My second adjustment!

I got one more adjustment under my belt! This time in thoraco-lumbar class.

Today was “find it and fix it” day where we did a work up on our classmates thoracic and lumbar regions to see if there was any fixation. We worked in a group of three and all of us got to adjust. It is always nice having adjusting days because it’s a good reminder of why we are here and what we’ve worked so hard for.

You always get little extra pieces of advice from the professors on how to improve your adjustment when you are actually giving an adjustment. It’s hard for them to really critique you or give you pointers when you’re just doing a set-up.

What’s good about the Technique classes I have this tri is that we have adjusting days sporatically throughout the trimester, so we don’t have to wait until the end of the trimester to finally get to adjust. I didn’t get the adjustment on my first try. I thrusted too soon, but I was able to get it on the second thrust.

The more and more confident and comfortable we get with each other and in our abilites to adjust it seems the easier it is to be successful in our attempts. Although having someone watch what I’m doing and critquing me still makes me slightly nervous. I have come along way since day one of palpation when we were even too nervous to touch anyone. I remember my hands shaking uncontrollably while trying to find structures and motion out segments. Now I don’t give it any extra thought; just have to jump right in, and the nerves are all gone. I thought I would never get to this point, and here I am. And within four months, I’ll be taking care of real patients in the student clinic. Oh, how first trimester seems like yesterday …


My new adjusting table is here!

My new adjusting table!

My new adjusting table!

Yesterday I picked up the adjusting table I ordered from the Bookstore! It is the prettiest shade of purple.

I had to recruit some people to help me walk it over to my apartment because the box was heavier and bigger than I could handle. I took it to my apartment on my 9:20 a.m. break and didn’t get home until 5 p.m. because of zumba, so I didn’t get to open it until I got home.

I walked through the door and started tearing through the box just to look at it. I was able to get it set up in my bedroom because it wouldn’t fit any where else in my small apartment. It barely fits in my bedroom, but obviously I’m willing to squeeze around it so I can look at it every day.

I took a picture and sent it to everyone so they could share my excitement, and I had a couple people say, “That’s really pretty, but what is it?”

Once you’re here for a while you forget the outside world doesn’t understand some of the things we forget is pretty specific to our profession. Then, of course, once you get here everyone likes to ask us to adjust them … and showing everyone my new table only increased that request, even though I have numerous times explained that we are not allowed to adjust outside of the clinic. I assured them they can come see me in the clinic soon enough. As exciting as that is, it is also frightening!

What it feels like to give an adjustment

Yesterday my Cervicals partner got to do a full work-up on me and adjust me for the first time. She was not able to adjust in Toggle because her partner was not in pattern, which is essential for upper cervical care. Being “in pattern” means that whenever you run a scan on a titron, the results come out the same on more than one day. So this was her very first adjustment, and I was more than happy to be her patient.

Since I wasn’t able to explain my first cervical adjustment to you on Monday, I asked her if she would share with me how she felt while she performed her very first adjustment. She was more than happy to share that experience with you today. Here is what she told me:

So how I felt about giving you an adjustment … all the work leading up to it made me excited and a little nervous. I was really hoping that I did everything right, and that I could accurately motion out a truly subluxated segment.

Then when it came down to which technique to use, I was like, “Oh, crap, I hate cervical chair, especially with the #6 contact point.” Then when I set up on you and you told me I had good contact, it really boosted my confidence! So then I was like, yeah, I can do this! And then when I brought you to tension and was about to thrust, I was like, “Oh, crap (again), I hope I still have good contact.” I was really scared that I was gonna sting you and just make things worse with the subluxation (so I hope you weren’t lying when you said it was fine!). But it was nice to be able to thrust twice, even though I didn’t really get the segment to move.

Afterwards, it was great to have feedback from you and Dr. Hynes. I couldn’t tell during the whole thing how well she thought I was doing, but it was very reassuring at the end when she said I was thorough and did a good job. Now I feel more like a soon-to-be doctor, and it’s fantastic! You were an awesome patient!

She couldn’t have said it any better. I felt just about the same way with my first adjustment. At first you’re really nervous because you’re not sure you’re doing it right. Then you pump yourself up and you’re like, “Yeah, I can totally do this!” Then you get ready to thrust, and you’re right back to thinking, “Oh no! I’m not sure I can this.” In the end you are always able to do it. It’s what we are trained to do and we are trained very well.

You work all trimester to lead up to this point, and it makes the whole trimester and first year leading up to these opportunities worth it. You get fired up and remember why your here. Hopefully I will have another story of adjusting on Wednesday when I will hopefully be able to give it another shot, because after all, that’s what I came here to do and what I enjoy talking about!


Improve your vision with a board

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Some friends and I got together to create vision boards. If you haven’t heard of a vision board, it’s a poster board where you put pictures, drawing or words of things you hope to accomplish within the next few years. You can do incriments of years, starting within the next year, then five years and 10 years. It gives you a grounding to envision what you want out of your life and where you want to be. It helps put into perspective why you are here and what you are working towards. With a visual of the things you want to accomplish, it makes it easier to acccomplish those things. A lot of people believe there are things they wouldn’t have been able to do had it not been on their vision board, reminding them to keep working hard to achieve their goal.

So what I’m telling you is to make one! Make one now and have it set to what you would like to accomplish while you’re here and for once you get out of here. My vision board has mostly pictures of places I want to visit, animals I would like to see or hug, animals I would like to own, things I want to bring to my practice and words I want to live by. I, of course, have a graduation cap and wedding stuff on there, too, for my short-term vision.

I have mentioned a couple times before that you’ll need reminding while you’re here of what you are working towards and why you are working so hard. A vision board is the perfect reminder of that and to help you keep your eye on the prize.




Guest post: Why I get passionate about Chiropractic

(Guest post by current student Mike Lynch)

This is why I get so passionate about Chiropractic.

I’ve had the opportunity to shadow many docs and screen a lot, and it’s truly a life changing experience because it has made me more convicted in what we do as Chiropractors. I definitely know many students do, but I’m not sure if quite everyone realizes the truth that we know can literally save and change lives. If you don’t believe me, I’ll take you screening with me and you’ll see exactly how sick people are and how desperate most of them are for a change.

Your 2 hands, your 2 Pisiforms will change more freaking lives than any pill, potion or lotion will ever have the ability to do. Stop watering it down and speak life and truth into people. People are looking for what we know because they not only need to hear it, they deserve to hear it. Stop playing small and be anchored in The Principle … people will never anchor to an unanchored mind.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a HUGE vision, he had a dream and he was anchored in his beliefs. People didn’t follow him for him, they followed him for his vision and dream. He didn’t have an “I have a plan” speech, he had an “I have a dream” speech. People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it … they may not even buy YOU, but they’ll buy your vision.

We are the one of the sickest countries in the world, but we spend the most on “health care” and have the “best” medical technologies that are available. We are 5% of the world’s population and use over 50% of prescribed drugs … yes, drugs. Drugs are now the #1 accidental killer in the United States with a majority being properly prescribed drugs. Our system kills more people per week than 4 jumbo jets crashing, and you never hear about it.

I’ve read some things about how some D.C.s want to expand our scope of practice, and I’ve read others who are just money hungry. I know I haven’t been in the trenches yet seeing people every single day, but I know for sure that the amount of money you make is directly proportional to the number of lives you change/save. Therefore, find your purpose, get out there and tell the truth and find people. You are doing this amazing profession a disservice if you’re in it for the money. If you want job security, go be a barber or a cabby because everyone needs a haircut and everyone needs a ride. However, those things don’t matter. What we do as Chiropractors matters.

Does everyone need a Chiropractor? Heck yes they do, but not if they are going to be a drug pusher. These people in our communities need to be taught how amazing their own bodies are and how to change and improve their lifestyles instead of giving them a drug. Our bodies heal from Above Down Inside Out. There is no other way. Your body needs no help, just no interference. Get adjusted, eat right, work out, minimize your toxins and watch your health improve without the use of drugs. You are no good to God, your family, your friends, etc., if you’re sick or dead.

It’s not about your tests and grades, it’s about becoming the doctor that people respect and admire and can lead them to the truth. Good is the enemy of great. Quit thinking things are too hard and start preparing yourself to handle everyone else’s problems on top of your own. You are the one! People need you at your best. You are not a student, you are a world changer in the making. Quit thinking that you need to shrink so others can be seen.

Be bold so others have greatness to pattern. Become the doctor that can lead others, and the others will come running to you. You are a champion, a warrior, a hero! The world needs you. They are dying for the truth (quite literally). Now is the time to lead. Quit thinking like a student and start thinking like the doctor who’s going to save the world!

– Mike Lynch, 7th tri student, Davenport Campus

Today I talk about following your dreams …

New blog from Iowa …

Every human being on the planet wants to be happy. Anything that anyone desires is because they think their desire will make them happy. Whether it is health, money, a loving relationship, material things, accomplishments, a job, or anything at all, the desire for happiness is the bottom line of all of them. But remember that happiness is a state inside of us, and something on the outside can only bring fleeting happiness, because material things are impermanent.

Find your joy, and all else follows.

Permanent happiness comes from you choosing to be permanently happy. When you choose happiness, then you attract all the happy things as well. The happy things are the icing on the cake, but the cake is happiness.

I’m proud to say, ‘I’ AM LIVING PROOF’ that with hardwork and determination ‘YOU’ can fulfill your dreams and goals. Make your mistakes, learn from them, and enjoy the journey toward your goals.

I told everyone for years, that I would be a doctor, and now I’m living in Iowa attending the best chiropractic school in the country. Working toward the next chapter in my Book of Greatness. Those who know me, know the pain and struggles I endured to be here, and for these lifes lessons, I’m forever grateful …. lesson learned life, thank you.

Palmer College of Chiropractic Student and Future Physician.


New kid in town

(originally posts on Palmer’s Student Blog 12/28/12)

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is William Fleetwood, and I will be new to the (Davenport) area as of February and will be attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in March. I’ve been asked to document my journey while attending Palmer and even into the future as a practicing physician. By doing, this I plan to give a different prospective through my point of view and sharing it with others (such as you all).

I’ve spent the last year shadowing a Davenport Campus alumnus here in Florida, and gaining much insight and knowledge into what it takes to run a practice. I’m 44 days from my move to Iowa now, and I’m equally as excited as much as I am nervous about coming North. I’ve never seen snow, so this whole winter thing will be a first for me in its true meaning. I have much to share with you all, so stay tuned for my postings.

Thank you for your time today – PEACE OFF!

– William Fleetwood, future Palmer student