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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
clear-scoliosis-case-studyCLEAR Scoliosis: Case Study by Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.   THE PATIENT PRESENTED in 2008 with a 48 degree right thoracic Cobb angle. It was initially diagnosed in 2005 at 25 degrees. The patient had a history of birth trauma. The scoliosis previously was treated with traditional Chiropractic Care. The standard CLEAR Scoliosis examination was performed. Her X-rays revealed...
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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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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: Nutritional Supplements
best-selling-nutritional-products AC GRACE Price Range: $9.50-$35.50 UNIQUE E Mixed Tocopherols Concentrate: Pure, all-natural mixed tocopherols vitamin E complex–700mg softgel capsules with 400 I.U. of d-alpha, and 300mg d-gamma content. No soy oil as filler. For more information, call 1-800-833-4368.        Be well homeopathic Wholesale: $9.75; SRP: $15.90 Flu Terminator 2 Oz (Also Available in1 Oz spray) (Ten Ingredients) FDA Registered....
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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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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
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 Murkowski, DC
dr-dick-versendaal-a-pioneer-of-modern-chiropractic-wellnessDr. Dick Versendaal is one of the last living doctors of chiropractic who studied under Dr. B.J. Palmer. Today, he still practices with the “big idea” in mind.    In a Q & A session with Dr. Ken Murkowski, Dr. Versendaal talks about his past and present.  Also revealed are some of the interesting beginnings of Contact Reflex Analysis® (CRA), as well...
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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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TAC Staff
can-cloud-computing-really-save-you-thousands-annuallyInterview with Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A., F.I.C.C. His vision to elevate the profession and increase chiropractic access The American Chiropractor recently heard about a new Electronic Health Records (EHR)/practice management software product from Future Health that the company has decided to give away free. Like many of you, we wondered, “What’s the catch?”  So we sat down with Future...
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Dr. Steven Windwer
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-steven-windwer-dc Originally from New York, Dr. Steven M. Windwer, began working as a physical therapist the Boston area before moving back to Long Island and attending New York in Chiropractic College. He has played competitive basketball and soccer and now is the official chiropractor at Northeastern University, where he works with the athletic trainers and cares for athletes in all sports.   ...
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some-perspective-on-soft-tissue-interview-with-warren-hammer-dcDr. Warren Hammer has been in practice for 50 years. He graduated from Brooklyn College (BA) in 1955, Lincoln Chiropractic (DC) in 1960; Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists in 1975; instructor in spinal biomechanics, NYCC; University of Bridgeport (Human Biology-Nutrition, MS) 1979. He is a consultant for Graston Technique©. He attended seminars at Gonstead Clinic (20 X), Cyriax, Nimmo...
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Nutrition
John H. Maher, D.C.
drug-free-approach-to-hypertension The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates approximately 73 million American adults age 20 and over have hypertension, also known as the "silent killer," because only 60 percent of adults who have hypertension are being treated for it, and two-thirds of those don’t have it under control! The AHA defines hypertension as a systolic blood pressure (BP) of 140 mmHg or...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
milk-may-be-a-driver-of-diabetesTwo sacred cows of nutrition for the people of the United States have been bread and milk. The low carb craze has heightened the public’s awareness about the dangers associated with refined starches, such as most cereals, breads, and pasta. Many people steer clear of these more refined starches and many even avoid the whole grains. Whole grains do contain fiber...
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Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C.
is-lyrica-the-magic-bullet-for-fibromyalgia Doctors and their patients continue to search for the magic bullet that will cure fibromyalgia. Elavil, Klonopin, Flexeril, SSRI’s, Ambien, Neurontin, and Cymbalta have all, at one time or another, been promoted as the latest and greatest "new" drug for fibromyalgia. The fibromyalgia drug du jour, Lyrica, has seemingly topped them all by becoming the first FDA approved drug...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
when-bread-consumption-causes-neurologic-disease Most are aware that gluten consumption will ignite the expression of celiac disease in those who are genetically susceptible. Readers should also be aware that the expression of gluten sensitivity need NOT be celiac disease. In about 50% of those with gluten sensitivity, the gastrointestinal symptoms begin in childhood. About 22% will manifest gastrointestinal symptoms after childhood. Almost 30%...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-minute-stress-evaluation Stress as a Specific Diagnosis Stress provokes a very exact physiological response by the body. Unfortunately, the term "stress" is so commonly used, it seems to have lost significance as a specific diagnosis. Everyone in our modern, fast-paced society seems to be "uptight" because life is so stressful. But, as clinicians, we should never lose sight of the fact that the...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
nutritional-alternatives-for-statin-drugsA list of the commonly prescribed statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), prosuvastatin calcium (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor). One statin drug that is no longer being used is Baycol, made by the Bayer Company. A USAToday.com article, posted on June 8, 2004, stated that, “Bayer pulled Baycol after reports that 31 people taking the drug died of...
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Orthotics
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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John J. Danchik, D.C.
triathlete-troubled-by-tarsal-tunnel-syndromeby John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C   History and Presenting SymptomsA 31-year-old male athlete presents with burning pain and paresthesias affecting the ball of his right foot and toes, and extending along the sole of his foot.  He is a competitive triathlete, but doesn’t recall any specific injuries to his right foot.  These sensations are worse at night, and are aggravated by...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
going-the-extra-mile-with-the-orthotics-processThe main values of providing custom orthotics are the postural support, protection, and comfort they offer to your patients.  Another important aspect of the orthotics process, however, is the help you can give your patients in getting reimbursed for these products.  Many patients hope that their orthotics will be considered a covered expense by their insurance companies.  For some...
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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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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.
groin-strains History and Presenting Symptoms A 45-year-old male presents with occasional, moderate pain in his left hip and groin. He has been evaluated for hernia and arthritis, with no definitive diagnosis and no successful treatment. Physical therapy with various modalities and exercises felt good, but didn’t resolve his problem. He says that he has noticed these symptoms for at least the past...
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Practice Management
Ron Short, D.C., MCS-P
why-am-i-suddenly-getting-reviewed-by-medicareI have heard this question a lot as I consult with chiropractors all over the country. In a discussion with one doctor, he stated that six years ago he had been reviewed with no problems or errors. He was reviewed a few months ago and had a 100% error rate. The puzzling part was that he hadn’t changed his documentation...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
murphys-law-3-when-starting-a-practiceDoing your own remodeling… will cost you more. Murphy's Law” is an old adage that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". When you start a new practice you’ll experience many examples of Murphy laws.  I’ve opened over 3,000 new practices. Just when I think I’ve heard them all, a new twist on Murphy’s Law...
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Claude Cote
opening-a-new-office-how-to-lower-your-expensesAt a glance, opening a new practice seems easy.  But in reality, opening a new chiropractic office can be a significant financial challenge.  Opening a new office is exactly the same as opening any other kind of business.  You will have to rent office space, buy equipment, set up a marketing plan, hire employees, and the list keeps going on,...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
improve-billing-department-efficiency-with-four-management-techniquesTo operate your billing department effectively and efficiently, you need to recognize that billing and collections require good management. Following are some techniques that can improve your billing efficiency and help you get paid. 1. Establish expectations with your patients, your payers, and your staff. A common problem practices face is getting patients to pay their bills, deductibles or copays. Although...
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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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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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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
osteolytic-metastatic-carcinomaOsteolytic Metastatic Carcinoma by Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.       CASE HISTORY  This adult male patient complains of back pain, especially at night, and it awakens him from sleeping. Diagnosis: Osteolytic metastatic carcinoma of the left L-3 pedicle and vertebral body. This is the "one-eyed pedicle" sign or the "winking owl sign" 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.
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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
fracture-of-the-wrist-affecting-the-young-and-oldCASE HISTORY: This 8-year-old fell and hyperextended his wrist. Diagnosis: Torus fracture–distal radius. FRACTURES OF THE WRISTDistal Radius Fractures. The distal radius is one of the most common sites of fracture in the wrist. Care must be taken to search all projections for these fractures, many of which are often subtle and obscure. In the...
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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.
thoracic-spine-compression-fractures CASE HISTORY This 70-year old female lost her balance and stepped off the curb and experienced severe lower thoracic pain. DIAGNOSIS Observe the compression fractures of the T7, T8 and T9 vertebral bodies. Note the osteoporosis which contributed to the weakening of the vertebrae allowing these fractures to occur with minimal trauma. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS   Radiographic Signs of Vertebral Compression Fracture....
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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.
multiple-myeloma HISTORY This 65-year-old female patient presents with acute symptoms of right-sided radiculopathy, paresthesia and pain in the right upper extremity. There has been no trauma. DIAGNOSIS Observe the gross osteoporosis about the entire cervical spine. There has been pathological collapse of the C5 vertebral body, which is uniform in configuration. This is very characteristic of a malignant...
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Rehabilition
Marc J. Lamantia, D.C., and Gary A. Deutchman, D.C.
idiopathic-scoliosis-treatment-with-scoliosis-systemsScoliosis Systems™ is a complete chiropractic technique designed to manage idiopathic scoliosis without the use of a rigid brace.  Dr. Gary Deutchman and Dr. Marc Lamantia have combined their thirty years of experience and training in the development of this system, which includes both spinal and vestibular rehabilitation procedures.  “The key to the success of spinal remodeling is the use...
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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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Mark R. Payne D.C.
science-posture-and-personal-injuryScience, Posture and Personal Injury by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   Personal injury patients inevitably present with a unique set of challenges. From a clinical standpoint they are often in more acute, severe pain. Pre existing conditions are extremely commonm and need to be taken into account. Finally, there will almost always be real and legitimate concerns related...
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Dwight Whynot, D.C.
to-rehab-or-not-to-rehab If you are not performing rehabilitation in your clinic right now, you should consider doing rehab in the near future because it is these types of CPT® codes that are getting doctors paid better by the insurance companies. The insurance companies pay better because the patients not only get better faster, but the patients stay better longer.     Table 1—Case Management...
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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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Dennis Woggon, BSc, DC
mix-fix-set-protocols-for-posture-rehab“Don’t slump, stand up straight!” How’s that working for you? Probably not very well, as I think back to how effective that was when I was a child. We talk about changing posture, but how can we permanently change it.   Posture is not a conscious decision but a subconscious relationship with our environment.  Posture can be defined as the body’s position to...
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Techniques
Robert "Rick" Wiegand, DC
get-primalDr. Robert “Rick” Wiegand graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980 and entered into private practice. Early on in practice, he became intrigued with the question of how the human neural system processes very subtle types of stimuli. In 1982, Dr. Wiegand and a colleague, Dr. Ed Blumenthal, began investigating methods to help heighten awareness of subtle responses that...
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R.B. Mawhiney, DC
reduce-spinal-scoliosis-without-braces-or-surgeryDr. Hugh B. Logan, who founded Logan College of Chiropractic, first developed the basis for this procedure for the correction of scoliosis.  Over the last fifty years, I have modified, improved and updated the procedure to allow the chiropractor to produce consistent results. I established the International Scoliosis Research Center to provide research, consultation and seminars to the profession on...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
why-would-anyone-want-to-learn-a-new-technique Since finding myself in the world of teaching a new adjusting protocol/technique/system (Koren Specific Technique or KST), I’ve asked many of the doctors coming to our seminars why they took the plunge to learn a new way of caring for patients. The most common reasons given may surprise you: 1. The doctor is physically damaged from years of adjusting and...
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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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Ted Koren, D.C.
adjusting-disksAn alternative to spinal surgery Sometimes the most difficult cases are not due to subluxations of the vertebrae but to subluxations of the disks. As Richard Van Rumpt, DC, developer of directional non-force technique (DNFT) said decades ago, “If the disks are subluxated, the vertebrae won’t hold.” Is it possible to adjust disks? Yes, it is possible to easily...
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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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