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The Importance of the Green Books for Your Chiropractic Career

Sherman's collection of Green Books –is a treat for curious chiropractic students

Sherman’s collection of Green Books –is a treat for curious chiropractic students

Step into the Tom and Mae Bahan Library at Sherman College, and you can explore one of the most comprehensive collections of chiropractic books in the southeast U.S.

You can browse shelves packed with books on chiropractic, biology, and even business practices. And if you delve a little deeper into the library’s multimedia collection, you’ll find even more.

Sherman’s library website connect students to more than 10,000 open-access scientific journals, 400,000+ records on chiropractic, and full-text access to more than 60 databases and resources.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

Sherman’s inter-library loan services link students to more than 5,000 other libraries across the globe.

While those resources are impressive in their own right, one of the big showstoppers for students is still Sherman’s prized collection of “Green Books.”.

What are the Green Books?

What are the famed Green Books of chiropractic? They can actually be a bit hard to define. To start with, not all of the green books are green. And they weren’t all written by the same author.

What many chiropractors agree on is that these books – first published between 1906 and 1961 – are among the early foundations of chiropractic science, art and philosophy.

The Story Behind Early Chiropractic Research and the Publication of the Green Books

When D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, he quickly became fascinated by this new non-invasive approach to healthcare. D.D. Palmer began extensively researching the science behind chiropractic and documented many of his early insights.

D.D. Palmer’s work laid the foundations for chiropractic science, art, and philosophy

D.D. Palmer’s work laid the foundations for chiropractic science, art, and philosophy

Those early writings were published in books with green binding – which is where these historical volumes get their name.

Although D.D. Palmer wrote some of the foundational green books, his son B.J. Palmer actually wrote the majority of them, continuing his father’s chiropractic research as the philosophy and science of chiropractic evolved throughout the twentieth century.

Other green books were written by prominent faculty members of the Palmer School and other Palmer family members, with B.J.’s blessing.

Top Green Books to Read While You Complete Your Chiropractic Degree

In total, there are 41 official green books. Even if you don’t have the time to read all 41 volumes, taking a look at some of the most influential green books can provide valuable context to your chiropractic studies.

A Sherman student enjoys an afternoon at the Tom and Mae Bahan Library

A Sherman student enjoys an afternoon at the Tom and Mae Bahan Library

The first of the green books, for example, was written by the Palmer father-son team. It’s titled “The Science of Chiropractic: Its Principles and Adjustments” and discusses the differences between chiropractic and osteopathy during the early days of chiropractic, when the public often confused the two.

If the history of chiropractic piques your interest, then the 1961 green book “The Glory of Going On” – which tells the story of B.J. Palmer’s chiropractic career and legacy – might be the read for you.

Alternately, if you’d rather read early accounts of chiropractic adjustments in B.J. Palmer’s own words, you might want to read volume 18: “The Subluxation Specific – The Adjustment Specific.”

Have you read any Green Books while completing your chiropractic degree?

Let us know your favorite by continuing the conversation on our Facebook page.

4 Essential Communication Skills for Success as a Chiropractor

Sherman students develop their communication skills at the college’s on-site chiropractic clinic

Sherman students develop their communication skills at the college’s on-site chiropractic clinic

As you embark on your chiropractic career, you’ll use your communication skills often as you interact with patients, employees, and other healthcare providers. Communication will play an important role in how you build trust with patients, attract new patients to your practice, explain the philosophy of chiropractic, and work with your chiropractic colleagues and other professionals that might work in your practice. As a result, your communication skills will play a crucial role in your career.

What are the most essential communication skills for chiropractors? Read on to find out!

Successful Chiropractors Use Plain Language to Explain Chiropractic to Patients

Patients can sometimes feel nervous or unsure when they first visit a chiropractor. They might not know about the philosophy of chiropractic, or they might be unfamiliar with how chiropractors perform adjustments. One of the best ways chiropractors can help relax patients is by addressing any questions they might have, as well as taking the time to explain how chiropractic works in language they can easily understand.

As you complete your chiropractic training, you can gain patient communication experience at your college’s in-house clinic. Schools like Sherman College, with chiropractic accreditation, help students build valuable communication skills right in the classroom where they learn how to effectively explain the philosophy of chiropractic.

Generally, it’s best for chiropractors to use plain, simple language when explaining the concepts of chiropractic. Try using analogies that are easy for patients to relate to, and use everyday language instead of unfamiliar chiropractic terminology.

Active Listening Helps Chiropractors Build a Rapport with Patients

Being able to talk with your patients and carefully explain complex concepts is important, but so is the ability to listen to their concerns and questions.

Try using active listening as your patients explain their medical histories or voice any concerns they might have. Active listening involves carefully paying attention to what the other person is saying, and then asking questions or rephrasing what they’ve said to make sure that you’ve fully understood them.

Not only will patients feel better having voiced their opinions, but active listening also helps build trust and a sense of connection between a health professional and his or her patient.

Communicating with Co-Workers and Employees in a Chiropractic Practice

Once you graduate from chiropractic college, you might open your own practice or decide to work at an established practice. In many cases, you will work closely with an assistant that takes care of booking appointments, filing paperwork, and answering the phone. You might also work with several other chiropractors or healthcare professionals. To keep a harmonious work environment, you’ll need to use your communication skills often.

Try communicating with staff members regularly. Thank them for a job well done, and let them know about any important changes in policy, customer requests, or other feedback so that they can act in a timely manner. Open and regular communication helps create a welcoming and friendly work environment.

Written Communication Skills Can Help You Market Your Practice

Written communication skills are also an important part of chiropractic care. Not only do you use these skills to fill out important forms and paperwork, but you can also use writing to help promote your practice.

Many chiropractors use marketing tools such as social media, a blog, or a website to help market their chiropractic business. To help promote your practice, use a professional and accessible tone in your writing. You don’t want to scare away patients with unfamiliar chiropractic terminology, but you also don’t want to be so casual that patients don’t take your expertise seriously!

What other communication skills do you think help contribute to chiropractic business success?

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An afternoon in Greenville

It is not often that I take my head out of the books are go exploring the local community.  On this particular day I was taking Ryan (fellow Sherman blogger) to the airport so I convinced Rachel and Christian to go early and eat in Greenville. I am sure many of you have heard the expression the best kept secret of the south. I would apply this to Greenville.

If you have never been to downtown Greenville the main street is filled with restaurants, cute boutiques, and pubs (sorry my husband is British I can’t call them bars). But the best kept secret is Falls Park. I had been to the main street before, but I had never walked all the way to the end. If you walk past Carolina Ale House and keep going eventually you run into the park. I love the architecture of the bridge and the cascading waterfall is beautiful. 

We had appetizers and a pint at the Green Room. (I did not know until after we left, but the Green Room was featured on TV for their French fries.)  We had dinner at California Dreaming where I highly recommend the marinated chicken. And ice cream at Spill the Beans. Not in that order. I love trying new places and managed to go to 3 new places in one day. I think I will need about 10 more trips to try every restaurant on Main Street.   


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