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Cover Stories
Susan Blackard, R.N., N.D.C, M.H.A., F.N.P.C
whats-your-solution-the-real-skinny-on-our-obesity-epidemic-no-pun-intendedIs there any one contributor to chronic health conditions more prevalent and dangerous than obesity? National obesity rates among adults has doubled since 1980 alone, yet it seems to be overlooked and misunderstood more often than any other disease catalyst. The explosion of weight loss products and the plethora of theories behind weight gain have seemingly done nothing more than...
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Peter Gyrst, DC
a-new-generation-of-adjusting-instrumentsHow it all began?  Side posture This whole series of adjustment instruments has evolved over a period of ten years and has been tested by Gonstead doctors throughout Europe, Japan and also the United States. The first table that was designed and built was the side posture pelvic bench. Actually, it was conceived in frustration and born of passion and necessity. Those of...
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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
fitness-and-chiropractic-a-critical-niche-for-your-practice-and-the-chiropractic-profession The fitness and nutrition industries are poised to take a leadership role in health care. They have all the research that demonstrates their role in achieving optimum health and prevention of sickness and disease. These elements of a healthy lifestyle are being sought after by the public who are trying to decipher between the good and the bad, the real...
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Arthur Croft, D.C.
25-years-of-whiplash-research Dr. Croft is the Founding Director of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He has been actively engaged in whiplash research for the past twenty-five years and has co-authored a best-selling textbook on whiplash (Whiplash Injuries: the Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 3rd edition, 2002) and temporomandibular joint disorders (Whiplash and Temporomandibular Disorders: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Case Management), along...
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Allan Dyer, B.S., M.D., Ph. D.
decompression-where-it-all-beganDr. Allan Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and is a doctor of Internal Medicine. He was also awarded a Ph.D. for his graduate studies and pioneer work in Transthoracic Cardiac Defibrillation. During his career as a senior administrator and Deputy Minister of Health, he instituted the hospital services quality assessment, generic drug...
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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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Interviews
Boyd Williams, D.C.
a-practice-based-on-purpose-passion-and-never-ending-trainingDr. Boyd Williams is a 1987 graduate of Northwestern Chiropractic College who practices in his hometown, Rochester, Minnesota, with his wife, Cindy, a 1996 graduate of NWCC. Beginning his practice as a sole practitioner in 1988, Dr. Williams became a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in 1991 and the first sports chiropractic diplomate in Minnesota in 1994. Then, he enthusiastically set out...
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James Mathis
how-to-get-paidJames J. Mathis has been employed in the insurance industry for more than fifteen years.  Formerly with Allstate Insurance and State Farm Insurance, during that time, he was also a claim representative as well as a manager in charge of all Med-Pay claims and Personal Injury Protection claims in the State of Washington.  In addition, he was designated the company...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv-do-it-yourself-tv-advertisingThe fastest way to affect public opinion is through television.  Shows like CBS’ Two and a Half Men, in which one of the lead characters is a chiropractor, show that the profession has, indeed, entered the mainstream of American culture… albeit with a less than ideal portrayal of a chiropractor, it’s a start. So how do you use this mega-tool to promote...
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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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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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TAC Staff
president-of-chirotouch-robert-moberg-on-recent-successIntegrated Practice Solutions, Inc., creator of ChiroTouch™, has been named as one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine.   Nothing succeeds like success.  It’s as true today as it was when Sir Arthur Helps of England first printed it in 1868.  And even in the face of a badgered economy it has been just as true for Integrated Practice...
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Nutrition
Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
why-high-cholesterol-by-itself-is-not-a-good-indicator-of-heart-disease Whenever I run a blood test on any patient, the first thing they all want to know is, "Doc, how is my cholesterol?" They think, because their cholesterol levels are normal, they have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, they do not know that about 50 percent of patients who die from cardiovascular disease have "normal cholesterol levels". They also do...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
lots-of-questions-one-basic-answerEvery month I get lots of email questions about what to give for X, Y, Z conditions. In short, there is no good data on taking vitamin X or herb Z to cure condition Q. Medications don’t work that way, and neither do supplements. In other words, you can’t cure depression with Prozac, St. John’s Wort, 5-htp, SAM-e or anything...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-chiropractic-connection-the-structural-manifestations-of-elevated-homocysteine-levels Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The pharmaceutical industry spends an enormous amount of money on advertising prescription drugs that will lower “bad” LDL cholesterol to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. In fact, according to a report aired on 60 Minutes,1 much more money is spent on advertising than...
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howardloomisjr
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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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
low-back-pain-needs-a-nutritional-adjustmentNo matter what chiropractic college you went to, your main approach to patient care is likely to be the chiropractic adjustment.  This statement is not surprising to most, and it gives a clue as to how we think as chiropractors.  We, basically, utilize a mechanical or biomechanical approach to care for our patients.  Whether you believe the adjustment is replacing...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
strategic-nutritional-marketing-for-the-chiropractic-office-its-a-natural Who else but Chiropractic Physicians should be discussing nutrition with their patients? There are more people in agreement with nutrition and health than with chiropractic care. So, as chiropractors, we should link this common bridge and "span the gap" with the general public by offering nutrition in our offices. We live in a society that is literally poisoned through our food...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
heel-pain-in-a-cross-country-runner History and Presenting Symptoms A 21-year-old female cross-country runner presents with pain around her right heel that extends into the underside of her large toe, and is limiting her running. The pain has been present for about six weeks and has not responded to her use of stretching, ice and ibuprofen. She has also noticed that her altered gait is...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
is-your-little-leaguer-pitching-too-muchShoulder injuries are common in sports. The category of rotator cuff injuries has numerous names ranging from painful arc syndrome, bursitis of the shoulder, or rotator cuff tears, to just name a few—all usually present with decreased range of motion and pain in the shoulder area. There are three groups of people who are most vulnerable to these types of...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
runner-for-the-cure-develops-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 25-year-old female presents with pain around her right ankle and heel. The pain has been present for about three weeks and gets worse upon weightbearing activity. She also relates running about six times per week for five miles a day, in preparation for her first half-marathon run in support of breast cancer...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
awkward-gait-in-a-young-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an eight-year-old boy being brought in by his parents, who are concerned about his awkward style of running. He has no symptoms or painful limitations, but his mother and father are both worried that his inefficient gait could...
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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.
recurring-calf-strains History and Presenting Symptoms   The patient is a 32-year-old mom, who also works part-time at the local middle school, where she is the school nurse. She reports numerous episodes of aching and tightness in her right calf over the past three years. She denies any recollection of injury or overuse activities. She has no significant disability, as she is...
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Practice Management
Peter Fernandez, D.C.
the-associateships-from-hell Five Types of Associateships To Avoid…and Why. Becoming an associate doctor is not a demeaning career move. Trying to open a new practice when you or your finances are not ready…is. Being an associate should be an honorable, rewarding and learning experience. You will hit net profit your first week in practice (your paycheck), you will...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: What effects have the increase in patients seeking alternative healthcare had on the chiropractic profession? A:  The chiropractic profession is situated at the pinnacle of the Mount Olympus of the multi-billion dollar complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) marketplace.  More and more patients are seeking the trusted advice of their doctor of chiropractic in matters of nutritional supplementation and alternative healthcare. ...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
business-departmentIn an effort to help you maximize all your services, Dr. Daniel Dahan has identified 7 departmental areas in your practice, which need to be addressed.  Each of these areas is being dealt with sequentially in The American Chiropractor.  By following the suggestions given, your office will not only maximize its potential, but also delineate areas of weakness that need...
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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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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
ten-easy-steps-to-a-successful-screeningChiropractors all over the country conduct health screenings.  Some are successful, some are not.  The ones who are not successful typically fail because they do not properly prepare for success.  The following ten steps will help ensure success the next time you conduct a health screening. Step # 1–Set Yourself Up to Succeed Think about your community, the demographics of your...
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TAC Staff
qaa-advice-from-the-expertsExpanding on Dr. Mark Sanna’s regularly featured Practice Management Tips, this issue we’re adding some bonus tips in celebration of our annual Practice Management issue! That’s right; we’ve asked twelve of the biggest names in chiropractic practice management to share some of their most frequently asked questions and their advice and insights for achieving success in practice and in life!...
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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.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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Dwight C. Whynot, D.C.
the-cervical-acceleration-deceleration-practitioner So, you want to treat patients that have suffered a cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. Then you must learn to examine and treat a CAD injured person properly and with the proper tools. First of all, if you have never treated these types of injuries before, then you should arm yourself with the knowledge of the etiology of CAD trauma....
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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.
osteoarthritis-of-the-handDegenerative Joint Disease (DJD) General considerations: • Non-inflammatory degeneration of joint cartilage with secondary effects on adjacent bone. • The most common form of arthritis. • Synonyms include osteoarthritis. Clinical Features: • Pain, stiffness, crepitus, deformity and swelling, with normal laboratory studies. • Three types identified:  Primary, secondary and erosive. Primary: Unknown cause, 5th-6th decade, females 10-1, weight-bearing joints. Secondary: Known cause, 2nd-6th decade, equal sex distribution, any joint. Erosive osteoarthritis (EOA):...
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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.
partial-agenesis-of-the-c-1-posterior-archEmbryology—Ossification of the first cervical vertebra begins about the seventh fetal week at the lateral masses and proceeds perichondrally in a dorsal direction, creating the posterior arch of the atlas.  In the second year of life, a secondary growth center for the posterior tubercle develops between these neural arches.  Complete fusion of the posterior arch should be noted between the...
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Andrew Cheesman
digital-x-ray-do-i-need-one-in-my-officeSo, you are considering “transforming” your practice? Or maybe starting a brand new or satellite office? What are some of the things you should keep in mind in making decisions on just what your practice will offer? What should it look like? What kind of vibe would you like it to put out? And how does the decision of installing...
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drmarks380
chiropractic-clinician-and-the-radiologist-a-partnership-with-a-caveatIt is critical for every chiropractor to have a support team of health care specialists in order to render the highest level of care for our patients. The radiologist is the first specialist that you should add to your team. In the triaging of our patients, the progression is to create an accurate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan and then...
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Rehabilition
John K. Hyland, D.C.
hamstringswhat-about-stretching An interesting study has found that there is a more effective way to stretch the hamstring muscles.1 The new procedure is easy to teach to patients, and can be done anywhere and just about anytime. Unlike some forms of hamstring stretching, it does not require an assistant or any special equipment to achieve significant improvement in flexibility. The new stretch...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Marc J. Lamantia, D.C., and Gary A. Deutchman, D.C.
idiopathic-scoliosis-treatment-with-scoliosis-systemsScoliosis Systems™ is a complete chiropractic technique designed to manage idiopathic scoliosis without the use of a rigid brace.  Dr. Gary Deutchman and Dr. Marc Lamantia have combined their thirty years of experience and training in the development of this system, which includes both spinal and vestibular rehabilitation procedures.  “The key to the success of spinal remodeling is the use...
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Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
can-trigger-points-be-turned-off-in-seconds-using-neurological-reflexesOne day, as i was working out with weights, i lifted a dumbbell over my head. The weight was heavier than I could handle. As I extended my arm, my triceps completely gave out; the weight plummeted toward the table. By using too heavy a weight, I had triggered the clasp knife reflex1,4 on my triceps. I had turned the...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
iliopsoas-muscle-pain-in-a-dance-instructor History and Presenting Symptoms A 25-year-old female presents with a combination of recurring pain in the lower back region and pain and tightness in the front of her right hip. She is very frustrated by her condition, since she has already had six weeks of physical therapy for her hip pain (with only a little relief), and she...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
getting-the-most-support-from-assisted-devicesAn elderly patient enters your office with complaints of low back pain. She is using an assisted device (e.g., cane, walker, crutches). As you watch her walk, you think to yourself, "She looks like Yoda from Star Wars, and I would hurt also if I were walking like that." Or your patient asks, "Dr. Bones, am I using my cane...
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Techniques
Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-importance-of-x-rays-in-todays-chiropractic-practice When I graduated from chiro-practic college in 1978, I elected to come back to my home state of New York to practice. At the time, the law didn’t allow for chiropractors to X-ray below L2. Chiropractors couldn’t order X-rays below L2. We were reduced to hoping there were no pathologies or contraindications. Since that time, I’ve come across a...
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Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.
what-is-a-totally-balanced-spine-what-every-chiropractor-and-chiropractic-researcher-should-knowTo start with, an imbalanced spine is because an atlas subluxation is affecting the brain stem. This affects the muscle balancing mechanism in the central reticular formation. As a result, it produces spastic muscles on one side of the body, more than the other side, and produces a distorted pelvis and a contracted ilium. It also...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-panic-patternFight or Flight Life has its scary moments and, in a life or death situation, the proper reaction may make the difference between, well, life or death. Fortunately, we are “hard-wired” to improve our chances of surviving dire emergencies with our “fight or flight” or “acute stress” response. How does it work? At the sign of danger, we have two options:...
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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
postural-alignment-a-health-disorders-a-scientific-connection  INTRODUCTIONPosture has probably been one of the longest studied aspects of humans. The correlation of posture and health has driven us to study our posture since at least the time of Hippocrates.1 Since Hippocrates’ time, many have attempted to categorize man into constitutional posture types.1-3  Before any possible consequences of abnormal posture can be addressed, normal posture must be defined...
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Sheila Laws, D.C.
nimmo-receptor-tonus-techniqueRaymond Nimmo, D.C., graduated from Palmer School in 1931, and set up his practice in Fort Worth, Texas. He soon became thirsty for more knowledge, so he studied and taught Logan Basic Technique and other techniques. His quest brought him to the realization that what chiropractors had been taught in chiropractic colleges was not scientifically sound. He rationalized that the...
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George Roth, D.C., N.D.
a-new-perspective-on-the-treatment-of-athletesI have worked with many elite athletes over the years and have always found the experience challenging and enlightening.  I say challenging because of the level of excellence they demand.  It is not good enough simply to get a top-level athlete out of pain.  The demands they place on their bodies require that every part work at its optimal level. ...
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