When I sat down to write my new blog I had all intent to write about technique, more specifically what technique I wanted to learn. But this past weekend during Homecoming something was brought to my attention. It all started when I was hanging out in the lobby of Vickie Anne Palmer Hall with some fellow Campus guides. I walked into a conversation that was already in progress when one of my fellow guides (who shall remain nameless 😉 ) asked me what should be a simple question. “What is the chiropractic philosophy, and more importantly what is the teaching philosophy of the school?” Now I think he asked me this question partly because that was the discussion that I walked in on, and partly because I think he likes to be a little obnoxious. Whether he knows it or not he really got me thinking. It’s something that has been in the back of my mind for a while and gets brought up every once in a while when people ask me about philosophy. What is philosophy? And more importantly what is my philosophy?
As I explained in my last blog I did not grow up going to the chiropractor. I really didn’t know what a chiropractor was until my junior year in college. I did not grow up like many of my peers hearing the chiropractic philosophy. I got my first taste of it when I was accepted to Palmer and asked to write what my philosophy was for a scholarship opportunity. Now I was no philosophy major in undergrad at the time I had no idea why they were asking me what my philosophy was. So I did what any tech savvy person of my generation would do. I went to the internet and looked up Palmer’s philosophy and wrote about that. Now I have to ask myself what is Palmer’s philosophy? And is it really mine, or is mine different? To me it’s like the lyrics of a song. I can hear the words. I can know what these words mean, but do I truly understand what the artist is trying to say?
As I started class at Palmer this philosophy thing kept coming up. It came up in my classes and in my Campus Guide application. What is your philosophy? I started to learn how important philosophy really is to Palmer and my education while I am here. As Dr. Bohgal will ask you in your Toggle class. “Can you really explain chiropractic to your patients? What if you are in the grocery store and someone comes and asks you what chiropractic is, could you answer them?” Something that Palmer is starting to teach me is that it is so much more than just knowing the anatomy and physiology of the body, as well as having good technique. You have to know what chiropractic is and be able to communicate it to anybody that might ask. It’s about having purpose, intent, passion, and love for what you’re doing. You can’t have one without the other. The hardest part about being a student is finding a balance for all 3: science (anatomy/physiology), art (technique), and philosophy.
Devan Lysen, 4th Trimester Student