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Dr. David Bass, DC:, D.A.A.M.L.P.
spinal-decompression-and-traction-what-is-the-difference In the 20th century, the electric motor became part of our culture. The creation of intermittent power traction became a reality. This remained unchanged until Dr. Allen Dyer introduced decompression therapy in 1991.1 Dr. Dyer felt that, to reach the inner disc core, traditional traction needed modification. Although intermittent traction is an effective therapy for elasticity, circulation, inflammation and facet...
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TAC Staff
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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National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)
innovative-educationNational University of Health Sciences (NUHS) prides itself on providing students with the most complete academic and professional education for a career in the health sciences. For over 100 years, the university has led the chiropractic profession with academic excellence, dynamic faculty members and innovative leadership. Integrative Medicine Since 2000, when National changed from The National College...
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William H. Koch, D.C.
adventures-in-practice We have all grown up with the dramas of medical practice, depicted in popular TV programs.  There was Dr. Ben Casey doing brain surgery, and also the fatherly Marcus Welby, M.D., who practiced medicine in a small town, providing each patient with a level of patience, competence and benevolence that everyone would love to have from their doctor.  Who can...
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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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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
nutritional-alternatives-to-prescription-drugsby Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C. Prescription drugs are used to treat disease. They WORK by blocking a human enzyme system or by filling specific receptor sites, thus directing the body’s biochemistry. Their specific need and even dosage can be pinpointed by the use of various laboratory testing.However, nutritional supplements (whether protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, or minerals) do not, by themselves,...
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Interviews
Dr. Mitch Mally
million-dollar-chiropractic-featuring-dr-mitch-mallyEach 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. Mitch Mally, a 1981 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic who...
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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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Bill Koch, D.C.
neuro-modulation-technique-interview-with-dr-leslie-feinbergWe live in what is often called “the age of information”. In recent decades the United States has been making the transition from a major producer of manufactured goods to a major provider of information as the primary national product. The healing arts with all of its specialties and sub-specialties has also been experiencing a transformation. Every profession is...
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TAC Staff
perspective-from-the-outside-in-interview-with-andrew-cheesmanAndrew Cheesman, who has been with NAOMI/RF System Lab since 2007, is Sr. VP of Marketing and Sales for North America. Having an extensive background in merchant banking, Cheesman has lived in eight countries and has done business with 52 various countries over the years. Born and raised in the UK – and now residing in Lincoln, NE – you...
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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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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
Freddie Ulan, D.C.
adding-a-successful-nutritional-component-to-your-chiropractic-practice I have studied many different patient management systems designed for chiropractors over the past twenty-five years.  But practitioners who try to use chiropractic systems to manage the nutritional aspects of a patient’s case will find themselves falling short of true success.  I had the same problem until I made the discovery that, while a chiropractic patient may benefit from...
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Charles C. DuBois
standard-process-providing-the-tools-for-better-health-careThe American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews Charles C. DuBois, President of Standard Process, Inc., about his company’s efforts to “give back” to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of your company. DuBois: For more than 75 years, Standard Process has provided health care professionals with the best whole food supplements and herbal products for themselves and their...
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Ronald J. Grisanti, D.C.
nine-powerful-supplements-to-reverse-heart-disease Half of your patients are going to die of heart attacks and strokes; half your family members are going to die of heart attacks or strokes; you, if you can reduce yourself to a statistic for a moment, stand a 50 percent chance of dying of a heart attack or a stroke. Despite the "progress" of medical science over the...
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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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Leonid Ber, MD
resolving-vitamin-b12-deficiency-using-oral-supplementationNew research validates high dose methylcobalamin lozenge regimen Vitamin B12 (often referred to as cobalamin) is an essential nutrient that can only be  obtained from diet or supplements. Its main function in the body is to assist in the synthesis of DNA. As a result, quickly dividing cells such as red blood cells are among the most frequently affected by cobalamin...
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Robert Anderson M.D. and Perry Chinn, D.C.
what-are-the-health-benefits-of-supplementing-with-the-amino-acid-l-arginineThere has been a flurry of discussion, speculation and even hard to believe health claims surrounding the supplementing of the amino acid L-arginine. L-arginine is considered a conditionally-essential amino acid, meaning that it is not found in sufficient levels in the “normal” human diet. Amounts that produce the clinical effects suggested by research highlighted below must be received in supplement form. ...
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Orthotics
John J. Danchik, D.C.
lower-extremity-conditions-and-postural-supportHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 37 year-old male presents with a report of pain in his lower back and right hip. Further discussion elicits a history of previous right hamstring strain during high school soccer, along with several episodes of ankle sprains. He has had arthroscopic surgery to evaluate recurrent left knee pain and stiffness, which found no specific...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
ankle-sprains-and-active-supportAnkle sprains are common injuries, because the ankle is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking.  This can be particularly important for patients who participate in recreational activities and sports that require running and jumping.  Proper evaluation and management in the early stages of an ankle sprain are very important in preventing chronic instabilities.  With appropriate...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
popliteus-tendinitis-in-a-softball-playerPopliteus Tendinitis in a Softball Player by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 27-year-old male who participates in an adult softball league on weekends. He describes recurring episodes of pain and swelling along the back and outside of his right knee, which has limited his knee extension for the past several...
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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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-ankle-pain-in-a-young-athleteHistory and presenting symptoms: The patient is a 16-year-old athlete who plays football and baseball.  He reports recurrent pain in his left ankle over the past year, especially after lengthy running practices.  Occasionally, the ankle will swell, which he treats with an ice pack and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.  He recalls no specific injury and has no significant disability, but is concerned...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
low-back-pain-leads-to-lifestyle-changes History and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with a history of recurring episodes of mild to moderate pain in his lower back. He states that his back pain just seems to come and go, with no specific triggering activities. He does not participate in any competitive or recreational sports, and recalls no injury or trauma to his back. He has...
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Practice Management
Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
feeling-vs-functioning-a-simple-solution-to-a-common-practice-problemDespite our extensive background in the philosophy of our profession, we, as chiropractors, often fall into the “MEDICAL MODEL OF THINKING.” We may find ourselves making care decisions based upon the symptoms the patients report on the day we see them, rather than relying upon objective data collected that day or at a previous appointment. People in today’s society have been...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
what-do-you-see-chiropractic-looking-like-in-10-15-yearsA careful examination of recent legislation provides a profound insight on how health care will be delivered in the future and on how chiropractic will look in the decades ahead.  The current level of unemployment in our nation is low to none.  Practically the entire country is employed.  Private insurance carriers no longer hold the purse strings of reimbursement.  The...
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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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Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.
healthcare-information-technology-the-key-to-unlocking-the-door-to-national-reformHealthcare Information Technology — The Key to Unlocking the Door to National Reform by Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.   President Obama’s administration recently hosted forums on healthcare reform in cities across our country. I was fortunate to be included on the invitation list to the forum held in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa White House Forum...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
billing-correctly-for-21st-century How do you know you’re coding properly? First and foremost, if you had to ask this question, you may have a problem. The world of billing and coding changes each week. Doctors go to seminars to learn how to increase reimbursement, while insurance employees are taught how to deny payment. What a paradox. The best way to win at the...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
gaining-balance I’ve learned some strategies that have helped me simplify my own life and gain more balance. Look for opportunities to apply them to your circumstances. It is perfectly acceptable to say, "No." If you are constantly telling others and yourself that you are too busy, then you probably are! Why are you so busy anyway? Living with intention...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, R.N., D.C.
unilateral-spondylolysisCase History: This is a young college student who plays competitive basketball and is complaining of chronic mid lumbar spine pain. She hurts on hyperextension and has some relief on flexion. The specific diagnosis is? Figure 1.    Diagnosis:  Unilateral Spondylolysis (pars defect) with contralateral sclerotic hypertrophy of the opposite pedicle. Unilateral Spondylolysis  Spondylolysis may involve only one pars interarticularis of a single vertebra and...
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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.
vertebra-plana-what-is-the-real-cause History This 12-year-old male patient presents with neck pain, following heading a soccer ball. Discussion Eosinophilic granuloma is the least severe but most common (60-80%) of all the histiocytoses.1,2 Peak incidence comes between the ages of 5 and 10 years and 75% of cases occur in individuals less than 20 years of age. Symptoms primarily are localized pain and swelling of less than...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
melorheostosis[Case History] This male patient has a history of multiple traumas to his humerus.  Are these radiopacities exuberant callous formation from hematoma? Diagnosis:  The answer is no!! This is a rare sclerotic skeletal dysplasia referred to as “MELORHEOSTOSIS”. General Considerations Melorheostosis is a rare, sclerosing bone dysplasia that was first described in 1922 by Leri and Joanny.  Synonyms include Leri type of osteopetrosis, osteosis...
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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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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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Larry Willkins, D.C.
adding-decompression Dr. Larry Wilkins, Founder and Director of Laurel Mountain Chiropractic Clinic in Mt. Pleasant, PA, has added post-graduate hours in such studies as rehabilitation, manipulation under anesthesia, nutrition, pediatrics, exercise, and advanced work in the Pierce Chiropractic Method. As an involved professional, Dr. Wilkins has many accomplishments to his credit. He has served as a board member of two chiropractic...
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Rehabilition
Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
the-functional-approach-to-rehab-exerciseSelecting the ideal exercises for patients with back conditions requires judgment based on clinical experience and scientific evidence.  There are several approaches to rehabilitation, and many different types of exercises are available; however, patients have a limited amount of time, willingness, and enthusiasm to exercise.  Therefore, we must always try to give our patients the most effective exercises for their...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
joint-rehab-and-exercise-tubingCurrent research describes the advantage of early, progressive rehabilitation exercise for many types of joint conditions.1-6  These benefits include: restoration of range of motion; decreased pain and swelling; decreased neural inhibition; quicker return of muscle function; and improved performance in sports and all daily activities.  Some studies even speculate that early rehabilitation programs may reduce the number of joint re-injuries.7-9 Contemporary...
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A. Joshua Woggon, D.C.
can-whole-body-vibration-be-harmful-to-your-health-questions-a-answers-for-chiropractors-utilizing-vibration-therapyOsteoporosis and obesity are important health concerns in the United States.  Whole-body Vibration (WBV) therapy has the potential to make a significant impact upon musculoskeletal health and wellness in the coming decade.1,2 It also has the potential of causing significant musculoskeletal harm, and becoming a significant source of doctor liability, if improperly applied. Many educated readers may recall the lawsuits that...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
one-simple-approach-to-exerciseIn our last article, we discussed a couple of different methods of cervical extension traction for the rehabilitation of cervical lordosis.  In this article, we will discuss extension exercise in the context of rehabilitation of cervical lordosis. Loss of cervical lordosis and loss of cervical motion have both been associated with cervicogenic headaches.1,2   Cervical extension traction and cervical extension exercises...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
avoiding-rehab-overload-the-variablesOne of the underlying principles in physical rehabilitation is that the body responds positively to the increased stresses placed upon it.  This is the whole reason for asking muscles to lift more weight, for asking tendons to pull more tension, and for asking joints to undergo more movement.  We have a mechanism for developing and improving our physical capabilities when...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
exercise-for-healthy-agingThere is now a wealth of data that supports the value of aerobic and resistance exercise for the geriatric population. Improvements are seen in weight and body composition, greater insulin sensitivity, decreased falls/improved balance, better psychological health, less frailty and improved function. With exercise, the resting blood pressure lowers, and there is a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality.1...
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Techniques
Dennis Woggon, B.Sc., D.C.
mvas-affect-form-and-function-of-the-c-spineTrauma, especially motor vehicle crashes (MVC), can change an individual’s posture. This will, in turn, affect the victim’s stance and gait, due to soft and hard tissue injuries which cause abnormal function. Humans adapt in time and need to their environment. The human body must adapt when external forces damage the internal environment. This induced...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-quiet-mouse-gets-no-cheeseAre you a man or a mouse?  You were tops in your class out of chiropractic college, read every report on new techniques and technology and are the Leonardo DaVinci of the examination room.  BUT, it doesn’t matter; for, all your expertise, golden hands and charming mannerisms are not assets in a wanting waiting room.  You need patients in order...
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Charles L. Blum, DC
managing-acute-low-back-patientsImagine a scenario where a patient walks into the clinic or your office in acute pain—grimacing in pain, antalgic, and guarded in all movements.  You’re barely able to take vital signs, and neurological and orthopedic examinations are difficult to perform due to the patient’s severe apprehension.  A radiograph or MRI finds no fracture or osteopathology, but possibly some degree of...
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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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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
the-qchiropracticq-headache Headache disorders account for about 120 million lost workdays per year in the United States, alone.  Controversy exists to explain the “mechanism” of all types of headaches, particularly cervicogenic headaches. Tension-type headaches account for 78% of all headaches and statistically this includes the so-called “cervicogenic headache”.  Because of the results we see in our offices treating headache, it seems most...
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Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
trigenicsr-a-neurological-evolutionThe quest for more complete care and sustainable results has come to a new conclusion with the evolutionary creation of a multimodal treatment system that utilizes synergistic functional neurology. This 3-dimensional assessment and treatment system is Trigenics® Myoneural Medicine. With neurology as the key, many doctors now using Trigenics neuromanual methods are claiming it to be the missing element of treatment...
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