Adjusting Ninjas

Adjusting Ninja logoI’ve said it probably in all my previous blogs, but there are so many clubs on campus … including the Adjusting Ninjas!

I believe they started up last trimester, but I just started attending a few club hours this trimester. I saw a poster about a seminar that was going to happen in Davenport in December, so I thought I would check out the club before signing up for the seminar. And I had also heard Dr. Brett Jones on one of podcasts I listen to regularly and figured it was time that I looked further into this club!

The club normally meets around 6 a.m., and if you saw my previous posts, you know I’m a morning person. We start out with a warm up that involves some light jogging, stretching and yoga moves. From there we move into one of the technique rooms on campus so that we can get some hands-on experience. For me, being in a lower trimester it can be a little intimidating not knowing exactly what I am palpating for, but it’s always good experience.

One of the goals of the club is to work on muscle memory, so we focus on moving through motions and then pick up speed. Once we have worked on the motions, we start palpations. And if we find something, we can take a step back and go through the movements as if we were adjusting them.

I decided not to attend the seminar this time, but I’m hoping that they’ll be back while I’m still at Palmer so that I can attend another time. Things have been a little busy with my current class schedule and labs, so I wanted to make sure I focus on those before attending a seminar this trimester.

Jen

I love the CHC!

One of my favorite things about being at Palmer is my weekly visit to the CHC (Campus Health Clinic) for adjustments. The students practicing in the CHC are normally in either 7th or 8th trimester, depending on the time of the trimester. I’ve had some amazing interns so far, and I’ve learned a lot from them as well. It’s nice to have a little time with upper trimester students to ask questions about professors and the techniques they like. I also like to see how the staff doctor interacts with the intern and how they provide guidance on the their techniques!

Before starting at Palmer, I worked at a desk job for a handful of years and had a lot of back pain (upper and lower). After working with my chiropractor back home, I decided to change my career path, which has been one of the best decisions of my life. Last trimester my intern introduced me to Graston technique and ART (active release technique) for my rhomboids. It didn’t take long for me to see results with both of these techniques! The Graston took place at the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department, and it was an amazing opportunity for me to see what the upper-trimester students work on besides working in the CHC.

I’m excited for the day when I get to start working in the CHC! Today I signed up for the lower extremity adjusting seminar with Dr. Mally, and I’m excited to get some more hands-on experience! I’m looking forward to learning more about the biomechanics, radiology and conditions/injuries of the lower extremity.

-Jen