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Western Sciences Chiropractic College
western-states-chiropractic Being a successful chiropractor can mean different things to different people. Should success be based solely on the amount of income earned in a given year or the number of vacations taken in a lifetime? Is it determined by total income generated divided by hours worked and multiplied by vacations taken? At Western States, our students and alumni have...
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John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.
how-to-build-a-sports-health-care-practice Preface In business, “toke wa karinary” is the Japanese term for “time is money.” The Japanese feel that maximizing these two factors is the key to the success of any endeavor,1 especially the sports health care practice. Many doctors, when they get out of...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
success-enhanced-with-axial-decompression Dr. Richard E. Busch III, a second-generation chiropractor, has been in practice for almost eleven years. Busch Chiropractic is a cash-based, single practitioner, blended practice of standard quality chiropractic care, personal injury and pain center, focusing on chronic low-back and cervical disc cases that are facing invasive care, such as surgery, or have had previous failed surgeries. Many of Dr....
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TAC Staff
five-college-presidents-set-the-record-straight"Chiropractic is a remarkable profession with a legacy of dedicated men and women working diligently to make chiropractic universally available. As our profession grew and matured, so did chiropractic colleges.  They set the standard for what we can expect from our future doctors of chiropractic.  Our responsibility is to provide the best chiropractic education possible to the men and...
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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
can-chiropractic-care-help-scoliosisAccording to Dr. Charles Lantz, “Full-spine chiropractic adjustments with heel lifts and lifestyle counseling are not effective in reducing the severity of scoliotic curves”.  (JMPT 2001 Jul-Aug;(6):385-93, Lantz CA, Chen J.) In an article published by Dr. Mark Morningstar, et al, the abstract states: “In this study, we investigate[d] the possible benefits of combining spinal manipulation, positional traction, and neuromuscular reeducation...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
the-quest-for-athletes-peak-performance Dr. George Le Beau is a 1972 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. His thirty-four years of continuous private practice have been devoted, in large part, to the treatment of athletes from Gymboree toddlers to the Senior ...
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Interviews
Jeff Spencer, D.C.
on-the-roadDr. Jeff Spencer is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and currently serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.  A 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College at Los Angeles in 1988. ...
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Kent Greenawalt
united-we-stand-strongerKent S. Greenawalt, President and CEO of Foot Levelers, Inc., in Roanoke, Virginia, has, for years, helped revolutionize chiropractic care by developing and patenting many chiropractic products for everyday patient use. Now he has embarked on a new project to unite the profession in an effort to change the public’s perception of chiropractic care, once and for all. Kent Greenawalt founded the...
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Jeff Hockings, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv--infomercials-made-easyThe fastest way to affect public opinion is through television.  Shows like CBS’ Two and a Half Men, in which one of the lead characters is a chiropractor, show that the profession has, indeed, entered the mainstream of American culture… albeit with a less than ideal portrayal of a chiropractor, it’s a start. So how do you use this mega-tool to promote...
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George Curry, DC
helping-people-get-their-lives-backFor Dr. George Curry, chiropractic is truly a family affair.  “I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1982, my stepfather graduated from Palmer in the 60's, my stepbrother in the 70’s and my nephew graduated in 2002.  The two oldest of my six children plan to enroll in chiropractic college in 2006 and 2008,” says Dr. Curry. This Connecticut-based...
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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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Dr. Tim Weir
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-tim-weirEach 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. Timothy Weir an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in North Carolina,...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
a-healthy-dessert-option-dark-chocolateWhen I attend chiropractic conventions/seminars, I am often invited to have a meal with other DC’s. Not uncommonly, the doc(s) will apologize in advance for eating unhealthy food, or ask me not to criticize them for eating such things as French fries or pancakes. For the record, I am not part of the diet police, so people need not worry...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
important-multivitamin-and-magnesium-updateMultivitamins Only until recently, has the use of supplements been generally accepted by the mainstream healthcare community.  Naturally, there remain pockets of resistance, and that is likely to last forever; however, we just need to recall the comments made in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year:1 “In the absence of specific predisposing conditions, a...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
why-cholesterol-has-very-little-to-do-with-heart-attacks-and-why-silent-inflammation-does One of the best ways to live a longer and better life is to reduce your likelihood of dying from heart disease. If we could eliminate heart disease tomorrow, the average life expectancy of every American would increase by an estimated ten years. Although mortality from heart disease has decreased due to medical advances, the incidence of heart disease...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
an-apple-a-day-can-be-a-key-to-the-nutritional-adjustmentPatients are always looking for something that is easy to do when it comes to their health. So, eating more fruits and vegetables can be challenging for many; however, transitioning to a healthy diet can begin with something as simple as eating an apple every day. The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is still quite...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C
iron-deficiency-and-innate-intelligenceOne of my fondest memories of my chiropractic education occurred following a particular lecture on the Philosophy of Chiropractic. I remember leaving the classroom full of resolve and enthusiasm, believing that all I needed to get sick people well was the chiropractic philosophy and a system of specific spinal adjustments. I expressed this idea to a classmate who asked what...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
flaxseed-for-heart-healthy-nutrition The use of flaxseed in food and beverages, functional foods and dietary supplements has risen dramatically. Such increased popularity is related to the increasingly recognized benefits of flax’s rich omega-3 fatty acid, lignans (powerful phytonutrient phytoestrogens/antioxidants) and fiber content. A typical flax profile is approximately 40 percent fat, being mostly omega-3 as alpha linolenic acid (ALA); 28 percent dietary...
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Orthotics
johndanchik
joint-pains-bother-fitness-seekerHistory and Presenting Symptoms This female patient is a 51-year-old small business owner and exercise enthusiast.  She reports pain in the front of her left knee over the past several months, especially when exercising at the gym.  She has no obvious swelling or discoloration and denies any specific injury.  She reports that she takes over-the-counter medication for relief, but is worried...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
morning-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 56-year-old male who reports severe pain on the bottom of his right foot when he begins to walk in the morning.  He also notices pain under his right heel when he has been standing for a long time (greater than one-half hour).  Over-the-counter pain medications help somewhat; but his condition does not seem...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
understanding-the-mechanism-of-plantar-fascitisAs chiropractors, our primary focus of care is the chiropractic adjustment. Based on our education in science, art and philosophy, we decide how and where to apply the chiropractic adjustment. Our treatment of a patient’s condition is based on the reduction or stabilization of the resulting subluxation complexes. We listen to our patients’ concerns and answer their questions, but we...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
consider-hobbies-to-determine-whats-causing-painAs chiropractors, when we conduct our case histories and examinations we typically determine mechanisms of injury to be related to specific instances of trauma, repetitive macrotrauma or microtrauma. However, we should also consider posture, activities of daily living and hobbies as these can sometimes be the root cause of a patient’s pain. Today we are going to take into consideration...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plastic-deformation-back-pain-in-a-walkerHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 48-year-old male presents with persistent pain in his lower back region. He describes his back pain as an aching tightness, which has been progressively worsening over the past six months. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his current level of pain at around 35mm to occasionally 45mm. He is unable...
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Practice Management
Peter Fernandez, DC
an-associateship-that-worksThe Tandem Associateship, Two 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 ...
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Gregory M. Kingsbury, D.C.
looking-beyond-statistics-how-to-buy-a-chiropractic-practice Buying an existing chiropractic practice should be the most efficient and fastest way to financial success. For the new graduate, associate practitioner ready to branch out, or an experienced D.C. looking to expand, the benefits are numerous and the potential pitfalls many. For the last twenty-eight years, we have assisted hundreds of chiropractors in their quest to purchase the...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: What is the difference between active and passive care? A: One of the primary trends of healthcare is one away from the passive model of patient care toward an active model of care.  The paradigm of passive care with which chiropractors have practiced since the inception of our profession is now defunct.  Many practices that were established ten or eleven years...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
your-credibility-under-constructionHow important a role does credibility play in the marketing of your chiropractic clinic? Surprisingly, answers will vary depending on whom you talk to in our profession. A doctor who uses gimmicks, freebies, and deeply discounted fees to lure patients to his or her practice may have one perspective, while another doctor who utilizes a marketing...
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Rick Sapio
can-the-chiropractic-profession-be-savedCan the profession be saved? The jury is still out. One of the fundamental problems with the chiropractic profession (thankfully with a corresponding fundamental solution) is that DCs spend the vast majority of their non-patient business time reacting to issues related to employees, marketing, insurance, practice management, etc. These and other “urgent” tasks, issues, disturbances, and time-wasters consume their business...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
double-your-practice-without-leaving-your-front-doorDouble Your Practice Without Leaving Your Front Door by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   Over the years as a practice consultant, I always get the same question: "How can I get more new patients?" This seems to the mantra of the masses! This seems to be the only or best way to build a practice for most. There...
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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
vacuum-phenomenon-DISCUSSION The vacuum sign (of Knuttson) is an important early radiographic finding.1 Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.2  Studies have shown this to be a common sign of disc aging and degeneration, with an incidence of two to three percent in the...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
a-new-look-at-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosisA New Look at Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis by Mark Sanna, D.C.   Scoliosis comes from the Greek word skoliosis which means crookedness. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a deformity of the spinal column with an onset between the ages of ten and eighteen. Most types of scoliosis are classified as idiopathic, meaning that the reasons for this type of...
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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.
osteoarthritis-of-the-handDegenerative Joint Disease (DJD) General considerations: • Non-inflammatory degeneration of joint cartilage with secondary effects on adjacent bone. • The most common form of arthritis. • Synonyms include osteoarthritis. Clinical Features: • Pain, stiffness, crepitus, deformity and swelling, with normal laboratory studies. • Three types identified:  Primary, secondary and erosive. Primary: Unknown cause, 5th-6th decade, females 10-1, weight-bearing joints. Secondary: Known cause, 2nd-6th decade, equal sex distribution, any joint. Erosive osteoarthritis (EOA):...
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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.
compression-fracturesHistory: This 60-year-old male patient presents with acute lower thoracic pain after a fall while skiing.  Axial flexion compression force occurred during this fall.  The radiographic examination demonstrates how many compression fractures?  Are these compression fractures benign or malignant? DISCUSSION Compression fractures of the lumbar spine are the result of a combination of truncal flexion and axial compression.  The extent of the...
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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.
soft-tissue-neoplasm-or-hematomaSoft Tissue Neoplasm or Hematoma? by Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.   History: This 25 year old female has recently noticed a palpable mass in the upper inner thigh. She doesn’t recall any fall but does ride her horse on a regular basis. Diagnosis: Post-traumatic myositis ossificans. Note the calcific mass near the...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R. Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., B.S.N. 
fractures-of-the-pubis-and-ischium[Case History] This patient presents following severe trauma to the pelvic region after a motorcycle accident.   Diagnosis:  This patient has bilateral fractures of the superior and inferior pubic rami which has been referred to as a STRADDLE FRACTURE. Fortunately, this patient had no injury to the bladder, as bladder trauma is often present with fractures such as this. Of incidental notation is...
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Rehabilition
Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
getting-the-rehab-job-doneA large percentage of patients don’t perform the home-based rehabilitative exercises that are recommended to them.1  Even though you spend precious time deciding which exercises will be helpful and explaining them to the patient, your experience has probably been the same as most chiropractors:  Too many patients just can’t seem to do their exercises.  And yet, you know that if...
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M. Kirk Meier, D.C.
muscle-spasms-how-to-overcome-the-chiropractic-nemesis It’s happened to all of us many times. a patient comes into our office barely able to move and in excruciating pain. They have difficulty lying on the table, let alone moving through any range of motion and we want to get them into a side posture position. RIGHT!!!!! So, in lieu of any type of chiropractic manipulative therapy, we...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
soft-tissue-stress-and-rehabilitationThe body’s soft connective tissues (such as muscles and ligaments) are generally exposed to stress throughout life.  Such structures respond and adapt to the usual amount of stress exposure.  Damage occurs when soft tissues are exposed to higher-than-usual stress levels.  This can be a single, sudden, excessive stress, or it can be the result of repetitive stress to the muscle...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
managing-fhp-in-the-elderlyI recently got some great questions from a doctor in south Florida who frequently encounters aging patients with large forward head translations, yet have pronounced, sometimes even hyperlordotic, cervical curves. We've all observed this posture, common among elderly patients, but many doctors aren't aware it needs to be managed differently than the typical case of FHP associated with cervical hypolordosis. Typically,...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
child-development-and-structural-supportThe most common questions parents ask us involve concerns over proper development of their children. These developmental questions can spur from anxiety about height, weight, muscle and skeletal development. One area I am asked about quite frequently is a child’s walking or gait pattern. These questions often focus around concerns of not walking by a certain age, concerns about the...
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Randy Reed, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.
mckenzie-spinal-rehab-methods-in-the-chiropractic-office-active-therapeutic-procedures-insurance-companies-pay-for-part-i We all want success in treating our patients. We all want to be the "Hero," and provide that special treatment to our patient which sets us apart from the other doctors in our area. That may be what drives us, but what does it take for us to be that "Special Doctor" we all strive to be? The answer to that...
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Techniques
M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.
new-brain-science-old-school-thinking-a-closer-look-at-the-best-technique  Almost 50 years ago, I entered Logan College with a master’s degree in science education.  Although chiropractic was described as an “art and a science,” I was most interested in the science.  I was taught that the science of this profession evolved and revolved around the concept of encroachment of a nerve in the spine, specifically the intervertebral foramen (IVF). ...
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Arlan Fuhr, DC
piriformis-syndrome-assessment-a-correction-of-affected-structuresIs sciatica a frequent complaint in your practice? Did you know that the piriformis muscle, when inflamed, releases a biochemical agent that irritates the sciatic nerve? Find out how the Activator Adjusting Technique can help you bring relief to these patients. One of the more common complaints in any chiropractic office is that of buttock and/or posterior thigh pain, generally referred...
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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
help-for-chronic-subluxationsYou try all your regular approaches and the patient reports that “it’s a little better,” but your adjustment doesn’t seem to hold. If you’re like most chiropractors, this has happened in your office, too.  You could keep adjusting the patient every week, but what if you could address the patient’s “emotional physiology of thought” and then your adjustments would hold? ...
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Sheila Laws, D.C.
nimmo-receptor-tonus-techniqueRaymond Nimmo, D.C., graduated from Palmer School in 1931, and set up his practice in Fort Worth, Texas. He soon became thirsty for more knowledge, so he studied and taught Logan Basic Technique and other techniques. His quest brought him to the realization that what chiropractors had been taught in chiropractic colleges was not scientifically sound. He rationalized that the...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-importance-of-x-rays-in-todays-chiropractic-practice When I graduated from chiro-practic college in 1978, I elected to come back to my home state of New York to practice. At the time, the law didn’t allow for chiropractors to X-ray below L2. Chiropractors couldn’t order X-rays below L2. We were reduced to hoping there were no pathologies or contraindications. Since that time, I’ve come across a...
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Judy Munroe
software-a-technologyWhen selecting a software package for your office, take your time and know exactly what you are looking for.  There are many applications on the market today to choose from and the search can be intimidating for someone who is not savvy on the latest technologies.  However, without having the technical knowledge, there are ways that you can make good...
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