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McKenzie Method and Tri Mixer

McKenzie Method

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 chiropractic physicians.

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(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.

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Tri-Mixer

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)! :)

OSCA Convention 2014

One of the most crucial steps to success in the chiropractic profession is active involvement in your state and national professional organizations. Intending to move back to Ohio and practice after graduation, I recently attended the annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA). What a weekend! Myself and four other DC students, all from different stages of the curriculum, attended the convention to learn more about the future of our profession, why we need to maintain our presence in the field of health care, and what we can do as students to become more involved.

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Brent, Stephen, Jess, and myself enjoying a night out in Columbus

Our students attended a session about treatment of shoulder conditions, which are said to be the 3rd most common reason that people present to a chiropractor's office for care. We were taught by Dr. Brett Winchester, a well-known educator and instructor for Motion Palpation Institute, DNS, and other valuable organizations. He emphasized the importance of understanding the kinetic chain of movement, rehabilitating more than just the site of pain, and teaching patients correct lifestyle modifications they can make to prevent re-injury from occurring.

Saturday night was the beautiful gala for all attendees of the convention -- physicians, students and office staff alike. I watched in amazement as Bharon Hoag, the Executive Director of the OSCA and a dear friend, presented prestigious awards to members of the Ohio Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ms. America 2014 (who is a chiropractor!), and other incredibly influential people. Ohio is the first state in America to have passed legislation allowing chiropractors to be on the front-line for concussion care, which is PHENOMENAL. If it weren't for the hard work of the board members, directors and current doctors in Ohio fighting for our rights, we never would have achieved this monumental step for chiropractic.

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Me with my brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Kelly

My brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kelly, were in attendance at the convention as well, both also practicing DCs in northeast Ohio. Visiting with my family and discussing our profession was such a perfect way to spend my weekend, and I amsothankful to have them as role models and inspiration for my career! This weekend was also a tremendous opportunity to meet current doctors, hear their advice and success stories, and bring back this spirit to our fellow students at NUHS. I took away so much valuable information, leaving with an overwhelming sense of excitement and hope for our profession, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be attending the convention again next year!

Why Become Involved?

Participating in professional organizations such as the OSCA gives us a greater sense of purpose. We entered this healthcare profession to touch people's lives and positively impact our communities, but who says that our influence has to stop there? It is our duty to take pride in our career of alternative healthcare and therefore fight for it. At times, we are so unaware of the overwhelming sacrifice and dedication that our predecessors contributed to the advancement and success of our profession.

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Photo booth fun with NUHS peers and Bharon Hoag, OSCA Executive Director

We are the future leaders of chiropractic medicine, and we are the ones responsible for the success and continuation of our craft. We are given the tremendous opportunity to change lives, so if we do not do all that is in our power to protect and preserve this right, we are selfish. Becoming involved in these organizations is not only of value for us and our future practices, but for the success of our profession as a whole.

Physician in Training

One of the most exciting courses in 7th trimester is Advanced Diagnosis and Problem Solving, and I am definitely doing a lot of problem solving, that's for sure!

Two days a week, we are in the clinic with simulated patients, or "sim patients" as we have grown to say. We encounter a brand new patient, gain practice taking a thorough history, performing the appropriate physical exams, establishing a diagnosis or diagnoses, and reporting our findings with the patient. Nobody said becoming a doctor was easy, and this class is a representation of the challenges many students face when learning to interact with patients.

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Sometimes, the patient's clinical presentation is simple, and you know exactly what steps need to be performed to establish the diagnosis. Other times, the pieces don't fit together and you find yourself researching a condition you studied a year ago, trying to ask the appropriate questions to ensure you are on the right track. This is the challenge of becoming a doctor: having the responsibility of someone's health and wellbeing, but also being able to think critically on your toes and establish a comforting relationship with that patient, all in a 30-minute period. I have a long way to go until I feel more confident during my patient encounters, but I accept the challenge!

Tri-Mixer

On Friday night, Student Council hosted its Fall Tri-Mixer at a local venue that we all know fondly as Rita's. Between the dancing, the photos, and all the laughter, I hope everyone had a great night out! It's important to spend time with your peers outsidethe classroom, getting to know people for who they are and as friends. To all of the new 1st trimester students who attended, we hope you got to know some of your other classmates and enjoyed a night off from studying all that anatomy! :)

Relived of Duties

Lambda Chi Sorority is a social and educational club at NUHS designed for female students in both the chiropractic and naturopathic programs. Once a week, we meet after class to learn and practice adjustments with Dr. Terry Elder, one of the professors of our technique classes and a national instructor for Motion Palpation Institute. Toward the end of the trimester, the club brings in various speakers from the community and university, educating us on different topics such as sports medicine, pediatric adjusting, opening up your own practice, or even just the current state of the chiropractic profession. For the past year, I have been the president of Lambda Chi and have had an array of responsibilities each trimester. I have finally reached the bittersweet end of a very rewarding leadership position, but I am excited to pass on my duties to the next group of officers!

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The current group of officers finished off our term with a big bang of events! We started out our week by hosting Dr. Joseph Stiefel, the president of National University of Health Sciences, as our speaker. He brought our members up to speed on the state of the university, current renovations taking place on our campus, an assessment of our school's performance of board scores, and an overview of the direction that the chiropractic profession is moving. On Wednesday night, the outgoing and incoming sorority officers met at Kona Grill for our officer transition dinner, where we passed on our binders of instructions, gave suggestions and words of advice, and enjoyed a nice meal together.

Our 3rd Annual Mr. NUHS Competition was held on Thursday in the gymnasium. The event showcased eight terrific male students who competed in categories of clinic attire, beach attire, and a talent/lip sync performance. Our four judges consisted of both faculty/staff members and last year's reigning Mr. NUHS, Taronte. Based on the judges' scores and the popular vote of audience participation, we crowned Tom Blum as the 2014-2015 Mr. NUHS! Tom performed a terrific rendition of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney movie Frozen, and the gymnasium was filled with laughter and confetti as the song went on. This event served as both a fun school-wide function open to all students as well as a great fund raiser for Lambda Chi.

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Beach Attire Category

Friday night was an opportunity for all of our members to relax and unwind at our end-of-the-trimester event held at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap. The girls enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and a chance to sit back and socialize with each other. This was also the last big event held by the current club officers, so it served as an unofficial transition back to being simply a member of the club, rather than a leader. I am excited to say that I'm finally relieved of my duties as president of Lambda Chi Sorority!

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Mr. NUHS - Tom Blum

I hope everyone has a great end to July! Enjoy what's left of summer! :)

Is It Summer Yet?

When you spend 5 days a week inside of a classroom, it's hard to remember what's going on outside in the "real world." I always joke that professional school is a perfect transition from college into true adulthood. Many of us students still have the opportunity to learn every day and work toward our dream careers, yet we still don't quite have the full responsibilities of adulthood such as taxes, mortgages, or supporting a family.

Some weekends, I sit and gaze out the library windows, wondering what all my friends are doing on a beautiful sunny day. I sometimes feel as though I'm missing out on the "grown-up things" people are doing back home, and I definitely am a little envious of the free weeknights and weekends that those in the working world enjoy. None-the-less, I always take a step back and reflect on how fortunate I am to be in this rewarding program, and then things don't seem so bad. I'm in the company of other great people going through the same challenges of exams and practicals. Once midterms are over in a couple weeks, I'll be able to enjoy more of the pool, the warm weather, and the sunshine of summer. :)

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This trimester has flown by, and it's already half over. Most of my time lately has been spent studying, reading, and occasionally working. One of the biggest highlights of this past week was the Big/Little Reveal Night we held for Lambda Chi Sorority. This is my last tri as president, so I wanted to begin a small but memorable tradition for the next officers to carry on.

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The purpose of the Big/Little mentor/mentee program is to offer younger students the opportunity to ask questions about classes, board exams, clinic experiences, and other various aspects of the program. We believe that the ladies of our sorority would benefit from having a role model in their same program, and so we began the Big/Little tradition.

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One night after our weekly sorority meeting with Dr. Elder, we had the younger members participate in a scavenger hunt for clues, and then everyone met their Bigs! I hope the girls had a great time meeting their new mentors and are looking forward to maintaining this professional and fun connection with another student in their program!

I hope everyone has a great week ahead! Happy 4th of July!