Posted tagged ‘rib cage’

Anything But Spare

June 4, 2010

[originally published in KCN, June 2002]

We have 12 pair of them.  Two of the pairs “float.”  They are essential for breathing and the protection of our heart, lungs, and other vital organs.  God took one from Adam to create Eve.   Restaurants serve them:  short, spare, baby back, and prime.  And some condoms are accentuated by them.  Oh, did I mention, chiropractors adjust them.  What am I talking about?  I’m not “ribbing” you, I’m talking about our ribs.

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Give Your Chiropractor a Hand!…or an ankle, or a knee, or an elbow…

April 9, 2010

[originally published in KCN, December 2001]

It may come as a surprise to some, but we chiropractors aren’t just for spines —  some of us are pretty adept at treating other joints of the body as well.

In chiropractic college, we were taught how to adjust every joint of the human frame — every joint.  I remember sitting in an auditorium at the chiropractic college I was about to attend, some ten years ago, watching a clinical demonstration . The chiropractor on stage was treating a patient, and we, as potential students got to observe.  Towards the end of her demonstration, she announced that chiropractors were trained to adjust every joint in the body.  She then asked if there were any requests for her to show us an adjustment of a particular joint.  I sat there in disbelief.  “Every joint?” I wondered.  I racked my brain for a joint in the body that I was sure would stump her.  I raised my hand.  “What about the joints inside the ears, between the small ear bones?” I asked with a sense of smugness.  Fellow chiropractor-to-be audience members glanced at me with a “I think you got her”-look.  Well, within moments we were all greeted with a Auditory Ossicle “J” Maneuver.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I learned a lesson that day — every joint.

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