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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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removing-interferenceDr. M. T. Morter Jr. is an internationally recognized authority on health.  He is a past president of both Logan and Parker Chiropractic Colleges.  In his nearly forty-five years as a practicing chiropractor and health care specialist, Dr. Morter has developed the revolutionary Morter HealthSystem, which is based on his Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique.   B.E.S.T. has been at...
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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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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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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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John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.
how-to-build-a-sports-health-care-practice Preface In business, “toke wa karinary” is the Japanese term for “time is money.” The Japanese feel that maximizing these two factors is the key to the success of any endeavor,1 especially the sports health care practice. Many doctors, when they get out of...
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Interviews
TAC Staff
great-technique-plus-great-nutrition-program-leads-to-outstanding-results-interview-with-peter-heffernan-dcDr. Peter Heffernan has been in practice 37 years in the same location in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He built a 100-patient-per-day practice within one year of graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic in September of 1975. By the end of his second year in practice, he had built a 500-patient-per-week practice. “We did a 90-minute pre-care class educating patients and families...
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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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changing-times-interview-with-gary-tarola-dc-dabcoDr. Tarola earned a BA degree from Marshall University, 1973 and was a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1976. He began private practice in Fogelsville, Lehigh Valley, Pa. in 1976. He obtained Diplomate status in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1983. He was a post graduate faculty member of several chiropractic colleges. From the late 1980’s through 2005,...
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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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dr-david-m-brady-breaks-the-glass-ceiling-in-academia-interview-with-david-m-brady-dc-nd-ccn-dacbn  Dr. David Brady, a 1991 Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) graduate, is the first DC worldwide to break the "glass ceiling" within academia by being conferred vice provost of the health science division at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is the first and only chiropractor to attain that elevated status worldwide in a major university and, because of his...
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reflecting-on-the-past-and-focused-on-the-future-interview-with-dr-patrick-gentempoDr. Patrick Gentempo is the CEO of Action Potential Holdings, Inc. and is arguably one of the best-known figures in the chiropractic profession today. He has acted as cofounder and chief executive of well-known entities within the profession. These include the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), Creating Wellness Alliance (CWA), and Chiro Finishing School. CLA has brought critical technology to the...
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Nutrition
Michael Dobbins, D.C.
the-care-and-feeding-of-athletesI get the calls, just as you do: “Doc, what about taking creatine? Should I?” or “What about the powdered entrails of the Mongolian muskrat? Have you seen the studies?” And on and on. Everyone wants magic. As our baby-boomers (and I am one) reach, what I shall politely call, maturity, many are suddenly becoming “athletes” in their quest to...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
nutritional-adjustment-with-coenzyme-q10Myopathology is considered by  most, if not all, chiropractors to be a component of subluxation.  This is a reasonable view, as degenerative changes are known to occur in muscle after injury, during hypomobile states, and as part of the so-called normal aging process.  Most will recall that muscles, and all other cells for that matter, function properly as a consequence...
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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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Lynn Toohey, D.C.
our-toxic-water-and-nutritional-helpWater is essential for life and we need to replenish our supply of it everyday. But what happens when that basic life force becomes a toxic assault? Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other chemicals pollute our water supplies, and now even "second-hand drugs" have hit the news and become a concern. In actuality, antibiotics, birth control pills, beta blockers, contrast agents...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
brain-drain-due-to-silent-inflammationThe mind is the last frontier of medical science. Your brain contains thousands of unexplained mysteries. Researchers remain humbled by its complexities as they try to pinpoint the exact areas of the brain responsible for how you speak, experience love, learn to hate, and express creativity. Because of the complexity of neurological function, your brain is very sensitive to silent inflammation....
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
a-pandemic-vitamin-d-deficiencyLike many of you, I grew up in “healthcare” with the view that vitamin D toxicity is a significant concern for those taking supplements. Even today, individuals with nutrition degrees maintain the notion that vitamin D supplementation is a risky endeavor. Consider your own visceral response to the following: “Many individuals would do well to take 10,000 IU’s of vitamin D...
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Orthotics
johndanchik
growth-asymmetry-in-an-outdoorsmanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with recurring episodes of pain in his low back and left hip. He recalls no injury to the region, and cannot identify any precipitating activities or events. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain as varying from 30mm to 65mm, while the left hip pain is usually around 35mm.  He...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
leg-pain-in-a-ball-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms An 18-year-old baseball player presents with aching pain and tightness in his left lower leg.  He describes a collision injury during a game four days earlier, which resulted in pain and bruising in the front of his leg after sliding into second base.  Despite repeated icing, the area still feels swollen.  He describes this as “shin splints.” Exam...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C.
the-value-of-observing-gaitThe Value of Observing Gait by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   The patient is a 58-year-old female, who has recently started a personal health and wellness program. In addition to eating more sensibly, she has initiated a daily walking program. After four weeks, she has progressed to 30 minutes of brisk walking everyday. She reports that she ...
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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.
tight-band-sidelines-fitness-walkerTight Band Sidelines Fitness Walker by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting Symptoms A 34-year-old female reports persistent pain at her right knee with walking. She localizes this pain to the lateral aspect, and says that it becomes worse as she continues her regular fitness walking program. She has been trying to walk three miles daily...
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Practice Management
Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
the-financial-stability-of-family-practiceChiropractic Family Practice is extremely profitable. Rather than working harder and harder for their money, chasing insurance companies only to be denied payment, losing patients because their insurance doesn’t cover the care anymore, and dealing with the incredibly stressful, high overhead that comes with other types of practices, thousands of chiropractors are becoming the family wellness providers for their communities. The...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
understanding-is-key-to-retentionPatient Retention in a chiropractic practice is defined as the number of times a patient visits your office for chiropractic care.  In order to increase your Patient Retention, you need to increase your patient’s level of understanding.  Patients will follow your recommendations for care if they have a high level of understanding about how your care is helping them.  Retention...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-power-of-visualizationIf you envision money falling from the sky, would it? Probably not; although, it’s a nice mental image, isn’t it? Seeing is only the first step. The next step is to take aggressive action toward achieving your goal. I associate the concept of seeing with the word visualization. Suppose that you earn $2,000 per month and you want to...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
how-much-staff-do-you-needAs a Consultant, I have had the opportunity to visit clinics throughout the United States.  This is one area of my consulting that is unique.  As the owner operator of 5 clinics that saw in excess of 1200 patient visits per week, it is interesting to see how many clinic’s staff their practices.  Some clinics are overstaffed and some understaffed. ...
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Dr. Miles Bodzin, D.C.
design-your-own-drip-education-system I always say it is better to keep a patient for lifetime than it is to keep getting new ones. This is one of the techniques I have used for nearly fifteen years, to build a practice full of 300+visit patients. After all, if you are really seeing people for lifetime wellness care, you should have tons of people with...
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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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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
degenerative-spondylolisthesis HISTORY   This 50-year-old female patient presents with a six-month history of lower back pain without peripheral radiation. DISCUSSION Degenerative spondylolisthesis (Type III) has been referred to as a “pseudospondylolisthesis” by Junghans, to differentiate spondylolisthesis with an intact neural arch from those with a true defect of the neural arch.1 Macnab2 prefers the phrase “spondylolisthesis with an...
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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 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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., Chad J. Maola, D.C. and Alicia M. Yochum, RN, BSN, Senior Intern at Logan College of Chiropractic
sacral-and-coccygeal-fracturesCASE HISTORY This young male patient fell off a horse and landed on his buttocks. SACRAL FRACTURES Sacral fractures usually occur as the result of a fall upon the buttocks, direct trauma or in association with pelvic fractures.  Isolated fractures of the sacrum are uncommon and a diligent search for an associated fracture of the pelvic ring or symphysis pubis is often beneficial...
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Terry R. Yochum, DC, D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., & Alicia M. Yochum, DC, R.N., BSN
degenerative-spondylolisthesis-and-leg-pain-whats-the-connectionHistory This 60-year-old female patient presents with lower back and sciatica pain through the buttock into the posterior thigh.    Diagnosis:   Observe the extensive sclerosis and osteophyte formation occurring bilaterally at the L5/S1 facet structures. There is a degenerative anterolisthesis of L5 upon the sacrum of approximately 4 mm. No evidence of pars defects is seen at the L5 segment.   Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is...
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Jean Pierre Gibeault, P: eng.
rasterstereography-radiation-free-technology-for-the-analysis-of-the-spine-and-pelvisRasterstereography: Radiation - Free Technology for the Analysis of the Spine and Pelvis by Jean Pierre Gibeault, P: eng.   RECENTLY IN THE LITERATURE: In a recent study, researchers demonstrated an excellent correlation between X-ray measurements and measurements made with rasterstereography (Schulte 2008). Schulte, et al., produced rasterstereographs and compared them to digitized A-P radiographs of the same 16...
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Rehabilition
George LeBeau, D.C.
the-ear-adjustment Mrs. "H" and her husband had been coming in for their "maintenance" adjustments for quite a while and, during one particular visit, she brought her fifteen-month-old daughter, who was in a seriously poor mood. When asked, Mom said the little girl, Amy, had an ear infection "again" and was going to have the tubes put into her ears "again." I...
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Randy Reed, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.
mckenzie-spinal-rehab-methods-in-the-chiropractic-officeThe doctors that have protocols which include movements or forces that decrease disc displacement which, in turn, cause pain to decrease, disappear, or centralize with a rapid increase of lumbar ROM, see their patients get better. These types of movements should be pursued with decompression, exercises, mobilizations, and manipulations. Doctors, who fail to recognize...
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James C. Antos , D.C.
why-every-chiropractor-should-be-a-dme-durable-medical-equipment-supplierAfter 34 years of private chiropractic practice, I have found that some fundamental keys to practice security, financial security, and peace of mind lie in these simple facts.     First, as a chiropractor I must be able to get positive results for my patients concerning both their goals and mine.  The patients must feel that I am there “for them” and...
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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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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
extension-traction-good-for-discs Chiropractors have long used spinal traction methods to relieve abnormal pressure and bulging of the IVD. The more popular methods have employed long axis traction and/or flexion distraction to relieve IVD (intervertebral disc) pressure. Consequently, many doctors are reluctant to employ extension traction methods which seem so radically different. I'm frequently asked if extension traction is good for injured...
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Christian H. Reichardt, D.C., C.C.S.P.
vibrational-therapy-and-the-aging-baby-boomers Looking at recent statistics, the boomer population is going to increase by almost 70 percent over the next fifteen years. This is the fastest growing population segment of our society! The three most common musculo-skeletal ailments afflicting this group are osteoporosis, lack of flexibility and strength, as well as balance. In this article, I will show that Whole Body...
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Techniques
Peter M. Ferraro, DC
manipulation-under-anesthesia-or-joint-anesthesiaManipulation under Anesthesia (MUA) has been shown to be a viable approach in the treatment of chronic recalcitrant spinal pain.  The results have been remarkable in many patients who have exhausted efforts using conventional models of conservative management. “Because of the advancement of new medications and the use of conscious sedation, the anesthesia element of the MUA makes the procedure one...
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George Roth, D.C., N.D.
snoring-and-sleep-apnea-structural-implicationsThe uvula and soft pallet may come into partial or total contact on the back wall of the upper airway.  When the contact is partial or intermittent, snoring (a loud vibration of these soft tissues) may result.  The tongue may also drop posteriorly onto the back wall of the upper airway, coming into contact with the uvula and soft pallet,...
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Charles L. Blum, DC
sacral-cup-treating-the-malposition-of-sacral-segments The Sacral Cup Test and adjustment can be an extremely important tool for the chiropractor because of its ability to help stabilize a chronic unstable sacroiliac (SI) joint, especially if it is slow to respond to traditional category two pelvic procedures. [Figure 1] In addition, it gives the doctor a tool to determine the presence of a complication in...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-structural-fingerprint-exam-bill-rodgers-marathon-runnerIn the past ten years, I’ve received many emails from injured athletes.  Injuries are part of all athletes’ lives but, when the injury prevents them from participation, they get crazy. Except one:  Bill Rodgers, the famed marathoner who’s finished first four times each in both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon.  He’s run fifty-eight marathons, and, to this...
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Robert J. Goodman, D.C.
validating-the-truthValidating the Truth by Robert J. Goodman, D.C.   This year marks the coming of validation for the Upper Cervical Chiropractic techniques. Upper Cervical Chiropractors have appeared on mainstream television programs such as Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, and Discovery Health Channel, and our own Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Sr. won the ICA Chiropractor of the Year. Some...
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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
is-conservative-care-right-for-your-cts-patientsPublished research shows treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are mixed and often conflicting. In general, there are a number of accepted treatments for CTS that range from invasive (surgical and steroid injections) to non-invasive (manipulation, splints, topical patches, laser light) or combinations of all of the above. The American College of Rheumatology states, “Despite the prevalence of CTS...
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