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Week 6: It’s All About Group Effort

by Jun 18, 2021

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We’re almost mid-way through this trimester and I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my classmates.

One of the first hacks I learned surviving this DC graduate program was to form study groups and work together with classmates. I have learned to reach out to others when I am struggling with concepts. It has made the stressful moments so much more manageable when you know others are there for you (or when you are all in the same boat confused)!

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In our Manipulation class, we are learning resisted vs assisted manipulation. These are new concepts to grasp that entail understanding which vertebra is being contacted, knowing which side to lay the patient on the table, determining the shoulder and hip angles to set up the adjustment properly, and direction for the thrust. For example, if a patient has a resisted lumbar manipulation, the patient lies on the table on the side of the malposition. These adjustment techniques are clearly not taught in undergraduate courses, so this is most likely our first experience learning the concepts and working together to grasp the material has been crucial! Professors have taught us to use our hands as “vertebrae” (our thumbs act as the spinous processes) to better visualize vertebral movement and restrictions. This visualization then helps us better understand the manipulation technique necessary to correct the malposition.

I struggled quite a bit remembering which side to lay the patient on, so I reached out to the course tutor and met for an hour tutoring session. During that session, the concepts clicked. It was amazing–I highly recommend reaching out to tutors if you are struggling or stressing over specific subjects.

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Alexandra Simic Hachmann

Alexandra Simic Hachmann

My name is Alexandra Simic Hachmann and I am currently in my 10th trimester of the Doctor of Chiropractic program here at NUHS - Florida. I am officially an intern at the HEC clinic! I have obtained a B.A. in Biology and Biomedical Sciences, as well as a Master of Medical Science degree. While I believe my educational background has helped me succeed in this challenging program, I appreciate all the professors’ efforts in helping us excel and prepare for our careers. As a hands-on visual learner, I am embracing the palpation courses and anatomy labs offered! I am still determining which field in chiropractic I would like to pursue; thus, readers should stick around to discover this with me! I hope to bring insightful content to this blog and demonstrate what student life is like at NUHS in sunny Florida.

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