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the-state-of-the-chiropractic-professionAs The American Chiropractor celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary, our panel of leaders look back on just how far the chiropractic profession has come and what lies ahead.     Dr. Louis Sportelli President of NCMIC Dr. Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 47-year career in chiropractic. He is currently serving as President of NCMIC Group ...
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Richard R. Shaker, D.C., R.T.P., C.P.T.I., C.C.S.P., A.C.R.B., C.S.C.S.
chiropractic-in-the-nflFor four seasons in the NFL, after having suffered a chest injury while playing my rookie year, I had not been able to breathe properly. I also had severe pain in my chest and rib cage. Previous to Dr. Shaker, I had seen every medical specialist, including other chiropractors—no one could help me. I was struggling to survive in...
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Allan Dyer, B.S., M.D., Ph. D.
decompression-is-more-than-traction Dr. Allan Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and is a doctor of Internal Medicine. He was also awarded a Ph.D. for his graduate studies and pioneer work in Transthoracic Cardiac Defibrillation. During his career as a senior administrator and Deputy Minister of Health, he instituted the hospital services quality assessment, generic drug substitution program, prescription...
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Frederick Carrick, D.C.
neurology-a-chiropractic Frederick Robert Carrick, D.C., Ph.D., is the Distinguished Post Graduate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Logan University and is Parker College of Chiropractic’s Professor Emeritus of Neurology. He serves as the President of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Neurology and is the President of the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties of the American Chiropractic Association. Professor Carrick is...
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Gerard Clum, D.C.
over-34-years-in-service-to-the-professionDr. Gerard W. Clum, the profession’s most senior chiropractic college president in the world, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1973. He was a member of the Palmer faculty and practiced in Davenport, Iowa, in 1974 before becoming a member of the founding faculty of Life Chiropractic College in...
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Market Review
real-marketing-from-the-expertsReal Marketing from the Experts Michelle Geller Dr. C. J. Mertz MGV Marketing, Inc Team WLP William D. Esteb Dr. Mark Sanna Patient Media Breakthrough Coaching Dr.Daniel T. Drubin Dr. Timothy J. Gay ProPractice Partners Ultimate Practice Dr. Mark Studin Dr. Eric Plasker CMCS Management The Family Practice     We’ve gathered eight top experts in the Chiropractic field, just for you, to provide you with fundamental methods of marketing that can be integrated right now, on...
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Interviews
Rick Markson, D.C.
million-dollar-chiropractic-features-dr-rick-marksonEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series (M$C) focuses on the top surveyed issues facing chiropractors today.  Recruiting new patients, retention, profitability, marketing and staffing are each a determining factor in the growth, potential and success of the practice. The subject of this issue’s profile is Dr. Rick Markson, an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in Florida for the...
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George Goodheart, D.C.
muscle-testing-a-manipulation George Goodheart is a second generation Doctor of Chiropractic and graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1939. In 1964, Dr. Goodheart began making a series of revolutionary observations about muscle function and health and disease that evolved into applied kinesiology. By stimulating various neurological receptors and observing excitatory and inhibitory responses of muscles to manual testing, Dr. Goodheart was...
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Ken Krimpelbein, DC
empowering-patients-from-the-inside-outDr. Ken Krimpelbein, former high school physical education teacher and personal trainer, and a 1995 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, is now the owner of a successful multidiscipline practice in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He presently employs three chiropractors, a massage therapist, a registered dietician, five personal trainers and will soon have a physical therapist and a neurologist on staff. “Treat...
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Karl Parker, D.C.
dr-karl-parker-shares-his-dream-for-chiropracticAfter a controversial change of leadership at Parker College of Chiropractic 7 years ago, which stunned the entire United States chiropractic community, Dr. Karl Parker, son of the late Dr. James Parker, was summarily “relieved of his duties” as President of the college, an institution founded by his late father, leaving the former PCC President and heir apparent to the...
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John K. Maltby, D.C.
meet-the-new-president-of-the-icaAfter the dust had settled and the ballots were tallied, on April 15, 2005, the International Chiropractors Association had elected a new president in a landslide vote.  Who is this doctor who inspired such an impressive mandate by the oldest national chiropractic organization in the world, and what is his vision for chiropractic?  Find out, in the following interview between...
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William Koch, D.C.
chiropractic-biophysics-technique-interview-with-deed-harrison-dc Dr. Don Harrison has been a tireless Chiropractic researcher and scientist for more than 35 years.  Originator of Chiropractic BiophysicsTechnique (CBP), Dr. Don conducted his research and reported his findings according to established scientific standards and protocols. His diligence and expertise have been rewarded by a high level of acceptance by the scientific community. Dr. Don’s outstanding career as a Chiropractor,...
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Nutrition
Michael Dobbins, D.C.
the-care-and-feeding-of-athletesI get the calls, just as you do: “Doc, what about taking creatine? Should I?” or “What about the powdered entrails of the Mongolian muskrat? Have you seen the studies?” And on and on. Everyone wants magic. As our baby-boomers (and I am one) reach, what I shall politely call, maturity, many are suddenly becoming “athletes” in their quest to...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
why-high-cholesterol-by-itself-is-not-a-good-indicator-of-heart-disease Whenever I run a blood test on any patient, the first thing they all want to know is, "Doc, how is my cholesterol?" They think, because their cholesterol levels are normal, they have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, they do not know that about 50 percent of patients who die from cardiovascular disease have "normal cholesterol levels". They also do...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-truth-about-the-dangers-of-cox-2-inhibitorsAs most readers are aware, Vioxx was recalled from the marketplace in late September of  2004. It was discovered that a significant number of patients taking Vioxx suffered from heart attacks or strokes. A total of three COX-2 inhibitors have been in the marketplace. These drugs are sometimes referred to as “coxibs;” celecoxib (Celebrex), rofecoxib (Vioxx), and valdecoxib (Bextra). Celebrex and...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
popular-topic-inflammationMost of my columns revolve around discussing how inflammation promotes most diseases, and how we can reduce inflammation with nutrition. Some docs find this subject confusing, as they believe that inflammation equals healing. Indeed, inflammation is needed for healing after injury; however, chronic inflammation is a driver of most diseases. DC's need to be aware of this fact because patients are...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-many-clinical-faces-of-protein-deficiencyIf the Chiropractic Profession were to “Discover the Secret” of improving protein digestion and assimilation, it could transform the health care marketplace almost overnight! That is not an exaggeration. Almost impossible to detect in its early stages with ordinary lab tests such as blood work, protein deficiency is behind many of the most persistent chief complaints for which patients enter...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
nutritional-adjustment-with-coenzyme-q10Myopathology is considered by  most, if not all, chiropractors to be a component of subluxation.  This is a reasonable view, as degenerative changes are known to occur in muscle after injury, during hypomobile states, and as part of the so-called normal aging process.  Most will recall that muscles, and all other cells for that matter, function properly as a consequence...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tight-band-sidelines-fitness-walkerTight Band Sidelines Fitness Walker by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting Symptoms A 34-year-old female reports persistent pain at her right knee with walking. She localizes this pain to the lateral aspect, and says that it becomes worse as she continues her regular fitness walking program. She has been trying to walk three miles daily...
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TAC Staff
call-for-action-an-open-letter-to-the-chiropractic-profession Dear Chiropractic Colleague: This profession-wide "Open Letter" has been issued for a most urgent reason. Ignore it at your own peril Comprehensive and far-reaching "National Health Reform" legislation is rapidly moving forward in Congress. It is abundantly clear, that the legislation under consideration could substantially alter America’s health delivery system in dramatic and perhaps unexpected ways. Depending on the detailed legislative provisions that are...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
increased-running-increases-pain History and Presenting Symptoms A 33-year-old female presents with ongoing pain and discomfort in her left lower leg, which responds only temporarily to anti-inflammatory medications. She has been running regularly for the past six months, but develops left leg pain whenever she tries to increase her mileage. She ices her leg for fifteen minutes after each run, and...
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a-better-life-by-avoiding-the-knifeHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old male who describes persistent pain and occasional stiffness in his right knee that is not associated with any specific activity.  He reports at least two years of recurring episodes of medial knee pain that just comes and goes with no swelling or inflammation.  Previous evaluations, including a knee MRI, have resulted in...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
wellness-support-for-an-obese-patientHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 32-year-old male presents with a history of mild to moderate lower back pain, and aching tightness in his neck.  He states that his back pain comes and goes, with no specific triggering activities.  His neck tension is worse with long and stressful workdays.  He participates in no recreational sports or exercise activities, and recalls no back...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-pedal-imbalance-with-associated-conditionsHistory and subjective complaints The patient has suffered from a postural imbalance most of her life, causing stress and strain to the pelvic and spinal areas.  The patient states that she has received chiropractic care “on and off” most of her life. As the patient has grown older, she has experienced more frequent and intense pain in her lower back, right leg,...
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Practice Management
Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-importance-of-continuing-educationEven though all chiropractic doctorate degrees are earned through the stringent studies of chiropractic education, the actual license to practice chiropractic is another story. Nearly all chiropractors are governed by requirements for keeping the ability to practice their trade, if you will.  These requirements are not in place for the purpose of annoying the doctors, or for giving them a reason...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
creating-a-high-quality-imageIn today’s society, image is everything.  Public perception of a service or product can actually make or break a business.  Lets face it…chiropractic has had a less than positive public perception for over 100 years.  Do you ever contemplate your image?  What does the public perceive when they are introduced to you and to your practice?  What do they notice...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
an-associateship-that-worksThe tandem associateship: 2 doctors successfully treating the same patients. In the previous article of this, "How to Start a Practice" series, I discussed the "Associateships from Hell."  Unfortunately, most starting doctors get trapped in bad associate arrangements like these. However, this article describes an associateship structure that's very successful, an associateship in which both the established doctor and the...
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TAC Staff
practice-management-directoryPractice Management The 2X+1 Chiropractic Mastermind A mastermind of the world’s wealthiest doctors who have quietly revolutionized their practices using the proprietary 2X+1 system which is the OPPOSITE of what practice management or coaching “gurus” teach.  These docs are now serving on a higher, more profound level, while enjoying record practice growth AND more fun and time off than ever before. ...
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Claude Cote
going-paperless-in-2012-great-tips-on-how-to-choose-your-new-system To the benefit of chiropractors, there are more and more full automated paperless systems available for their practice. This rapid growth in the chiropractic software industry is due to the high demand of the product, which is great for chiropractors because it keeps prices down.  With all these choices of software systems, how can you make sure you choose...
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Bruce Parker, D.C.
moving-from-an-insurance-or-cash-practice-to-a-cash-like-practiceIf you have heard, “I can't afford it,” more than a few times from a patient, you may have, as a knee-jerk reaction, actually believed what you heard and begun to adopt financial policies in your practice to meet everybody’s limited financial status—like let’s make a deal, or unlimited care for a fixed fee, you pay...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, DC, D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., & Alicia M. Yochum, DC, R.N., BSN
degenerative-spondylolisthesis-and-leg-pain-whats-the-connectionHistory This 60-year-old female patient presents with lower back and sciatica pain through the buttock into the posterior thigh.    Diagnosis:   Observe the extensive sclerosis and osteophyte formation occurring bilaterally at the L5/S1 facet structures. There is a degenerative anterolisthesis of L5 upon the sacrum of approximately 4 mm. No evidence of pars defects is seen at the L5 segment.   Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-upper-thoractic-hump-pattern“Doctor, I’ve been worried about my hump. Will it get worse? Can you fix it?” Unlike the better-known dowager’s hump, the upper thoracic hump (see photos and illustrations) is more common and is found in younger as well as older people. Patients are concerned about their humps and are very motivated to get them fixed. They should be. Along with its unattractiveness,...
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Dwight C. Whynot, D.C.
the-cervical-acceleration-deceleration-practitioner So, you want to treat patients that have suffered a cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. Then you must learn to examine and treat a CAD injured person properly and with the proper tools. First of all, if you have never treated these types of injuries before, then you should arm yourself with the knowledge of the etiology of CAD trauma....
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.
spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-lets-get-it-right-and-stir-things-up The topic of spondylolysis and/or spondylolisthesis has been clouded with confusion for many years. To understand the true etiology as a stress fracture rather than an inherited congenital anomaly or predisposition has been a lifelong quest for me. The normally developing pars interarticulares is a fully ossified structure at birth and without a local synchondrosis to undergo nonunion. There has...
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Ryan Everhart
digital-x-ray-solutions-for-chiropracticX-rays play an important role in determining the exact cause for many health complications in patients. The advancements in radiography are allowing physicians to pinpoint the exact cause of complications through high quality output in a matter of seconds. As a chiropractor, it is important to determine what part of the body is causing the trouble, and you can do...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
transverse-process-fracturesDiscussion Transverse Process Fractures Transverse process fractures are the second most common fractures of the lumbar spine, with compression fractures being the most common. They occur usually secondary to a severe hyperextension and lateral flexion blow to the lumbar spine from avulsion of the paraspinal muscles. The most common segments to suffer transverse process fractures are L2 and L3. Radiographically, the fracture line appears...
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Rehabilition
Jay Kennedy, D.C.
build-your-practice-with-active-therapeutic-movementsActive Treatment Strategies Improve Patient Outcome & Clinic Profits Building a profitable practice takes the right equipment, skills and a commitment to excellence.  Certainly central to that is a clear, results-oriented treatment strategy.  Spinal adjusting and passive modalities are ubiquitous in chiropractic. Decompression/traction is also becoming a staple of passive care.  However, exercise and specific movement therapy is fast becoming...
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Stephen W. Boyles D.C,CKTI
chiropractic-and-elastic-therapeutic-taping-helping-a-young-athlete-finish-the-gameWe all employ a variety of techniques with our patients, and even with people we may not originally have thought of as patients. In almost 20 years as an educator and practicing DC, I have often been asked to share in unexpected areas. Kinesio Taping, or Elastic Therapeutic Taping, has been a valuable tool for me since 1999, and I...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
postural-rehab-the-problem-with-physics-why-we-failLast issue, i documented the ineffectiveness of traditional adjustments to substantially change spinal structure. I would like to explain one key reason why adjustments, typically, produce very little structural change. Once you understand how the laws of physics sabotage your adjustments, you’ll be well on your way to making the best corrections of your career. The problem with physics is...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
case-report-lumbar-disc-lesion-with-altered-lordosisIntroduction In our last article, we presented the history of lumbar traction for normalization of the lumbar lordosis in chiropractic.  In this article, we will present a case report of a patient with a herniated lumbar intervertebral disc, who had been referred to us by a medical neurologist. Case report Figure 1A demonstrates the pre-treatment lateral lumbar radiograph of a 28-year-old female travel...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
building-your-practice-on-a-strong-foundationBuilding Your Practice on a Strong Foundation by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   In keeping with this month’s focus on practice management and coaching, I wanted to take a slightly different twist with this article. While I make no pretense at being a practice manager or coach, I have started and operated two successful practices in my career plus...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Techniques
Warren Hammer, D.C.
the-benefits-of-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-mobilizationExperts agree that a crucial component of healing is soft-tissue treatment. Indeed, since the works of British orthopedist James Cyriax, clinicians have routinely employed cross-friction massage as a means of breaking up the web of adhesions and restrictions that normally form after injury. However, it is my contention that our profession is insufficiently informed about the advantages of soft-tissue methods...
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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
scoliosis-correction-clear-solutionsScoliosis is a dis-ease of the neuro-muscular skeletal system. The medical “Gold Standard” of treatment, which is bracing and surgery, has few positive results.  As spinal experts, the chiropractic profession should take the lead in the correction and stabilization of the scoliotic patient. 90% of the time the scoliosis patient presents with a standard posture; forward head posture, right head tilt,...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
health-a-hydrationWhy isn’t this patient holding her adjustment?” I wondered. Koren Specific Technique (KST) practitioners are happy to find that their patients hold their adjustments for longer periods and rarely return with the same subluxation pattern. That is why I was so startled to find a patient whose subluxations returned. Why wasn’t she holding her adjustment? Her chronic migraines had decreased only...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
effects-of-kinetic-resistance-mobilization-on-qfrozen-elbowq-syndrome-fesABSTRACT Introduction: This study presents an entirely new approach in the treatment of “Frozen Elbow” Syndrome (FES) using movement with resistance, Kinetic Resistance Mobilization (KRM). FES is described as a loss of normal Range of Motion (ROM) at the humeroulnar articulation. The attempted movements may or may not be associated with pain, weakness or parathesia; but, in the four cases presented...
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Howard F. Loomis, Jr., D.C., F.I.A.C.A.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-do-the-significance-of-pottengers-saucer  Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) cannot be separated. A deviation from normal in one has consequences in the other. Beginning with my February 2010 column, I have been describing a five-minute Source of Stress examination that can be done in your office any time you need to determine when a visceral dysfunction may be responsible for perpetuating structural misalignments and...
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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
our-three-brains-and-the-emotional-component-of-healthThree Brains? … Normally we think of the brain as singular! However, that concept changed when Neuroscientist Paul MacLean, Ph.D., identified three different parts of the brain: the Reptilian, Mammalian and Neocortex Brains. Each is distinctly unique and radically different from the other in chemistry, structure and behavior. MacLean describes the three brains saying, "Stated...
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