Advice for chiropractic students: Be open-minded

Palmer alumni offer their advice to chiropractic students on how to achieve success. Do you have advice you’d like to share with current Palmer students or new graduates? Emailminda.powers@palmer.edu.

“Be open-minded, respectful of other opinions, and understand it’s not how great a technique is but it’s about applying the right technique at the right time. Patients don’t care how they get fixed (most of the time). They want you to teach them about what is creating their issues and how you are going to take care of them. I use upper cervical as a primary but utilize all other forms of adjustments as needed for the right presentation of issues.

“So, in short, don’t use a hammer for a screw. Apply your knowledge and the techniques that you learn to properly take care of the issue. Don’t get caught up in the hype of negativity. If you focus on that, you will become that. If there is an opportunity to address something and properly fix it, then go for it. But words without actions produce zero results.

“Learn as much as you can. Even the random stuff they teach [in class] may become useful. I’ve [discovered] cases of severe issues due to the teachings from my professors at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. We find and fix subluxations, but be ready to answer all questions regarding health because you never know what you will encounter.”

– Brandon Blank, D.C.

Advice from an alumnus to students

Hi there. I’m a recent alumnus. I graduated in June 2012. If I had a piece of advice for a student it would be to find yourself. Know what you want to do and come out of the gates running! Way too many of my fellow classmates are still not practicing or are but not putting their all into it. And make sure you have a strong understanding that Chiropractic saves lives. Know that fact as much as you know the sun will rise tomorrow and tell your community and don’t stop.

These two simple things will put you so far ahead of the game, others will strive to keep up. Understand that not everyone will like your message, and THAT’S OK! But the ones who are ready to hear it will and will LOVE IT! Don’t let the nay sayers stop you. Your message is the most important message they have heard. And most important tell the story of chiropracTIC.

– Dr. Nathan Wall

Wall Family Chiropractic