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the-landmark-victory-for-surface-emgIn January of 2005, David Marcarian and his company, PBI/MyoVision, defeated a group representing most of the major insurance companies and the State of Florida, who questioned the validity of surface EMG.  The case was appealed to the Superior Court of Florida, with an attempted appeal to the Supreme Court of Florida. Marcarian and MyoVision again prevailed with a unanimous...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-piezoelectric-sensor-the-heart-of-the-proadjuster-patient-care-system Technique + Business = Results. Within this simple equation is the formula to business success. If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after. In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our...
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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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TAC Staff
10-more-great-techniques-part-iiiHere is what you can find in this article:  Previous Techniques Featured Introduction by Donald Epstein, D.C. 10 More Great Techniques:   1) Advanced Muscle Palpaption 2) Blair Cervical Technique 3) Directional Non-Force Technique 4) The Graston Technique 5) Logan Basic Methods 6) Matrix Repatterning 7) Dr. Mally's Extremity Adjusting Technique 8) McTimoney Technique 9) Neuro Emotional...
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TAC Staff
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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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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Interviews
Jeff Spencer, D.C.
on-the-roadDr. Jeff Spencer is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and currently serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.  A 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College at Los Angeles in 1988. ...
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Vernon Temple, D.C.
raising-standardsVern Temple, D.C., has been part of the testing community for nearly thirty years, first as a member of the Vermont Board of Chiropractic Examination and Registration, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) delegate for the state of Vermont and, subsequently, as an NBCE Director for the past seven years, six years as District III Director...
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Cory Littman, DC, DAAMLP
chiropractic-as-primary-care-for-the-spine-the-paradigm-has-changed-interview-with-william-owens-dc-daamlpDr. William Owens has been in practice for 15 years in Buffalo, New York.  He has  a practice that focuses on the care and triage of the traumatically injured.  Early on in his career, Dr. Owens had the opportunity to help build two hospital-based chiropractic clinics: one of which allowed chiropractors to become credentialed as medical staff as opposed to...
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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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Terry Schroeder, D.C.
humble-dc-to-lead-team-usaIn 1900, men's water polo became the first team sport introduced at the modern Olympic Games. The rules of the game were different in Europe, so in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis the Europeans refused to participate. As a result, the USA won the gold, silver and the bronze. Ironically, this is the only gold medal that the...
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Harold McCoy, D.C.
mccoys-track-recordWith almost 30 years of experience in practice, Dr. Harold McCoy has established quite a track record in incorporating chiropractic to achieve optimal sports performance in world-class athletes. It all started in the 80’s, when Dr. McCoy treated Olympic athletes like Evander Holyfield and served seven years at the University of Washington as part of the Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Staff,...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
inflammation-and-diet-a-growing-concernThe January 1st issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) contained an editorial entitled, “From asthma to atherosclerosis–5-lipoxygenase, leukotrienes, and inflammation.”  Inflammation is something we are all aware of, and I have written about in most of my TAC articles this past year.  What about 5-lipoxygenas and leukotrienes; what are they? Our cell membranes are made...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
a-healthy-dessert-option-dark-chocolateWhen I attend chiropractic conventions/seminars, I am often invited to have a meal with other DC’s. Not uncommonly, the doc(s) will apologize in advance for eating unhealthy food, or ask me not to criticize them for eating such things as French fries or pancakes. For the record, I am not part of the diet police, so people need not worry...
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Michael P. Ciell, R.Ph.
a-new-approach-to-metabolic-syndromeThe Greatest Healthcare/Financial Crisis   Metabolic Syndrome (aka Syndrome X) with its four hallmark symptoms of obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia is devastating our country as well as the whole of North America.  In March of 2005 the National Institutes of Health and the New England Journal of Medicine published a paper stating that because of this epidemic the current generation is...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
baby-qma-maq-and-qdha-dhaq Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is an important structural element of the central nervous system and retina. The need for DHA may be most critical for brain and eye development from conception through the second year of life. Significant brain growth occurs during the third trimester of pregnancy and through the first two years of life....
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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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Paul Yanick, Ph.D.
innate-enhancement-via-oral-chelation-and-ionic-detoxificationOur modern day environment has drastically disturbed the body’s ionic balance, critically important for innate intelligence and communication.  Excessive positive ionization, a result of water, food, and air pollution, causes what Albert Krueger, MD (the late University of California (UC), Berkeley, researcher) termed “positive ion poisoning.”  Russian scientists (supported by over 5,000 scientific studies) report that systemic ionization with negative...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
shin-splints-in-an-amateur-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 28-year-old graphic artist who has been running regularly for the past ten years.  She reports the recent onset and gradual worsening of pain in the front of her right lower leg, which is now limiting her physical activity routines.  The leg pain is described as an “aching soreness” that has been getting progressively...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C.
the-value-of-observing-gaitThe Value of Observing Gait by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   The patient is a 58-year-old female, who has recently started a personal health and wellness program. In addition to eating more sensibly, she has initiated a daily walking program. After four weeks, she has progressed to 30 minutes of brisk walking everyday. She reports that she ...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tarsal-tunnel-syndrome-a-orthotic-supportTarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS), while not common in the general population, is occasionally seen among athletes.  In addition, many TTS symptoms can be confused with conditions commonly treated in the chiropractic office.1  Because its etiology is often related to hyperpronation and, therefore, spinal complaints, TTS patients may be concentrated in the chiropractic office.  When a patient complains of burning pain...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
president-obama-the-insurance-industry-a-chiropracticPresident Obama, the Insurance Industry & Chiropractic by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   On May 11, 2009, in New York Newsday, The Associated Press reported a coalition between insurance companies, drug makers, hospitals and doctors to contain and control health care costs to lower the premiums, so that the 50 million Americans who are currently uninsured...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
callus-formation-in-a-corporate-executiveHistory and Presenting Symptoms   The patient is a 52-year-old male, who was previously treated successfully for a lumbar disc problem, and who now returns to this clinic reporting pain and skin thickening (callus formation) on the bottoms of both feet. He has tried several remedies, but his calluses always return. Exam Findings Vitals. This middle-aged, physically...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
q-angle-problems-increased-running-increases-pain History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 22-year-old recent college graduate, who reports a history of participation in many team sports in school, including field hockey, soccer, and softball. She admits that she has always had occasional knee problems, especially on the left side. She is now running regularly for fitness, and her left knee is noticeably...
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Practice Management
Dr. Miles Bodzin, D.C.
design-your-own-drip-education-system I always say it is better to keep a patient for lifetime than it is to keep getting new ones. This is one of the techniques I have used for nearly fifteen years, to build a practice full of 300+visit patients. After all, if you are really seeing people for lifetime wellness care, you should have tons of people with...
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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
the-financial-stability-of-family-practiceChiropractic Family Practice is extremely profitable. Rather than working harder and harder for their money, chasing insurance companies only to be denied payment, losing patients because their insurance doesn’t cover the care anymore, and dealing with the incredibly stressful, high overhead that comes with other types of practices, thousands of chiropractors are becoming the family wellness providers for their communities. The...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-keys-a-principles-for-successThe Keys & Principles for Success by Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C.   Make Clear Cut Goals "If you don’t know where you are going, how do you know how to get there?" Goals are like maps, they help us set direction in our personal as well as our business lives. There are many similarities between business and war. In both cases,...
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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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Williams Owens Jr., DC, DAAMLP, CPC
your-new-partner-for-success-the-local-family-practice-md-in-your-communityIt wasn’t until 1983 that the American Medical Association changed is stance on affiliation with chiropractors as being unethical.  That is not too long ago and it seems that, in some circles, the medical community is coming around faster than the chiropractic community; chiropractors are good at holding grudges.  The truth is, it is not about chiropractic, physical therapy or...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-power-of-visualizationIf you envision money falling from the sky, would it? Probably not; although, it’s a nice mental image, isn’t it? Seeing is only the first step. The next step is to take aggressive action toward achieving your goal. I associate the concept of seeing with the word visualization. Suppose that you earn $2,000 per month and you want to...
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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.
fractures-of-the-clavicleHistory The young patient fell on an outstretched arm while playing football. Discussion The “S” shape and normal overlap with the upper ribcage renders the clavicle a difficult structure to evaluate on straight anteroposterior projections.  The optimum view is anteroposterior projections with 15 degrees cephalad tube angulation.  Weights (10-15 pounds) may be held to aid in detecting undisplaced fractures.  The exposure factors should be...
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Terry R. Yochum, DC, D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., & Alicia M. Yochum, DC, R.N., BSN
degenerative-spondylolisthesis-and-leg-pain-whats-the-connectionHistory This 60-year-old female patient presents with lower back and sciatica pain through the buttock into the posterior thigh.    Diagnosis:   Observe the extensive sclerosis and osteophyte formation occurring bilaterally at the L5/S1 facet structures. There is a degenerative anterolisthesis of L5 upon the sacrum of approximately 4 mm. No evidence of pars defects is seen at the L5 segment.   Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is...
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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.
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. Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., B.S.N.
anomalies-of-the-c-1-posterior-arch[Case History] This young adult was in a car accident and has suboccipital pain. Do you see a fracture? Agenesis of the Atlas Posterior Arch Synonyms. Aplasia or congenital absence of the posterior arch. Description. Lack of ossification of the posterior arch of the atlas may be complete and bilateral, may be purely unilateral, or may manifest as small clefts (i.e., spina...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
sacral-fracturesHistory This patient fell off a horse while competing in a high level equestrian event. The patient fell directly over the sacrum and experienced immediate severe localized pain in the sacral area. Discussion Sacral fractures usually occur as the result of a fall upon the buttocks or following a direct traumatic blow. There are two types: Horizontal and Vertical. Horizontal (transverse) Fractures These are the...
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Rehabilition
Mark R. Payne D.C.
healthy-doctors-practicing-and-preachingHealthy Doctors: Practicing and Preaching by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   Can you imagine an overweight doctor counseling patients on nutrition? How about a physician who smokes urging patients to quit? Or a well-intentioned couch potato handing out exercise advice? We’ve all encountered doctors who dispense advice freely but rarely seem to follow it themselves. The inevitable result,...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
foot-problems-and-athletic-injuriesFoot position and alignment are important factors that must be considered in our active population. As we encourage more of our patients to walk, jog, and exercise, we need to be prepared for the "side effects" of our recommendations if any foot problems exist. For example, a 1998 study of runners found that those who pronated more while running had a...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
dueling-paradigms-why-every-chiropractor-should-embrace-postural-rehabilitation-concepts The seventies and eighties brought huge changes to chiropractic. In the early years, chiropractic was founded around a paradigm of restoring normal spinal alignment (structure), thereby allowing the patient to return to a more optimum state of health (function). Many more traditional chiropractors continue to view patient care strictly within this "structural" paradigm. Consider this from the International Chiropractors...
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M. Kirk Meier, D.C.
muscle-spasms-how-to-overcome-the-chiropractic-nemesis It’s happened to all of us many times. a patient comes into our office barely able to move and in excruciating pain. They have difficulty lying on the table, let alone moving through any range of motion and we want to get them into a side posture position. RIGHT!!!!! So, in lieu of any type of chiropractic manipulative therapy, we...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
lack-of-spinal-movementFor every doctor of chiropractic, a factor for consideration in patient care is spinal motion.  Abnormal movement is one of the most frequent findings, whether in the form of, “Doc, I just can’t bend,” or  “There is a lack of normal motion on examination.” Or perhaps, “There is a fixation of C4.”  But, in whatever form it occurs, abnormal motion...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
compression-counterstressing-traction-in-the-professional-office Last month, I discussed the Dakota Traction™, a simple home device for use in restoring the cervical lordosis. This time, I want to discuss a simple extension traction procedure for use within the professional office. In-Office traction has two key advantages over home traction: It helps insure some degree of compliance, especially during the early phase of care, and...
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Techniques
Robert J. Goodman, D.C.
validating-the-truthValidating the Truth by Robert J. Goodman, D.C.   This year marks the coming of validation for the Upper Cervical Chiropractic techniques. Upper Cervical Chiropractors have appeared on mainstream television programs such as Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, and Discovery Health Channel, and our own Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Sr. won the ICA Chiropractor of the Year. Some...
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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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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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Arlan Fuhr, DC
piriformis-syndrome-assessment-a-correction-of-affected-structuresIs sciatica a frequent complaint in your practice? Did you know that the piriformis muscle, when inflamed, releases a biochemical agent that irritates the sciatic nerve? Find out how the Activator Adjusting Technique can help you bring relief to these patients. One of the more common complaints in any chiropractic office is that of buttock and/or posterior thigh pain, generally referred...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
health-a-hydrationWhy isn’t this patient holding her adjustment?” I wondered. Koren Specific Technique (KST) practitioners are happy to find that their patients hold their adjustments for longer periods and rarely return with the same subluxation pattern. That is why I was so startled to find a patient whose subluxations returned. Why wasn’t she holding her adjustment? Her chronic migraines had decreased only...
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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
appropriate-use-of-a-cervical-orthotic-for-abnormalities-of-the-cervical-lordosisIntroductionMore and more, Chiropractors are becoming interested in rehabilitation of the abnormal cervical lordosis due to its potential relationship with a number of patient health disorders.1-3 Chiropractic techniques often recommend the use of both in office equipment as well as supplementation of at home orthotics for rehabilitation of the abnormal cervical lordosis in appropriate cases,4 while other chiropractors use at...
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