March was the 15-year anniversary of my graduation from Life University, and my goodness how fast it has gone. I remember just a few years after graduation I met a local chiropractor that told me he had graduated 15 years ago and I thought to myself “wow he must know SO much.” And here I am, many years later realizing that while I have learned so much more these past 15 years, there is still so much more to learn about.
Whether it’s improving your knowledge about pediatrics, pregnancy, sports injuries, rehab, performance, nutrition, neurology, business, or whatever it may be, the list really is endless. Several years ago I went through a certified sports chiropractor program. The last seminar in the series was offered on a weekend that I could not go. I attempted to take it at another date, but then things got in the way and I missed out on the allowed time period to take the seminar and the test. Now in order to become officially certified, I would have to re-do the entire series, which is just not something I want to do right now.
About four years ago I went through many weekend seminars about nutrition, learning more and more about supplements, body physiology and certain conditions. I am always reading articles about nutrition, as I feel that is a huge component in a person’s health. Too often we ignore the foods we eat, or don’t worry about it, not realizing how critical it is to a person’s health.
There are also ongoing webinars and seminars about business, insurance, coding, risk management, Georgia laws, etc. While those seminars are not as much fun, they are important to know.
Probably most important of all is our patients, that is who we learn from. Did you really help someone, or only partly? Was there more I could have done? Did I do too much? What one person responds to another may not, so you learn to do things differently to accommodate different needs, pain levels, body type and their desires. There is never just one magic combination. One person may not be eating well so may not respond as they should. Another person may have poor posture, or poor sleeping habits, or poor work ergonomics. Or there may be underlying stress in their life that is affecting them. It’s really impossible to know; yet all I can do is my absolute best to help each and every person as best as possible and to offer advice that will be helpful.
I don’t know what the next 15 years will bring. I do expect continued growth and learning, as it is a never-ending project. I am so thankful for all I have and am offered, as it’s truly a blessing to be able to be a Chiropractor.