One of the great things about getting a chiropracric degree from Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC is the wide range of clubs that you can get involved in here on campus. One of the clubs that I appreciate is the Women’s Chiro Club. Recently, the club hosted a women’s adjusting night with our own Dr. Deborah Denno. It was a great opportunity to get some one-on-one help with our adjusting skills from another woman.
As women, our strength and balance can differ a little bit from the men. This does not necessarily make it harder to learn how to adjust, nor does it mean we are not as good at adjusting. But it’s nice to get together with other women that are in different stages of the chiropractic program and voice common concerns and questions. It was a great opportunity to work on our set-ups and our speed during our adjustments, which all students should continuously practice. It is also nice to know that the instructors here at CU-KC care enough that they are willing to donate their own time after hours to help us become better chiropractors.
When I first started here at CUKC, many other women in the program, and I had some concerns. Will we be strong enough to be good adjusters compared to the men? What kind of opportunities are there in chiropractic for women? What kind of practice do I want to have?
Learning how to adjust from other women in the field helped put my mind at ease. Adjusting isn’t about strength; it’s about technique and skill. So don’t worry about whether you are strong enough! I have seen the smallest girls adjust as well as the biggest guys. It’s all about practice, practice, practice. We aren’t restricted to adjusting people smaller than us either. We are taught how to adjust everyone from babies to football players.
There are plenty of opportunities for women whether you want to treat children, the elderly, or athletes. The chiropractic field has a rich history of women chiropractors, including one of the founders of CUKC, Dr. Ruth Cleveland, and her mother before her, Dr. Sylva Ashworth.
So, if you are considering a career in chiropractic and have some concerns about what sort of challenges you will face as a woman, then stop worrying and start practicing!
Dr. Lindsey Spreiter is an alumna of the College of Chiropractic at Cleveland University-Kansas City.
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