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A Week of Firsts

Just as the hype of boards has died down, I've been keeping myself plenty busy with activities at school!


This week at NUHS, we hosted our first Trivia Night for students, faculty and staff. Our very own Dr. Robert Shiel organized the entire event, being the trivia master that he is! Categories consisted of The Simpsons, Geography, U.S. History, Classic Movies, Art and Literature, Sports, Music, and Current Events since 2015. I was a member of the team "The Fighting Oxymorons," and we ended up earning 2nd place in the tournament! We hope to keep the tradition going annually!


Another first held this week was the Motion Palpation Institute's (MPI) first Sports Summit, held here in Illinois. Motion Palpation, or "Mo Pal" as we call it at school, is a national organization that teaches chiropractic students and physicians to analyze the spine by palpating for certain segmental restrictions and them adjusting patients to increase motion in those segments.


MPI is run by some of the country's best chiropractic physicians, and this weekend they all came together to present on various methods for treating athletes. We covered topics such as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, McKenzie Method, myofascial taping techniques, Functional Movement Systems of assessment, and a variety of soft tissue mobilization methods. All of these tools are widely utilized for assessing pain and dysfunction in athletes, and then finding ways to improve the areas of dysfunction and prevent further injury. Some of the greatest leaders each presented on their topics of expertise, and we as students had the chance to pick their brains and learn from all their clinical experience. We also had the opportunity to meet students from other chiropractic schools such as Palmer, Logan and NYCC.

It was a fun-filled weekend of listening and learning from some of the greatest minds in our profession, and it's always a great opportunity to add new experiences to our "doctor's toolbox" when treating future patients!

Happy National Boards Week!

Another week has come and gone through the halls of National. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the snow is melting. The tourists are pouring into Chicago to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for this beautiful weekend. Where am I? Indoors at my isolated little cubby, at my favorite study spot in Lincoln Park.

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DC national board exams are administered twice a year, and this weekend I am taking parts 2, 3, and physiotherapy. With the looming 740 questions in 7 sessions of 90 minutes in 3 days, I think my brain might be fried by Sunday afternoon. We're down to less than a week until the fun begins!

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This previous week at school, we had the opportunity to listen to a guest lecture by MK Czerwiec, aka "Comic Nurse." She spoke to us about the importance of drawing in health care, and the incredible opportunity it offers our patients to express their experience of living with sickness and disease.

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In the spirit of drawing comics and expressing ourselves through art, I've decided to provide everyone with a few fun study-related memes for the week!

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Next week this time, I'll be free from Scantrons, metal-detectors, and No. 2 pencils!

Snowy Days in Chicago

Well, we knew winter was going to sneak up on us at some point. It seemed that a January without snowfall was too good to be true. According to the records, this weekend's blizzard was the 5th largest snowfall Chicago has ever seen. We're a lot tougher than we look in the Midwest! It was great to see people coming together to help salt sidewalks, shovel cars out of the snow, and share rides around the city. I never thought I'd see the day when I had to walk down the street to purchase a shovel that I needed just to be able to drive my car! Oh, the challenges of living in the city of Chicago!


When we have snow days at school, you have to take full advantage of the extra time away from class. I spent the past few days catching up with close friends, exploring new places in the city, and enjoying great food. For my Type A personality, it feels great to have a break from the normal routine of class and clinic!


Coming up this week, I'm looking forward to getting together with The Ohio Club members at National to gear up for events in 2015. It's exciting to share a common connection with fellow students interested in practicing in the same state and area, especially to support each other when making tough decisions about our futures! I hope that over the next few years, other state clubs are formed at National and can offer a sense of community for other students from different areas.


On another positive note, congratulations to the Clinic team (Trimesters 8, 9, 10) who won the dodgeball tournament at Tri-Games on Friday night! Although I was not in attendance, I heard the Clinic team rocked the court!

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I'm looking forward to seeing the sunshine again this week and hopefully no more snow here at NUHS! :)

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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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)! :)

Fall Is Here

Nothing says fall quite like the changing of the leaves, the crisp afternoon air, or a good pumpkin spice latte from your café of choice. But wait, I'm sure you were thinking, "HOW could she forget pumpkin carving?"

This week, SACA (short for the Student American Chiropractic Association) hosted a pumpkin carving event for students and faculty. After a disastrous creative attempt last year, I channeled all my energy and precision into one artistic pumpkin, which also serves as a proud reminder of my home, Ohio. I was told that there was to be a contest for the best pumpkin, but unfortunately for me, this is college football season, and despite my artistic abilities, my allies are few and far between. ;)


So what is SACA, you may ask? The Student American Chiropractic Association is a local, student-run chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). This club is our opportunity to get involved in our profession early, and there are endless benefits for being involved while being a student.

Every year, SACA brings students from NUHS to the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) in Washington, DC, where we meet with current doctors in the field, leaders within the ACA, and members of congress who will fight for our profession. Students join the fight to educate our country's political leaders about the benefits of chiropractic and why we deserve an equal place in the health care field.


On a more local note, SACA holds weekly informative meetings open to students of all programs. Recent workshops include practicing "elevator speeches" to use when asked about chiropractic, discussing the role of ethics in health care and especially alternative medicine, interviewing new physicians about their experiences in practice, and many other valuable topics. Our student leaders within SACA have done a terrific job at encouraging student involvement and a sense of community among our student population, and I look forward to future opportunities the club will offer.

To learn more about what SACA has to offer, check out the ACA's website.