreciate it. If not, then they are part of the club for the WRONG reasons.
Remember, what you learn in school, clubs, seminars will all add your treatment tool box. The worse thing in the world (can only imagine) is to have a patient come to you and you have no idea what to do.
Learn it now, don’t put it off, push yourself. You’re welcome.
The past 5 weeks or so I have conducted a little self experiment:
5 weeks ago I began listening to only classical and Frank Sinatra- type music and have noticed the following changes in emotion and motivational drive to exercise and work out. The results are the following:
Prior to making the musical change I predominantly listened to Rock, Rap, Hip Hop music because I thought it kept me motivated to exercise and be more attentive + aggressive toward daily life, including hard workouts. Since I made the change,my assertiveness( intellectual curiosity) towards life and education has increased immensely. However, my drive to exercise and really get a hard work out has dropped significantly. I attribute this to the emotions/feelings related to rap music/and rock, when compared to mellow classical/ Frank Sinatra- Type music.
This morning, I played rap music /rock music and it made me want to go work out hard. While, there may be several other variables contributing to these emotions and feelings, including but not limited to nutrition, daily schedule, environment, etc. I am asserting that the music plays a more immediate role in behavior compared to most other factors. However, all are important.
Therefore,after blasting rock and rap music this morning, I am pumped to go exercise hard. Then, when I return home, I will switch to classical and Frank Sinatra-type music to induce an increased drive to learn and study.
I’ll let you know,
The Chiropractor Student
So today went well,
We had three classes:
First course will cover the Anterior Abdomen and its contents within, as in organs, tissues, cells and the blood supply, innervation, and common pathologies therein. Also, we will be learning history taking, diagnostics, and examinations as it relates to this area. Our professor seems great, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She calls on everyone, and anyone throughout the class.
Next, we had subluxation theory course. This course will review how peripheral nervous system, spinal cord and tracts, neurogenic inflammation, and neuroimmunological factors relate to the subluxation complex.
If you don’t know what subluxation is, the WHO definition (via Wikipedia) of the chiropractic vertebral subluxation is:
“A lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.”
Our last class today is called, Genitourinary physiology and pathology. So, it will review concepts like the different types of fluid within our bodies, how they may be affected by various hormones, diet, and disease with regards the kidney at its associated counterparts. I’ll fill you in as I learn more.
Overall, a good day…
The Chiropractor Student