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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
fitness-and-chiropractic-a-critical-niche-for-your-practice-and-the-chiropractic-profession The fitness and nutrition industries are poised to take a leadership role in health care. They have all the research that demonstrates their role in achieving optimum health and prevention of sickness and disease. These elements of a healthy lifestyle are being sought after by the public who are trying to decipher between the good and the bad, the real...
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TAC Staff
the-future-is-here-chiropractic-collegesWhile there might be debate about where the future of chiropractic is headed, it’s certain that the colleges have a large influence.  That’s why TAC has compiled a comprehensive list of chiropractic colleges, to help illustrate the direction of the education of future chiropractors and of chiropractic as a whole. Each college has provided their primary and elective techniques, and...
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Peter Gyrst, DC
a-new-generation-of-adjusting-instrumentsHow it all began?  Side posture This whole series of adjustment instruments has evolved over a period of ten years and has been tested by Gonstead doctors throughout Europe, Japan and also the United States. The first table that was designed and built was the side posture pelvic bench. Actually, it was conceived in frustration and born of passion and necessity. Those of...
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Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
interview-with-terry-r-yochum-dc-dacbr-chiropractic-radiologist-a-author-of-the-essentials-of-skeletal-radiology“This July will see the publication of the third edition of Dr. Terry Yochum's textbook, The Essentials of Skeletal Radiology.  It's hard to express the importance that this work has had in raising the profile of the chiropractic profession.   Before Dr. Yochum's text, there had never been a chiropractic textbook published by a major publisher.  The text is now one...
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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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Logan Chiropractic College (LCC)
logan-college-of-chiropracticFor Logan College students to gain knowledge and skill; for Logan graduates to better serve their patients and for the community to benefit from chiropractic care, the college must grow and progress. Over the past 18 months, Logan College of Chiropractic has succeeded in expanding the scope of chiropractic education and care in the patient ...
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Interviews
George Curry, DC
helping-people-get-their-lives-backFor Dr. George Curry, chiropractic is truly a family affair.  “I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1982, my stepfather graduated from Palmer in the 60's, my stepbrother in the 70’s and my nephew graduated in 2002.  The two oldest of my six children plan to enroll in chiropractic college in 2006 and 2008,” says Dr. Curry. This Connecticut-based...
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Paul White, D.C.
optimizing-the-well-being-of-the-patient Nutri-West was founded in 1981, a small nutritional supplement company offering a limited, but effective line of its own products. The company was the creation of a successful Wyoming chiropractor and nutrition expert, Dr. Paul White, and his wife Marcia. Their children, Tony, Michele and Tiffany, have been actively involved with the business since they were very young and know...
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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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can-cloud-computing-really-save-you-thousands-annuallyInterview with Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A., F.I.C.C. His vision to elevate the profession and increase chiropractic access The American Chiropractor recently heard about a new Electronic Health Records (EHR)/practice management software product from Future Health that the company has decided to give away free. Like many of you, we wondered, “What’s the catch?”  So we sat down with Future...
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great-technique-plus-great-nutrition-program-leads-to-outstanding-results-interview-with-peter-heffernan-dcDr. Peter Heffernan has been in practice 37 years in the same location in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He built a 100-patient-per-day practice within one year of graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic in September of 1975. By the end of his second year in practice, he had built a 500-patient-per-week practice. “We did a 90-minute pre-care class educating patients and families...
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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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Nutrition
Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C.
nutrient-intake-and-plasma-beta-amyloid-neurologyColumnist Review by Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C.    Y. Gu, PhD, N. Schupf, PhD, S.A. Cosentino, PhD, J.A. Luchsinger,MD, N. Scarmeas, MD: From the Department of Neurology and Department of Medicine, Columbia University, New YorkKey Points From This Study: An important pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is B-amyloid (AB) peptide (mainly AB40 and AB42) deposition in the brain, resulting in formation of...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
brain-drain-due-to-silent-inflammationThe mind is the last frontier of medical science. Your brain contains thousands of unexplained mysteries. Researchers remain humbled by its complexities as they try to pinpoint the exact areas of the brain responsible for how you speak, experience love, learn to hate, and express creativity. Because of the complexity of neurological function, your brain is very sensitive to silent inflammation....
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howardloomisjr
internal-health-a-chiropractic-specialty-the-lower-extremitiespart-i- Successful doctors treat the cause of the problem, not the symptoms.  They are able to quickly and accurately determine the source of thepatient’s stress, devise a plan of treatment, and confidently convey their findings to the patient. They specialize in helping problem cases—the ones no one else can help. They solve these cases by identifying the specific cause(s) of the patients’...
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David R. Seaman, DC, MS, DABCN
diet-and-supplements-for-athletesThe general goal with diet and supplements for athletes should be to promote an anti-inflammatory state so body better responds to the wear and tear generated by heavy exercise 1-3. With this in mind, diet and supplement recommendations can be uncomplicated. Humans have historically lived on health-promoting foods, including wild game (land animals, fish, and birds) and vegetation in the form...
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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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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
understanding-eicosanoids-and-dietWhat is the Zone? The concept of maintaining drugs within a therapeutic zone is well known to physicians.  Below that therapeutic zone, the drug is ineffective, and above that therapeutic zone, the drug is toxic.  The same concept can be applied to the hormones generated by the food you eat.  There are two hormonal systems that are controlled by the...
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Orthotics
TAC Staff
call-for-action-an-open-letter-to-the-chiropractic-profession Dear Chiropractic Colleague: This profession-wide "Open Letter" has been issued for a most urgent reason. Ignore it at your own peril Comprehensive and far-reaching "National Health Reform" legislation is rapidly moving forward in Congress. It is abundantly clear, that the legislation under consideration could substantially alter America’s health delivery system in dramatic and perhaps unexpected ways. Depending on the detailed legislative provisions that are...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
mature-knee-painMature Knee Pain by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.     History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an active 58-year-old male, with a history of participation in many team sports (baseball and football) in his younger years. He describes recurring pain and stiffness in his right knee, which is especially noticeable in the mornings and also when he plays...
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johndanchik
athlete-back-on-the-ice-thanks-to-chiropractic-careHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 24-year-old male semi-professional hockey player, reports a recent right hamstring “grab” that just does not seem to be improving. His history includes several injuries to the same hamstring muscle during his collegiate playing career with mixed attempts to stretch and rehab. He also describes varying levels of pain in his lower back and left...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
lumbopelvic-pain-during-pregnancyHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 33-year-old female reports the recent onset of persistent aching pain and tightness in her lower back region.  The pain extends into both buttocks, and occasionally is felt around the left hip and into the left groin.  She is into her 7th month of her second pregnancy, and says that her back pain has increased with her...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
low-back-pain-leads-to-lifestyle-changes History and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with a history of recurring episodes of mild to moderate pain in his lower back. He states that his back pain just seems to come and go, with no specific triggering activities. He does not participate in any competitive or recreational sports, and recalls no injury or trauma to his back. He has...
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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
Claude Cote
opening-a-new-office-how-to-lower-your-expensesAt a glance, opening a new practice seems easy.  But in reality, opening a new chiropractic office can be a significant financial challenge.  Opening a new office is exactly the same as opening any other kind of business.  You will have to rent office space, buy equipment, set up a marketing plan, hire employees, and the list keeps going on,...
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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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Gregg Friedman, DC
how-chiropractic-will-thrive-in-the-21st-century"That which is our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness.”  That sounds like a profound quote from some eccentric philosopher.  It’s not.  I just made it up. But, as far as chiropractic is concerned, I’m convinced it’s the truth. Our offices are full of testimonials from patients who swear that we’ve helped them when no one else had.  Some of...
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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
whatever-it-takesWhat price would you pay for success. Each month I focus on practice building components. This month’s article will focus on the five inches from temple to temple.  Everyone wants to succeed, but few know how. How is that?  There are so many books written on the subject. My favorite is Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.  Have you read...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
95-of-the-population-cared-for-by-chiropractic-the-first-step-is-up-to-you I have written before that it took chiropractic 115 years to care for 5-7% of the population. Frankly, that is powerful, considering the obstacles we had to overcome. However, it is not nearly enough and we, as a profession, have to do better. The status quo is not enough. I have had the honor of meeting many who handcuffed themselves to...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
sacral-fracturesCase History:  This male patient was working on the roof of his garage when he slipped and fell 12 feet to the concrete pavement of his driveway.  He has sharp pain over his proximal sacrum. Does he have a fracture? Diagnosis:  Note the fracture through the anterior surface of the second sacral segment creating an acute offset of its anterior cortical...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
thoracic-spine-compression-fractures CASE HISTORY This 70-year old female lost her balance and stepped off the curb and experienced severe lower thoracic pain. DIAGNOSIS Observe the compression fractures of the T7, T8 and T9 vertebral bodies. Note the osteoporosis which contributed to the weakening of the vertebrae allowing these fractures to occur with minimal trauma. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS   Radiographic Signs of Vertebral Compression Fracture....
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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.
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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-four-allergiesIf the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind. – J.R. Worsley Posture of subluxation (POS) In Parts One and Two, we discussed how...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, R.N., D.C.
unilateral-spondylolysisCase History: This is a young college student who plays competitive basketball and is complaining of chronic mid lumbar spine pain. She hurts on hyperextension and has some relief on flexion. The specific diagnosis is? Figure 1.    Diagnosis:  Unilateral Spondylolysis (pars defect) with contralateral sclerotic hypertrophy of the opposite pedicle. Unilateral Spondylolysis  Spondylolysis may involve only one pars interarticularis of a single vertebra and...
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Rehabilition
Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
a-discussion-with-old-friendsThey’re back!  Well, for most of you we are. The majority of you have read at least something one of us has written in anything from a newspaper format to the journal Spine. But, here we are again an in a new forum for us. What we’ve been asked to do is to write about rehab. Now this is something...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
achilles-tendon-rehab-proceduresMost injuries of the Achilles tendon are not due to a recent acute injury; they have actually developed gradually, over a period of weeks or months.  These are “overuse” or “misuse” conditions, and are caused by excessive and/or repetitive motion, often with poor biomechanics.  The end result is a microtrauma injury—the body is unable to keep up with the repair...
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A. Joshua Woggon, D.C.
can-whole-body-vibration-be-harmful-to-your-health-questions-a-answers-for-chiropractors-utilizing-vibration-therapyOsteoporosis and obesity are important health concerns in the United States.  Whole-body Vibration (WBV) therapy has the potential to make a significant impact upon musculoskeletal health and wellness in the coming decade.1,2 It also has the potential of causing significant musculoskeletal harm, and becoming a significant source of doctor liability, if improperly applied. Many educated readers may recall the lawsuits that...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
patient-safety-and-extension-traction So far, we’ve discussed a couple of different variations on extension traction methods for restoring the cervical lordosis. Before we move on, let me just say a few words regarding patient safety and extension traction procedures. CAUTION: Extension traction procedures aren’t for everyone. There I said it. Of course, I’ve been saying it constantly for the past twenty years...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
the-triune-of-exerciseWhen treating soft tissue injuries, especially the chronic degenerative ones, you must be well versed in the Triune of Exercise.  I’m not just talking about athletes but about patients as well.  They all suffer from some type of soft tissue injury, as well as being subluxated.  In fact, why do you think their subluxations persist?  Because nobody ever handled...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
lumbar-lordosis I've spent a lot of time and ink over the past year, writing about the importance of, and how to rehabilitate, the normal cervical lordosis. This month, I want to spend a bit more time on the lumbar lordosis. Recall that, in the cervical spine, the normal lordosis should be a simple arc of a circle. Unfortunately, for us, the healthy...
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Techniques
Deed E. Harrison, DC
chiropractic-biophysics-cbp-mirror-image-posture-adjustingPosture is used by many in chiropractic to demonstrate to the patient that their structure is in abnormal alignment; e.g., health fair and mall screenings, plumb line analysis, visual analysis, and computerized plumb line analysis. However, few DC’s use the scientific analysis of head, rib cage, and pelvis postures in three-dimensions (3D) as rotations and translations along the three X,...
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Peter M. Ferraro, DC
manipulation-under-anesthesia-or-joint-anesthesiaManipulation under Anesthesia (MUA) has been shown to be a viable approach in the treatment of chronic recalcitrant spinal pain.  The results have been remarkable in many patients who have exhausted efforts using conventional models of conservative management. “Because of the advancement of new medications and the use of conscious sedation, the anesthesia element of the MUA makes the procedure one...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
head-banging-thumb-sucking-kst-and-chiropracticHead banging has been reported in 3.3 to 15.2 percent of "normal" children,2 but is more common in children with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, schizophrenia, autism, otitis media, teething, decreased visual acuity and certain genetic syndromes.3 The medical approach The medical profession considers head banging a relatively harmless way of releasing tension: "If the sound...
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Ted Koren, D.C.
adjusting-disksAn alternative to spinal surgery Sometimes the most difficult cases are not due to subluxations of the vertebrae but to subluxations of the disks. As Richard Van Rumpt, DC, developer of directional non-force technique (DNFT) said decades ago, “If the disks are subluxated, the vertebrae won’t hold.” Is it possible to adjust disks? Yes, it is possible to easily...
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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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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
help-for-chronic-subluxationsYou try all your regular approaches and the patient reports that “it’s a little better,” but your adjustment doesn’t seem to hold. If you’re like most chiropractors, this has happened in your office, too.  You could keep adjusting the patient every week, but what if you could address the patient’s “emotional physiology of thought” and then your adjustments would hold? ...
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