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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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Gerald R. Mattia, D.C.
sports-chiropractor-specialist-gerald-r-mattia-dc-shares-his-secrets-to-successWith over 175 professional athletes under care (as well as the CEO’s of major corporations such as Tupperware and Harris Corp.), Dr. Gerry Mattia shares his secrets to success. Gerald R. Mattia, B.S., D.C., has thirty-one years of experience as a chiropractic physician. He earned his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1977, and...
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Dr. James L. Chestnut , D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.
evidence-based-wellness-careDr. James L. Chestnut has been studying human wellness for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in neurological adaptation, is a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Canada, and holds a post-graduate Certification in Wellness.   Award....
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Western Sciences Chiropractic College
western-states-chiropractic Being a successful chiropractor can mean different things to different people. Should success be based solely on the amount of income earned in a given year or the number of vacations taken in a lifetime? Is it determined by total income generated divided by hours worked and multiplied by vacations taken? At Western States, our students and alumni have...
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TAC Staff
thinking-about-a-problem-while-getting-adjustedThinking About a Problem While Getting Adjusted?   Scott Walker, D.C., has been a chiropractor for over forty-three years. Frustrated with uneven results in practice, he developed the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). In addition to having written numerous magazine articles, he has authored many technique manuals, charts, audio and video recordings and also formulated specialized mind-body homeopathic...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
success-enhanced-with-axial-decompression Dr. Richard E. Busch III, a second-generation chiropractor, has been in practice for almost eleven years. Busch Chiropractic is a cash-based, single practitioner, blended practice of standard quality chiropractic care, personal injury and pain center, focusing on chronic low-back and cervical disc cases that are facing invasive care, such as surgery, or have had previous failed surgeries. Many of Dr....
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Interviews
Steven Visentin, D.C.
marketing-machineMarketing Machine Interview with Steven Visentin, D.C.   The American Chiropractor recently heard about an e-book written by Dr. Steven Visentin (SV), Blow Your Head Off: Practice Building Secrets. Dr. Visentin graduated  from the National College of Chiropractic and decided to practice in  Denver, Colorado, for its excellent quality of life.  Unfortunately for him, many other chiropractors had the same idea and the...
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Bill Koch, D.C.
neuro-modulation-technique-interview-with-dr-leslie-feinbergWe live in what is often called “the age of information”. In recent decades the United States has been making the transition from a major producer of manufactured goods to a major provider of information as the primary national product. The healing arts with all of its specialties and sub-specialties has also been experiencing a transformation. Every profession is...
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the-unlikely-defender-of-the-subluxation-interview-with-gary-jacob-dc-lac-mph-dipmdtGary Alan Jacob, DC, LAc, MPH, DipMDT completed his baccalaureate studies in Philosophy of Science. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1978 and the California Acupuncture College in 1981. He was the first DC and the 12th individual to receive the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1991 from the McKenzie Institute International. In 2003, he...
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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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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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George Goodheart, D.C.
muscle-testing-a-manipulation George Goodheart is a second generation Doctor of Chiropractic and graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1939. In 1964, Dr. Goodheart began making a series of revolutionary observations about muscle function and health and disease that evolved into applied kinesiology. By stimulating various neurological receptors and observing excitatory and inhibitory responses of muscles to manual testing, Dr. Goodheart was...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-omega-6-mobileonly-diesel-vehicles-should-eat-n-6sAs discussed in previous columns in The American Chiropractor, our consumption of omega-6 (n-6) fatty acids is excessive and pro-inflammatory. In a recent TAC article, I discussed how most Americans have been corn-oiled. It takes some eighteen cups of corn to make just one...
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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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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
battling-the-bulge-is-a-war-against-inflammationIn the Beginning… As a youth, I was one of the many who could not gain weight if he tried. My goal was to gain lean mass; however, I couldn’t even gain body fat back in the high school days. I was very skinny, and being so light was not helpful for my efforts to play baseball and basketball in high...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
the-truth-about-weight-loss-and-obesityThe Truth about Weight Loss and Obesity by Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.   Why Diet and Exercise Do Not Work and How Our Profession Can Spear-Head the Obesity Epidemic How many patients and or loved ones do you treat where there is a direct correlation between their weight and their physical condition(s)? There are many instances when patients come into my...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-stages-of-pregnancy-part-iiIn this, the second of a three-part series of articles, Dr. Howard Loomis discusses the five stages of pregnancy and their special nutritional requirements.  In the January/February issue of TAC, he focused on the first stage—conception.  This issue, he focuses on stages two, three, and four—the pregnancy itself. Stage Two: First Trimester Proper nutritional planning should be part of essential care before,...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
your-lifestyle-tells-your-genes-to-express-diseaseMore and more research is demonstrating how our genes determine the types of diseases we develop and our degree of susceptibility to a given disease. This issue should not be taken lightly, particularly when making specific suggestions to patients.  For example, most have probably heard the “urban legend” that grilled meat causes colorectal cancer. Is this true? The answer is...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
patellofemoral-pain-in-a-fitness-walker History and Presenting Symptoms A 38-year-old female reports the recent onset of pain at her left knee. She had started a fitness walking program in the past six months, and had gradually increased to two miles every day. She doesn’t recall any specific injury, and describes the pain as an aching soreness in her left knee that builds up during...
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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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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.
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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johndanchik
joint-pains-bother-fitness-seekerHistory and Presenting Symptoms This female patient is a 51-year-old small business owner and exercise enthusiast.  She reports pain in the front of her left knee over the past several months, especially when exercising at the gym.  She has no obvious swelling or discoloration and denies any specific injury.  She reports that she takes over-the-counter medication for relief, but is worried...
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johndanchik
back-surgery-averted-for-a-teenaged-boyHistory and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 13-year-old boy who was identified at a school screening to have a discrepancy in his shoulder heights. His parents were advised to contact an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation. They reported that the orthopedist found evidence of a scoliosis, but recommended a “watch and wait” approach. No treatment was offered, but if the...
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Practice Management
Mark Sanna, D.C.
utilization-guidelinesWe cannot escape regulation. Whatever we do in our practices requires that we learn our rights, scope of practice, standards of practice, and choice of therapies and modalities. Virtually no activity in clinical practice escapes regulation. However, all too often, practitioners employ a “shoot-from-the-hip” approach to case management, where the doctor or therapist applies his or her own individualistic methodology,...
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Patrick Gentempo, Jr., D.C.
making-purpose-profitable7 Secrets on How to Stay Purpose-driven & Profitable in Any Market   In my 25 years as a chiropractor, business consultant to chiropractors, and CEO of Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), I have seen many challenges dealt to the field of chiropractic. Through it all, my job has been to help DCs face these challenges and thrive. In this article, I’m going...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: It used to be that to establish medical necessity for care, you need only submit a copy of your travel card and frequently you got paid. It is not that easy today and the fact that the patient had a subjective complaint is simply not enough. What are the carriers looking for to establish this "mysterious" medical necessity? A: Active...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
treatment-protocols Treatment protocols are care paths, based upon accepted utilization guidelines and a consensus among the healthcare delivering team, that organize the diagnostic and therapeutic services that are appropriate to a patient’s condition and how often each should be performed. Essentially, treatment protocols map out case management decisions and are individualized according to each patient’s specific complicating or attenuating factors. They...
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Peter Fernandez, D.C.
how-to-choose-a-hot-state-in-which-to-practice-starting-a-new-practice-viii I’m sure some of the readers will wonder why this author is discussing states in which to practice. Why not skip this step and go directly to helping you determine a good practice location within a town or city? The answer is simple. Some states have excellent practice and insurance laws that support and encourage the practice of chiropractic. These...
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Tom Owen III and Todd Osborne, D.C.
the-importance-of-maintaining-an-attitude-In Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence people, one of the most important qualities he mentions in getting along with people is honest and sincere appreciation. What happens when you don’t show others appreciation? You communicate that you don’t care what they’re doing, that they really don’t matter all that much to you, and that what they do...
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Radiology
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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Mark Sanna, D.C.
a-new-look-at-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosisA New Look at Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis by Mark Sanna, D.C.   Scoliosis comes from the Greek word skoliosis which means crookedness. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a deformity of the spinal column with an onset between the ages of ten and eighteen. Most types of scoliosis are classified as idiopathic, meaning that the reasons for this type of...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
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., 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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
thoracic-spine-compression-fractures CASE HISTORY This 70-year old female lost her balance and stepped off the curb and experienced severe lower thoracic pain. DIAGNOSIS Observe the compression fractures of the T7, T8 and T9 vertebral bodies. Note the osteoporosis which contributed to the weakening of the vertebrae allowing these fractures to occur with minimal trauma. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS   Radiographic Signs of Vertebral Compression Fracture....
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
gout-versus-osteoarthritis-which-is-it Case History This 60-year-old male complains of sharp pain in the great toe. He has a family history of gout and is worried he has developed gout. What’s your diagnosis?   Diagnosis: Degenerative Osteoarthritis Of The Great Toe.   General Considerations Degenerative Osteoarthritis   Foot Of all forefoot articulations, the most commonly involved articulation is that of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The radiographic signs are distinctive but, on...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
managing-fhp-in-the-elderlyI recently got some great questions from a doctor in south Florida who frequently encounters aging patients with large forward head translations, yet have pronounced, sometimes even hyperlordotic, cervical curves. We've all observed this posture, common among elderly patients, but many doctors aren't aware it needs to be managed differently than the typical case of FHP associated with cervical hypolordosis. Typically,...
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Burl Pettibon, D.C., F.A.C.B.S., F.R.C.C.M., Phd. (Hon)
the-misunderstood-component-in-musculo-skeletal-health-careIs it possible to walk through a doorway when the door is closed? That strange question is a metaphor that can be used to describe the difference in research-based rehabilitation to prepare the spine for corrective procedures with little to no pain versus no preparation at all or, worse yet, substituting bilateral strengthening exercises for rehab to prepare the spine...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
build-your-practice-with-active-therapeutic-movementsActive Treatment Strategies Improve Patient Outcome & Clinic Profits Building a profitable practice takes the right equipment, skills and a commitment to excellence.  Certainly central to that is a clear, results-oriented treatment strategy.  Spinal adjusting and passive modalities are ubiquitous in chiropractic. Decompression/traction is also becoming a staple of passive care.  However, exercise and specific movement therapy is fast becoming...
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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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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
child-development-and-structural-supportThe most common questions parents ask us involve concerns over proper development of their children. These developmental questions can spur from anxiety about height, weight, muscle and skeletal development. One area I am asked about quite frequently is a child’s walking or gait pattern. These questions often focus around concerns of not walking by a certain age, concerns about the...
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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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Techniques
Leslie Feinberg, D.C.
the-feinberg-techniqueNMT: The Feinberg Technique is a comprehensive system of healing that truly delivers on the promise so much of the world of health care has believed would one day emerge from the field of energetic medicine. E=MC2 is the famous equation by which Albert Einstein explained that matter and energy were inter-convertible, one to the other, and not the two distinct...
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Jesse Jutkowitz, D.C.
advanced-biostructural-correctionAdvanced BioStructural Correction™ is exactly that; it is an advance in the correction of biostructural pathologies. The most important advance is the identification of the most basic mechanical pathology that occurs in the human body. “Most basic mechanical pathology” has two meanings: It means the starting point of where structure becomes pathological, AND it means the fundamental pathology that keeps a...
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Charles L. Blum, DC
managing-acute-low-back-patientsImagine a scenario where a patient walks into the clinic or your office in acute pain—grimacing in pain, antalgic, and guarded in all movements.  You’re barely able to take vital signs, and neurological and orthopedic examinations are difficult to perform due to the patient’s severe apprehension.  A radiograph or MRI finds no fracture or osteopathology, but possibly some degree of...
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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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Paul Yanick, Ph.D.
breakthrough-pre-adjustment-technique-to-fully-activate-innate-and-de-stress-the-bodyCan you imagine having a fuller understanding of why adjustments hold or don’t hold and a more accurate description of why innate’s powerful influence on healing in the organism may be inhibited? The key to unlocking multiple channels of innate intelligence is related to adrenal gland physiology and the body’s ability to store, maintain and balance coherent energy. Yin and Yang...
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Lisa Upledger, D.C.
craniosacral-therapyCranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a manual modality that has made its way into the chiropractic clinic as an effective adjunctive therapy.  It focuses on normalizing the craniosacral system, which extends from the skull, face and mouth down to the sacrum and coccyx. The craniosacral system consists of a compartment formed by the dura mater membrane, the cerebrospinal fluid within the membranes,...
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