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Homecoming sessions: The Complete Package—Six Courses Define the Palmer Package

8/23/2010 (Archived)

co - richard burnsA comprehensive examination of the many facets of the Palmer Package was presented during Homecoming through six different courses.

In “Palmer Package Review: Toggle Recoil and Thermographic Neurology,” Ramneek Bhogal, D.C., reviewed assessment procedures and appropriate clinical applications of Toggle Recoil. He began with a quick overview of toggle recoil before discussing chiropractic philosophy as it relates to subluxations and innate intelligence, and highlighted a few of the 33 Principles of Chiropractic. Dr. Bhogal also discussed the importance and necessity of radiography/spinography, and then demonstrated specific set-up and thrust procedures. Upper-cervical chiropractic and thermography research also was presented and discussed.

“Palmer Package Review: Adjusting the Cervical Spine,” provided speaker J. Richards Burns, D.C., the opportunity to cover the reason chiropractors are chiropractors. He initiated the session with the published definitions of subluxations and reviewed how to assess the neurological and biomechanical components of the subluxation. Dr. Burns then covered the “seven common denominators” of adjusting that can be applied to adjustments of the entire spine. He then recommended how these denominators can be applied to adjusting the cervical spine using the cervical chair.

The importance and necessity of completing a thorough chiropractic examination were brought out in Palmer Package Review: Thoracolumbar Adjusting,” by Danny Lipes, D.C. According to Dr. Lipes, performing an incomplete examination can result in failure to properly diagnose and follow through with the right treatment, causing the patient’s health to suffer. Some of his recommendations for avoiding such pitfalls included communicating to patients without using too much jargon and getting as accurate of a history as possible. He also reviewed a variety of steps that can be taken to evaluate the Thoracic-Lumbar spine and the Palmer Gonstead technique approach.

In “Palmer Package Review: Chiropractic Assessment of the Pelvis,” Howard Pettersson, D.C., described the biomechanics of the pelvis. He also covered the evaluation processes and discussed clinical reasoning involved in this area. Dr. Pettersson went on to discuss history and pattern recognition, instrumentation, motion and static palpation, visual evaluation and radiographic analysis.

Pamela Gindl, D.C., D.I.C.C.P., presented “Palmer Package Review: Upper Extremity Evaluation and Adjusting,” and offered a real-world examination of the evaluation and adjustment of the upper extremity as taught in Extremity Adjusting Technique. Dr. Gindl discussed and encouraged hands on participation while reviewing the evaluation and adjustment of the upper extremity. Areas covered visual, pain point, and fluid motion/joint play findings associated with the various upper extremity subluxations that are addressed in the Palmer Package. A brief mention was made of some possible case histories and differential diagnoses that are of concern with the upper extremities.

The final course, “Palmer Package Review: Pediatric Adjusting” highlighted biomechanical variants in the pediatric spine and how they relate to chiropractic care. Speaker Stephanie O'Neill Bhogal, D.C., DICCP, discussed chiropractic evaluation, interpreting findings, and modifying adjustments to best suit the pediatric patient’s needs, with an emphasis on Palmer Package adjusting techniques.

With the College assembling these courses together under the “Palmer Package Review” banner, chiropractors at Homecoming were able to easily identify all of the opportunities available for them to acquire continuing education in the adjusting techniques most associated with Palmer College.