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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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crash-course-on-personal-injury-practice-successCrash Course on Personal Injury Practice Success Interview with Personal Injury Practitioner Dr. Tom Arnold     Dr. Tom Arnold is a december 1989 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began practicing in early 1990. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Arnold explains what it is like to be a doctor with approximately 95...
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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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Richard R. Shaker, D.C., R.T.P., C.P.T.I., C.C.S.P., A.C.R.B., C.S.C.S.
chiropractic-in-the-nflFor four seasons in the NFL, after having suffered a chest injury while playing my rookie year, I had not been able to breathe properly. I also had severe pain in my chest and rib cage. Previous to Dr. Shaker, I had seen every medical specialist, including other chiropractors—no one could help me. I was struggling to survive in...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
nutritional-alternatives-to-prescription-drugsby Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C. Prescription drugs are used to treat disease. They WORK by blocking a human enzyme system or by filling specific receptor sites, thus directing the body’s biochemistry. Their specific need and even dosage can be pinpointed by the use of various laboratory testing.However, nutritional supplements (whether protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, or minerals) do not, by themselves,...
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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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Interviews
TAC Staff
perspective-from-the-outside-in-interview-with-andrew-cheesmanAndrew Cheesman, who has been with NAOMI/RF System Lab since 2007, is Sr. VP of Marketing and Sales for North America. Having an extensive background in merchant banking, Cheesman has lived in eight countries and has done business with 52 various countries over the years. Born and raised in the UK – and now residing in Lincoln, NE – you...
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Dr. Daniel J. Murphy D.C., D.A.B.C.O.
interview-with-dan-murphy-dcWith this issue’s focus on Seminars & Education Opportunities, The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews one of the most knowledgeable and respected speakers and educators in the chiropractic profession, Dr. Daniel Murphy. A 1978 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, Dr. Murphy began clinical practice in 1978, in Oregon.  Not long after, he became a part-time faculty member at Life Chiropractic College...
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interview-with-leander-eckard-dc Dr. Leander Eckard attended his first year of chiropractic college at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in 1959 and 1960. He transferred to Cleveland College in Kansas City and graduated from there in 1964. Upon returning to his home in Spokane, Washington, he opened his first practice in late 1964. He practiced in the state of Washington...
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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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Todd Singleton, D.C.
one-doctors-solution-to-the-insurance-problemIncrease Your Practice by Expanding Your Focus from the 7% to 12% of Your Town Who Seek Chiropractic Care, to the 66% to 86% of Your Town Who Are Seeking This…   Todd Singleton, D.C., is an author, speaker, consultant and a practicing doctor.  He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1990.  For many years he ran the largest...
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Tim Emsky
turning-the-tablesEmsky founded CERT Health Sciences in 2001 after spending more than six years managing and operating back clinics that provided spinal decompression therapy. After his experience with these clinics and getting feedback from other doctors, Emsky saw a need for a table that improved patient comfort as well as accommodated a wider variety of patients. Emsky led a team of...
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Nutrition
Freddie Ulan, D.C.
adding-a-successful-nutritional-component-to-your-chiropractic-practice I have studied many different patient management systems designed for chiropractors over the past twenty-five years.  But practitioners who try to use chiropractic systems to manage the nutritional aspects of a patient’s case will find themselves falling short of true success.  I had the same problem until I made the discovery that, while a chiropractic patient may benefit from...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
what-about-the-recent-glucosamine-studyThe February 23rd, 2006, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate. Some of the news reports suggested this study demonstrated that glucosamine was ineffective in the treatment of arthritis. A closer look at the article suggests the opposite conclusion may be...
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Laurie Endicott Thomas, MA, ELS
genetics-diet-and-ankylosing-spondylitisSome health problems are purely genetic. Others have nothing to do with genetics but are purely the result of environmental influences, such as diet, infection, or trauma. Then, there are many conditions in which some genetic predisposition interacts with the environment to produce the disease. The classic example is celiac disease, which is tightly linked to genetics but can be...
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Freddie Ulan, D.C.
preventing-recurring-subluxations-with-nutritionAs a chiropractor, I have found myself correcting the same subluxations three times a week on many patients. Regardless what technique I used, the relief they experienced was always temporary. I was prosperous, but unfulfilled. Yes, I could sell lots of adjustments to my patients; they loved me and kept coming back. I could earn an income that justified my education....
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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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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-doStructural Stress During the 20th century, chiropractors established themselves as the experts in the recognition and correction of structural deviations from normal. The chiropractic profession has survived the slings and arrows of its detractors by producing consistent results for relief of back pain, headaches, sprains and strains, and many other structural problems. Important contributions have been made in the management of...
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Orthotics
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.
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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Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
marketing-using-your-ehr-computer-system  Everyone knows that Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are mandated under an assortment of Federal laws and Presidential edicts. Other than maintaining patient SOAP documentation and billing records, the better EHR programs include many marketing tools to build your practice and increase your income. How much income did your computer create for you? Is your computer program capable of doing more...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
arch-collapse-in-an-active-womanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 62-year-old female presents with a recent history of moderate pain in her lower back.  Her back pain responds well to chiropractic adjustments, but recurs within a couple of days.  There are no specific triggering activities, although being up and active seems to bring on the pain more rapidly.  She describes her current level of low back...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
president-obama-the-insurance-industry-a-chiropracticPresident Obama, the Insurance Industry & Chiropractic by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   On May 11, 2009, in New York Newsday, The Associated Press reported a coalition between insurance companies, drug makers, hospitals and doctors to contain and control health care costs to lower the premiums, so that the 50 million Americans who are currently uninsured...
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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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Practice Management
Laurent Goldstein
5-ways-to-facilitate-a-successful-practiceOne of my favorite movies of all times is Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. At the end of the movie, Woody’s character tells the story of a guy visiting a psychiatrist. “Doc, my brother is crazy; he thinks he is a chicken!” the guy says. “Why don’t you bring him in?” says the psychiatrist. “I would! But we need the...
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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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Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C.
tips-for-finding-the-right-business-management-companyWhile most chiropractic colleges do an outstanding job of preparing students in the art, philosophy, and science of chiropractic, unfortunately they fall short in preparing their graduates on the business side of running a chiropractic practice. As a result, many chiropractors turn to management companies to help them run their practices. You may be considering hiring one in the future,...
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Ron Short, D.C., MCS-P
the-recovery-audit-contractor-and-what-it-means-to-youIn the last issue, I discussed the reasons behind the increased audits and reviews and the decreased fees. This issue, I will explain more about the recovery audit contractors and why they will be a problem for the foreseeable future.   In March of 2005, CMS started the Recovery Audit Contractor Demonstration Project. The project originally included three states (New York,...
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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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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
your-credibility-under-constructionHow important a role does credibility play in the marketing of your chiropractic clinic? Surprisingly, answers will vary depending on whom you talk to in our profession. A doctor who uses gimmicks, freebies, and deeply discounted fees to lure patients to his or her practice may have one perspective, while another doctor who utilizes a marketing...
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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.
whiplash-injury History This patient was in a motor vehicle accident and hyper-extended her neck. A fracture was seen–where is it?   Introduction Fractures of the spinal column are found most commonly at C1-C2, C5-C7, and T12-L2. There has been a significant rise in spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries that appears attributable to an increase in automobile accidents and sports activities.1 Approximately 20% of spinal...
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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
sacral-fracturesCase History:  This male patient was working on the roof of his garage when he slipped and fell 12 feet to the concrete pavement of his driveway.  He has sharp pain over his proximal sacrum. Does he have a fracture? Diagnosis:  Note the fracture through the anterior surface of the second sacral segment creating an acute offset of its anterior cortical...
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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.
heavy-metal-poisoning DISCUSSION The major metals involved in producing visible radiologic changes are lead, phosphorus, and bismuth. Of these, lead is the most frequent, but lead intoxication is still a rare skeletal disorder. Lead may be ingested, inhaled, or implanted. Clinical symptoms occur abruptly, with abdominal pain, encephalopathy, and paralysis. Radiologically, the most definitive signs are the linear, transverse densities at the...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R. Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., B.S.N.
anomalies-of-the-c-1-posterior-arch[Case History] This young adult was in a car accident and has suboccipital pain. Do you see a fracture? Agenesis of the Atlas Posterior Arch Synonyms. Aplasia or congenital absence of the posterior arch. Description. Lack of ossification of the posterior arch of the atlas may be complete and bilateral, may be purely unilateral, or may manifest as small clefts (i.e., spina...
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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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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
worlds-best-traction There are basically two types of chiropractors: those concerned with correcting spines and those who aren't. Truthfully, the latter group probably won't even bother reading this article. Since you're here, I'll assume you have at least some genuine interest in trying to deliver real and lasting structural corrections to your patients. As you've probably found out, it's kind of hard...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
worlds-best-traction Last month I discussed why there's no adjusting technique which is demonstrably better in terms of spinal correction. Obviously, there may be a host of situations when one technique is indicated (or contraindicated). That's just common sense. But, in terms of actually effecting real structural change to the spinal curves, it just doesn't matter much how or which technique system...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
getting-hip-muscles-back-in-balance The hip muscles form a vital link in the lower extremity kinetic chain by transferring ground-reaction forces from the legs to the trunk during gait.  These muscle groups supply coordinated propulsion and provide balanced stability for the pelvis and spine.  However, through repetitive use patterns and after injuries, it is not unusual for some of these muscles to develop shortening...
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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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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
getting-the-rehab-job-doneA large percentage of patients don’t perform the home-based rehabilitative exercises that are recommended to them.1  Even though you spend precious time deciding which exercises will be helpful and explaining them to the patient, your experience has probably been the same as most chiropractors:  Too many patients just can’t seem to do their exercises.  And yet, you know that if...
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Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
can-frozen-or-painful-shoulders-really-be-unlocked-in-minutes-even-after-years-or-decades-of-pain-and-immobilityOn 2002, at a seminar in Denver, a doctor in his 30’s stated he had had only 90° shoulder abduction for ten years. After applying this technique, his arm immediately rose to almost full abduction of 160°. In Oregon, a doctor had had severe pain and limitation of motion for over thirty years. In front of...
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Techniques
Tedd Koren, D.C.
medical-manipulation-or-chiropractic-adjustingChiropractic can be practiced either empirically or mechanistically. How could that be? Why is it important? Chiropractic’s approach to healthcare is similar to the empirical approach of classical homeopathy, classical osteopathy and other “holistic” healthcare systems. That approach, to balance or harmonize the individual within him/herself and to balance or harmonize the individual to his/her Source (soul, spirit, Tao, God), is...
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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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Anthony Criscuolo, DC
energize-your-practice-with-active-release-techniques-artHow would you like to dramatically improve your patient outcomes and have patients enthusiastic about their treatment?  Would you like to see positive post treatment changes in range of motion, muscle strength, and pain in one treatment?  Well, thousands of doctors have discovered these benefits and more by utilizing ART in their practices. So, what is ART? ART is a hands-on touch...
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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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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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Arlan Fuhr, DC
piriformis-syndrome-assessment-a-correction-of-affected-structuresIs sciatica a frequent complaint in your practice? Did you know that the piriformis muscle, when inflamed, releases a biochemical agent that irritates the sciatic nerve? Find out how the Activator Adjusting Technique can help you bring relief to these patients. One of the more common complaints in any chiropractic office is that of buttock and/or posterior thigh pain, generally referred...
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