I had no idea what a flip class would entail....then before I knew it, it was the end of the class. The idea of this flip class was brilliant, in my opinion. Have us watch some videos on chiropractic techniques we may or may not have had exposure to, discuss the similarities and differences in class with Dr. Wang, and our class members. This had us thinking hard. And we actually WANTED to discuss the topics of the lecture. I might be the only one who feels this way, but this year I am very motivated to soak up all the knowledge I can. My first year at CMCC went by quickly, and since it was all very new we were going through the motions. This time around, my goal is to take develop my skills and increase my knowledge, while keeping the end goal in mind. The end goal right now is being knowledgeable and performing to my best abilities in clinic and in the real world when my time at CMCC is over.
Here are some thoughts that came to mind when thinking about the class content a couple days later:
-This exercise made me realize that I need to do more research into other chiropractic techniques, to understand what they all entail and strive to attain for their patients.
-That there are a variety of different therapies/techniques out there
-If I don’t know about all these techniques, there is a high chance that the general population isn't aware either.
-If one person has a bad experience with a chiropractor that utilizes a specific technique, this image and ideal can be projected to the entire profession, and turns the patient away from chiropractic care.
-A lot of chiropractic treatments can have the same result for patients, despite having very different procedures and practices. They are all physical therapies that facilitate some kind of mechanotransduction.
At the end of the class we had a question to reflect on:
How could it be possible that people with back pain get better seeing different chiropractors that use different techniques?
I think its very possible for people with back pain to get better seeing different chiropractors that use various techniques. I believe this for a couple of reasons. The first reason being that back pain has a natural self limiting course as a syndrome, resolving within a week if the pain is acute. On the other hand, chronic back pain is very different, and can take a long and dark course.
Various chiropractors can treat very differently from one another, yet perhaps the reason they get people better is because they create a strong positive doctor patient relationships that keep the patients goals and needs in mind. This becomes very apparent to the patient, and undoubtedly motivates them to heal. I guess another way to put this is that a chiropractor who listens to their patient's needs and goals can manifest relationships of trust, and education that lead to patients thriving in being a part of their own health care.
Another way to expand on this idea is to delve into the unknowns. The very core of the Chiropractic Principles course this year are the theoretical models of SMT and the possible physiological effects mechanotransduction can have on the human body. It all comes down to the fact that the entire profession is still learning how treatment effects the body systems at the cellular level. With that said, all chiropractors use a variety of different techniques in their "treating style", and its possible that each one of these effects the body's physiology differently. It can be argued that they all cause mechanotransduction events at the cellular level. From here, the mechanisms may be different from one technique to another, yet the apparent outcome of healing is all the same to the patient.