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Don Oyao, MA.,DC.(USA)ND., MA Sp.Chiro Sci(Australia)
hall-of-famers-metallica-swear-by-chiropractica What do rock stars and Olympic athletes have in common? No, this isn’t the lead up to a punchline. Both share a need or desire for chiropractic care to enhance their demanding performances. Having been a team doctor for six Olympic competitions, my latest “gig” with Metallica has shown me that intense activity, endurance and strength are sought by both kinds...
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Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
interview-with-terry-r-yochum-dc-dacbr-chiropractic-radiologist-a-author-of-the-essentials-of-skeletal-radiology“This July will see the publication of the third edition of Dr. Terry Yochum's textbook, The Essentials of Skeletal Radiology.  It's hard to express the importance that this work has had in raising the profile of the chiropractic profession.   Before Dr. Yochum's text, there had never been a chiropractic textbook published by a major publisher.  The text is now one...
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Christopher Kent, DC
a-man-of-many-hats Chiropractic Leadership Alliance’s versatile Co-Founder is one the most influential minds that the profession has ever known—and the perfect choice to lead the Wellness Revolution: the kind that would make him one of the most important chiropractic figures of his generation. A Man of Many Hats, Christopher Kent is a Doctor, a Lawyer, an Author, a Researcher, an...
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Market Review
real-marketing-from-the-expertsReal Marketing from the Experts Michelle Geller Dr. C. J. Mertz MGV Marketing, Inc Team WLP William D. Esteb Dr. Mark Sanna Patient Media Breakthrough Coaching Dr.Daniel T. Drubin Dr. Timothy J. Gay ProPractice Partners Ultimate Practice Dr. Mark Studin Dr. Eric Plasker CMCS Management The Family Practice     We’ve gathered eight top experts in the Chiropractic field, just for you, to provide you with fundamental methods of marketing that can be integrated right now, on...
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Freddie Ulan, D.C.
nutrition-adding-value-to-a-chiropractic-practiceDr. Ulan earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Chiropractic Institute of New York, completing the 4500-hour, nine-semester program in thirty-six consecutive months. He graduated with honors in 1965. Ulan Nutritional Systems (UNS) is a training center where nutritionally-oriented practitioners gather to learn, and attain mastery of the clinical and practice management techniques Dr. Ulan used in building his highly...
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L. John Faye, DC
still-going-strongDr. L. John Faye graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1960, having completed both chiropractic and naturopathic undergraduate courses. He has practiced as a chiropractor ever since. The first fourteen years, he was in Southampton, England, and then returned to Canada for ten years. After nine years in Canada, Dr. Faye was the first chiropractor ever appointed...
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Interviews
Karl Parker, D.C.
dr-karl-parker-shares-his-dream-for-chiropracticAfter a controversial change of leadership at Parker College of Chiropractic 7 years ago, which stunned the entire United States chiropractic community, Dr. Karl Parker, son of the late Dr. James Parker, was summarily “relieved of his duties” as President of the college, an institution founded by his late father, leaving the former PCC President and heir apparent to the...
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John Donofrio, DC
healing-from-withinDr. John C. Donofrio, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic, credits much of his success to his becoming a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. Now practicing in Reading, PA, Donofrio also recognizes that “healing occurs from within….” In his interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), this “Amazing Chiropractor” gives us a look at what drives him and what...
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Joe Mershon
chiropractors-on-tv-national-tv-campaign The 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...
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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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TAC Staff
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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TAC Staff
the-scoop-on-postural-adjusting-interview-with-burl-r-pettibon-dc-fabcs-frccm-phd-honAfter receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force Burl Pettibon attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated in 1956 and practiced in Tacoma Washington while developing clinics in other locations.  Dr. Pettibon was a department head for two years in the college that is now Palmer West.  He has guided The Pettibon Institute’s direction, continuing...
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Nutrition
Ellen Cutler, D.C.
defeat-the-energy-robbers-with-enzyme-therapyNext to depression and allergies, lack of energy is the third most prevalent health concern in America, affecting 33 million people. In fact, half of the people who come to my clinic complain of exhaustion. Some feel tired when they wake up in the morning. Others experience an energy crisis in the afternoon. Still others have chronic fatigue throughout the...
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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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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
what-is-wellnessWe assume we have it, yet we take it for granted until we’re sick. I’m referring to “wellness.” Webster’s dictionary defines wellness as the quality or state of being in good, health especially as an actively sought goal. This means we have to make an effort if we want to be healthy—something...
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Lynn Toohey, Ph.D.
is-hormone-replacement-therapyDuring the third week in July of 2002, The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that a large scale clinical trial on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had been halted five years into the study.1  Researchers at 40 clinics across the country had recruited 16,608 healthy volunteers, ages 59-79 (not at high risk for either heart problems OR breast cancer),...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
why-cholesterol-has-very-little-to-do-with-heart-attacks-and-why-silent-inflammation-does One of the best ways to live a longer and better life is to reduce your likelihood of dying from heart disease. If we could eliminate heart disease tomorrow, the average life expectancy of every American would increase by an estimated ten years. Although mortality from heart disease has decreased due to medical advances, the incidence of heart disease...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
micro-miracles-discover-the-healing-power-of-enzymes Enzymes are the essential building blocks of life, the natural chemical catalysts that regulate all of the metabolic processes in your body—from digestion to immune function to tissue repair to hormonal balance to the rate at which you age. The 3,000 enzymes in the body regulate the thousands of daily biological tasks that keep the human organism healthy and...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
asymmetrical-pronation-linked-to-juvenile-injury History and Presenting Symptoms A 28-year-old male presents with recurring episodes of moderate low-back pain which always respond well to chiropractic adjustments, but eventually return. He recalls no specific back injuries, and cannot identify any triggering activities. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain currently at about 50mm. He has been able to avoid...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
popliteus-tendinitis-in-a-softball-playerPopliteus Tendinitis in a Softball Player by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 27-year-old male who participates in an adult softball league on weekends. He describes recurring episodes of pain and swelling along the back and outside of his right knee, which has limited his knee extension for the past several...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
metatarsalgia-and-orthotic-supportFoot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities, and severely limit participation in sports.  Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot—the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot. Metatarsalgia may be due to overuse of the foot during sports, improper footwear,1 excessive weight, foot subluxations, or other factors.  The underlying cause is...
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TAC Staff
news-of-the-profession Chiropractic in Military Medicine Chiropractic services are offered at several United States military bases and veterans healthcare locations. An article in the June 2009 issue of the journal Military Medicine discusses, in an effort to increase awareness and improve interdisciplinary collaboration, when to refer patients for chiropractic care. The article titled "Chiropractic in US military and veterans’ health care" by Drs....
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
lumbopelvic-pain-during-pregnancyHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 33-year-old female reports the recent onset of persistent aching pain and tightness in her lower back region.  The pain extends into both buttocks, and occasionally is felt around the left hip and into the left groin.  She is into her 7th month of her second pregnancy, and says that her back pain has increased with her...
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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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Practice Management
Daniel Dahan, D.C.
maximize-your-practices-potentialIn 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. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.
electronic-health-record-identification-and-incentive-payments In all my recent meetings with government officials, including several trips to Washington, D.C., and participation in numerous reform initiatives, like the regional White House Forum on Health Care Reform, major buzz surrounds the electronic health records portion of the economic stimulus plan. To date, much has been discussed about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
the-associateships-from-hellThe 5 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 work fewer hours, and...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
practice-management-tipsQ: What was it like growing up as a child of a chiropractor? A:  Growing up, our toys were the equipment in Dad’s home office.  My sister and I would take turns climbing on to the headpiece of the old porcelain-based, high-low table and launching each other through the air by stepping on the spring-loaded foot piece.  There was always a...
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Chris Peetros
cheeseburger-cheeseburger-cheeseburgerA friend of mine, a chiropractor, was listening to the tail end of a talk I was giving in Florida, and after the talk, asked me to explain this cheeseburger thing to him.  I told Mike, (that’s his name) that the cheeseburger phenomenon is something we coined to explain the product problems that we encounter which causes us to redesign...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
practice-management-tipsQ:  What do you predict for the future growth of chiropractic practices? A:  Approximately 30% of medical physicians remain in private practice, and the day of the solo chiropractic practice is gone as well.  The chiropractor of the future will be a member of a group practice.  With student debt running at over $100,000, the financial resources required to open...
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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
hangmans-fractureHistory This adult male patient was involved in a car accident.  He struck his head on the windshield and was then thrown into hyperextension. Discussion Hangman’s Fracture (Traumatic spondylolisthesis). Fractures of the neural arch of the axis are one of the most common injuries of the cervical spine. Up to 40% of axis fractures are hangman’s fractures.1  They are usually...
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Terry R. Yochum
what-is-the-vacuum-signby Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.   History:  An adult male patient with a long history of low back pain. Discussion:The vacuum sign (of Knutts en) is an important early radiographic finding.  Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and  presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.1  ...
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Ryan Everhart
digital-x-ray-solutions-for-chiropracticX-rays play an important role in determining the exact cause for many health complications in patients. The advancements in radiography are allowing physicians to pinpoint the exact cause of complications through high quality output in a matter of seconds. As a chiropractor, it is important to determine what part of the body is causing the trouble, and you can do...
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Lori Puskar, D.C.
caring-for-the-supermomWhen I was thirteen, my two-year-old brother was suffering from a serious case of torticollis, which had been misdiagnosed as possible meningitis. After just one chiropractic treatment, he was virtually cured. At that moment, I knew that my contribution to healthcare would be in the chiropractic field. Like any idealistic young chiropractic student, I was electrified by the story of Harvey...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
benign-or-malignant-thats-the-questionHistory This adult male patient presents with hip pain and a lesion is found on X-ray. Is this likely to be benign or malignant?   Note the well demarcated geographic radiolucent lesion in the proximal femur. It has a sharp zone of transition around it with a sclerotic border. These roentgen signs suggest a benign lesion. Diagnosis: Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia...
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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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Rehabilition
Tim Maggs, D.C.
high-school-athletes-and-structural-managementrDid you know...?  • All high school athletes in this country must undergo a physical exam prior to participating in their sport. That exam, however, is a medical exam (eyes, ears, nose and throat). (See Fig. 1)   Eyes______________________________ Skin (Non- communicable)_________________  Ears (Otoscope) ___________________ Epilepsy __________________________________ Lymph Nodes _____________________ Nervous System ___________________________  Thyroid __________________________ Speech ___________________________________ Nose _____________________________  Nutrition __________________________________  Tonsils ___________________________  Height ______________ Weight ______________  Teeth ____________________________  Vision ____________________________________  Heart _____________________________  Hearing __________________________________  Blood Pressure ____________________  Orthopedic _______________________________  Lungs ____________________________                  Feet...
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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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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
crac-traction-kicking-corrective-care-into-high-gearFeeling frustrated with the long time frames required for corrective care programs? Maybe you should try a little C.R.A.C. No…I’m not recommending you seek solace in some vicious street drug. Instead, you might want to try combining a well accepted muscle stretching technique with extension traction to speed up the corrective process. Here’s how it works. The acronym...
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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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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
the-triune-of-exerciseWhen treating soft tissue injuries, especially the chronic degenerative ones, you must be well versed in the Triune of Exercise.  I’m not just talking about athletes but about patients as well.  They all suffer from some type of soft tissue injury, as well as being subluxated.  In fact, why do you think their subluxations persist?  Because nobody ever handled...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
preventing-injuries-requires-more-than-a-strong-corePreventing Injuries Requires More Than a Strong Core by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Whether we are confronted with developing an exercise rehab program for a male patient (who is sedentary, overweight, and experiencing low back pain) or developing a strengthening program to fine tune a professional athlete, some emphasis must be placed on the core musculature. With...
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Techniques
Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
the-olympic-experience-a-time-for-teamwork The Olympics are an experience one never forgets. They are a highlight in one’s life steeped in excitement and competition. Thousands of people from every country in the world conglomerate for two weeks, proudly waving or wearing the colors of their national flags. National pride runs high with the competitive spirit. I have had the good fortune of attending summer and...
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Howard F. Loomis, Jr., D.C., F.I.A.C.A.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-do-the-significance-of-pottengers-saucer  Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) cannot be separated. A deviation from normal in one has consequences in the other. Beginning with my February 2010 column, I have been describing a five-minute Source of Stress examination that can be done in your office any time you need to determine when a visceral dysfunction may be responsible for perpetuating structural misalignments and...
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Warren Hammer, D.C.
the-benefits-of-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-mobilizationExperts agree that a crucial component of healing is soft-tissue treatment. Indeed, since the works of British orthopedist James Cyriax, clinicians have routinely employed cross-friction massage as a means of breaking up the web of adhesions and restrictions that normally form after injury. However, it is my contention that our profession is insufficiently informed about the advantages of soft-tissue methods...
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David Jackson, DC
techniques-diversity-of-art-and-scienceChiropractic is an incredibly diverse profession, boasting more than 100 different techniques (one list puts the number closer to 120 and one online source even claims there are 200). Some are extremely well known, such as Diversified or Atlas Orthogonal Technique. Others possess a smaller (but often extremely loyal) following, such as the McTimody Technique or the Columbia Technique. Most doctors...
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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
posterior-to-anterior-thoracic-spinal-adjusting-in-the-scoliosis-patient-is-contraindicated-by-spinal-biomechanicsPosterior to Anterior Thoracic Spinal Adjusting in the Scoliosis Patient Is Contraindicated by Spinal Biomechanics by Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.   It would make sense to understand normal spinal biomechanics when putting adjustive forces into the spine, especially in a complicated spine such as a scoliosis. It seems that spinal biomechanical forces are frequently ignored when it comes to ...
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William H. Koch, D.C.
interview-with-dr-george-gonzalez The story of how Dr. George Gonzalez developed the technique he calls Quantum Neurology® Rehabilitation will serve as inspiration and example of what a man can do when motivated by passion and the need to help a loved one. In his quest to help his wife who had sustained an extremely painful and crippling spinal cord injury, Dr. George...
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