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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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dagmar
x-ray-in-motionWhere other chiropractors were eager to open up their practice, Dr. Postlethwaite had different plans...   Dr. John Postlethwaite, the big man with the big idea. Dr. John, as he’s known in the profession, graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1987. He moved to the Tampa Bay area of Florida and received his Florida License in 1989. He also...
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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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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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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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Gerald R. Mattia, D.C.
sports-chiropractor-specialist-gerald-r-mattia-dc-shares-his-secrets-to-successWith over 175 professional athletes under care (as well as the CEO’s of major corporations such as Tupperware and Harris Corp.), Dr. Gerry Mattia shares his secrets to success. Gerald R. Mattia, B.S., D.C., has thirty-one years of experience as a chiropractic physician. He earned his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1977, and...
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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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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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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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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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William Koch, D.C.
restoring-energy-balances-in-the-body-a-straight-chiropractor-re-thinks-acupunctureInterview with Dr. John Amaro   John A. Amaro DC, L.Ac., FIAMA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl.Med.Ac., is an internationally known author, lecturer and practitioner. He began his practice of Acupuncture and Chiropractic in 1971. He has led 13 diplomatic Acupuncture study tours of The People's Republic of China escorting more than 500 doctors and practitioners. He has personally studied acupuncture in nine separate...
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Dr. Steven Windwer
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-steven-windwer-dc Originally from New York, Dr. Steven M. Windwer, began working as a physical therapist the Boston area before moving back to Long Island and attending New York in Chiropractic College. He has played competitive basketball and soccer and now is the official chiropractor at Northeastern University, where he works with the athletic trainers and cares for athletes in all sports.   ...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
are-you-qcorn-oiledq-and-chronically-inflamedIs corn a vegetable, seed, or grain? I am not exactly sure. In her excellent text, Know Your Fats, Dr. Mary Enig (lipid chemist) tells us that whole corn is an herbaceous plant.1  In The Paleodiet, Dr. Loren Cordain places corn in the cereal grain category, and urges us to avoid the consumption of corn.2 Cordain is currently a professor...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-chiropractic-connection-the-structural-manifestations-of-elevated-homocysteine-levels Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The pharmaceutical industry spends an enormous amount of money on advertising prescription drugs that will lower “bad” LDL cholesterol to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. In fact, according to a report aired on 60 Minutes,1 much more money is spent on advertising than...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
syndrome-x-and-subluxationSome 40 million Americans are thought to have syndrome X,1 and there are likely to be several million who are rapidly moving in that direction.  Syndrome X is thought to be a driver of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes mellitus, obesity, depression, and other diseases.2  Syndrome X refers to an abnormal metabolic state that is characterized by insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia,...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
omega-3-fat-confusion-and-the-beginning-of-a-krill-oil-krazePharmaceutical grade fish oil…NOT Misinformation abounds when it comes to fish oil, such as that created by marketers of “pharmaceutical grade” fish oil, a recent buzzword. Readers should be aware that there is no such thing as pharmaceutical grade fish oil. This is a term created by a nutritional supplement supplier. Nutrition companies are notorious for marketing very basic and common...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
nutritional-alternatives-for-statin-drugsA list of the commonly prescribed statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), prosuvastatin calcium (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor). One statin drug that is no longer being used is Baycol, made by the Bayer Company. A USAToday.com article, posted on June 8, 2004, stated that, “Bayer pulled Baycol after reports that 31 people taking the drug died of...
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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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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tight-band-sidelines-fitness-walkerTight Band Sidelines Fitness Walker by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting Symptoms A 34-year-old female reports persistent pain at her right knee with walking. She localizes this pain to the lateral aspect, and says that it becomes worse as she continues her regular fitness walking program. She has been trying to walk three miles daily...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
surgical-repair-kneeds-extra-care History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 49-year-old male who reports frequent aching and stiffness in his lower back. He denies any back injuries, but does relate an injury to his right knee that resulted in a full tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Two years ago, he had a surgical reconstruction of the ACL using...
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John J. Danchik, D.C.
triathlete-troubled-by-tarsal-tunnel-syndromeby John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C   History and Presenting SymptomsA 31-year-old male athlete presents with burning pain and paresthesias affecting the ball of his right foot and toes, and extending along the sole of his foot.  He is a competitive triathlete, but doesn’t recall any specific injuries to his right foot.  These sensations are worse at night, and are aggravated by...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
orthotic-support-for-all-three-archesA close evaluation of the anatomy and structure of the foot reveals three arches that form the plantar vault.1  This architectural design provides substantial strength, while still permitting sufficient flexibility to accommodate changes in terrain, and to provide propulsion.  The foot’s arched structure is not present at birth, but develops during childhood, by age 6 or 7 in most people.2 ...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
leg-length-inequalityHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 42 year-old male presents with recurring episodes of moderate pain in his low back and right hip.  He denies injuring the region and cannot identify any precipitating activities or events.  On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain as varying from 25mm to 60mm, while the right hip pain is usually around 30mm. ...
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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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Practice Management
Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: It used to be that to establish medical necessity for care, you need only submit a copy of your travel card and frequently you got paid. It is not that easy today and the fact that the patient had a subjective complaint is simply not enough. What are the carriers looking for to establish this "mysterious" medical necessity? A: Active...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: What is the difference between active and passive care? A: One of the primary trends of healthcare is one away from the passive model of patient care toward an active model of care.  The paradigm of passive care with which chiropractors have practiced since the inception of our profession is now defunct.  Many practices that were established ten or eleven years...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
how-do-you-avoid-an-on-site-privacy-rule-investigation-cooperateRing.… Ring! You answer the phone and an investigator with Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is on the horn. What you say and do during this phone call could mean the difference between a slap on the wrist and a visit from the OCR’s investigators. First: Answer All Correspondence ASAP: In cases for which OCR suspects an...
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Michael Failla, D.C.
streamlining-your-data Recently I have talked to a number of doctors about the types of software that they are using in their offices and it has become apparent to me that many of them have taken a piecemeal approach to creating a paperless office. They are using one program for billing, another for scheduling and yet another for doctors notes. Often these...
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tomowen
how-to-raise-your-practice-expectations Surprisingly, many chiropractors do not know that the success or failure of their practice first starts in the mind. Even before a dollar is collected, a chiropractor that has limited himself in the goals he has set for his practice has also limited the amount of success his practice will receive. There is an old adage that states, "Aim for...
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Ray Foxworth, D.C., FICC, MCS-P
7-steps-to-a-sound-financial-policy1 Know Your Numbers Many doctors do not really know the cost of doing business. We THINK we know about what it costs to run our practice. You may know what your monthly expenses are, but do you know the actual cost of providing an office visit? Don’t fool yourself into thinking it costs the same to adjust 10 patients as...
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Radiology
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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
transverse-process-fracturesDiscussion Transverse Process Fractures Transverse process fractures are the second most common fractures of the lumbar spine, with compression fractures being the most common. They occur usually secondary to a severe hyperextension and lateral flexion blow to the lumbar spine from avulsion of the paraspinal muscles. The most common segments to suffer transverse process fractures are L2 and L3. Radiographically, the fracture line appears...
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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.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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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. 
fractures-of-the-pubis-and-ischium[Case History] This patient presents following severe trauma to the pelvic region after a motorcycle accident.   Diagnosis:  This patient has bilateral fractures of the superior and inferior pubic rami which has been referred to as a STRADDLE FRACTURE. Fortunately, this patient had no injury to the bladder, as bladder trauma is often present with fractures such as this. Of incidental notation is...
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Lisa Brittain, D.C., B.S.
tourette-syndrome-and-chiropractic-careTourette Syndrome and Chiropractic Care by Lisa Brittain, D.C., B.S.   History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an 11-year-old male who was diagnosed at the age of four with Tourette syndrome. He has complex vocal and motor tics, which are made worse by stress. The tics affect his daily life; school, sports and his self esteem. The patient also notices he has...
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Rehabilition
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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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
joint-rehab-and-exercise-tubingCurrent research describes the advantage of early, progressive rehabilitation exercise for many types of joint conditions.1-6  These benefits include: restoration of range of motion; decreased pain and swelling; decreased neural inhibition; quicker return of muscle function; and improved performance in sports and all daily activities.  Some studies even speculate that early rehabilitation programs may reduce the number of joint re-injuries.7-9 Contemporary...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Joseph Ventura D.C.
poor-posture-and-the-tweet-generationConsider the conclusions from two recent studies: “A significant linear trend for increasing sagittal plane postural translations of the head, thorax, pelvis, and knee was found in children age from 4 years to 12 years.”1   “Poor posture was diagnosed in 38.3% children, more frequently in boys. A significantly different occurrence of poor posture was found between 7-year-old and 11-year-old children (33.0% and...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
getting-the-most-support-from-assisted-devicesAn elderly patient enters your office with complaints of low back pain. She is using an assisted device (e.g., cane, walker, crutches). As you watch her walk, you think to yourself, "She looks like Yoda from Star Wars, and I would hurt also if I were walking like that." Or your patient asks, "Dr. Bones, am I using my cane...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
building-your-practice-on-a-strong-foundationBuilding Your Practice on a Strong Foundation by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   In keeping with this month’s focus on practice management and coaching, I wanted to take a slightly different twist with this article. While I make no pretense at being a practice manager or coach, I have started and operated two successful practices in my career plus...
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Techniques
Sharon Pettibon
spinal-technicians-necessary-component-for-chiropractic-managementThe discussion of Chiropractic success and its varied components has been a major topic of discussion since I can remember. My first exposure was in 1972 when I was sent to Parker Seminars as conducted by Jimmy Parker, D.C. in Las Vegas. The first one I attended was at the old MGM Grand and Elvis was the headliner. The hairdos...
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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
postural-alignment-a-health-disorders-a-scientific-connection  INTRODUCTIONPosture has probably been one of the longest studied aspects of humans. The correlation of posture and health has driven us to study our posture since at least the time of Hippocrates.1 Since Hippocrates’ time, many have attempted to categorize man into constitutional posture types.1-3  Before any possible consequences of abnormal posture can be addressed, normal posture must be defined...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-sphenoid-pattern"Gentlemen, damn the sphenoid bone!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), opening an anatomy lecture at Harvard Medical School I don’t know what Holmes was complaining about; perhaps he was frustrated at his inability to adjust the sphenoid (he was an MD after all). For most of my chiropractic career, I limited my practice to correcting spinal subluxations. While developing Koren Specific Technique (KST),...
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Judy Munroe
software-a-technologyWhen selecting a software package for your office, take your time and know exactly what you are looking for.  There are many applications on the market today to choose from and the search can be intimidating for someone who is not savvy on the latest technologies.  However, without having the technical knowledge, there are ways that you can make good...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
why-would-anyone-want-to-learn-a-new-technique Since finding myself in the world of teaching a new adjusting protocol/technique/system (Koren Specific Technique or KST), I’ve asked many of the doctors coming to our seminars why they took the plunge to learn a new way of caring for patients. The most common reasons given may surprise you: 1. The doctor is physically damaged from years of adjusting and...
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Dr. Mitch Mally
case-study-rotator-cuff-impingement-syndromeHistory and Subjective Complaints: A 24-year-old professional/international circuit tennis player presents with a right shoulder injury, 6 months post U.S. Open. Objective Findings: Decreased right shoulder flexion, abduction and external rotation. X-Ray: Absent 8-10 mm subacromial space, laterally rotated vertebral border of the right scapula, antetilted glenoid labrum. Diagnosis: Protracted laterally antetilted right scapula causing rotator cuff impingement syndrome. Treatment: Specialized manipulative decompression of involved protracted/antetilted right scapula, medial-inferior...
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