My first side posture adjustment

Side posture adjustment

Side posture adjustment (this is Palmer grad Dr. Christine Gonos-Boyd from her site

Yesterday was another find-and-fix-it day in my thoraco-lumbar class. We were able to adjust using any technique we were taught, but I wanted to get some practice with side posture since I hadn’t had any yet and it’s one of the more difficult techniques.

Luckily enough my patient had a lumbar listing at L4, so I was ready to give a shot. Turns out I need a lot of practice with side posture. It doesn’t look easy, and it’s really not that easy. I tried both a push and a pull move and wasn’t very good at either. I was struggling to figure out the mechanics of the thrust with the pull move, and by the time I went to try the push, I was a little frustrated and felt a little defeated. I didn’t feel like I had much luck with the push either, but I had some good thrusts so we did some post checks on my patient and she had better range of motion. Plus, the nervoscope showed there had been some change, and her body was adapting. So all the of checks said I had made some change. Sadly it doesn’t feel as satisfying if you don’t get the cavitation and if you know you have crappy form.

I know I’ll get better, and I really shouldn’t have expected to have it figured out on the first try, but you also have to accept that things don’t always go the way you planned. I’m excited to get more practice. I’m happy I now know what I should focus on. and I appreciate the help and advice I was given to be more successful. Not that I wasn’t successful. My patient did show adaptation, and for that I am happy.

Keep on trying and don’t give up! You can’t get better if you don’t keep trying.


2 thoughts on “My first side posture adjustment

  1. You actually did very well. Many times students do not “hold” the thrust and they release too soon and miss the thrill of feeling a release. As to noise , I would not be listening as much as feeling for a change and your post checks did show a change. Having worked with you on this I do think that you did many things right. So remember that the better your quality of findings are, the easier it will be to get the results you are looking for when you thrust. You are doing well just focus on evaluation findings, holding the thrust longer and you will see better and better results. The biggest problem with adjusting days in class is not all the subluxations we allow students to adjust are ones an actual outpatient would come into your office to have you adjust. Students get adjusted way to often too. Keep smiling and keep practicing….Dr. “B”

  2. I hear ya Allisha, I remember very well the difficulty of learning the lumbar adjustment. I modified the technique from what I learned from a clinic doctor and added my own little bit to it in further modification and it made all the difference in struggling vs. ease of a successful adjustment. I hope to be able to show you how easy you can make a lumbar, sacral and pelvic adjustment with little effort and great success. I travel through the Quad Cities every Aug/Sept. It only takes a couple of minutes to learn. Keep working, we need more real adjusters in the field!

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