Summer is almost here!

Harry Potter Diagon Alley

Harry Potter Diagon Alley

Last weekend was the final weekend for my soft tissue elective. We focused on learning Graston soft tissue technique. It’s working the soft tissue with the help of an instrument. There are six really cool instruments you use to work the soft tissue around the area looking for adhesions or tight muscles and working those things out.

It was a really great seminar, and we had a lot of fun. I’m excited to have that asset under my belt, and I’m really excited to be able to start doing it in the clinic. Eventually, I’m going to invest in a set of my own tools. Sunday after class I took a small break and went to my friend’s pool and got a lovely sunburn, so the last couple of days have been a little rough.

Today I took my last practical of the trimester! This means I’m one step closer to finals and summer! This summer, along with doing a few days of job shadowing in an office, I am heading to Florida to see the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I am ready for a vacation, some rest and relaxation before starting clinic and being extremely busy! I will also be scrambling to get stuff done for my wedding, including dress shopping! So maybe I won’t be doing a lot of relaxing.  The rest of the week consists of studying.

Thursday is our study day, so no classes just lots and lots of studying. Friday kicks off finals, which also means goody bags and treats! The best part of finals!

-Allisha

I decide to join the softball team

Softball players

See these ball players who know what they’re doing? They’re not me. 🙂

This weekend, aside from the soft tissue elective, I also signed up to be on our class softball team! Saturday night was our first game.

We felt pretty lucky because it had been a really nice day it was warm we figured that it’d be great weather for the game.We played at 8 p.m., and it had gotten incredibly windy by the time we were suppose to play. You could see the dirt on the field blowing in the wind. But regardless of wind and temperature, we were going to play!

While we were all freezing, we started the game. And it started off pretty well. I should probably tell you, I’m not very athletic. The last time I participated in a team sport, besides cheerleading, was 5th grade, and I’d never played softball. I’m pretty sure before Saturday I had never even held a softball.

So being as I had never played before, I was appointed team catcher. I was apprehensive because I wasn’t too cool with the idea of the ball basically being thrown at me, but my team assured me that’s not how softball works so I took the position.

Turns out I am decent at being a catcher, besides having to use my whole body to throw the ball back to the pitcher (it made it to him most of the time). The other times I’m going to blame on the wind.

Anyway, at some point we were even winning the game! Then (I’m going to blame it on the wind again) it seemed like every ball that was thrown was not to the batter, and a lot of the other team were able to walk. Somehow we had gotten pretty far behind, but it was okay because we were up to bat and it was last bat and we could have come back from it! Except we didn’t. We lost 13-6.

The game was called either to weather or time limit, and we had to accept our loss. Regardless of the loss, we had a really good time. And for my first time ever playing softball, I’d say it was a success. I mean I made it around the bases once, so I’m taking that as a success story.

It was a lot of fun. Even if you’ve never played or you’re not that good it’s something fun to do and you should join a team! Just beware if you’re not very athletic like myself and you’ve never played softball before be prepared to be incredibly sore the next day. Good thing I had that soft tissue elective the next day, because I was struggling to move the next morning.

Clinic observations start next week!

The entrance to the student clinic, the Campus Health Center.

The entrance to the student clinic, the Campus Health Center.

(Note: This post is from last week)

It was nice to be able to take some time for family and relaxing during our long weekend (Easter). These next couple of weeks are generally pretty mild. I’ll need to use them to catch up on projects and homework assigments. It seems that you don’t really have homework or assigments until you get into the upper trimesters.

Tonight is Zumba again! I am quite proud of myself for actually only missing once since it has been offered this trimester. I remembered spine and go seek this week also!

This weekend is the first weekend for the soft tissue elective I am taking so I will be in class from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, but it should be really interesting. I am excited to be able to start taking electives. I think next trimester I am going to try and take Thompson and Activator. It’s starting to hit me that I really don’t have much time left here, so I need to start soaking up and learning everything I can.

We just went over dress code and requirements for our observations we have to do in the student clinic. Observations start next week! It has come so quickly, it’s hard to believe that next trimester I will be taking care of patients.

I was looking at my schedule for the rest of the trimester and I couldn’t believe April was almost over. And I realized how quickly this trimester is coming to an end! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it still feels like just yesterday that I moved to the Quad Cities. Doesn’t usually feel like it during the first year, but once you’re preparing to go into Level 1 Clinic, you look back and all you can think is, “Wow! That really did go fast.”

I think I will go buy my clinic jacket this week!

Soft tissue elective

This weekend was the first weekend for the advanced soft tissue elective I am taking this trimester. We were in class all day Saturday and Sunday learning various soft tissue techniques and appropriate clinical assessments for our future patients.

Generally when you’re told you’re going to be in class 8+ hours on a Saturday and Sunday your first thought is, “This is going to be a super long weekend and not in the way most of us want a long weekend to be.” Surprisingly, the time went very quickly. Although the first half of the class was more of a review from PT, it seemed we actually were getting more hands-on and working with our palpation skills. And actually doing some soft tissue stuff made Saturday go a lot quicker than expected. It was pleasant because we were to be in class longer on Saturday. We only got a little bit of hands-on on Saturday working mostly with the lower extremities.

It was a lot of fun, until you became the patient. Soft tissue work is effective but also quite painful. We were working with muscle adhesions and tight muscles, and the techniques we use aren’t exactly massages. They are digging into the muscle and really breaking down the barriers. Sunday, we did a lot more hands-on and covered all sections of the body. It seemed like each section we moved to just continued to be more and more sore, but it was definitely worth it because 9 hours later, I am no where near the amount of sore I was this morning before we started any type of soft tissue work. I haven’t checked, but there is a possibility I could be bruised! At the time of the treatment you’re cursing the person working on your muscles, believing there’s no way possible this is helping but it’s amazing how instantly you can see the results after a few minutes of having some soft tissue done on you. After I would get up and walk around I could tell my muscles weren’t as tight, and I had better range of motion and just all over generally felt better as a whole.

I really recommend this elective. It is only two weekends out of the trimester, and you come away with some really great information. The second half of the course isn’t until the last weekend in May, and we’re going to be learning Graston technique. I have heard really great things about Graston. People have really good results with it, but I hear it is quite a bit more painful than using your hands and doing soft tissue work, so we will see if I actually cry next time! No pain no gain!