Beep Beep Beep… The ridiculous noise is coming from my alarm
clock and as I reach for the '5 more minutes button' it reads:
4:30am Saturday morning. Blaaa. Two things: it means I got about 4
hours of sleep after Friday night's Tri Mixer; and it also means
time to drive to Davenport, Iowa, (Palmer Chiro College) for a
Lumbo Pelvic Seminar.
First Tri Mixer
If you're wondering how I calculated my ridiculous 'math'
equation above, I think it is appropriate to start with the Tri
Mixer. I'm supposed to write this blog towards a prospective
student of National, so I'll give a quick explanation before the
good stuff. First Tri Mixer is a party held on the 2nd Friday of
each new trimester and is designed, I believe, mainly for the first
tri students to have a fun night out, but the whole school is
invited, so it ends up being a blast. They held it at Rita's (a
dance club/bar) not far from National the last two tris.
I had a blast at the last one, however my game plan changed for
this one. Given the impending early wakeup call, I opted for a long
pre-mixer with a bunch of my friends at Tricia's house (shout out
to all my friends :), and just dropped them off at Rita's so they
could save money on a cab (yes, I was the DD) and so I could
function somewhat the next day - after all, a chiropractic
adjustment is a high velocity / LOW amplitude impulse and you need
some sleep to do that!
Iowa and the Father
This was my second seminar sponsored by National so far and
definitely a different breed from the Lower Quadrant one last tri.
"Lumbar Spine & Pelvis Analysis & Adjustive Technique" was
the full name of the seminar at a venue right next to Palmer CC in
Davenport, Iowa, with Dr. Leonard Faye, who many call the 'Father'
of the Motion Palpation Institute as the instructor.
Dr. Faye has been practicing for 50 years and pioneered a more
functional view of the spine and the idea of a Modern Chiropractic
Movement. To elaborate, in his intro presentation, which is one of
the best talks I've witnessed, he spoke about how the BOOP (bone
out of place) theory is complete crap (for lack of a better term).
He went on to quote study after study that show that although the
adjustments work, they work for different reasons than we thought
in the past.
He explained that we have to evolve our thinking, because most
of the public and some chiropractic schools (National not being
one) still believe that a subluxation is literally a bone moved
'out' of place. To grossly over-summarize, a subluxation is not a
BOOP, it is a joint segment/articulation that is hypomobile or
restricted. The whole basis of Motion Palpation's teachings is to
palpate the segments that don't move well and adjust them
accordingly so the body can readapt to a properly functioning
structure. It's that simple, the scientific literature backs it and
more importantly it WORKS PHENOMENALLY, and the general population
and MD's are noticing.
Seminar Treats and Bucket List Crossing
Saturday night we went out with some students from Palmer and
Dr. Faye to a favorite local restaurant. Get this: Their drink
special was a BACON Bloody Mary. I almost fell out of my seat. A
Bacon Bloody Mary??? Quickly seizing the opportunity to combine my
favorite food and an epically unique experience to add (and
subsequently cross off) my bucket list, I ordered one! When in
Iowa… do as the Iowans do! To add to the amazing food, I had the
pleasure of sitting next to Dr. Faye himself and got to share
stories about hockey (He's from Canada, eh'!) and pick his brain on
philosophies, practice building, and life in general. Definitely a
memorable weekend and an experience I will draw upon for years to
Philosophy 102: Confessions of a 2nd
On the ride back from Iowa, Erick and I (Ben passed out in the
back lol) were engaged in a variety of topics from the Food Inc.
movie (rent it now) to "Return on Education" to
All that philosophizing inspired me to say this: For all you
future (and younger, current) National students out there, my
advice to you is this… DO EXTRACURRICULAR STUFF. Period. You want
to be good? Go to National. Want to be great? Go to National and
apply yourself to extra skills outside of your requirements. You
don't have to take my inexperienced word for it, take Dr. Faye's
word for it. He's been successfully practicing for 50 years and has
been on a mission to make students (and docs) better by giving them
additional information than they are not taught at chiropractic
school to help them earn a professional income. I will say that
National does a better job than the rest of the schools and I don't
know if that will rub people the wrong way, but hey, it's my
Deep Thought of the Day
So what do you want out of your future life? Do you want to be
Great? Average? Some do and that's totally fine. If you want more…
do more, practice more, shadow more, study more, learn more.
EVOLVE. Evolve into the MODERN Chiropractor.
Dr. Faye talked ad nauseam about the Modern Chiropractic
'Movement' that's going on right now and how we can be a part of
it. A modern chiropractor has tools the general public has never
seen before. They're NOT here to just go CRACK, CRACK, okay you're
done, 40 bucks please. The Modern Chiropractor is evidenced based,
reads the literature, understands that effective patient care is a
left-brained science with right-brained compassion artfully
sprinkled in. We are in it an exciting time in all our lives where
the sky quite literally is the limit.
I will leave you with a great quote from one of the top
chiropractic students I know, "If I'm already going to spend a ton
of money on school, I'd rather leave school with the extra skills
that will differentiate me and make me (and my practice) great with
150k in debt than have 140k in debt and just be good." Make no
mistake, National is the Harvard of alternative medicine and WILL
make you Good, but to be Great, look within and ask what you are
capable of… my bet is more than you think!