“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.
We just began the second week of fall quarter and I must say it’s crazy to think that I’ve already completed one year here. It’s true what they say about how quickly it moves. I remember back in spinal palpation lab in first quarter, thinking that I would never be able to feel the structures we were asked to find. Everyone said that after a year our skills would improve dramatically. I’m sure it’s all relative, but I would have to agree that it’s amazing how much your hands-on skills improve over the course of your first year. It’s exciting to think how much more I will improve this coming year … and then a year from now it’s clinic time!
It was fun to welcome the new first quarter class last week at various events that were going on at school, such as SPIZZ Night, the all-school Welcome Assembly and the party that the 2nd quarter class always throws for the 1st quarter class. We are no longer the largest class on campus, and we also got to move into a larger room with a window! Small victories! As a Campus Guide, it was fun to see some of the prospective students I had on tours show up as a new students this quarter.
Currently, we 5th quarters have started the frantic rush of studying for our CCEP exam in three weeks. This test is a cumulative review of the material learned in our first year here at Palmer’s West Campus. It involves 14 stations: seven practical and seven written. We will be asked to perform clinical and adjusting skills, along with being asked to do basic diagnosis of common metabolic conditions, etc. It’s kind of overwhelming but at the same fun to review the information!
There are about 10 people from my class that are taking a 100-hour certification course in Applied Kinesiology with a local chiropractor. We have six sessions this quarter and six next quarter. Our first session was great and, while it makes for a long week, it is a great way to bring in a very different aspect to what we learn in school.
As for me, cross country season is in full swing with the team I coach, and we are hoping to have our boys’ team win their league meet in two weeks and move on to state! Here’s to a great fall quarter!