Intern Skills - Physical Therapies and Manual Manipulations

Hi, everyone!

I thought that, starting this week, I would share a bit about the therapies and skills required of each Intern before graduation.

This week, since we here at NUHS are historically a chiropractic school, I will start with the obvious requirements of physical therapies and manual manipulation (or adjustments) skills.

Physical therapies are any therapy for the body including soft tissue (muscle, tendon, fascial) therapies, ultrasound, cold laser, phonophoresis, or massage. These therapies can range from treating ganglion cysts, scars, sprains, strains, swelling or tissue damage.

Manual manipulations (adjusting the skeletal structure) include manual adjustments of the spine and extremities (arms and legs). We are taught a tremendous amount of physical medicine while here at NUHS and the training came in handy as one of my first patients as a ND intern required both physical medicine and manual adjustments.

I have been fortunate to complete all of my physical medicine and manual manipulation requirements after only fours weeks into 9th trimester. The opportunity to get this much practice with physical medicine prepares me thoroughly for understanding the proper feel of a patient's musculoskeletal structure, based upon their age, activity level and level of injury. I feel that this will give me a competitive advantage versus other NDs in the marketplace, based upon the scope of practice in the state where I settle.

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I have shared another pic of the swan and duck families who have grown and thrived on Lake Janse this past summer. Soon, the ducks will migrate south and the swans will return to their winter lodgings to rest and get ready for another year of scaring away the flocks of geese that attempt to invade our little campus on their migrations.

Next week, I'll share more about the skills that naturopathic interns need to master prior to graduation. Until then, enjoy the newly birthed autumn season