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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
achieving-longevity-through-a-healthy-and-drugless-lifestyle    Through the family practice, dr. Eric plasker helps chiropractors grow their practice and become life-style leaders in their community Dr. Eric Plasker is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College and former owner of two highly successful family practices, where he practiced for 16 years. In 2000, he founded The Family Practice, a personal coaching company that offers marketing and patient...
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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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National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)
innovative-educationNational University of Health Sciences (NUHS) prides itself on providing students with the most complete academic and professional education for a career in the health sciences. For over 100 years, the university has led the chiropractic profession with academic excellence, dynamic faculty members and innovative leadership. Integrative Medicine Since 2000, when National changed from The National College...
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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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TAC Staff
second-generation-chiropractor-in-the-trenches-for-broad-based-educationDr. Richard G. Brassard was appointed president of Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in 2004, following several years of association with TCC as a member and chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a 1965 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Jerry Brassard. He is licensed to practice in both Texas...
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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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Interviews
Dr. Mitch Mally
million-dollar-chiropractic-featuring-dr-mitch-mallyEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series (M$C) focuses on the top surveyed issues facing chiropractors today.  Recruiting new patients, retention, profitability, marketing and staffing are each a determining factor in the growth, potential and success of the practice. The subject of this issue’s profile is Dr. Mitch Mally, a 1981 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic who...
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reflecting-on-the-past-and-focused-on-the-future-interview-with-dr-patrick-gentempoDr. Patrick Gentempo is the CEO of Action Potential Holdings, Inc. and is arguably one of the best-known figures in the chiropractic profession today. He has acted as cofounder and chief executive of well-known entities within the profession. These include the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), Creating Wellness Alliance (CWA), and Chiro Finishing School. CLA has brought critical technology to the...
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Jeff Hockings, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv--infomercials-made-easyThe 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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John K. Maltby, D.C.
meet-the-new-president-of-the-icaAfter the dust had settled and the ballots were tallied, on April 15, 2005, the International Chiropractors Association had elected a new president in a landslide vote.  Who is this doctor who inspired such an impressive mandate by the oldest national chiropractic organization in the world, and what is his vision for chiropractic?  Find out, in the following interview between...
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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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Dr. Rand Swenson, MD, DC
expanding-the-horizon-of-diagnosticsDr. Rand Swenson, a second-generation chiropractor, received his chiropractic degree summa cum laude in 1976, from the National College of Chiropractic. He subsequently entered the graduate program in the Department of Anatomy at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. His graduate research was in the field of neuronal plasticity and he received his PhD in 1981. After a two-year post-doctoral...
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Nutrition
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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Lynn Toohey, D.C.
our-toxic-water-and-nutritional-helpWater is essential for life and we need to replenish our supply of it everyday. But what happens when that basic life force becomes a toxic assault? Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other chemicals pollute our water supplies, and now even "second-hand drugs" have hit the news and become a concern. In actuality, antibiotics, birth control pills, beta blockers, contrast agents...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
alternatives-to-nsaids-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-painThe treatment of pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) is big business in America, which leads to a substantial number of deaths and extraordinary costs to treat NSAID-complications. Consider the following facts about NSAID use: • More than 70 million NSAID prescriptions each year in US • More than 30 billion OTC NSAID’s sold each year in US • 5-10% of US adult population...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
the-whey-to-enhancing-glutathione GLUTATHIONE is widely found in all forms of life nad plays an essential role in the health of organisms, particularly aerobic ones. In humans, animals, and plants, glutathione is the predominant non-protein sulfhydryl group and functions most especially as an antioxidant, keeping its own sulfhydryl (-SH) groups and related proteins in a reduced (non-oxidized) condition.1, 2 Though there are undoubtedly...
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Robert Anderson M.D. and Perry Chinn, D.C.
what-are-the-health-benefits-of-supplementing-with-the-amino-acid-l-arginineThere has been a flurry of discussion, speculation and even hard to believe health claims surrounding the supplementing of the amino acid L-arginine. L-arginine is considered a conditionally-essential amino acid, meaning that it is not found in sufficient levels in the “normal” human diet. Amounts that produce the clinical effects suggested by research highlighted below must be received in supplement form. ...
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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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Orthotics
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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johndanchik
motion-limitations-hamper-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 33-year-old female, is a marketing director who took up running for stress reduction and weight loss. She has been running for six months and has progressively increased her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her left foot, as well as increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
upper-extremity-conditions-and-orthotic-support History and Presenting Symptoms A 43-year-old female presents with persistent pain in and around her left shoulder, accompanied by tightness extending into her middle back region. Upon further discussion, she recounts a history of a right carpal tunnel syndrome that was treated surgically, with only partial improvement. She has also had several episodes of left elbow tendinitis. She denies any...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
leg-pain-in-a-ball-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms An 18-year-old baseball player presents with aching pain and tightness in his left lower leg.  He describes a collision injury during a game four days earlier, which resulted in pain and bruising in the front of his leg after sliding into second base.  Despite repeated icing, the area still feels swollen.  He describes this as “shin splints.” Exam...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
wellness-support-for-an-obese-patientHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 32-year-old male presents with a history of mild to moderate lower back pain, and aching tightness in his neck.  He states that his back pain comes and goes, with no specific triggering activities.  His neck tension is worse with long and stressful workdays.  He participates in no recreational sports or exercise activities, and recalls no back...
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Practice Management
Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-importance-of-continuing-educationEven though all chiropractic doctorate degrees are earned through the stringent studies of chiropractic education, the actual license to practice chiropractic is another story. Nearly all chiropractors are governed by requirements for keeping the ability to practice their trade, if you will.  These requirements are not in place for the purpose of annoying the doctors, or for giving them a reason...
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Eric Kaplan, D.C.,N.D.
the-quest-for-successToday’s Lesson in Excellence... To be the best, you have to give it your best.  Excellence is more than a state of mind; it is a commitment.  Over the last few, months we spoke of attitude and organization.  This month, we will speak of systems.  An excellent office is about the entire office buying into the program of success. ...
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Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C.
dont-confuse-motion-with-progress Over the years, we’ve listened to the stories of hundreds of chiropractors who have asked us to help them make a living doing what they love to do, which is change lives through the healing art of chiropractic. These doctors come to us with a myriad of situations. Some of them seek us out because they are opening their doors...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
compliance-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 your...
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Tim Gober, DC
pay-now-or-pay-laterexpanding-into-three-clinics-and-the-costGood staff will do. Imagine you were planning on building a health care empire.  Would you have time to be so picky about hiring new staff that you would delay months just to find that perfect staff member?  Would you have time to constantly turn over your staff? This process is costly, decreases morale, and ultimately slows you down from...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
how-to-systematize-your-staff Whether you are a seasoned veteran doctor or just setting up shop, one thing is certain: you didn’t spend all those years in school to do administrative and office work. That is why you have a support team. You should be the doctor—free to practice and not tied up in the details. Where do you start, what do you...
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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.
dish-syndromeConsiderations Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a generalized spinal and extraspinal articular disorder that is characterized by ligamentous calcification and ossification.  The most prominent radiographic expressions of this disease are encountered in the spine involving predominantly the anterior longitudinal ligament.  It is a distinctive disease and does not represent ankylosing spondylitis or degenerative joint disease.  An incidence of 12% of...
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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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-upper-thoractic-hump-pattern“Doctor, I’ve been worried about my hump. Will it get worse? Can you fix it?” Unlike the better-known dowager’s hump, the upper thoracic hump (see photos and illustrations) is more common and is found in younger as well as older people. Patients are concerned about their humps and are very motivated to get them fixed. They should be. Along with its unattractiveness,...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
vacuum-phenomenon-DISCUSSION The vacuum sign (of Knuttson) is an important early radiographic finding.1 Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.2  Studies have shown this to be a common sign of disc aging and degeneration, with an incidence of two to three percent in the...
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drmarks380
mri-spine-protocolsYour pateint has radicular pain in the lumbosacral distribution that is status post-motor vehicle accident and you order a lumbar MRI. The report rendered by a board certified general radiologist concludes mild disc bulging at L5-S1. However, upon further review by both a neuroradiologist and yourself (once you have been certified and trained to interpret MRI), you realize the general...
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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.
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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Rehabilition
Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
spinal-exercises-in-rehabSpinal exercise is an important part of any spinal rehabilitation program. The timing of the prescription of spinal exercises is very important, so as not to cause more trouble for the injured patient. Recommendations on Exercise The use of active methods of care, such as exercise, have been discussed in some detail in published articles and books on the subject.1,2,3 Guidelines have been...
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James W. Gudgel, D.C.
returning-the-injured-athlete-to-optimum-performanceLow back pain affects almost everyone during their lifetime, and this includes well-conditioned athletes. The very nature of athletics is that the athlete is performing an activity that requires a high level of skill, strength, power and/or coordination. Most athletic activities impart very high short-duration repetitive forces into various parts of the body, while other areas are subjected to less...
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David Rick, D.C. and Alan Oolo Austin, D.C.
rapid-rehabilitation-of-a-hamstring-strain-a-case-studyHamstring Strain Discussion Hamstring strains are an extremely common occurrence in the sport of soccer. The hamstrings span two joints and are, therefore, subject to stretching at more than one point. Therapies for this type of injury have traditionally involved different forms of physiotherapy and soft tissue techniques. Dorman2 reported on 140 hamstring injuries and found that they usually occurred either quite early...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
rehab-after-injuryCommunication skills are vital to achieving good results when dealing with patients after an injury. One of the most important components of post-injury rehabilitation is to give very clear instructions when the patients first start to exercise. This is because it is easy for patients to do too little or too much, and both will interfere with the desired outcome....
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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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John K. Hyland, D.C.
exercise-for-healthy-agingThere is now a wealth of data that supports the value of aerobic and resistance exercise for the geriatric population. Improvements are seen in weight and body composition, greater insulin sensitivity, decreased falls/improved balance, better psychological health, less frailty and improved function. With exercise, the resting blood pressure lowers, and there is a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality.1...
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Techniques
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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
why-are-dcs-so-sick Accidental Discovery I discovered Koren Specific Technique (KST) in the best tradition of empirical healthcare: by accident. D.D. Palmer had Harvey Lillard. I had a seven-foot-high piece of heavy laminated furniture. I was blindsided as it crashed down on me, almost cutting off most of three fingers. Luckily, my head was in the way or I would have lost my...
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Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
an-advanced-method-for-treating-strokeRecently there has been much publicity surrounding the claims that neck manipulation by chiropractors can cause stroke or even death via cervical artery dissection.  This type of publicity has generated much concern for chiropractic patients and the general public.  Although, after carefully addressing the patient’s concern and informing them on the risk of neck manipulation (less than 1:500,000–1 million1), some...
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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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George Roth, D.C., N.D.
snoring-and-sleep-apnea-structural-implicationsThe uvula and soft pallet may come into partial or total contact on the back wall of the upper airway.  When the contact is partial or intermittent, snoring (a loud vibration of these soft tissues) may result.  The tongue may also drop posteriorly onto the back wall of the upper airway, coming into contact with the uvula and soft pallet,...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
decompression-as-a-chiropractic-techniqueWe decided to develop a chiropractic decompression technique, the Kennedy Decompression Technique, to help establish a codified clearinghouse of information and resources available, but often untapped, regarding traction therapy and how it may create "Decompression" as an outcome. This in an effort to offer a viable counter to advertising claims, scientific doublespeak and negligent...
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