Recently at NUHS, I attended a weekend course taught by The
McKenzie Institute USA. This educational foundation has
developed a method to diagnose and treat patients suffering with
musculoskeletal pain originating from the spine and extremities.
Robin McKenzie was the founder of this institution, which began
researching disorders of the musculoskeletal system in 1982. Since
its beginning, McKenzie Method was utilized primarily by physical
therapists, but it has in recent years become more accessible to
(Photo courtesy of The McKenzie Institute, New Zealand)
One of the most unique features of McKenzie Method is the
concept that patients have the power and responsibility to help
treat themselves through exercises and lifestyle modifications.
This also adds a component of compliance to each patient's
treatment plan, assuming that they will actively work to help
correct and maintain proper posture and movement patterns. McKenzie
treatment involves the patient in actively caring for their
symptoms, which has an empowering effect that is able to eliminate
pain for each person in the end.
I was enrolled in the Part A course, the first of the series
toward certification that is geared toward focusing on the lumbar
spine. With our class size of about 20 people, an even mix of both
students and practicing doctors, we were able to work hands-on with
two patients who were coming in complaining of low back pain. We
practiced running through a McKenzie-based physical examination,
taking a thorough history with the patient, and going through the
diagnostic protocol that are used to help identify the
classification of different pain presentations.
Once we were able to identify the type of mechanical back pain
we were dealing with, we proceeded to work on exercises with each
patient to help reduce and relieve their pain in different regions.
The most rewarding aspect of the weekend was to see both of the
patients leave the seminar with a reduction in their low back pain
as well as in their radiating pain.
Getting to work with current DCs throughout the seminar was such
a tremendous experience, and there was much clinical knowledge to
be gained from these doctors! I even had the opportunity to meet
Dr. Anthony Hamm, the current president of the American
Chiropractic Association! In a couple weeks, we will be returning
to complete Part A of the seminar.
Now that I am an intern in clinic, I'm beginning to hone in on
what seminars I hope to take in the next year and what types of
additional skills I want to obtain for practice. At National and in
the Chicago area, there are so many tremendous seminars and
certifications available for us as students. With all of the
developments in the field of medicine, it will be valuable to have
other skill sets such as McKenzie to offer to my future patients
when I am in practice.
Last Friday night was our tri-mixer where all of the students
were invited to come out and meet each other. As an officer for
Student Council who helped plan the event, it's always fulfilling
to see tons of students come and participate in social events! The
cold and the snow can't hold us back from enjoying a weekend night
out with friends (like my friend KC and I)! :)
Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday
season with friends and family.
As mentioned in my last post, this last year of school is going
to be a huge change for me. I'm getting used to leaving my
apartment at 6:30 a.m. just to avoid Chicago rush hour traffic, and
in the winter months, it's tough waking up before the sun rises.
Coming back from break and driving home to my little city apartment
was quite a change, knowing I'd left the comfort of the suburbs
behind. However, I'm looking forward to a year of experiences as an
independent city gal!
Intern name tag!
Our first week of 8th trimester began with clinic orientation
for new interns. We were congratulated for reaching this point in
our education, but also reminded of the importance of entering this
phase of our career. It is so humbling to have patients put their
trust and confidence in us as future physicians, yet I still
experience the pressures of accurate diagnosis and treatment with
each and every person.
At the Salvation Army clinic, these men and women will be coming
from all walks of life, not necessarily seeking relief from their
musculoskeletal pain, but needing a thorough full-body physical
examination. Internal disorders can have referral pain patterns
that mimic musculoskeletal conditions, and so it will be critical
that we interns can identify the underlying pathologies in an
efficient and timely manner.
It's going to be a challenging internship, both clinically and
professionally. Not only will I be learning how to speak about
chiropractic care with confidence, but also in a language that
patients will understand and relate to. We get so wrapped up in the
medical terminology, we forget how to convey the appropriate
information in a way that the patient will comprehend.
Additionally, speaking as a future physician will be another goal I
hope to achieve, as it is critical to express empathy but still
authority to our patients.
As always, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions or comments about my life as a chiropractic
student and intern. I look forward to sharing my clinical
experiences with you over the course of the next 11 months. 331
days until graduation: the countdown has begun! :)
It's hard to believe that the fall trimester is almost over.
With the holidays being so highly anticipated by students, it seems
as though there is always something to look forward to that makes
the time fly by.
This past weekend, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at my
parent's home in Ohio. I did my best to follow my own Thanksgiving
recommendations, but it's safe to say that I still ate my share of
satisfying, home-cooked calories! Having the opportunity to study
chiropractic medicine is a blessing in and of itself, but then when
I think about all the friends I've met, memories I've made, and
life lessons I've learned, life really does seem wonderful. Every
day I am in this challenging program, I am reminded how much I have
to be thankful for.
Alright, so my weekend didn't stop there. I traveled to "old
Columbus town" for the remainder of my trip home to spend time with
college friends and watch the rivalry of the year, the Ohio State
vs. Michigan football game. (This may be the point in my blogs
where some people stop reading!) I have been and will always be a
Buckeye alumnus and diehard fan, so this is commonly my favorite
weekend of the year. I was able to catch up with friends from
college that I hadn't seen since we graduated two and a half years
ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend revisiting
So now I'm back in Lombard, gearing up for 10 days of final
exams, practicals, and papers. These are commonly everyone's least
favorite two weeks of the trimester, when we find ourselves
increasing our coffee intake and our eyes dry out from staring at
endless notes. It's going to be a challenging period, but you just
feel that much more accomplished by the end of it all. Wow, I'm
going to graduate chiropractic school in just about one year!
My 4-week winter break is going to begin by moving to my new
apartment in Lincoln Park, spending time in Ohio visiting friends
and family, and taking a nice tropical vacation over New Year's!
I'm really looking forward to a little R&R and a chance to
unwind before the last year begins.
I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays! As always,
I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about NUHS and
our programs. :) Take care and enjoy the new year!
I can't believe we've reached the end of November already. It
seems like just yesterday we were beginning the fall term and
watching the leaves change color. The weather here in Illinois sure
has been brutal lately, but I am optimistic for safe and sunny
driving conditions this upcoming Wednesday as I join the other 46.3
million Americans on the road home. (Good thing gas prices are low
A couple friendly tips on how to stay healthy this
In the spirit of the holiday season, I hope everyone has a safe
and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. We have
so much to be thankful for!
Well everyone, it's finally that time in the program that we've
all been waiting for -- Registration Week in 7th Trimester -- when
students frantically log on, racing the clock, and selecting the
clinician that they are going to be working with for the last year
of their education. We've speculated over this day since we entered
the DC program, dreaming of being in clinic and reaching the end of
this long educational journey. Finally, we're able to apply all the
hours of studying, practicing adjusting, and practical examinations
to good use. This registration process has been highly anticipated,
and I know that everyone is looking forward to it being over.
NUHS has clinic locations on our campus in Lombard, in Aurora, in downtown Chicago, and also at a
non-profit clinic in a
Salvation Army store in the city. Among these four locations, there
are eight clinicians to select from when choosing where to complete
your internship. I chose to visit and observe at the Salvation Army
clinic downtown earlier in this trimester, which is part of the
application process to be an intern at this location. After
completing the remainder of the interview and application process,
I am excited to say that I have been chosen to complete my
internship at the Salvation Army Clinic for 2015!
I am both so humbled and excited to be an incoming intern under
Dr. Erin Quinlan. Working at the Salvation Army clinic will be a
very unique and eye-opening experience, and I am ready for the
challenge! I have always found myself drawn to helping those in
underserved populations and those that are less fortunate than
others, and I know I will gain so much from this experience.
I've also decided to really get the full Chicago experience and
move to the city for my last year of school! I'm moving to the
Lincoln Park neighborhood, just north of downtown and right next to
Lake Michigan, a perfect area for a young professional student such
as myself. With so many changes ahead, I'm looking forward to
enjoying my last few weeks of this trimester and then relaxing at
home in Ohio over winter break.
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