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by-chiropractors-for-chiropractors-since-1979Three Cheers for The American Chiropractor magazine!  Hip, Hip, Hooray!  This marks the 30th anniversary for The American Chiropractor in publication, and things have never been more exciting!     Our Mission Evolving over the years from its beginning as a high energy upstart, for the "Education and Entertainment of The American Chiropractor," today The American Chiropractor (TAC) is "Dedicated to the...
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Elisa Zinberg, D.C.
the-zen-of-dr-zinbergOne of the top female wellness executives and consultants in America, Dr. Zinberg was an entrepreneur and private practitioner prior to joining The Masters Circle in 2000.  She also serves as the company’s director of its Chiropractic Assistant (CA) certification program and now leads day-to-day operations, overseeing coaches, seminars, and product development. Elisa Zinberg exemplifies the spirit and dedication of The...
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David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)
nerve-first-approach“Nerve First” Approach by David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)   Dr. Fletcher is a 1980 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Fellowship in Chiropractic Sport Sciences. He trains and teaches thousands of chiropractors to interpret and communicate the power of chiropractic care, using CLA’s Insight scanning technologies. He continues to practice daily, while developing new strategies for...
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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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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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John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.
stroke-a-different-perspectiveStroke…  A Different Perspective by John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.   In May 1999, upon returning Sunday evening from one of his many trips, John Stump and his wife went out for dinner. Arriving home they decided to begin packing for the upcoming lecture he was scheduled to do in New Zealand. He glanced at the clock; it...
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Interviews
John Donofrio, DC
healing-from-withinDr. John C. Donofrio, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic, credits much of his success to his becoming a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. Now practicing in Reading, PA, Donofrio also recognizes that “healing occurs from within….” In his interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), this “Amazing Chiropractor” gives us a look at what drives him and what...
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Steve Shanks
low-level-lasers-for-pain-therapyInterview with Steve Shanks, Vice President of Erchonia Medical. TAC: Tell us about your product and what it does? Shanks: The Erchonia laser is the first low level laser to receive FDA market clearance; Erchonia opened a whole new industry in non-invasive patient care. We currently have FDA approval for chronic neck and shoulder pain and post-surgical pain. We should have another...
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TAC Staff
president-of-david-singer-enterprises-interview-with-dr-david-singerDr. Singer received his undergraduate degree from Rutger’s University, his M.S. degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and his Doctorate from the New York College of Chiropractic. Graduating with honors as the salutatorian of his class, he was inducted into Phi Chi Omega, the International Chiropractic Honor Society.    In his first year of practice, Dr. Singer was seeing more...
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Albert Stabile, DC
patient-needs-go-firstTAC:  How did you become involved in chiropractic, Dr. Stabile? Stabile:  I was injured in an automobile accident in 1964, and was having extreme lower back pain. One of my college friends, who was planning on attending chiropractic college, advised me to see the chiropractor that he was being treated by. I had been to numerous medical providers, including two orthopedists,...
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Vernon Temple, D.C.
raising-standardsVern Temple, D.C., has been part of the testing community for nearly thirty years, first as a member of the Vermont Board of Chiropractic Examination and Registration, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) delegate for the state of Vermont and, subsequently, as an NBCE Director for the past seven years, six years as District III Director...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
marketing-machineMarketing Machine Interview with Steven Visentin, D.C.   The American Chiropractor recently heard about an e-book written by Dr. Steven Visentin (SV), Blow Your Head Off: Practice Building Secrets. Dr. Visentin graduated  from the National College of Chiropractic and decided to practice in  Denver, Colorado, for its excellent quality of life.  Unfortunately for him, many other chiropractors had the same idea and the...
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Nutrition
Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
should-chiropractors-treat-intestinal-problems Can Pain Due to Intestinal Disorders Be Stopped in Minutes with a Simple Soft Tissue Technique? Inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other intestinal disorders often respond extremely well to a combination of soft tissue techniques and nutritional supplementation. Various studies show between one person in one hundred to one thousand in North America will experience ulcerative colitis...
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Christopher Fuzy, M.S., R.D., L.D.
the-future-of-chiropractic-services-in-america-My New Year’s Resolution—Is Now the Time to Build or Elevate My Practice with Nutrition? A Clinical Nutritionist’s ExpectationA majority of your patients committed themselves to a health related New Year’s Resolution on January 1st. Studies show they will implement a nutrition or exercise program in the next 3 months as a result of their desire to improve their health. Are...
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John Brimhall, DC
the-road-to-complete-wellnessDr. John Brimhall has been referred to as “The Father of Wellness Care in Chiropractic”.  The much-lettered Doctor began a stellar career, which has now spanned more than three decades, with a single degree, a cum laude Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in 1971. Since that time, he has become an author, lecturer, formulator of over 50...
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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.
the-supplements-i-take-and-whyNutritional supplements have been around for a long time. For example, the two oldest companies that currently service our profession are Anabolic Laboratories and Standard Process. Each was family owned some 80 years ago and they remain that way today. As a child, some 35 years ago, I walked into a health food store for the first time. Supplements and various...
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Paul Yanick, Ph.D.
innate-enhancement-via-oral-chelation-and-ionic-detoxificationOur modern day environment has drastically disturbed the body’s ionic balance, critically important for innate intelligence and communication.  Excessive positive ionization, a result of water, food, and air pollution, causes what Albert Krueger, MD (the late University of California (UC), Berkeley, researcher) termed “positive ion poisoning.”  Russian scientists (supported by over 5,000 scientific studies) report that systemic ionization with negative...
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Orthotics
Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
how-to-get-paid-with-insurance You treat Mrs. Jones today, complete your fee slip, and your insurance staff has every document necessary to bill the claim. They have the application for benefits and/or proper claim forms from the patient, along with the correct policy numbers. The staff also has all of the completed notes/letters of necessity/results required ready as attachments to send with the claims,...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
the-rights-and-wrongs-of-orthotic-selection Why is there so much disagreement in the field of professional foot orthotics?  When I read articles and research regarding support of the feet and lower extremities, I am constantly reminded that there are two major camps.  Each side seems to make a strong argument.  If I tell a podiatrist about the types of orthotics I find to be...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
heel-pain-in-a-cross-country-runner History and Presenting Symptoms A 21-year-old female cross-country runner presents with pain around her right heel that extends into the underside of her large toe, and is limiting her running. The pain has been present for about six weeks and has not responded to her use of stretching, ice and ibuprofen. She has also noticed that her altered gait is...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
leg-length-inequalityHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 42 year-old male presents with recurring episodes of moderate pain in his low back and right hip.  He denies injuring the region and cannot identify any precipitating activities or events.  On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain as varying from 25mm to 60mm, while the right hip pain is usually around 30mm. ...
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TAC Staff
news-of-the-profession Chiropractic in Military Medicine Chiropractic services are offered at several United States military bases and veterans healthcare locations. An article in the June 2009 issue of the journal Military Medicine discusses, in an effort to increase awareness and improve interdisciplinary collaboration, when to refer patients for chiropractic care. The article titled "Chiropractic in US military and veterans’ health care" by Drs....
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
pelvic-and-hip-pain History and Presenting Symptoms A 27-year-old female describes a history of aching pain and tightness extending from her lower back into the pelvic region and both hips. She describes a recurrent pain that has bothered her since she was in a motor vehicle collision at the age of sixteen. As a passenger, she injured her right leg and hip during...
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Practice Management
Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
the-financial-stability-of-family-practiceChiropractic Family Practice is extremely profitable. Rather than working harder and harder for their money, chasing insurance companies only to be denied payment, losing patients because their insurance doesn’t cover the care anymore, and dealing with the incredibly stressful, high overhead that comes with other types of practices, thousands of chiropractors are becoming the family wellness providers for their communities. The...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
unintended-marketingIt is said that albert einstein had a sign hanging in his office at Princeton University that read, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." The point that I want to take from that quote is that there are some not-so-pretty byproducts from marketing a chiropractic clinic that certainly count, but are...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
whatever-it-takesWhat price would you pay for success. Each month I focus on practice building components. This month’s article will focus on the five inches from temple to temple.  Everyone wants to succeed, but few know how. How is that?  There are so many books written on the subject. My favorite is Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.  Have you read...
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Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.
history-and-research-of-the-national-upper-cervical-chiropractic-associationPractically all authorities agree that a subluxated vertebra, by definition, includes movement of the vertebra from its proper position in several planes and directions. The reduction of the subluxation, the adjustment, must be a predetermined and pre-directed process of correction. Direction is a measurable factor in a subluxation; force is an inherent element of the adjustment....
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
treatment-protocols Treatment protocols are care paths, based upon accepted utilization guidelines and a consensus among the healthcare delivering team, that organize the diagnostic and therapeutic services that are appropriate to a patient’s condition and how often each should be performed. Essentially, treatment protocols map out case management decisions and are individualized according to each patient’s specific complicating or attenuating factors. They...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
create-your-future-use-of-an-effective-business-expansion-planning-calendarLet’s face the facts.  Although the average chiropractor does see an occasional “walk-in” new patient, this is more the exception than the rule.  We, as chiropractors, consider that there is a minimum number of new patients that we need to see each week in order to be satisfied that our practice will continue to grow at the expected rate. The...
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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.
c2-to-c3-congenital-block-vertebraDescription. When two adjacent vertebrae are osseously fused from birth, this joined unit is called a congenital block vertebra. Embryologically, this is the result of failure of the normal segmentation process of the somites during the period of differentiation at 3-to-8 fetal weeks.1 The block vertebra, by itself, is clinically insignificant. As there is no motion allowed at the fused...
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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.
fractures-of-the-clavicleHistory The young patient fell on an outstretched arm while playing football. Discussion The “S” shape and normal overlap with the upper ribcage renders the clavicle a difficult structure to evaluate on straight anteroposterior projections.  The optimum view is anteroposterior projections with 15 degrees cephalad tube angulation.  Weights (10-15 pounds) may be held to aid in detecting undisplaced fractures.  The exposure factors should be...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., Chad J. Maola, D.C. and Alicia M. Yochum, RN, BSN, Senior Intern at Logan College of Chiropractic
sacral-and-coccygeal-fracturesCASE HISTORY This young male patient fell off a horse and landed on his buttocks. SACRAL FRACTURES Sacral fractures usually occur as the result of a fall upon the buttocks, direct trauma or in association with pelvic fractures.  Isolated fractures of the sacrum are uncommon and a diligent search for an associated fracture of the pelvic ring or symphysis pubis is often beneficial...
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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.
benign-or-malignant-thats-the-questionHistory This adult male patient presents with hip pain and a lesion is found on X-ray. Is this likely to be benign or malignant?   Note the well demarcated geographic radiolucent lesion in the proximal femur. It has a sharp zone of transition around it with a sclerotic border. These roentgen signs suggest a benign lesion. Diagnosis: Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia...
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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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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
foot-problems-and-athletic-injuriesFoot position and alignment are important factors that must be considered in our active population. As we encourage more of our patients to walk, jog, and exercise, we need to be prepared for the "side effects" of our recommendations if any foot problems exist. For example, a 1998 study of runners found that those who pronated more while running had a...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
preventing-injury-during-summer-activitiesWith the approach of summer, more of our patients are turning their attention to getting outdoors and exercising. Activities can range from walking to the mailbox to running local 5K races. Regardless of our patients’ activity levels, an important factor in keeping them out of pain is addressing the shoes they are wearing. Different Activities, Different Needs Commonly, someone who begins...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
importance-of-foot-function-in-the-gait-cycleImportance of Foot Function in the Gait Cycle by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   An essential part of our chiropractic examination should include evaluation of the gaitcycle, with special consideration toward the patientwho has chronic musculoskeletal-related pain. In previous articles we have discussed several components of the gait cycle. Our most recent article talked about how abnormal patterns...
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Aadam Z. Quraishi, M. D.
diagnostics-used-for-sports-and-rehab-facilitiesHaving a sport and rehab facility demands great expertise and close attention to detail in treatment protocols.  In such settings, doctors often rely on objective findings of manual testing.  Nonetheless, given the explosive level of technology available today, it is ludicrous for any doctor to rely strictly on “manual findings.”  One of the greatest sources of objective findings available, to...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
are-your-shoes-killing-youDuring my early years of practice, while working with youth sports, I met an Athletic Trainer named Bob Ragsland (“Rags”). He had been working with college athletes for many years and emphasized to me the importance of proper equipment fitting. I spent many hours with him learning techniques for fitting shoulder pads, helmets and other sports equipment. Then, one afternoon at...
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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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Techniques
Jay Kennedy, D.C.
decompression-deception-and-the-magic-machine  It is important to recognize that as we approach nearly twenty years since the initial entrance into the Chiropractic market of Decompression systems, we are still faced with the marketing of magic decompression machines, being somehow different than traction devices based upon mechanisms and pull patterns. For many people, logic, reason and basic physics, though compelling, can’t really compete with...
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Leslie Feinberg, D.C.
the-feinberg-techniqueNMT: The Feinberg Technique is a comprehensive system of healing that truly delivers on the promise so much of the world of health care has believed would one day emerge from the field of energetic medicine. E=MC2 is the famous equation by which Albert Einstein explained that matter and energy were inter-convertible, one to the other, and not the two distinct...
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Deed E. Harrison, DC
chiropractic-biophysics-cbp-mirror-image-posture-adjustingPosture is used by many in chiropractic to demonstrate to the patient that their structure is in abnormal alignment; e.g., health fair and mall screenings, plumb line analysis, visual analysis, and computerized plumb line analysis. However, few DC’s use the scientific analysis of head, rib cage, and pelvis postures in three-dimensions (3D) as rotations and translations along the three X,...
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Dr. Mitch Mally
case-study-rotator-cuff-impingement-syndromeHistory and Subjective Complaints: A 24-year-old professional/international circuit tennis player presents with a right shoulder injury, 6 months post U.S. Open. Objective Findings: Decreased right shoulder flexion, abduction and external rotation. X-Ray: Absent 8-10 mm subacromial space, laterally rotated vertebral border of the right scapula, antetilted glenoid labrum. Diagnosis: Protracted laterally antetilted right scapula causing rotator cuff impingement syndrome. Treatment: Specialized manipulative decompression of involved protracted/antetilted right scapula, medial-inferior...
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Donald Epstein, DC
somato-respiratory-integration-exercises-to-relieve-stressA patient calls in the middle of your weekend feeling great distress about their experience under your care; what do you tell them?  You have a patient who seems to be so unresponsive to care, you feel lost.  You are looking for your practice members to take more responsibility for their health, wellness and healing processes.  If you have ever...
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Karen Wilczewski
the-graston-technique-changing-the-treatment-of-soft-tissue-injuriesA clinically researched, innovative treatment modality is changing the way chiropractors are treating soft tissue injuries—including the most difficult repetitive stress diagnoses.  The mode of treatment, the Graston Technique, offers expanded options for treating all chronic and acute disorders. In less than a year since its introduction to the profession  (November 2001), more than 300 chiropractors nationwide have been trained...
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