I've been meaning to write this article for a couple weeks for
the simple purpose that not that many people outside of National
know what the heck we do. In addition, not many people know the
massive trend that has been going on inside the DC profession to
morph into a "modern doctor" to meet and exceed this modern health
care problem of runaway chronic disease and pain.
Who this article is for:
Here's a model laid out by Dr. Mark King and the Motion
The moral of the story is chiropractors of the new "modern"
movement do A LOT. They address the human as a functional
system--focusing on what is wrong and fixing it--whether that is
musculoskeletal or biochemical or neurological.
If the patient has fibromyalgia you aren't getting them better
by crushing their spine all day. Sure, that will help gait the
pain, but if they aren't on the anti-inflammatory diet with
possibly vitamin D and fish oil, you aren't addressing the reason
they hurt everywhere. If they are instable at their right
sacroiliac joint, you aren't going to just blast it for temporary
relief. You are going to stabilize the core and the glutes with
rehab exercises and adjust the restrictions (possibly other SI) to
return correct motor patterns and reduce/eliminate pain.
That is what being a modern DC is all about, in my humble
opinion, of course. It's about having more tools in your "bag." At
the very core you should have:
You have to have at least those. Then I believe you should add
on skills to make sure you can treat that many more tough patients
that walk in your door and, more importantly, get your patients
better faster. That is the ultimate practice builder. Results.
So things like Kinesio Taping®, DNS, AK, nutritional counseling,
homeopathy, acupuncture, rehab, etc., etc. The list goes
You can't do everything, nor should you. Follow what makes sense
to you. Master what you love, and help change the world one
healthier patient at a time.
Take Care and God Bless,
Unbelievably, we have already finished 2 weeks of the summer
trimester. Thus far I have a great schedule and enjoy my
Viscera anatomy is definitely my favorite class so far because
we get to do "unreal" dissections. It's funny to think of kids
playing doctor and dreaming of one day doing exactly that. I wonder
if they ever would have dreamed it would require being wrist deep
in someone's chest cavity and scooping out lung fluid and cutting
out the heart? I for one didn't; but I think it's fun - in a way
only a fellow med student could appreciate!
There has been some campus chatter about whether or not the
profession (DC) should get basic prescription rights. Obviously,
the lack of drug therapy has been one of the profession's draws and
defining features. The argument is that we shouldn't deal drugs
because it contradicts our holistic approach to health care. READ:
We know heart disease isn't from a lack of Lipitor. :)
The other side--one that seems to be more in favor at National's
campus (especially by our president, Dr. Winterstein)--states in a
world with tight insurance budget cuts for chiropractic care and
numerous medical organizations slow to accept CAM professions, we
should embrace the opportunity to increase our scope of practice.
In addition, with the upcoming increase in the number of insured
people we (DCs) could have to step in and fill primary care
positions to ease the ever-thinning health care infrastructure.
Lastly, and perhaps my favorite argument for prescription rights is
that it gives chiropractic physicians the clinical right to take
patients OFF a drug if we feel they don't need it any more, or we
think it could be opted with a safer herb or supplement.
That is powerful, in my opinion.
Right now, if a patient walks in my office with 5-10
prescriptions, which isn't uncommon among the elderly, I merely
have to recognize it. If we do some type of nutritional
intervention and lifestyle adjustments, they won't need that many
anymore. But they can't stop because I say so; the MD that
prescribed them would them to take them off it. Considering our
relationships with MD colleagues, that presents a challenge in and
of itself. The DC polls seem to literally be split at 53% for, 48%
against, according to a Dynamic Chiropractic
magazine that I read. As always, we'll have to wait and see during
these interesting times.
My family and I at my grandma's surprise
Redoing My Lifting Study
On a fun note, I will be readjusting my lifting case study from
last trimester to try to gain 10-15 lbs. of lean mass in 10-15
days. I will push for 15 only if it looks like I will hit 10
easily, which will be hard. If you recall from my last study, I
gained 20 lbs. in 30 days. This time I will change my lift schedule
to help define whether it was mostly what I ate or how I trained
that moved the results needle so far. I've been purposely lifting
only once a week for about 10 min. to keep the muscle, yet I have
definitely lost a few pounds through my legs because I don't lift
them any more. I did this because I started to get skinny jeans as
I added 2.5 inches to my thighs! If you know me, that isn't my
style and I didn't feel like buying new clothes so removing leg
pressing from the equation was the natural progression.
If there are any Boston fans out there reading this, GO
This past week finally was the last week I had to study for
midterms. It's been a long 2.5 weeks and I'm about as burnt out as
you can be, which definitely cost me a few productive hours of
studying for neurophysiology. Nonetheless I'm uber excited for the
upcoming St. Patty's Day weekend. A bunch of us are going into the
city to do something called the 'bar crawl'? I believe it's because
they expect people to have to crawl from bar to bar at the end
because all the green frothy beverages caught up with them. I'm
really just excited to share some laughs and see the Chicago River
This week was the first time I've ever been to the naturopathic
clinic on campus; it's always good to expand your borders. They
bring another view to the world of medicine and one that DCs should
be trying to understand more because I believe in the future they
will cross paths even more than in the past with integrated care
catching on rapidly in the States. My purpose for going in was to
have my diet analyzed from a ND's perspective to see if they caught
any obvious things that could have dropped my hormone production.
They didn't notice anything super dramatic, but the intern wanted
me to retest my testosterone levels this Thursday before we do
anything else to make sure that it wasn't a bad lab test or
I've also come to the conclusion that I'm going to rehaul my
time management skills. I want to start recording how long I study
for certain tests, how much free time I allot myself during the
weekends, etc., etc. It sounds rather OCD and will therefore be
really hard for me because I have a problem with data entry and
minute tasks, but if I'm able to optimize my time I could get even
better grades and have even more fun. Let's face it who wouldn't
In addition, I would have less stress knowing that for a "B" I
need on average (X) hours of studying and for an "A" I need (Y).
Then I can plan my finals appropriately without feeling stressed
and always asking myself, "Did I study enough?" Of course this
might take a trimester to figure out but it will be a personal
growth experiment that could pay dividends for years to come. I'll
have more on this in the coming weeks.
That's it for me this week. I'll recharge and hopefully have
some good stories and pictures from Green Chi Town next
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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