Share your ‘why’ with the world!

As I mentioned in a previous blog, recently I went to the “Catch the Wave” seminar in San Francisco, hosted by Life West Chiropractic College. (This is their version of a homecoming event.) There are speakers that come in to discuss all sorts of different topics, lots of networking opportunities, and vendors and chiropractic organizations with booths.

One of the speakers I enjoyed—really, every speaker was amazing—was Bill Esteb. He is not a chiropractor, but he is a chiropractic advocate because he loves the profession. His message to us was to relay to the general public our “why,” not our “what.” Basically he said don’t explain what we do. Don’t pull out research to back up what we do, give an anatomy lesson that explains how the chiropractic adjustment works, or try to convince people that they need chiropractic care. Instead, Bill Esteb said, we need to tell our “why.” We need to tell people why we do what we do. And the amazing part is that everyone will have a unique why.

This is a good idea because people respond to emotional stories better than they do to being educated and lectured. Thinking back, do you remember most of your high school or college lectures? Most of us would probably say no. But if you had a teacher that told stories and made you connect emotionally to the information, then you probably will remember those moments. Just like you can remember your first date, wedding, your child’s birth, or the day you were so excited to get your acceptance letter into Palmer! But chances are you don’t remember what you had for dinner last night or even last week. Why? Because you don’t have an emotional connection to it.

I’d like to share my “why” with you! I was called to be a chiropractor in fall of 2009 when I went to a chiropractor as a wellness patient—at least that’s what I thought because I wasn’t having neck or back pain. But after a few adjustments, I was able to get off the stomach medication I had taken most of my life for the acid reflux I was diagnosed with at birth.

This may not seem like much to you, but it was to me. It gave me my life back! I was used to feeling nauseous every day, with severe stomach pains that really interfered with my life.

I now could go out on dates without having to leave early because I didn’t feel good. I could be active without feeling nauseous. I could spend time laughing and having fun rather than lying on the couch, feeling awful. Because of chiropractic, I got to experience life!

Since chiropractic gave me my life back, it’s now my mission to help people experience their full potential in life—especially children! There are so many sick people in the world who don’t realize there is another option other than drugs.

Have fun sharing your “why” with the world! 

Stacia Kampschnieder
7th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Prescription drugs: Not the answer

As I enter clinic in 7th trimester here at Palmer, I get excited because I know I will be able to save lives through the power of chiropractic. This really is the best profession ever! The amazing thing is that we do not treat symptoms or disease; we work with the function of the nervous system. Yes, symptoms or disease may disappear as a side effect of chiropractic care, but that is because you as a chiropractor removed the nerve interference and allowed the body to heal on its own.

I’m thinking of this today because I just returned from the Catch the Wave seminar in San Francisco. (I went to listen to some of my mentors speak and to support a classmate who competed in the “Talk the TIC” worldwide competition—and won!) At the seminar, one of the speakers had a unique reason that he got into chiropractic. This gentleman was an ex-pharmacist. When the medical model failed to help his health issues, he turned to chiropractic care and got his life back. So he started warning the patients coming to the pharmacy that the prescription drugs they were getting were dangerous and toxic, and that there was a healthier alternative: chiropractic care. He said that one day he just got so sick of poisoning people and being “part of the problem”— so he quit his job and enrolled in chiropractic school. How awesome is that?!

So many people still think chiropractic is about neck and back pain. That’s what Advil and Tylenol are for! We as chiropractors help the nervous system to function at 100% so the body can heal and function at its greatest potential.

Consider this: The average American takes 13 toxic prescription drugs each day. Clearly their bodies are not functioning at 100%. Just imagine how you could change someone’s life by helping their body to function the way it was designed to function without drugs.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This really is the best profession in the world!

Stacia Kampschnieder
7th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Taking a closer look

This week I did my clinical observations! Since I am in 6th tri, we follow around the students who are in the student clinic adjusting since my class will be in there next tri starting to adjust—which I am extremely excited for! On my clinical observations I had an interesting experience.  I watched 8 adjustments, and I had an experience I want to share with you.

So the first few adjustments were like typical ones I have been exposed to, where the doctor feels your spine through your shirt and delivers the adjustment through the shirt.  Well, the one student intern I followed did it much different!  This student intern put the patients in a gown, examined the skin, measured the heat difference of the spine from left to right, looked for changes in the texture of the skin, looking for slight changes in the muscle tone, and feeling for joint restriction.  I was absolutely amazed because I had never seen such a thorough exam.  I know there are a TON of different techniques, but this really made sense to me.

As chiropractors we remove subluxations. Well, as a doctor or student intern how do you know if you have found a subluxation? By a restricted joint alone?  Well if we remove subluxations, which cause nerve interference, how is it that that the only finding would be joint fixation?

If a subluxation interferes with the mental impulses from the brain to the body, or body to the brain, isn’t there a way to measure or detect this nervous system interference?  I think so!

If subluxations affect the nervous system and keep it from functioning at 100 percent, then it is our job as chiropractors to solve the mystery of where and how the nervous system has decreased function.  From my clinical observation, I saw how the body can leave subtle clues!

If the physiology is altered, it can causes changes in the skin: such as color change, a skin blemish, patch of greasy or dry skin, swelling, hot or cool patches of skin, muscle tightness or fatigue, and altered motion in the joint.

This makes what we do a bit more challenging, but a whole lot more exciting!  It is neat to see how the highly specific adjustments we deliver to remove a subluxation can alter the human physiology from the outside. Now, just IMAGINE what is going on inside the body!

Chiropractic is an amazing thing. Never doubt the power the body possesses to heal itself if the interference is removed. From this experience in the clinic, I discovered how important it is to be as specific as I can.

I feel that it would be an injustice to my patient if I didn’t take a few extra moments to examine their external physiology.

One of my favorite epigrams on campus that reminds me of this topic is “Chiropractic is specific, or it is nothing!” So my challenge to you is, whatever you choose to do, be specific, and be the best you can be! 

Stacia Kampenschneider, 6th trimester student
Davenport Campus

Some thoughts on the power of innate

The other day, when I was giving a campus tour to a young woman and her family, the father asked me “Why is it that chiropractors think they can cure everything with an adjustment?” While I was slightly caught off guard by this question, because it is not a typical question you get while giving campus tours, I felt it would be a great example to share with more prospective students as to why our founders felt that chiropractic could “cure” so many things.

Two of the most influential people in chiropractic history are D.D. and B.J. Palmer, and if you read their writings from the early 1900s you will see a great amount of reference to innate intelligence. Before coming to Palmer, I had no clue what this was, but it’s a very simple thing you are already very familiar with.

So let me explain!

If you cut your finger what happens? A scab forms and it heals! Did you have to take a pill to heal the cut? Did you have to tell your body to heal it? No, your body knew to heal it without you having to do anything or even think about it. What about when you eat food? How does your body know how to break down food and convert it into energy to use? Do you have to tell your body to do that? No, you were born knowing how to digest food without telling your stomach how to do it. These are two examples of innate intelligence: your body knowing exactly how to function without you telling it how to, and you were born with that ability!

So what does this have to do with chiropractic? Well, this innate intelligence can be disrupted through various types of thoughts, traumas, and toxins causing your body to function at less than 100% of its potential. Messages are constantly being sent to and from the brain. When these messages are disrupted your body is not able to function at its optimum potential, in chiropractic we call this a subluxation. When your body is functioning less than its potential, it may cause symptoms like pain, indigestion, constipation, cold or rash — or you may not even know it.

Chiropractors evaluate the body, spine, and nervous system to determine if there is anything causing a disruption of the messages being sent between the brain and body. If there is subluxation or interruption in that message, a specific chiropractic adjustment is given to remove that nerve interference. (You will learn physiologically what takes place in the body after an adjustment at Palmer.) So, the messages between the brain and body can be sent without interference and so the body can function at 100%.

When the messages between the brain and body are flowing without interference, you will express health because your body will be able to adapt and heal. So what if the message between the brain and body was interfered when you cut your finger? Would it take the cut longer to heal? Would it be more susceptible to infection? Or would another part of the body work overtime to heal it properly without you ever noticing? Now what if the brain and body message to your stomach was interrupted? Could you experience acid reflux, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, or vitamin/mineral deficiencies due to malabsorption?

So can chiropractic cure anything? What is chiropractic really doing? With a chiropractic adjustment, the interference is being removed so the brain and body can communicate and innate can function at 100%. So I think the real question is, what is the potential innate has? If nerve interference is removed does innate have the potential to cure or heal anything? I don’t think anyone really knows!

Stacia Kampschnieder
6th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Starting year two

As I start into my second year of chiropractic school here at Palmer, I cannot believe I have completed one whole year already. I feel like it was yesterday when I moved to Davenport to start school. I remember being so nervous and worried about if I could actually do this. I knew that I had it in my heart, but I was still so unsure about my ability.

I would be lying if I said the first year was easy.  It was very challenging.  But with all the support from staff and friends at Palmer and the PASS tutorial program I made it!

I knew the moment I stepped onto Palmer’s Davenport campus it was the perfect choice for me.  During those super-hard classes and crazy test schedules, I was still thankful to be a Palmer student. Out of all the schools that I toured, Palmer was the only one that seemed to fit my needs. I want to thank all everyone who has supported me along the way and continued to encourage and motivate me, I appreciate it!

Stacia Kampschnieder, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus