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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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Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC)
cleveland-chiropractic-collegeEnsuring the success of students and making a lasting impact on the future of chiropractic are the driving forces behind several positive developments being carried out at both the Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses of Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC). Highlighting these developments are the relocation of the Kansas City campus, facilities improvements in Los...
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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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Dr. James L. Chestnut , D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.
evidence-based-wellness-careDr. James L. Chestnut has been studying human wellness for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in neurological adaptation, is a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Canada, and holds a post-graduate Certification in Wellness.   Award....
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crash-course-on-personal-injury-practice-successCrash Course on Personal Injury Practice Success Interview with Personal Injury Practitioner Dr. Tom Arnold     Dr. Tom Arnold is a december 1989 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began practicing in early 1990. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Arnold explains what it is like to be a doctor with approximately 95...
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removing-interferenceDr. M. T. Morter Jr. is an internationally recognized authority on health.  He is a past president of both Logan and Parker Chiropractic Colleges.  In his nearly forty-five years as a practicing chiropractor and health care specialist, Dr. Morter has developed the revolutionary Morter HealthSystem, which is based on his Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique.   B.E.S.T. has been at...
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Interviews
Jeff Hockings, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv--infomercials-made-easyThe fastest way to affect public opinion is through television.  Shows like CBS’ Two and a Half Men, in which one of the lead characters is a chiropractor, show that the profession has, indeed, entered the mainstream of American culture… albeit with a less than ideal portrayal of a chiropractor, it’s a start. So how do you use this mega-tool to promote...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
marketing-machineMarketing Machine Interview with Steven Visentin, D.C.   The American Chiropractor recently heard about an e-book written by Dr. Steven Visentin (SV), Blow Your Head Off: Practice Building Secrets. Dr. Visentin graduated  from the National College of Chiropractic and decided to practice in  Denver, Colorado, for its excellent quality of life.  Unfortunately for him, many other chiropractors had the same idea and the...
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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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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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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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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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Nutrition
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-many-clinical-faces-of-protein-deficiencyIf the Chiropractic Profession were to “Discover the Secret” of improving protein digestion and assimilation, it could transform the health care marketplace almost overnight! That is not an exaggeration. Almost impossible to detect in its early stages with ordinary lab tests such as blood work, protein deficiency is behind many of the most persistent chief complaints for which patients enter...
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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.
when-bread-consumption-causes-neurologic-disease Most are aware that gluten consumption will ignite the expression of celiac disease in those who are genetically susceptible. Readers should also be aware that the expression of gluten sensitivity need NOT be celiac disease. In about 50% of those with gluten sensitivity, the gastrointestinal symptoms begin in childhood. About 22% will manifest gastrointestinal symptoms after childhood. Almost 30%...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
how-enzymes-can-help-you-eliminate-mood-swings We tend to think of mood swings as emotional responses to the situations we encounter as we move through our lives. Most people do not realize, however, that what we feel emotionally is largely driven by what’s going on physically. Everyone has heard the saying, “The mind influences the body,” but the opposite is every bit as true. The body...
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Ronald J. Grisanti, D.C.
how-to-treat-and-prevent-asthma-attacks-with-nutritional-medicineAsthma is a disease that affects a person’s essential ability to breathe and is one of the most demanding pathologies on the human being, both physically and mentally. Asthma Facts • 20.3 million Americans report having asthma. • More than 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies. • The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994. From 1982-1996, the prevalence...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
diabetic-foot-requires-special-care History and Presenting Symptoms A 66 year-old female presents with aching lower back pain and numbness extending into both feet. She reports having had occasional lower back pain for many years, but has only noticed the foot numbness in the past six months. This is getting more constant, which concerns her. She recalls no specific back or foot injuries. On...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
adult-flatfeet-and-orthotic-support Flatfoot (the absence of a medial longitudinal foot arch) is normally found during early human growth and development.  During childhood, we all start out with little or no arch.  Some people, however, never develop normal feet arches.  This situation differs from the collapse of normal arches due to excessive loading and eventual plastic deformation.  Are “normally” flattened feet a clinical...
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John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C
ankle-pain-limits-runners-health-goals  History and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 32 year-old female who has been building up a running program for weight loss and wellness.  She reports a recent onset of pain around her right ankle and heel, which is becoming worse as she gradually increases the length of her longest runs.  She plans to participate in a 10-mile run in two...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
wellness-support-for-an-obese-patientHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 32-year-old male presents with a history of mild to moderate lower back pain, and aching tightness in his neck.  He states that his back pain comes and goes, with no specific triggering activities.  His neck tension is worse with long and stressful workdays.  He participates in no recreational sports or exercise activities, and recalls no back...
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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. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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Practice Management
Chris Peetros
cheeseburger-cheeseburger-cheeseburgerA friend of mine, a chiropractor, was listening to the tail end of a talk I was giving in Florida, and after the talk, asked me to explain this cheeseburger thing to him.  I told Mike, (that’s his name) that the cheeseburger phenomenon is something we coined to explain the product problems that we encounter which causes us to redesign...
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Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
budgeting-a-planning-budgeting-includes-short-and-long-term-plansLook Beyond Next Year! We are very excited when we get more new patients. To get new patients, marketing is important, but financial management can be the key to successful marketing. Once you get a new patient, the key is to get them to accept care, which is the importance of a Report of Findings. Remember, no person calls...
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tomowen
what-does-it-take-to-succeed-as-an-entrepreneurMaking the decision to open your own chiropractic practice can be both exciting and terrifying. First of all, congratulations on your decision to branch out from the comfort zone you have enjoyed while working for someone else's practice. Taking a leap into the unknown by becoming your own boss is risky, but that risk is an essential ingredient in your...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
desire-and-direction Who doesn’t want to do better? regardless of whom you talk to, most people want to be in a better place than they are today. As you may have guessed, for many folks, enhancing their financial status is their number one concern. But, for other people, improving their health and improving their relationship with their spouse/family is what’s most...
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Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.
electronic-health-record-identification-and-incentive-payments In all my recent meetings with government officials, including several trips to Washington, D.C., and participation in numerous reform initiatives, like the regional White House Forum on Health Care Reform, major buzz surrounds the electronic health records portion of the economic stimulus plan. To date, much has been discussed about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: You have often said that the chiropractic practice of 15 or even 10 years ago no longer can exist. Why do you feel this way? A: The rules of the game have changed. It's as though, for over 100 years, we've been playing according to the rules of basketball and that, within the last five yhears, they have changed the...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
fracture-of-the-wrist-affecting-the-young-and-oldCASE HISTORY: This 8-year-old fell and hyperextended his wrist. Diagnosis: Torus fracture–distal radius. FRACTURES OF THE WRISTDistal Radius Fractures. The distal radius is one of the most common sites of fracture in the wrist. Care must be taken to search all projections for these fractures, many of which are often subtle and obscure. In the...
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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.
lumbar-spine-compression-fracturesThe radiographic signs of vertebral compression fracture are often subtle.  Radiographs of optimal quality are necessary in order to adequately demonstrate these fractures.  Lateral radiographs best demonstrate the fracture features.  Radiographic signs of vertebral compression fracture include a step defect, wedge deformity, a linear zone of condensation, displaced endplate, paraspinal edema and abdominal ileus.  Step Defect—Note, in the presented image, a...
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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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Terry R. Yochum
what-is-the-vacuum-signby Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.   History:  An adult male patient with a long history of low back pain. Discussion:The vacuum sign (of Knutts en) is an important early radiographic finding.  Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and  presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.1  ...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-upper-thoractic-hump-pattern“Doctor, I’ve been worried about my hump. Will it get worse? Can you fix it?” Unlike the better-known dowager’s hump, the upper thoracic hump (see photos and illustrations) is more common and is found in younger as well as older people. Patients are concerned about their humps and are very motivated to get them fixed. They should be. Along with its unattractiveness,...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
lumbar-spine-traumaCompression fractures are the most common fractures of the lumbar spine.  They result from combined flexion and axial compression.1,2  The most common segmental levels to develop compression fractures are T12-L1.3  The extent of the vertebral compression and degree of comminution are dependent upon the severity of the force applied and the relative strength of the vertebra.4  In children, they are...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mitch Mally
post-operative-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-ctsHistory and Subjective Complaints 53-year-old male factory worker/forklift operator complains of bilateral hand numbness, burning, tingling and loss of grip strenth in the thumb, index and ring fingers, bilaterally. Nocturnal aggravation of the hands resulted in a workers compensation case. Over the course of 9 years, the patient failed operative recovery: 4 left CTS surgeries, 3 right CTS surgeries and, subsequently,...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
what-works-what-doesnt Everyday, countless patients consult chiropractors seeking a solution for their problems. While some doctors confine themselves to purely symptomatic care, others will recommend treatment well beyond simple relief of pain. Such programs are typically geared toward "correcting the cause" of trouble and often require a considerable commitment of time and money by the patient. Unfortunately, many such programs which...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
high-school-athletes-and-structural-managementrDid you know...?  • All high school athletes in this country must undergo a physical exam prior to participating in their sport. That exam, however, is a medical exam (eyes, ears, nose and throat). (See Fig. 1)   Eyes______________________________ Skin (Non- communicable)_________________  Ears (Otoscope) ___________________ Epilepsy __________________________________ Lymph Nodes _____________________ Nervous System ___________________________  Thyroid __________________________ Speech ___________________________________ Nose _____________________________  Nutrition __________________________________  Tonsils ___________________________  Height ______________ Weight ______________  Teeth ____________________________  Vision ____________________________________  Heart _____________________________  Hearing __________________________________  Blood Pressure ____________________  Orthopedic _______________________________  Lungs ____________________________                  Feet...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
crac-traction-kicking-corrective-care-into-high-gearFeeling frustrated with the long time frames required for corrective care programs? Maybe you should try a little C.R.A.C. No…I’m not recommending you seek solace in some vicious street drug. Instead, you might want to try combining a well accepted muscle stretching technique with extension traction to speed up the corrective process. Here’s how it works. The acronym...
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Jeffrey Tucker, D.C.
fascial-release-using-the-deep-muscle-stimulation-to-improve-neck-shoulder-pain  Fascial therapy has become a very popular technique over the past several years. Fascia is the term applied to all of the connective tissues fibers and glue of the human body. Many tools to perform fascial therapy have gained popularity amongst Chiropractors, physiotherapists, personal trainers, and massage therapists. In addition to our hands (ART, myofascial release), key instruments used for...
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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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Techniques
George Roth, D.C., N.D.
snoring-and-sleep-apnea-structural-implicationsThe uvula and soft pallet may come into partial or total contact on the back wall of the upper airway.  When the contact is partial or intermittent, snoring (a loud vibration of these soft tissues) may result.  The tongue may also drop posteriorly onto the back wall of the upper airway, coming into contact with the uvula and soft pallet,...
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M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.
new-brain-science-old-school-thinking-a-closer-look-at-the-best-technique  Almost 50 years ago, I entered Logan College with a master’s degree in science education.  Although chiropractic was described as an “art and a science,” I was most interested in the science.  I was taught that the science of this profession evolved and revolved around the concept of encroachment of a nerve in the spine, specifically the intervertebral foramen (IVF). ...
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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
is-conservative-care-right-for-your-cts-patientsPublished research shows treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are mixed and often conflicting. In general, there are a number of accepted treatments for CTS that range from invasive (surgical and steroid injections) to non-invasive (manipulation, splints, topical patches, laser light) or combinations of all of the above. The American College of Rheumatology states, “Despite the prevalence of CTS...
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Karen Wilczewski
the-graston-technique-changing-the-treatment-of-soft-tissue-injuriesA clinically researched, innovative treatment modality is changing the way chiropractors are treating soft tissue injuries—including the most difficult repetitive stress diagnoses.  The mode of treatment, the Graston Technique, offers expanded options for treating all chronic and acute disorders. In less than a year since its introduction to the profession  (November 2001), more than 300 chiropractors nationwide have been trained...
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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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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
scoliosis-correction-clear-solutionsScoliosis is a dis-ease of the neuro-muscular skeletal system. The medical “Gold Standard” of treatment, which is bracing and surgery, has few positive results.  As spinal experts, the chiropractic profession should take the lead in the correction and stabilization of the scoliotic patient. 90% of the time the scoliosis patient presents with a standard posture; forward head posture, right head tilt,...
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