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Day-to-Day at the Salvation Army Clinic

One of the biggest changes that comes with your chiropractic internship in trimesters 9 and 10 is this dramatic increase in free time! Instead of being on campus for 40 hours a week, then going home to study and do schoolwork, all of a sudden, your commitments are cut in half!

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My clinic shift begins at 7 a.m. and ends by 1 p.m. Our mornings at Salvation Army are filled with new patients, new learning opportunities, and plenty of laughs. This makes our time spent in clinic even more valuable during the small window of time that we have.

We're always bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing treatment suggestions.

  • Interns Doug and Johnny are really interested in rehab with patients, so I've learned quite a few tricks and tools about active release technique, post-isometric relaxation, and other muscle strengthening and stretching exercises.
  • Interns Tom and Brad are currently enrolled in the DABCI [Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Internists], so I'm able to consult them when patients have complications that can be addressed with more internal medicine.
  • Abby has a strong understanding of Standard Process's line of supplements, so she is always a great intern to consult when looking to use their line of products for various conditions.
  • Kelsey is currently enrolled in a master's program similar to mine, so I can bounce ideas off her when it comes to offering my patients nutritional supplements.

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Overall, we try to share knowledge from our different specialties, so that we can offer the best treatment options for our patients. 

Welcome Back to National

I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful weather of May! So much has happened since I last blogged, and I'm excited to share all my memories!

Once you reach clinic internship, we no longer have a break between trimesters, so I stayed here in Chicago continuing to see patients at the Salvation Army Clinic. I started working 5 days per week, rather than 3, and I no longer have classes at NUHS. I've been spending more time in my Chicago apartment and trying to explore the beautiful sights and sounds of Lincoln Park.

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I spent a few days away from the Midwest and traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida, to visit one of my friends from college, Jenny. While down there, I was able to visit our St. Petersburg campus where our DC program is, and I visited with our previous Student Council VP from Florida, Frank! The sun was shining, the dolphins were out and about, and the summer vibes were flowing. To those of you who are deterred by the Chicago weather, definitely check out our St. Pete campus! :)

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My little sister graduated from Ohio University in early May, so I loved having the opportunity to travel home to my family and celebrate this huge accomplishment.

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In the clinic, my schedule has been picking up with both new and returning patients, and I'm learning more and more every day. I have the opportunity to see many female patients, all suffering from back pain of some type, but also troubled by more hormonal and biochemical imbalances. It's a great chance for me to apply my ongoing training in the online functional medicine program at University of Western States. Every day is a new learning opportunity! 

I look forward to sharing all of my clinic experiences with you over the next 8 months! 

Moving On Up

This past Friday was a tough day for all of us at the Salvation Army Clinic. We celebrated the last day for our 10th trimester interns, Jena and Andy, before they graduate in a couple weeks.

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This was the final time that all of our interns would be together again, so we wanted to make the most of our shift! We all contributed to a delicious potluck, Jena and Andy "passed on" their treatment rooms to us 8th tri interns, and we had a whole morning of endless laughs. Congratulations to all of the 10th tri students who will be out in the field in less than one month!

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As 8th trimester comes to an end over the next couple weeks, it's hard to believe this journey has flown by so quickly! I spent the Easter weekend in Ohio, visiting my boyfriend's family and enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. There's something to home cooked meals, card games, and playing bocce ball in the yard that truly makes me appreciate the slower pace of the real world. In chiropractic school, we commit ourselves to a rigorous program of classes, exams, weekend seminars, and hours in the library, so it's nice to be reminded of what life is like after professional school. It gives me the opportunity to daydream about how my life will be 8 months from now. :) Oh, how I'm looking forward to life after school!

As always, I hope everyone has a terrific week ahead, and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine as we grow closer to summertime in the Midwest!

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.