What heartbreak. In case you didn't know. I'm from the Boston
area, about 20 minutes from Foxborough, home of the Patriots'
stadium. I've been a die hard Patriots fan since I moved to New
England in 2000. I've ridden the ups (meteoric Super Bowl rises)
and downs (Brady's ACL surgery...2007...gulp).
To be honest, being a Patriots' fan has been an absolute blast
and we've been spoiled like an only child for a decade. Five Super
Bowl appearances in 11 years? Come on. That's like a Madden video
game on franchise mode when you start trading your draft picks for
All-Pro players. Video game analogies aside, I was ready to cheer
for our 4th Lombardi Trophy and cement the organization as one of
the best in professional sports history.
In case you were one of the 100 people in America that didn't
watch or hear the final score of the game, we lost (big sad face,
cough, hold back the tear...). I won't comment further, it's too
painful. It felt like I relived my nightmare from the exact same
scenario in 2007 when we left 4 minutes on the clock only to watch
helplessly as Eli Manning drove down the field on the worst defense
in the league and beat us like old puppets.
On to a lighter subject! The second Applied Kinesiology seminar
(of the 7 to get certified) was this weekend and Dr. Francis was on
his game again! I've NEVER been to a seminar where literally every
word out of his mouth was a 'clinical pearl.' I've been to the best
MPI seminars and seen world-class doctors talk. Nothing against
them, I loved those seminars, too, but they only look at structure
and can't really treat internal stuff. I love the internal stuff
and the structural stuff, so finding something like AK to treat
them both at the same time has been a godsend.
Realize that AK doesn't get a great rap at school simply because
nobody understands what the heck it is. Really--ask someone to
explain AK. No one can give you an accurate answer. We don't teach
it here but other schools I've spoken with are REQUIRED to take the
100-hour certification. I thought that was enlightening.
Opinions aside, after this seminar I now know how to treat:
- adrenal issues
- thyroid issues
- carpal tunnel
- tarsal tunnel
- compaction and sprain strain injuries
- skin disorders
- nutritional deficiencies, and
- the list goes on.
At the end of the day, I don't care WHAT you do. I care that you
find SOMETHING you're passionate about that's above the standard
NUHS curriculum--own it and get good at it. You owe it to your
profession and you owe it to your patients. Treat them how you want
to be treated and that's all you could ask for on this
Hope everyone's week goes well :)