This is our last blog of the fall trimester, which means
CHRISTMAS BREAK IS UPON US! I have 3 finals this week and 5 next
week, and then I'm on a plane back to Boston! I'm incredibly
excited to see my family, see some old friends, and work on a few
side projects (more on this below).
I often get asked, "Christian, where are the best places to
live? I'm new and I'm from out of town." SHAMELESS PLUG: I live in
a sweet house right across the street from campus and my two 10th
tri roomies are graduating and becoming docs--which means I have 2
open rooms for rent! Rent is $550 and it's a way better deal than
taking an apartment in the area for $800+. If you're a student or
incoming student and need a place to live, EMAIL ME: CMCARROLL2@gmail.com.
Anyways, back to school.
Functional Movement Screens
If you have
never heard of Gray Cook and you're interested in doing some rehab
or reducing injuries or pain in your office (yes, that should be
all chiros), you need to check out his new book, Movement:
Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective
Strategies. It is a big book on functional movement
There are natural movements that normally functioning
(biomechanically efficient and pain-free) humans can perform. Cook
ingeniously lays out the way to assess, score and correct muscular
imbalances. Although he is a physical therapist, it is
groundbreaking for manual medicine practitioners because he gives a
baseline on where you need to be looking. Treat the dysfunction,
not the pain.
As Dr. Rich Ulm used to say to us in first tri, "He who treats
the site of pain is lost and so are his patients." Very powerful
stuff. Of course, chiros have a few different toolsets to impart in
fixing dysfunctions. All professionals have the goal of getting the
patient out of pain and into the proper motion pattern as fast as
possible. Gone are the days of "3 times a week for the remainder of
your life." Chiropractors need to shake that negative image.
Getting superior results is a good start.
I bought Movement as my Christmas present to
myself. Nerdy? Yes. Do I care? Nope! I live for this stuff.
Study hard and enjoy your break! I'll see you in 2012 if the
world doesn't end! ;)