Learning to palpate

Students learning to palpate in class.

Students learning to palpate in class.

We had a great night at the sorority house with Technique Night! There are six pledges this trimester and it’s great getting to know all of them. Only three are first-trimester students. I’ve met a lot of great friends through the house, even only being in Davenport for a few months.

That night we worked on palpating different cervical and pelvic landmarks. We haven’t worked on palpating cervicals in palpation class yet, so it’s nice to get some extra hands-on to find these landmarks. Different clubs and organizations will work on palpation to help students get their hands more familiar and sensitive to finding these landmarks.

One of the pledges is in 8th trimester and was willing to let me palpate her cervicals since she does this all day long. It was great getting paired up with someone who knows what she’s looking for and how to test the motion to make sure I was in the correct location. We also worked on listings, which was very new to me. I always hear about them but wasn’t exactly sure how they worked with what I was feeling!

We ended the palpation with pelvic landmarks, which was really helpful since I have my palpation exam tomorrow. I was able to find the PSIS, sacral ala, ischial spine, ischial tuberosity, and more! Any extra hands-on work is always helpful because I find you never know who you could be palpating during your exam, so just becoming more confident is important!


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.


Welcome to Jen, one of our new bloggers!

By week three of classes, the quizzes already started! I’ve been told this past summer break was longer than normal, which was four weeks. This was my first summer break starting at Palmer, and normally they summer breaks are three weeks long. The first two weeks back at school were a little hard getting back into the swing of things after spending the past month in Wisconsin with my family. But it feels good to be back and on a regular schedule.

Last trimester I joined the only sorority on campus, Sigma Phi Chi. With Homecoming just around the corner, we had to gear up the house for all of the visitors and graduated sisters to come back. I’m excited to be a part of Homecoming and see what it all has to offer! Stay tuned to see my posts within the next few days regarding Homecoming events I attend!

During the last weekend in Davenport there were the Bix and RAGBRAI events. There were bands downtown Friday and Saturday night, which was a nice break from studying and good to get out with some fellow classmates. Friday night we saw the band Electric Shock, which played AC/DC songs. I’m a big fan of AC/DC, so I thought the show was great!

I’m excited to share my journey with all of you!