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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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Peter Van Tyle, D.C.
new-york-chiropractic-collegeNew York Chiropractic College has gone to great lengths to create the country’s top healthcare professionals, providing them with an unparalleled education and offering exciting clinical opportunities. Its coursework accommodates a rapidly evolving healthcare market. NYCC students consistently score well on both the National Board Examinations and on Canada’s Chiropractic Board Exams, signifying that...
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Kathy Mills Chang
coding-the-right-way Since 1983, Kathy Mills Chang has been providing chiropractors with hands-on training, advice and a broad range of solutions aimed to effectively assess and improve the financial performance of their practices. A well-known and sought-after speaker, Kathy Mills Chang has served in National and State level chiropractic organizations, sits on diverse boards and advisory councils related to the profession, and...
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Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.
interview-with-fabrizio-mancini-dcFabrizio Mancini came to the United States in 1978 from Colombia, South America.  His dream was to become a doctor to help alleviate the suffering of others.  His journey began in Dallas as he studied pre-medicine at the prestigious University of Dallas where he was preparing to be a neurosurgeon.  He later discovered the chiropractic profession and enrolled at Parker...
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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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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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Interviews
Steve Thaxton, D.C.
treating-everything-from-anger-to-zygomycosisDr. Steve Thaxton is a graduate of Abilene Christian University (ACU) and Parker College of Chiropractic, a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Rehabilitation Specialist, and Brimhall certified. Dr. Thaxton served as the personal chiropractor and fitness consultant for the rock band Guns N’ Roses for their 2-1/2 year world tour, and has also been Jon Bon Jovi’s personal chiropractor and personal fitness...
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TAC Staff
dr-david-m-brady-breaks-the-glass-ceiling-in-academia-interview-with-david-m-brady-dc-nd-ccn-dacbn  Dr. David Brady, a 1991 Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) graduate, is the first DC worldwide to break the "glass ceiling" within academia by being conferred vice provost of the health science division at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is the first and only chiropractor to attain that elevated status worldwide in a major university and, because of his...
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William Koch, D.C.
chiropractic-biophysics-technique-interview-with-deed-harrison-dc Dr. Don Harrison has been a tireless Chiropractic researcher and scientist for more than 35 years.  Originator of Chiropractic BiophysicsTechnique (CBP), Dr. Don conducted his research and reported his findings according to established scientific standards and protocols. His diligence and expertise have been rewarded by a high level of acceptance by the scientific community. Dr. Don’s outstanding career as a Chiropractor,...
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Dr. Paul Pugsley
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-paul-pugsleyOriginally from upstate New York, Dr. Paul Pugsley moved to California during grade school. After meeting his wife, Marilou, in undergraduate college, the couple decided to attend chiropractic school in Atlanta, Georgia, at Life Chiropractic College. In their last year at Life, Paul and Marilou had their first of five children. After graduating, Dr. Pugsley and family moved back to...
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George Goodheart, D.C.
muscle-testing-a-manipulation George Goodheart is a second generation Doctor of Chiropractic and graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1939. In 1964, Dr. Goodheart began making a series of revolutionary observations about muscle function and health and disease that evolved into applied kinesiology. By stimulating various neurological receptors and observing excitatory and inhibitory responses of muscles to manual testing, Dr. Goodheart was...
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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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Nutrition
Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-stages-of-pregnancy-part-iiiLactation and Depression Once the joyous day arrives and the healthy and happy baby has been delivered, it is time to address the postpartum nutritional requirements for both the mother and the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics has long advocated the use of breast milk as the primary food source for full-term infants.  In 1997, this advisory was extended...
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Laurie Endicott Thomas, MA, ELS
genetics-diet-and-ankylosing-spondylitisSome health problems are purely genetic. Others have nothing to do with genetics but are purely the result of environmental influences, such as diet, infection, or trauma. Then, there are many conditions in which some genetic predisposition interacts with the environment to produce the disease. The classic example is celiac disease, which is tightly linked to genetics but can be...
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Dr. Richard Drucker, B.S., M.S., N.D., Ph.D.
the-gift-of-naturally-prolonged-healthy-and-sustained-lifeWhat took Mother Nature thousands of years to create, recent humanity has taken for granted and has selfishly destroyed. In the last 75 years, modern U.S. economic agricultural practices have nearly eradicated all of the naturally occurring organically (carbon containing) complexed trace minerals, poly-electrolytes and metalo-enzymes from our diet. Two-time Nobel prize winner and renowned scientist Linus Pauling categorically stated...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
time-to-tune-up-yourPatient compliance is an issue for all doctors.   And, let’s face it, when we feel well, we often cheat on our exercise or diet plans.  After all, we are only human.  This short article provides some great ammunition to motivate us—and our patients—to follow-through with good nutritional practices.  Recently Dr. Bruce Ames, a famous toxicologist from the University of California,...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-stages-of-pregnancy-part-iNutritional planning during pregnancy is pretty straightforward, isn’t it?  An extensive amount of literature has been written about the topic.  The problem is that it is broad, overwhelming, and, frankly, a bit boring.  For this reason, many of the solutions to pregnancy-related problems go untreated and often unnoticed. This is a topic that will affect many of your adult patients. ...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
your-lifestyle-tells-your-genes-to-express-diseaseMore and more research is demonstrating how our genes determine the types of diseases we develop and our degree of susceptibility to a given disease. This issue should not be taken lightly, particularly when making specific suggestions to patients.  For example, most have probably heard the “urban legend” that grilled meat causes colorectal cancer. Is this true? The answer is...
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Orthotics
Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
how-to-get-paid-with-insurance You treat Mrs. Jones today, complete your fee slip, and your insurance staff has every document necessary to bill the claim. They have the application for benefits and/or proper claim forms from the patient, along with the correct policy numbers. The staff also has all of the completed notes/letters of necessity/results required ready as attachments to send with the claims,...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
hamstring-injury-in-a-hockey-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 26-year-old male amateur hockey player, who reports a recent left hamstring “pull” that just doesn’t seem to be getting better.  His history includes numerous injuries to the same hamstring muscle when he played in college, with mixed attempts to stretch and rehab.  He also describes varying levels of pain in his lower back...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-knee-pain-in-a-tennis-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 48-year-old real estate broker, who is also the president of the local Chamber of Commerce.  She reports pain in the front of her right knee, over the past several months, especially when playing tennis.  She denies any specific injury, and has no obvious swelling or discoloration.  She reports that she takes ibuprofen for...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-functional-scoliosisHistory and presenting symptoms The patient is a 12 year-old girl, who was identified at a school screening as having a discrepancy in her shoulder heights.  Her parents were advised to seek further evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon.  They reported that the orthopedist found evidence of a scoliosis, but recommended a “watch and wait” approach.  He offered no treatment, but said...
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Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
audit-proof-your-practice The curse is that insurance companies use computers to burden and audit you. The blessing is greater because the computer protects you from audits, minimizes paperwork and eliminates 95% of paper filing.   Doctors praise Electronic Health Record (EHR) computers. When audited, those doctors produced high quality SOAP records that matched the bills. The only loss was a small amount of...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-ankle-pain-in-a-young-athleteHistory and presenting symptoms: The patient is a 16-year-old athlete who plays football and baseball.  He reports recurrent pain in his left ankle over the past year, especially after lengthy running practices.  Occasionally, the ankle will swell, which he treats with an ice pack and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.  He recalls no specific injury and has no significant disability, but is concerned...
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Practice Management
Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
unintended-marketingIt is said that albert einstein had a sign hanging in his office at Princeton University that read, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." The point that I want to take from that quote is that there are some not-so-pretty byproducts from marketing a chiropractic clinic that certainly count, but are...
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tomowen
five-ways-to-manage-clinics-that-have-several-employeesIt is important to be proactive rather than reactive when addressing potential problems within your practice that occur when more than two or three people work in your clinic.   The greatest asset in a chiropractic practice is the staff. Unlike other assets, staffing is a dynamic resource in terms of productivity. The need to create the right operating environment for high...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
powerful-positioningYour practice is just that—YOUR PRACTICE. as straightforward and simplistic as that statement may be, many chiropractors promote their practice in a rather generic, almost "vanillalike" manner. Their outdoor sign just above their clinic reads CHIROPRACTOR, their walls are covered with posters that include photographs of a family holding hands while walking down the beach,...
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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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Mark Sanna, D.C.
chiropractic-for-the-21st-centuryMany DC’s are hesitant to do the DCMD model for fear that they will no longer be chiropractors or that they will sacrifice their philosophy in the process.  Is there a way  for a DC to do this and still maintain his/her identity? Chiropractors have seen the rise of chiropractic philosophy to the forefront of healthcare.  Those practices that master combining...
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Dwight C. Whynot, D.C.
how-can-i-show-the-true-value-of-chiropractic-careYour practice philosophy can influence how you present chiropractic to your patients, regardless of whether you went to a more philosophical chiropractic school or you went to school that did not emphasize the chiropractic philosophy, as much can influence the way in which you manage your chiropractic practice and the way in which you manage the care you provide your...
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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.
posterior-arch-fracture-of-the-atlasHistory This young adult patient has had a motor vehicle accident with a “whiplash” type injury.  Painful hyperextension of the cervical region is experienced by the patient.   Figure 1. Note the unilateral fracture of the posterior arch of the atlas. Discussion The radiolucent unilateral defect in the posterior arch of this patient’s atlas represents a complete acute vertical fracture. Fractures of the posterior...
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Peter Fernandez, DC
what-practice-structure-suits-you-best-starting-a-new-practice-v Solo Practitioner (No Incorporation) This type of practice structure is when a doctor is not incorporated.  In this case, the doctor does not have the personal asset protection advantage that a corporate shield has to offer.  Being non-incorporated, if someone files a malpractice suit against the doctor, they will not only be after all his business assets (equipment, accounts...
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Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
lung-pathology-or-pseudo-lesionIn the pre-antibiotic era, the only treatment for pulmo-nary tuberculosis was rest and or lung resection of the diseased segment.  Secondary or re-infection tuberculosis most commonly occurs in the lung apices.  This patient had surgery with resection of her right upper lung due to pulmonary tuberculosis.  To fill space left empty by the resected lung tissue and to avoid huge...
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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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
c2-to-c3-congenital-block-vertebraDescription. When two adjacent vertebrae are osseously fused from birth, this joined unit is called a congenital block vertebra. Embryologically, this is the result of failure of the normal segmentation process of the somites during the period of differentiation at 3-to-8 fetal weeks.1 The block vertebra, by itself, is clinically insignificant. As there is no motion allowed at the fused...
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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
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
hamstring-strains-and-orthotic-supportHamstring injuries and athletic running seem to go together.  The injuries also tend to reoccur and become chronic.  Often, the recovery rate becomes frustrating for the athlete as well as the practitioner.  While the etiology remains controversial, the primary causes may be considered, in order to enhance recovery and prevent reinjury. Main Causes Some of the most common causes of hamstring muscle...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
step-by-step-rehab-centerAbout 83 million people in the U.S. (42% of the adult population) used at least one alternative therapy in 1997.  Usage among those 35-40-years-old is even higher, at 50%. The estimated number of visits in 1997 to providers of “unconventional therapy”  (629 million) was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical doctors nationwide (386 million)....
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
shin-splints-and-rehab-careShin splints is one of the more common problems that can occur in active patients, especially during the spring and summer months. It is important to maintain an awareness of this frequent complaint and know the signs to look for during diagnosis. Help keep your active patients in step with their lifestyles!   Symptoms   The pain associated with shin splints...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
how-to-measure-successful-curve-restorationOne of the things that we have been discussing in past issues is the cervical lordosis.  There are probably few clinicians who have not drawn an association between the loss of cervical lordosis and headache.  This clinical observation is also supported in the scientific literature.1,2  But, of course, we’d like a quick, easy, accurate and inexpensive method to measure the...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
extension-traction-good-for-discs Chiropractors have long used spinal traction methods to relieve abnormal pressure and bulging of the IVD. The more popular methods have employed long axis traction and/or flexion distraction to relieve IVD (intervertebral disc) pressure. Consequently, many doctors are reluctant to employ extension traction methods which seem so radically different. I'm frequently asked if extension traction is good for injured...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
simple-effective-home-traction-for-the-cervical-lordosisIn our March article, we discussed how the physical properties of tight, contracted, paraspinal tissues create resistance to the corrective forces of your adjustments. Last month, I showed you a great example of how one case of scoliosis was successfully managed using simple blocking techniques to introduce sustained stretching forces into the spine. In this article, I want to discuss...
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Techniques
R.B. Mawhiney, DC
preventing-sids-sudden-infant-death-syndromeOH, NO!!! PLEASE, LORD, NO!!! She has stopped breathing! CALL 911!! HURRY!!! This happens up to five thousand (reported) times a year in the United States. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has become a scourge to young and old parents, alike. I have raised three children and have suffered through many nights wondering if I should shake my child to see if it’s...
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Lisa Upledger, D.C.
craniosacral-therapyCranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a manual modality that has made its way into the chiropractic clinic as an effective adjunctive therapy.  It focuses on normalizing the craniosacral system, which extends from the skull, face and mouth down to the sacrum and coccyx. The craniosacral system consists of a compartment formed by the dura mater membrane, the cerebrospinal fluid within the membranes,...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-two Subluxations are state specific In last month’s article we discussed that the subluxation is posture or state specific. State/posture specifi c means that, when the patient assumes a certain posture or consciousness, a subluxation may emerge—a subluxation that was not present when they were comfortably standing, sitting or lying down. This phenomenon is called the posture of subluxation or POS. Since most...
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Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
the-webster-technique-in-pregnancy-for-safer-easier-birthsChiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now providing for two, and their optimal function is critical for the baby’s healthy development. The mother’s spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby, and the risk of interference to her nerve system is substantially increased. Specific chiropractic care throughout...
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Randy B. Reed, D.C., C.C.S.P.
i-cant-believe-its-not-traction  After spending the better part of the last 6 years developing a seminar for Continuing Education Credits and speaking to over 2000 Chiropractors, Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists on “Axial Decompression and Core Rehab for the Lumbar Disc Patient”, I am still amazed and intrigued by the one question that mainly chiropractors ask me.  I am asked...
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Burl R. Pettibon, DC, FABCS,FRCCM, PhD (Hon) and Sharon Freese-Pettibon, B.A., C.T.
prehabilitation-the-gift-that-keeps-on-givingIt would appear that D.D. Palmer was correct when he said that nerves are involved in all diseases; he just didn’t have the research in his age to prove it. As time goes on and research continues, the information coming out clearly substantiates his hypothesis.   The brain’s ability to change its neural network connections and behavior in response to new information,...
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