Laurie Meinholz '08

Theatre/Dance with a minor in Psychology
Decorah, Iowa

Dr. Laurie Meinholz recently graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA.  Dr. Laurie opened a chiropractic office in Decorah, IA.  Nordic Chiropractic is located on the East end of Water Street.

Upon entering the Theatre/Dance program, and specifically the MF curriculum, what were your initial reactions? Upon leaving?

I started by taking Contact Improvisation with Jane [Hawley] and I came in after having surgery on my hand. I loved being able to move around all day and not have to sit in a desk. And I appreciated how everything could be modified around the giant cast I had on my hand and I loved learning how to listen to my body, when I was too tired or when my hand need to rest.

Upon leaving, it was like leaving my family. I knew I had a safe space to be in at Luther, and yet I didn’t know what I was doing as I graduated and that was a stressful. I wanted to leave but was also worried about trying to find another similar family outside of Luther. The knowledge I gained was vast and yet indescribable. I knew what I learned from the MF curriculum would always serve me in my life. I knew about my body. I knew about other people’s bodies. I knew the anatomy. I learned about physics without knowing I was learning physics. The two major things that stick with me are: to believe in myself and to trust in the process.

How does the MF curriculum inform your career/path? How do you use MF in your day-to-day life?

On the most basic level, it gave me a jump-start in my anatomy classes. Already knowing a lot of the anatomy of the pelvis, knowing where the greater and lesser trochanter was helpful. Also knowing and understanding how the body moves will always stick with me. One way that knowledge helped this past week in class on the peripheral nervous system. On our exam we had many questions about the actions of muscles. I definitely know what the insertion/origin/action of the psoas major is, along with the lateral rotators of the thigh and some others. Using the knowledge I gained in the department in conjunction with the material from class I was able to figure out the actions of a few more. So those are a few ways it has helped me in my classes.

One thing I hope to bring into my practice from the MF curriculum is the imagery. As a chiropractor I will have patients who have been misusing their bodies for as short as a few hours, up to years and decades. Most likely I can adjust the patient, I can ease their pain, but if their subluxations are stemming from poor posture (for example) until the poor posture is corrected the patient will not see as large of improvements as they would if they were moving about their day with better posture and more easeful movement. I hope to give imagery to my patients to think about through the day instead of just saying that they need to “stand up straighter” but to instead tell them to think about rooting through your feet and a string pulling your head up. Energy going down and into the earth and then back up through your body and out the top of your head. I believe that this will be a more effective way to get my patients to a full recovery faster. I have also been reading and re-reading the book used in my MF I class, Taking Root to Fly to trigger my memory and keep the images fresh in my mind and body.

Wanting to use imagery in my practice while knowing a lot more about anatomy and physiology now, I do believe it would be valuable someday to retake the MF curriculum (or parts) with my current knowledge in order to view the curriculum through the lens of chiropractic.