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2 Things You’ll Learn About Homeostasis During Your Chiropractic Training

As you begin your chiropractic training, you’ll learn how chiropractic helps keep patients healthy through the use of preventative and non-invasive care. That’s why regular chiropractic visits are so important—they help promote health before a symptom arises.

At the center of this preventative and natural healthcare model is the concept of homeostasis. What is homeostasis and why will it be an important part of your chiropractic education? Read on to find out.

1. Homeostasis is Important for Maintaining Health

If it was a warm summer day and you were outside enjoying the sun, your body might feel warm. In order for your body to bring its temperature back to an optimal level, it might begin to sweat, or perhaps signal thirst. However, if you were outside on a cold day, your body’s temperature would also be out of its ‘normal’ range and perhaps become cold. You might shiver, or want to bring your arms close to your body to keep warm. In both cases, your body is trying to bring your temperature back to normal levels—which is homeostasis in action.

Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to maintain a stable state within an optimal range of values.

Your body’s innate intelligence helps it heal cuts and maintain health

Homeostasis is in many ways a key to health and even life. Whether it’s the body’s kidneys regulating the amount of potassium, sodium, and phosphorus in the blood, or perhaps the liver ensuring that blood glucose levels remain consistent, the body is constantly striving for balance. In chiropractic science, the human body’s ability to maintain health and balance is often referred to as its innate intelligence.

2. Chiropractic Training Helps Ensure that Subluxations Are Corrected Before they Can Interfere with Health

From fighting off infections to keeping cool on a warm day, homeostasis helps ensure that the body stays healthy. But how does the body know to maintain these optimal levels? Through its nervous system, of course!

As the human body’s ‘command center’ the brain helps to regulate each organ and body function. Messages from the brain are carried through the spine and nerves to each part of the body, helping to maintain homeostasis. But if an interruption occurs along that system, it might not be able to maintain that balance as well as it should.

Professionals with chiropractic training know that subluxations can interfere with normal nerve function, making it harder for the body to maintain homeostasis. A subluxation occurs when vertebrae in the spine move out of position and put pressure on the nerves passing through. This pressure might be too small for a patient to feel, but it can interfere with the brain’s ability to communicate effectively with the body’s organs and maintain an optimal state of health.

Fortunately, when a chiropractor locates and corrects these subluxations, normal function can return and the brain can continue to maintain homeostasis—helping to prevent symptoms or dis-ease before they even occur.

Students learn to locate and correct subluxations during their chiropractic training

In this way, chiropractors work with the body’s innate intelligence to keep patients healthy and safe.

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Catherine Silver-Riddell Named Regents of the Year by Sherman College

Catherine Silver-Riddell Named Regents of the Year by Sherman CollegeInwood, WV, chiropractor Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C., has been named Regent of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic. This award is presented in recognition of her outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation on the college’s Board of Regents, a group dedicated to supporting quality chiropractic education through financial donations and leadership.

Regents give visibility and stature to Sherman College through speaking engagements, legislative roles, student referrals, and financial support. Though she has only been a Sherman College Regent for seven years, Dr. Silver-Riddell’s contributions have been significant and noteworthy.  She is a member of the President’s Circle, the highest commitment level group in the Regent Program.

Dr. Riddell has been a pioneer in the chiropractic profession for 40 years, beginning with her inclusion as part of the first graduating class of Sherman College. She has participated in hundreds of postgraduate professional seminars such including Sherman College’s annual Lyceum, and she has brought restorative health and wellness to more than 8,000 patients thus far in her career. She is still serving patients of all ages at her practice in Inwood, WV. She resides with her husband, Roland, in Winchester, VA, and is an active member of her church, choir and community.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.

3 Patient Education Tips to Use Once You Start Your Chiropractic Career

When it comes to attracting new patients, retaining current patients, and helping your community stay healthy, few options are as effective as patient education. That’s because informed patients understand the benefits of regular chiropractic care. They know why it’s an important part of living a healthy life, and they might even explain those benefits to their friends and family—helping to grow your practice and spread the benefits of chiropractic to even more patients.

But while the benefits of patient education might be well known, sometimes it can be tricky for chiropractors to understand the best approaches for explaining chiropractic without using too many intimidating or scientific terms. That’s why top chiropractic colleges include patient education classes right into their curriculum so that you graduate with the skills you need to smoothly introduce patients to the health benefits of this growing healthcare field.

If you’re a current student or are considering a career in chiropractic, your education will provide you with the patient education strategies you need to succeed. But if you’d like to get a head start on your studies, here are a few quick tips for you to keep in mind.

1. Include Patient Education Information on Your Website Once You Begin Your Chiropractic Career

In today’s digital age, one of the best and easiest ways for chiropractors to educate their patients is through their practice’s website. Why? As it turns out, many patients will often turn to the web when seeking medical advice. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, “72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year.” That means that if you want to expand the knowledge of both your patients and the general population, online tools might be your best bet.

Many patients search for healthcare information online

Once you begin your chiropractic career, try adding in a patient education section to your practice’s website. You could include a quick page of frequently asked questions about chiropractic, where patients could find the answers to many of their top questions. You could even include a blog where you delve into more complex topics like the body’s innate intelligence and the science behind subluxations.

Through these blogs and web pages, your current patients (as well as potential future patients) can quickly learn about the benefits of chiropractic—and begin their journey to a healthier life.

2. Use Social Media Throughout Your Chiropractic Career

To help attract viewers to your blog and website, you might want to create a social media account or two after completing your chiropractic education. That’s because according to recent statistics, as many as “40% of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health.”

On top of that, “90% of respondents from 18 to 24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks,”—especially if that information comes from a trusted source like a doctor of chiropractic.

Patients often use social media to learn more about healthcare

As a result, social media is one of the easiest ways for chiropractors to educate many patients and prospective patients at once.

3. Keep Brochures Handy at Your Chiropractic Practice

Even though online searches are becoming more and more popular, that doesn’t mean doctors of chiropractic can ignore more traditional patient education tools like brochures and posters. Once you begin your career in chiropractic, one good way to inform patients is to provide them with brochures. You can circle important information, and also include contact details so that they won’t forget to book their next appointment. They might even pass their brochure to a friend or family member, which can help educate even more people on the benefits of chiropractic.

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Frank Hahn, D.C., Named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College

Frank Hahn, D.C., Named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman CollegeFranklin Park, NJ, chiropractor Frank Hahn, D.C., has been named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic. The Chiropractor of the Year Award is an honor bestowed upon doctors who have, through their service, given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the principled chiropractic profession.

Dr. Hahn is a successful and principled chiropractor who thrives on service – serving his patients and his community, serving Sherman College, and serving the profession. A 2003 Sherman College graduate, he is owner and director of a thriving practice, Chiropractic LifeCenter, in Franklin Park, NJ, and he also provides care through Chiropractic for Humanity for Elijah’s Promise, which helps connect individuals and families in need with social and health services.

He says his vision is for “every man, woman and child on the planet to become educated about the benefits of chiropractic.” Dr. Hahn created and appears regularly on IFCO-TV, an online television show he created for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO). He is active with the IFCO, and he is a board member of the Garden State Chiropractic Society. He has written a book, 47 Reasons to Visit Your Chiropractor, available on Amazon.

Dr. Hahn serves Sherman College as a member of the Board of Regents, a group of individuals who provide for the advancement of the college with annual gifts. He is a longtime member of the college’s Reach Out and Recruit Program and is dedicated to building the profession by speaking at career fairs, local colleges and high schools, and by hosting career events for prospective students in his town. In fact, he referred a student who is currently enrolled at Sherman College, and several who have already graduated.

He is a sought-after speaker in the chiropractic profession, and has presented at the Berkshires Philosophy Seminar, New Beginnings, Schubel Vision Seminars, Chiropassion Seminars, Mile High Chiropractic, Garden State Chiropractic Society programs, Sherman College Lyceum, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and more. He has presented on the Sherman Connect conference call series as well.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.


Barbara and Jim Dubel, D.C., Presented with Sherman College’s Highest Service Award

Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Jim and Barbara Dubel

Middletown, NJ, chiropractor Jim Dubel, D.C., and his wife and chiropractic assistant, Barbara “Babs” Dubel, have been presented with the Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award by Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award is presented at the discretion of the president and therefore not awarded every year. This award was created to honor the Gelardis (Sherman College’s founders) and also the recipients who are deemed to have the same qualities as the Gelardis. It is given to individuals to recognize their unselfish dedication, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit.

Jim Dubel is a Palmer graduate and opened Health in Hand Chiropractic in New Jersey with his wife, Babs, at his side in 1980. Ten years later they started the New Beginning for a New Future Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend, known best as New Beginnings. From its humble beginnings, the event has grown under their direction and guidance. It is now one of the premier chiropractic philosophy events in the nation, drawing hundreds of chiropractors as attendees and attracting the best of the best in chiropractic philosophy presenters. New Beginnings is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Like the Gelardis, the Dubels remain steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic principles and serve as an example for the rest of the profession. They have sacrificed much in their service to chiropractic. They are pioneers leading the way for future generations, and their visionary leadership is inspiring. The couple remains steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic profession and has raised their three children in the same principled lifestyle. One of their children, Stephanie, is currently a student at Sherman College.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.