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David O'Bryon, ACC Executive Director
interview-with-david-s-obryon-executive-director-association-of-chiropractic-colleges David O’Bryon , J.D., LL.D (Hon), F.I.C.C., is founder and president of O’Bryon & Company. With more than thirty years of association and government experience, he has served organizations as an executive, consultant, and volunteer. His responsibilities have included policy formulation and implementation for associations; design and management of membership recruitment efforts; development and implementation of government relations strategies...
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chiropractic-06Doctor, for the first time ever!  A seminar just for YOU on Technique, Healing, & the Technologies that help validate them all! Now in one place, techniques and healing methods of all philosophies presented together! Finally! You decide for yourself which techniques truly are the best for you and your patients! There are over one hundred chiropractic techniques, not to mention all of...
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instrument-adjusting-panel• Activator Adjusting Instrument • Impac’s Pro-ArthoStim • Neuromechanical Innovations’ Impulse® and Impulse iQ® • Sense Technology’s PulStar So many great adjusting instruments out there, but who’s got the time to figure out which one is right for them, right? Well, as always, we here at The American Chiropractor Magazine know exactly what you are looking for. We...
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calendar-of-conventions-and-seminarsSeminars!  We know that you’re interested in furthering your education and keeping on top of everything that happens in chiropractic, whether to fulfill your CE credits or simply to keep learning.  To assist you in planning ahead, this directory is designed to provide you with a list of upcoming seminars in order of general topic—national and international association and organization...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-piezoelectric-sensor-the-heart-of-the-proadjuster-patient-care-system Technique + Business = Results. Within this simple equation is the formula to business success. If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after. In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
the-quest-for-athletes-peak-performance Dr. George Le Beau is a 1972 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. His thirty-four years of continuous private practice have been devoted, in large part, to the treatment of athletes from Gymboree toddlers to the Senior ...
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Interviews
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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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. Deane Mink
million-dollar-chiropractor-interview-with-dr-deane-mink  Dr. Deane Mink's M$C Profile PERSONAL Married to wife, Sue, for 15 years; 7 children:  Mark, 43; Debbie, 41; Mike, 39; Matt, 36; Mitch, 29; Cheri, 32; and Christie, 25; 10 grandchildren. Recreation and Leisure:  Fishing and/or netting shrimp almost every week; boating; weekends at Florida waterfront properties; season ticket holder for Univ. of Florida football team. "GO GATORS!" Professional...
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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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Jeff Spencer, D.C.
on-the-roadDr. Jeff Spencer is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and currently serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.  A 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College at Los Angeles in 1988. ...
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John K. Maltby, D.C.
meet-the-new-president-of-the-icaAfter the dust had settled and the ballots were tallied, on April 15, 2005, the International Chiropractors Association had elected a new president in a landslide vote.  Who is this doctor who inspired such an impressive mandate by the oldest national chiropractic organization in the world, and what is his vision for chiropractic?  Find out, in the following interview between...
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Nutrition
David R. Seaman, DC, MS, DABCN
diet-and-supplements-for-athletesThe general goal with diet and supplements for athletes should be to promote an anti-inflammatory state so body better responds to the wear and tear generated by heavy exercise 1-3. With this in mind, diet and supplement recommendations can be uncomplicated. Humans have historically lived on health-promoting foods, including wild game (land animals, fish, and birds) and vegetation in the form...
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internal-health-a-chiropractic-specialty-sympathetic-dominance-parasympathetic-weaknessThis month, I begin a series of 24 articles each designed to highlight a set of symptoms that collectively point at a specific visceral problem that is perpetuating muscle contractions, loss of joint range of motion, and reoccurring structural misalignments that have become chronic and defy permanent correction. It is exactly these problems that cause patients to seek alternatives to...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
chiropractic-and-prescription-drug-use-restless-leg-syndromeAn important part of every case history, and even ongoing case notes, should be knowledge of the patient’s prescription and over-the-counter drug use. This has always been important because drugs mask symptoms and physical findings that are important in making an accurate assessment of the need for chiropractic care. However, at the dawn of the 21st century, prescription drug abuse...
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Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.
enhancing-the-benefits-of-nutritionIn our culture, we are finding that most patients are open to new ideas and desire to explore alternative therapies to answer their healthcare needs.  Such progressivism is great, but that openness has spawned an enormous and sometimes  unwieldy explosion in alternative healthcare products, procedures, and professions in the market today. In the vast ocean of health products, from...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
micro-miracles-discover-the-healing-power-of-enzymes Enzymes are the essential building blocks of life, the natural chemical catalysts that regulate all of the metabolic processes in your body—from digestion to immune function to tissue repair to hormonal balance to the rate at which you age. The 3,000 enzymes in the body regulate the thousands of daily biological tasks that keep the human organism healthy and...
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David R. Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., D.A.C.B.N.
sports-nutrition-a-perspective-on-prevention-Mental state or supplements for an improved performance? There is little evidence to support the notion that we can take nutritional supplements and improve performance or increase strength in a significant fashion. In all likelihood, the mental state of the athlete is the deciding factor. An example of this was a placebo study that involved the perceived use of anabolic steroids....
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Orthotics
Kirk Lee, D.C.
make-me-run-fasterHow many times have you heard from an athlete, “Make me run faster!” or “Improve my performance!”? Many athletes would gladly take a little pain for better performance and faster speed. However, ignoring the warning signs of pain can be a no-no! We know that the long-term outcome of living for today and not for the future can lead to...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
consider-hobbies-to-determine-whats-causing-painAs chiropractors, when we conduct our case histories and examinations we typically determine mechanisms of injury to be related to specific instances of trauma, repetitive macrotrauma or microtrauma. However, we should also consider posture, activities of daily living and hobbies as these can sometimes be the root cause of a patient’s pain. Today we are going to take into consideration...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
orthotic-support-for-knee-painThe knee has an impressive level of stability, despite the incongruent joint surfaces of the tibia and femur.  These two contrasting joint surfaces articulate only with the help of the crescent-shaped menisci.  Through their weight-distribution and shock-protection properties, the menisci help guide movements between the convex surfaces of the distal femur and the almost flat superior surfaces of the tibial...
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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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
bunions-bother-a-businesswomanHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old female, who is the regional sales representative for several lines of gift items and pottery. She reports frequent pain in her feet, worse on the right side. The aching pain is located around the base of her first toes, both of which have a noticeable bulge. This pain is now interfering with her visits to...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
high-arches-in-a-yoga-instructor History and Presenting Symptoms A 44-year-old female patient is a yoga instructor, who reports the recent onset of pain under her left heel. The foot pain is most noticeable in the morning when she first starts to walk. When her foot bothers her, she notices that her entire back is stiff and less flexible during yoga poses. In...
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Practice Management
Peter Fernandez, D.C.
how-to-choose-a-hot-town-in-which-to-practice-starting-a-new-practice-ixIn the last article, "How to Choose a ‘Hot State’ in Which to Practice," I advised you, the start-up doctor, to drive the country with your spouse looking for the climate, geography and type of people you prefer in choosing a place to live. Having found your ideal area of the country, I recommended that you...
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Michael Failla, D.C.
frustrated-with-bad-tech-supportFrustrated with Bad Tech Support by Dr. Michael Failla, D.C.   After years of having to deal with the customer service departments of insurance companies, most doctors and their staffs have grown numb from having to navigate through a series of "Press 1 for this," or "Press 2 for that" computer animated call centers. Collectively, we are all tired...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
case-management-flow-sheetsManaged care, multi-provider practices, and increased medicolegal regulation require thorough clinical documentation.  At the same time, the realities of business and reimbursement constraints necessitate that this documentation be as efficient as possible. Case management flow sheets are an effective means of templating patient evaluation, care, and the procedural approach that a practitioner would ordinarily use in case management.  With a minimal...
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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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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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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
increased-public-awareness-education-new-patients You love chiropractic.  You want to share the benefits of chiropractic with the whole world.  You would like to add a few new patients a week to your practice.  Accomplish all this and more through a performance workshop presentation.  Offering a performance workshop to businesses is a cost-effective way to share the benefits of chiropractic, establish yourself as 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.
hangmans-fractureHistory This adult male patient was involved in a car accident.  He struck his head on the windshield and was then thrown into hyperextension. Discussion Hangman’s Fracture (Traumatic spondylolisthesis). Fractures of the neural arch of the axis are one of the most common injuries of the cervical spine. Up to 40% of axis fractures are hangman’s fractures.1  They are usually...
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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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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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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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
pending-spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-whats-it-all-meanCase History This 18-year-old female gymnast is complaining of unilateral left-sided lumbar spine pain at the L5 level.  Standard plain film radiographs show no evidence of pathology, pars defects or spondylolisthesis.  Because this patient’s pain did not respond to conservative treatment, an MRI scan was performed for further evaluation.   Imaging Findings of this Patient Observe the area of bright (white) signal intensity seen...
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Lori Puskar, D.C.
caring-for-the-supermomWhen I was thirteen, my two-year-old brother was suffering from a serious case of torticollis, which had been misdiagnosed as possible meningitis. After just one chiropractic treatment, he was virtually cured. At that moment, I knew that my contribution to healthcare would be in the chiropractic field. Like any idealistic young chiropractic student, I was electrified by the story of Harvey...
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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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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. Joe Ventura
oh-baby-my-back-hurtsAs if the prospect of morning sickness, constipation, rashes and changes in hormone and wardrobe weren’t daunting enough, 80% of pregnant women will develop back pain and almost 100% will develop poor posture. The pain can last up to three months past the delivery date. Typically pain is experienced in the following areas: Hip Joints Low Back Mid-back Neck Shoulders TMJ or Jaw joint Unfortunately, the poor...
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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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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
are-knee-injuries-really-knee-injuriesAre Knee Injuries Really Knee Injuries? by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.   We see patients in our offices daily with arthritic knees—sometimes bilateral, other times affecting only one leg. Some patients can point to an old football injury or car accident as the probable cause. But, frequently, they cannot tell us why their knee hurts, only that...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
a-brief-history-of-lumbar-traction-in-chiropractic-rehabilitationFrom its birth to the present, the chiropractic profession has been interested in methods to restore normal alignment (structure) to the spinal column, with the ultimate purpose of restoring normal function to the spine and nervous components housed inside.  Interestingly, mechanical traction has been used by chiropractors to reduce spinal misalignments, in spite of the fact that chiropractic is a...
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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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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
our-three-brains-and-the-emotional-component-of-healthThree Brains? … Normally we think of the brain as singular! However, that concept changed when Neuroscientist Paul MacLean, Ph.D., identified three different parts of the brain: the Reptilian, Mammalian and Neocortex Brains. Each is distinctly unique and radically different from the other in chemistry, structure and behavior. MacLean describes the three brains saying, "Stated...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-three-locating-and-correcting-emotional-subluxationsIf the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind. – J.R. Worsley Posture of subluxation (POS) In Parts one and two we discussed how some...
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Randy B. Reed, D.C., C.C.S.P.
i-cant-believe-its-not-traction  After spending the better part of the last 6 years developing a seminar for Continuing Education Credits and speaking to over 2000 Chiropractors, Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists on “Axial Decompression and Core Rehab for the Lumbar Disc Patient”, I am still amazed and intrigued by the one question that mainly chiropractors ask me.  I am asked...
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Warren Hammer, D.C.
the-benefits-of-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-mobilizationExperts agree that a crucial component of healing is soft-tissue treatment. Indeed, since the works of British orthopedist James Cyriax, clinicians have routinely employed cross-friction massage as a means of breaking up the web of adhesions and restrictions that normally form after injury. However, it is my contention that our profession is insufficiently informed about the advantages of soft-tissue methods...
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Ted Koren, D.C.
are-you-missing-an-important-subluxation Doctor: "You feel tired much of the time, don’t you?" Patient: "Yes, I feel exhausted all the time. How did you know?" Doctor: "Your femur heads are anterior. Most of your energy is being used to hold your body up." One of the most fascinating subluxations is of the femur heads. The femur head is ball-shaped and located at the top of...
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