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Cover Stories
Christopher Kent, DC
a-man-of-many-hats Chiropractic Leadership Alliance’s versatile Co-Founder is one the most influential minds that the profession has ever known—and the perfect choice to lead the Wellness Revolution: the kind that would make him one of the most important chiropractic figures of his generation. A Man of Many Hats, Christopher Kent is a Doctor, a Lawyer, an Author, a Researcher, an...
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David Chapman-Smith
the-international-growth-of-chiropracticWhat’s ahead for chiropractic? In the following interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), David Chapman-Smith and Sira Borges, D.C., discuss the rapid growth of chiropractic in Latin America and worldwide. TAC: What are the roles of the WFC and FLAQ?Chapman-Smith:  Details of the WFC, whose voting members are national associations of chiropractors in eighty-six countries, including both the American...
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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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Palmer Chiropractic College (PCC)
the-palmer-academic-health-center The new, three-story building taking shape on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is impressive from the outside, but it’s what will happen on the inside that has administrators, faculty and students buzzing on Palmer’s main campus, The Fountainhead of the chiropractic profession. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Academic Health Center will be a unique feature...
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TAC Staff
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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TAC Staff
the-future-is-here-chiropractic-collegesWhile there might be debate about where the future of chiropractic is headed, it’s certain that the colleges have a large influence.  That’s why TAC has compiled a comprehensive list of chiropractic colleges, to help illustrate the direction of the education of future chiropractors and of chiropractic as a whole. Each college has provided their primary and elective techniques, and...
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Interviews
Boyd Williams, D.C.
a-practice-based-on-purpose-passion-and-never-ending-trainingDr. Boyd Williams is a 1987 graduate of Northwestern Chiropractic College who practices in his hometown, Rochester, Minnesota, with his wife, Cindy, a 1996 graduate of NWCC. Beginning his practice as a sole practitioner in 1988, Dr. Williams became a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in 1991 and the first sports chiropractic diplomate in Minnesota in 1994. Then, he enthusiastically set out...
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Kent Greenawalt
orthoticsTAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of Foot Levelers, Inc. Greenawalt:  Foot Levelers is the world’s largest custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizer company.  We use the term Stabilizer instead of orthotic, because our products stabilize the pelvis and spine by correcting imbalances in the feet.  They are custom-made and scientifically designed to address the patient’s unique postural problems.  They...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv-do-it-yourself-tv-advertisingThe 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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Rob Cooper
office-supplies-a-suppliersThe American Chiropractor (TAC), interviews Rob Cooper, President of Scrip, Inc., about his company's efforts to "give back" to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of Scrip, Inc. Cooper:  I am just entering my 12th year with Scrip Chiropractic Supply, although Scrip has been serving the needs of doctors of chiropractic since 1968.  I know I...
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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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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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Nutrition
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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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
un-complicating-nutrition-part-2Part 1 of this article series (Volume 28, Issue 2) discussed how to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Specific diseases and diets for specific diseases were not discussed. The goal with the anti-inflammatory diet is straightforward…the goal is to create an anti-inflammatory state, that is, to reduce the inflammatory potential of our tissues. This is a very important dietary goal, as...
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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.
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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Dr. Richard Drucker, B.S., M.S., N.D., Ph.D.
the-gift-of-naturally-prolonged-healthy-and-sustained-lifeWhat took Mother Nature thousands of years to create, recent humanity has taken for granted and has selfishly destroyed. In the last 75 years, modern U.S. economic agricultural practices have nearly eradicated all of the naturally occurring organically (carbon containing) complexed trace minerals, poly-electrolytes and metalo-enzymes from our diet. Two-time Nobel prize winner and renowned scientist Linus Pauling categorically stated...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
alternative-healthcareOur Often Misguided Instincts Many of our beliefs were created by advertising.  A healthy body is the best advertisement.  It depicts a healthy life, which is the reality.  Beliefs are acquired throughout time, starting when we are very young.  We acquire a sweet tooth, and a taste for junk food.  We learn most of our behaviors from our culture, including our...
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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.
a-non-surgical-approach-to-chronic-knee-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 41-year-old male, who describes persistent pain and occasional stiffness in his left knee, which is not associated with any specific activity.  He reports several years of recurring episodes of medial knee pain that just comes and goes, with no swelling or inflammation.  Previous evaluations, including a knee MRI, have resulted in a diagnosis...
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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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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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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. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
small-businesses-keeping-up-with-online-presence The world of marketing is changing. It is not the same as five years ago, ten years ago, or even one year ago. Because of this, it is imperative for us to begin to look at all of our marketing efforts and avenues, and make changes accordingly. Change should be made not only in the way we target...
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Practice Management
Fred Di Domenico, D.C.
staff-your-most-valuable-asset When assessing the assets of your practice, your staff should be your most coveted element. Nothing can make or break your practice like your staff. A well-trained, happy staff propels your practice to new heights. An unhappy, unmotivated staff is a "ball and chain" that will doom your every good intention. You cannot outperform a bad staff. If your...
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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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David Foster, DC and Joseph Labriola, DC
outsourcing-your-chiropractic-billing-a-collectionsAre you losing the “battle” with insurance reimbursement?  I say “battle” because that is what it has become. The insurance industry’s fiduciary responsibility is to their stockholders and profits, not providers. They have internally mandated that they will create systems that will increase profits and limit payment to all health care providers, especially chiropractors.  Why chiropractors? According to James J. Mathis,...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
chaos-vs-control-are-you-organized-for-successOrganization is a large word that can have a great impact on the success of your practice.  Without a systematic way of organizing your practice, chaos and havoc will rule with no guidelines to help sort out the confusion.  In a chiropractic practice there are three components to building a successful organization:  Policies, procedures and systems. Policies, procedures and...
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Eric Kaplan, D.C.,N.D.
what-you-are-is-where-you-want-to-be We have all heard the cliché, "You are what you eat." I believe, "You are what you read, watch and think." The Biblical affirmation of this is in the book of Proverbs, which reads, "…as he thinketh in his heart, so he is." Many of us and most of our patients are influenced by television. We can turn off the...
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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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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
sacral-fracturesHistory This patient fell off a horse while competing in a high level equestrian event. The patient fell directly over the sacrum and experienced immediate severe localized pain in the sacral area. Discussion Sacral fractures usually occur as the result of a fall upon the buttocks or following a direct traumatic blow. There are two types: Horizontal and Vertical. Horizontal (transverse) Fractures These are 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.
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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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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drmarks380
chiropractic-clinician-and-the-radiologist-a-partnership-with-a-caveatIt is critical for every chiropractor to have a support team of health care specialists in order to render the highest level of care for our patients. The radiologist is the first specialist that you should add to your team. In the triaging of our patients, the progression is to create an accurate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan and then...
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andrewcheeseman
digital-x-rayThe technology used in conventional X-ray film is 100 years old. There are not many technologies that do not evolve and improve in 100 years, and the X-ray field is no different, although many doctors have not yet made the technology jump in this area. In the last 10 years alone, we have seen the development of affordable technology in...
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Jeff Cronk, DC
using-x-ray-digitization-to-enhance-your-credibility-and-quality-of-careThe theory behind evidenced based practice is scientific knowledge gathered through good research. Clinical examination procedures can lead to clinical consensus and standardization with regard to diagnosis, decision making and treatment guidelines. X-ray digitation fits into this model, since it is a clinically accurate way to objectively assess spinal stability and spinal motion segment integrity loss. Two or more doctors can...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
how-to-use-spinal-nerves-to-turn-off-pain-instantly Before I became a chiro-practor, I read many books about chiropractic. My limited understanding (a fantasy, really) was that chiropractors put some kind of secret pressure on spinal nerves that turned off pain instantly. After going to dozens of chiropractors and practicing for many years, I realized that this was, indeed, a hopeless fantasy. I never saw anything that...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
spinal-exercises-in-rehabSpinal exercise is an important part of any spinal rehabilitation program. The timing of the prescription of spinal exercises is very important, so as not to cause more trouble for the injured patient. Recommendations on Exercise The use of active methods of care, such as exercise, have been discussed in some detail in published articles and books on the subject.1,2,3 Guidelines have been...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
dueling-paradigms-why-every-chiropractor-should-embrace-postural-rehabilitation-concepts The seventies and eighties brought huge changes to chiropractic. In the early years, chiropractic was founded around a paradigm of restoring normal spinal alignment (structure), thereby allowing the patient to return to a more optimum state of health (function). Many more traditional chiropractors continue to view patient care strictly within this "structural" paradigm. Consider this from the International Chiropractors...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
getting-the-most-support-from-assisted-devicesAn elderly patient enters your office with complaints of low back pain. She is using an assisted device (e.g., cane, walker, crutches). As you watch her walk, you think to yourself, "She looks like Yoda from Star Wars, and I would hurt also if I were walking like that." Or your patient asks, "Dr. Bones, am I using my cane...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
hamstringswhat-about-stretching An interesting study has found that there is a more effective way to stretch the hamstring muscles.1 The new procedure is easy to teach to patients, and can be done anywhere and just about anytime. Unlike some forms of hamstring stretching, it does not require an assistant or any special equipment to achieve significant improvement in flexibility. The new stretch...
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Techniques
Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
case-history-gall-bladder-attack-responds-instantly-to-chiropractic-care Marjorie was a 62 year old chiropractor’s wife who presented in my office with classic signs of acute cholecystitis- a gall bladder attack, along with the presence of gallstones. She had severe right-sided abdominal pain, radiating into her right shoulder, as well as excessive belching, nausea and bloating. She had been up most of the night. Examination revealed exquisite abdominal...
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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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
dont-limit-the-subluxationUsing different terminology, D.D. Palmer (chiropractic), A.T. Still (osteopathy) and Samuel Hahnemann (homeopathy) all recognized life as a triune of matter (physical), energy (emotion) and consciousness (intelligence) and viewed dis-ease as the result of disharmony amongst them. There is no purely physical or purely mental illness—all physical illness includes emotional symptoms and all emotional illness includes physical symptoms. Physical...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
do-cranial-bones-moveWe were taught in school that the cranial bones are fused and do not move after infancy. That’s because we weren’t taught in Italian. What does language have to do with it? Read on. Cranial motion was introduced to the osteopathic profession by William G. Sutherland, DO, in the 1920’s. Sutherland was inspired by the 18th century philosopher and scientist Emmanuel...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
decompression-as-a-chiropractic-techniqueWe decided to develop a chiropractic decompression technique, the Kennedy Decompression Technique, to help establish a codified clearinghouse of information and resources available, but often untapped, regarding traction therapy and how it may create "Decompression" as an outcome. This in an effort to offer a viable counter to advertising claims, scientific doublespeak and negligent...
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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
scoliosis-correction-clear-solutionsScoliosis is a dis-ease of the neuro-muscular skeletal system. The medical “Gold Standard” of treatment, which is bracing and surgery, has few positive results.  As spinal experts, the chiropractic profession should take the lead in the correction and stabilization of the scoliotic patient. 90% of the time the scoliosis patient presents with a standard posture; forward head posture, right head tilt,...
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