Hola, "You can find me in St. Louis..."
Hope everyone has had a good first month of school.
The past weekend was a blast for me because it featured the
Shoulder Seminar by the Motion Palpation Institute in St. Louis.
I've been looking forward to this seminar since I heard about it in
the winter. I've played a variety of throwing sports and I have
previous injuries to my shoulder with pitching and catching in my
younger baseball days. In fact, I had to 'retire' from baseball in
10th grade because my shoulder couldn't hold up anymore. Thus, my
interest in being able to treat the shoulder and baseball/softball
athletes has always intrigued me.
Caleb, Kendall and I shared wheels down to St. Louis on Friday
night after a few epic games of sand volleyball at National. I
think long car rides with friends from school is a very underrated
portion of away seminars. Reasoning is we bounce ideas and future
plans off each other the whole car ride down. One of the big things
I took away was how I can change my setup on a seated CT
adjustment to get better cavitations and increase patient
comfort. Caleb explained he was watching Dr. King, arguably the
best adjuster in the world (Dr. Elder don't take offense!), and
noticed his non-contact hand was doing a motion they didn't usually
teach but nonetheless made the adjustment more effective. Awesome.
The seminar had been worth it and I hadn't checked in yet!
The 2-day seminar featured a variety of presentations from Brett
Winchester, DC, and Corey Campbell, DC, as well as special
presentations for an orthopedic surgeon, an ex-softball DC, and two
ex-MLB pitchers. This was apparently a Master's Series seminar, so
there was WAY more information than a usual seminar. I wish there
was a bit more chiropractic thrown in on the first day, but on the
second day, being able to complete functional screens on two great
college pitchers and improving their future performance was worth
It's going to be a great niche to now have the ability to go to
any coach and say, "I can screen your athletes and tell you which
ones are more at risk for anything from SLAP tears, rotator cuff
problems, and tommy john surgery."
If you put a gun to my head and asked me to tell you the top
three functional screens to run on any athlete they would be:
Well, that's it for me. Hope everyone has a great homecoming
National University's swan parents welcomed
four new cygnets last week. Here they are!
You can also watch a video of the little ones on
our Facebook page.
In this week's post I'll be covering the MPI Gait Seminar that
took place this past weekend just down the street from National's
Motion Palpation is my favorite club on campus and almost every
chiropractic college has some form of this club because it's a
tremendous way to practice adjustments, motion palpate joints, and
get extra material you don't always get from your standard classes.
The Motion Palpation Institute is a fantastic organization geared
towards rounding up the best doctors, protocols, and research in
the chiropractic field and delivering unbelievable seminars to
students and doctors alike.
The Gait Seminar
This past weekend featured MPI's Gait Seminar. The seminar
attracted about 200 students, four MPI docs (Dr. King, Dr.
Winchester, Dr. Lotus, Dr. Campbell) and two special guests, Peter
Breeze and Shawn Eno. Peter Breeze is the head shoe developer at
New Balance (just moved from Nike) and Shawn Eno is the top
pedorthist and orthotic specialist in North America. Needless to
say this event had a ton of top doctors and specialists. Dr. Elder
and Dr. Sarah Macchi even made appearances to pitch in even more
doctor firepower! The other cool feature of the seminar was that it
has been two and a half years since MPI hosted a gait seminar so
the whole event had a ton of anticipation and excitement.
What is Gait? It's the study of human locomotion and more
specifically the walking cycle of humans. It takes into account the
biomechanics of the foot and how that relates up the kinematic
chain to the rest of the body. In short, watching someone walk can
tell you A LOT about their injury proneness, the roots of their
pain, and what segments that you should screen, palpate, adjust,
rehab, and/or stretch. Gait is a unique tool a variety of health
care professionals use including chiropractors, podiatrists,
physical therapists, and pedorthists. According to Dr. Winchester,
one of the best doctors I've witnessed teach gait, it can sound
like a foreign language and become overly detailed but the
best gait docs will use it as a tool to see the 'elephants,'
confirm those with functional screen tests, and then treat the
We spent the whole weekend at the gorgeous Sara Lee headquarters
pretty much staring at people's feet and walking patterns. If you
are fond of people watching, you would love this seminar! Ha ha.
The best part was I had been going to gait club at school all
trimester and taking time outside of class to learn about the foot
biomechanics, so when the docs were crushing through unbelievable
material (300+ slides) I was able to actually follow along when
they spoke about "Forefoot Valgus posts, heel whips, 1st MPJ
dorsiflexion, Modified Thomas, Trendelenberg, Calcaneal Eversion,
Hope everyone has a great week with finals peering its ugly head
around the corner!
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!
Week 1 is already in the books!
As with all trimester beginnings, this week has been a roller
coaster week of events and adjustments. On a sad note, as you will
come to know I am a HUGE Boston sports fan, and if you aren't
living under a rock (or don't watch football) the Patriots lost to
our bitter rivals, the Jets and their trash-talking (enter word of
choice here:) coaches and players.
Also quick note: the picture above is of me eating my first deep
dish pizza in Chicago just before the starting kick-off (cross that
off my bucket list!... yes, I take my bucket list very seriously
lol). Note the full-of-excitement look, which I definitely wasn't
wearing after realizing defeat and seeing Rex Ryan joyfully
celebrating his win. There's always next year and I look forward to
the Patriots having 3 of the top 100 picks in the upcoming
OK, back to school!
So without hesitation Trimester 2 begins with a solid lineup of
8ams and the aptly named "terrible triad." The triad is
Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy and Head and Neck anatomy. They get
this nickname because apparently they are extremely demanding and
have ridiculous rumors associated with them like 25 out of 47
people who took neuroanatomy last tri failed it! I can't confirm or
deny that… Dr. Darby do you read these blogs? Lol. With that said,
I will be giving it my all to make sure I'm not a
As for my other classes I love my Evaluation & Management
class and my Intro to Business class. The E&M class is finally
the first class where we get to start doing the fun doctor stuff!
It's on the chest and thoracic spine and features everything from
auscultation of the heart to palpations to adjustments. I love
learning adjustments because I am a very visual and hands-on type
of person so hitting the books all day is only accomplished by
knowing I'm not going to be studying neurophysiology the rest of my
life. Adjusting patients and helping them heal and get healthy are
my main passions.
Making time for clubs!
This week also featured a bunch of extracurricular activities
including my first AK club meeting. I've been interested in Applied
Kinesiology for sometime now and have finally made time to start
going. We learned how to muscle test the Gracilis, Sartorius,
Subclavius, and Upper Trapezius muscles. Muscle testing, according
to the president, is really an art form that takes practice and
this is one tool I'd like to learn in time for clinic so I'm
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite
club, Motion Palpation! The first meeting was Thursday and it is
definitely a can't-miss club on campus if you want to be a great
adjustor and refine your skills. We learned a seated palpation and
the thoracic roll adjustment, which were great for preparing me for
my E&M class this tri.
First week - no tests!
The other best part of first week is that we don't have any
tests - which means we get to socialize! My friends and I took full
advantage of a long weekend full of some fun nights and a great
dinner at this Italian place downtown. It's always a great night
when you have to massage your cheeks half way through because you
can't stop laughing! Who said school is all work and no play? My
Dad's favorite saying: you have to have BALANCE.
See yall next week!
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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