The Movies Do It. TV Does It. Why Don’t You Do It?

“This is the day of dramatization. Merely stating a truth isn’t enough. The truth has to be made vivid, interesting, dramatic. You have to use showmanship. The movies do it. Television does it. And you will have to do it if you want attention.”                      – Dale Carnegie

This statement rings true of the Chiropractic Profession. We are “not” just “back doctors.” As Chiropractors, we have access to more systems in the body than any other practicing physician with the touch of a hand. We focus our attention on hours of extremely rigorous training, research, studying and technique practice to understand the complexities of the human body. Although we may access the the body most often through the spine, we are affecting the human body and all of its entities.

We are at a great time  within our profession. As the population is now leaning towards preventive medicine, we can show the rest of the world how Chiropractic is advantageous to all systems within the body. The efforts in research continue to scientifically support chiropractic as a means to improvement of health and function overall.

It is time to start thinking BIG, as B.J. Palmer once did, and show the world “Awesome” Chiropractic.

– Jennifer Katzer

The power of proof

Finally, from the 5th trimester, we have opportunities to take elective classes as long as we meet the prerequisites.

We get to take specific technique classes that are not the part of the Palmer package, and I had a great opportunity to take an upper-cervical technique class called Atlas Orthogonal. This “AO” technique uses an instrument to adjust, and was created by the founder Dr. Roy Sweat. Dr. Sweat wanted to create an instrument that would give same positive outcomes to every patient, since adjustments can vary for everyone and even within oneself.

One of the foremost things I loved about this class was the amount of research that was done by AO doctors. Many doctors who came over to the Palmer to teach us about AO were involved in many research projects. They wanted to show people that chiropractic works, and in order to prove it, we need scientific proof and written documents.

Also, they wanted to show what they do visually, so they have set up a protocol to take pre- and post-X-ray film. They take post-films immediately after the first adjustment. These post films not only gave them information about the treatment given, but also helped the doctors to set up the treatment plan for each individual. Many patients showed remarkable improvements after single adjustments, regaining their curves back in their cervical immediately. There were cases that required prolonged and numerous treatments, and later on showed improvements. There were cases with patients with Bell’s Palsy and acute torticollis with incredible results.

Also, pictures of patient’s posture and leg lengths pre- and post-treatment were taken to show the patients that there are improvements. It was amazing to see the power of chiropractic, and the power of the upper-cervical system.

This research and actual visual proof of the effects of adjustments are not only necessary for the future of the chiropractic, but to spread the word about chiropractic to many of those who do not know about this profession.

I thought that the classes were amazing, and it would be great if more chiropractic offices would take visual proofs about what they do for both the doctors and the patients. We all know that chiropractic works and about the power of the chiropractic, but if we can show the others who are not familiar with the chiropractic, why not do more research and record proofs about our outcomes and move our professions forward?

Yoon Mi (Lisa) Kim
5th trimester student, Davenport Campus

My Homecoming

Homecoming was such a blast! I went to my first Palmer homecoming last August as a prospective student and it was tons of fun getting to attend this year as an actual Palmer student. Even more so because I was able to interact with the new prospective students – to hang out and share my experience with them, answer their questions, and pass on my enthusiasm as campus guides did for me last summer.

Homecoming festivities started for me on Wednesday with the opportunity to have lunch at Front Street Brewery with a Palmer alumnus from my home state, Washington! Sometimes I feel far from home out here in Iowa so it was exciting and refreshing to be able to spend that time with Dr. Houk, hear about his time as a student in Davenport and the great success he has had since graduating. Something so great about Palmer is the opportunities you have to meet with alumni and learn from their experience and there is no greater place than homecoming to take advantage of that!

I left from lunch at Front Street (which I totally recommend if you are looking for a great place to go out to eat!) to meet up with some friends from my class at the barbeque and talent show in the campus courtyard put on by student council. That was one of mine and my family’s favorite memories from last summer and again, it was fun to be there as a current student, recognize people participating in the talent show, and be able to hang out with all my friends. There was food and snow cones and cotton candy and tons and tons of fun!

The eventful weekend continued into the next morning for the official opening ceremonies of Homecoming 2011. I feel like opening ceremonies are a wonderful time for prospective, current and past students to come together, hear about what is going on in the world of chiropractic and to get re-fired or fired up about our incredible profession. I don’t feel like my excitement for chiropractic fades much, especially getting to be around it every day here at school, but I just LOVE hearing about the research being done to support my passion and the way that chiropractic is reaching the world today.

There is no place I would rather be than a student here at Palmer! I worked for years to get here and homecoming this year was just an affirmation of what I am doing here as a student and hope to be as a future doctor of chiropractic.

Also, if you don’t want to wait to visit Palmer until next Homecoming in August 2012, come to one of our prospective student events. We’re having a big Saturday Campus Visit on November 5. Hope to see you soon!

Devanni Partridge, 3rd Trimester
Davenport Campus