Saturday was Rugby Day!

Kailey-rugby(written Saturday) Big weekend this weekend! We had a great game as a team. We worked together and supported each other and did the little things right, which led us to a big win and a shut-out! It was nice to be able to show the alumni how far women’s rugby has come, especially since we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year! Some of the Alumni who started this team were there, and I am sure it was exciting for them to get to watch us play well and get a win!

After the game, we always have a social with the other team to thank them for traveling to play us. It’s always fun to share food and drinks with other girls/women who just love rugby. We celebrated the game and then watched some of the men’s game before we all ran home to shower and dress up for the banquet dinner that night.

At the banquet, we heard many stories of the alum and their time here at Palmer and we recognizing those who are giving back to the trust foundation and who allow us to have all the things we do. We are so fortunate to be able to go to school and play this sport. To have the equipment and the staff and the resources we need provided to us by the alumni is a very special thing, and so recognizing them at the banquet was awesome! I’m so glad I actually got to thank some of them personally and hear their stories and advice. They are definitely a crazy bunch and provided a lot of entertainment for the evening.

Thanks again to all the alumni out there for your support, advice and kind words. It really is appreciated!



Mark it up!

Check out the spinous markings!

Check out the spinous markings!

Today in Palpation, we finally got to use our marking pencils and practice counting out the spinous processes. I feel like this is a skill that I will get to use every day in my career, and so it feels awesome to be getting to take this step in class and practice what technique works best for me.

The best thing about getting to do this in class is the variety of people to practice on. I get to palpate my roommates all the time, but I have gotten to know their bodies pretty well by now. So it’s nice to be in class and get to test out my tactile reception on some different backs. Some people are easy with very prominent features and some people are a little more difficult to feel everything on.

Today we were marking the inter-spinous spaces with a line, so everyone’s back had a bunch of lines all the way down at each of their inter-spinous spaces. Cervicals and thoracics tend to be easy to find regarding each spinous and its space, but down in the lumbars it gets a little trickier.

Once we had found all the spaces and had the correct number of spinouses counted up, we marked lines to where the transverse procceses would lie. If you didn’t know already, they are actually typically a little above where the spinous process would be for each segment. The transverse processes are the contact points for many adjustments, so it will be important to be able to find them and get to know where they are in relation to the spinous.

The transverse processes are not as easily palpable as the spinous processes, but you will know if you are on it by having one thumb on the spinous process and pushing on the transverse process to make the spinous move ever so slightly.

Overall it was a fun learning day in Palpation!



Clinic appointment

I had a clinic appointment today, and I realized this was something I hadn’t talked about yet! At Palmer, there’s a Campus Health Center, which is where students work on other students. It is basically a prep stage before going out and working on people in the real world. Somehow working on other students who know what you are going through, and at least understand that you are still learning, takes a little bit of pressure off, I would assume. Everyone has to start somewhere!

I enjoy going to my appointments. My intern is a really good friend of mine. so it’s nice to get a chance to see him and pick his brain each week on things that could help me out in class and watch and observe his successes in the clinic. It’s also a bit inspiring. To think, it won’t be that long until I am the one in the white coat, asking all the questions and making adjustments!

So what basically happens at my appointments is I check in, and my intern meets me in the waiting room then we head back to the exam rooms where he asks how I am feeling and does a lot of entering things into the computer. Then he will examine me (because I am a wellness patient, it’s usually a fairly quick check over), checking my range of motion in my neck and for any restrictions along my spine. Then he reports his findings, and the staff doctor comes in to check his work. Once the staff doctor agrees everything looks good, he will observe my intern performing the adjustments that he has decided to do and give feedback if it’s needed! Then I am free to go!

I can’t say I have ever been in to the clinic as often as I have been since becoming a student at Palmer. But I definitely feel a little more in tune with my body, noticing my posture and any imbalances I have or my gait pattern. I love learning about all this stuff, and I am looking forward to being able to piece it all together a little more each trimester!





womensrugby-3-14bI have had a few requests to write about rugby, since I’m on the women’s rugby team, so here goes nothing.

This is a hard topic to describe to those who have never heard of it or seen it played before. If I had to compare it to any sport, I guess I would pick football. The ball is similarly shaped but larger and has a more rounded point. There are two sets of players, forwards and backs, and then there’s tackling!  But the rules of the game and the way it is played are very different from football.

A “touchdown” in rugby is called a “Try,” and when you pass the ball it must always be passed backward (so the person you are passing to has to run onto it). But the aim of the game is to create space in order to get by the other team and place the ball down in the “Try-zone.”

There’s a lot more to explain, but I won’t confuse everyone with all the rules in between for now. Maybe I will progress this post and go into details about more rules in the future.  🙂

WomensRugby3-14I played rugby in high school, so getting back into it here at Palmer has been fun. I was definitely surprised there was a team when I got here. I can’t believe how much I forgot about the game and how fun it is to play! The women’s rugby team practices two times a week (on Tuesday and Thursday nights). It’s been a great way to meet some new girls who aren’t in my class and have some fun!

We have games coming up at the end of March, which I will keep you all in the loop on, and we always love and welcome any girls who want to play. You don’t even have to be a student at Palmer to play, so if you’re interested, come on out to practice!



The sun’s out!

Break out the shades and the Frisbees! It hit 55 degrees F today!

Break out the shades and the Frisbees! It hit 55 degrees F today!

Considering the winter we just had, it comes to no surprise the talk around Palmer today was all about the weather! I can proudly say I left my winter coat at home today 🙂 … and it felt amazing to not have to drag it around with me!

But for those of you who remember or who are still taking classes there you will understand when I say I was immediately regretting not having it at soon as I got to Gross 2 in W216. I completely forgot how cold that classroom was, and I sat pretty much numb through the entire class.  But that aside, it was a perfectly beautiful day at 13 degrees! (Or 55 for all you Americans.)

It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to a person! I really felt the attitude in the classroom and all throughout the school was a little more happy and enthusiastic than it typically is.

This will be my first spring/summer spent in Davenport or even in Iowa at all, so I am curious as to how the summers are. I have heard nothing but good things so far and can’t wait to check out the farmers market and all the festivals and outdoors patios I have been hearing so much about! Hopefully I can find a way to stay motivated and study during all the nice weather!

In the meantime, I am going to keep my guard up just in case we have another bout of cold weather.

Cheers, everybody!



SPIZZ Night – What the heck is spizz?

(written earlier in the day on Friday, the night of SPIZZ Night in Davenport)

According to B.J. Palmer (known as the Developer of chiropractic and whose dad, D.D., was the Founder), spizzerinctum refers to the enthusiasm for chiropractic. It's also an old word meaning "chutzpah, nerve or backbone." How fitting!

According to B.J. Palmer (known as the Developer of chiropractic and whose dad, D.D., was the Founder), spizzerinctum refers to the enthusiasm for chiropractic. It’s also an old word meaning “chutzpah, nerve or backbone.” How fitting!

Well, it’s that time again to put some spizz back in your step and get excited about chiropractic!

Spizz is a term that has many meanings and to me can’t quite be defined. They tell you it’s an enthusiasm for chiropractic and sharing it with others, but I think it’s more of a state of mind or a feeling.

You know when you’re a kid and people are always asking you what you want to be when you grow up and you always say something amazing like an astronaut or a princess. Well, when you are a kid you are thinking about living your dreams and having all the things you want and being happy and having fun at your job. And then as you get older you start realizing you have a choice to make. You can either settle for a job that will be supportive and reliable but may not your dream job, or you can reach for the stars and make your career from something you love doing! Well, spizz is something that reminds me of why I’m putting all this hard work in for. It reminds me of the reasons that I wanted to get into chiropractic and how I am choosing a career in something where I know I am going to be happy and excited to go to work!

SPIZZ Night is always a fun night (we have one at the beginning of each trimester). Free food, prizes and speakers who fill you with excitement and inspiration! I always leave the evening looking forward to the not-so-far off future when I will soon be graduating and deciding where and how I want to run a practice and putting all the things I am learning now into helping others.

All spizzed up and ready for the weekend!