Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. The Patriots had a
nice win in overtime to start my week off on a good note. I forgot
to mention last Friday we had "Olympic style" Tri Games. Our tri
(6) won! The first time we've won since I've started! I think I
have like three 2nd place finishes, but our tri has never been able
to pull it out and win. Tri Games, for those that don't know, are
always a blast of fellow students and tris competing against each
other in flag football, kickball, dodgeball, or Olympics. With all
the studying we do here, it's nice to bond with other tris, get out
there and meet people, as well as declare rivalries.
This past Saturday, I attended a Gonstead Adjusting Seminar by
Dr. Solecki. Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in our profession and was
obsessed with precision, force vectors, disc planes, and overall
"setting bones" as good as one could hope to do! The Gonstead
clinic in Wisconsin is notorious for getting UNBELIEVABLE patient
outcomes and results, which ultimately made me curious in learning
more about the technique. Many people don't know Gonstead was
actually an engineer before he became a chiropractor, so he knew a
little about physics and mechanics!
My only beef with this school is they don't teach Gonstead
adjusting here. In fact, they bash it from time to time. I probably
got into trouble writing this, but it is my job to write about
topics in chiropractic at this school for current and prospective
students! Nevertheless, I love being adjusted by Gonstead docs
because the adjustment feels "clean" and they are extremely
specific with it. You see, original chiropractic literally means
specific contact with a specific line of drive on a specific bone.
So, if you adjust the whole lumbar spine with a drop, yeah it feels
good for 10 minutes, but is that true chiropractic? Just food for
thought. I always encourage people to ask the question, "why I am
doing this?" I digress, don't be a hater. Love the profession that
we are in and embrace the eclectic diversity that it has to offer;
you just might find something you really enjoy you wouldn't have
been exposed to!
Another random musing I've been working on is a powerpoint
presentation on how to fix the TMJ that I plan on showing to some
fellow students that have inquired about it. It's an extremely
fascinating joint, and one that goes overlooked because many people
believe we just adjust the spine!
With all the stress building from midterms, I propose a mini
challenge: Try NOT to complain about anything for 3 days. I'm
taking the plunge as I write this! Why? Imagine how you'll feel and
how your interactions with people will differ if you didn't start
your conversations with:
- "I'm so tired today!"
- "I feel terrible going into this test; there wasn't enough time
- "I hate studying."
- "Our professor didn't get grades up in 24 hrs."
- "Boards are coming up."
- "I'm stressed out" ... etc, etc, etc. You know what I
- "The material was tough, but I buckled down and we'll see how
it goes in there."
- Or for you nerds like me: "I never knew that gout was
exacerbated by taking aspirin!"
- "If I didn't study, I wouldn't have that knowledge to help my
It sounds corny, and it may not (and probably won't!) go like
that, but I'm just tired of negative people, so maybe this is a
projection of myself out into the world. But seriously people, keep