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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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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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Bob Hoffman, D.C., Dennis Perman, D.C. & Larry Markson, D.C.
your-practice-is-youOnly 5 years ago, three friends, from completely ­different ­backgrounds, decided to join ­forces in a new business ­venture to help chiropractors achieve the same kind of ­success they had. Today, their ­supporters keep growing in number at a staggering rate. This “Identity-Based” ­program has helped ­thousands discover the value in understanding that "Your Practice is You" The Masters Circle was founded...
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Roger Russo, D.C.
how-to-attract-seniors Doctors, look around your office, clear out the deadwood and do something different that will change lives and your practice. Decide what type of practice you want and what type of patients you want to serve. Find out as much as you can about that group’s wants and needs; give it to them and watch your practice grow. We...
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Dr. David Bass, DC:, D.A.A.M.L.P.
spinal-decompression-and-traction-what-is-the-difference In the 20th century, the electric motor became part of our culture. The creation of intermittent power traction became a reality. This remained unchanged until Dr. Allen Dyer introduced decompression therapy in 1991.1 Dr. Dyer felt that, to reach the inner disc core, traditional traction needed modification. Although intermittent traction is an effective therapy for elasticity, circulation, inflammation and facet...
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TAC Staff
the-state-of-the-chiropractic-professionAs The American Chiropractor celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary, our panel of leaders look back on just how far the chiropractic profession has come and what lies ahead.     Dr. Louis Sportelli President of NCMIC Dr. Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 47-year career in chiropractic. He is currently serving as President of NCMIC Group ...
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Interviews
Bill Koch, D.C.
neuro-modulation-technique-interview-with-dr-leslie-feinbergWe live in what is often called “the age of information”. In recent decades the United States has been making the transition from a major producer of manufactured goods to a major provider of information as the primary national product. The healing arts with all of its specialties and sub-specialties has also been experiencing a transformation. Every profession is...
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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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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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Bill Koch, D.C.
applied-kinesiology-demystified-interview-with-eugene-charles-dcWhen it was suggested that I do an interview with Applied Kinesiology practitioner and instructor, Dr. Eugene Charles, I was hesitant to accept the assignment.  Of all the well known chiropractic techniques, Applied Kinesiology was the one in which I had the least interest.  Throughout the years, I had seen numerous demonstrations of what had been represented to be AK...
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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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TAC Staff
leading-care-through-innovation-and-passionDr. Kevin Jardine graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2002 and has been in practice for just over a decade. Dr. Jardine comes from a background in exercise science from the University of New Brunswick.    Dr. Jardine is the co-creator of SpiderTech which has become a globally recognized brand delivering kinesiology taping products and education. On top of providing the...
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Nutrition
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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Leonid Ber, MD
resolving-vitamin-b12-deficiency-using-oral-supplementationNew research validates high dose methylcobalamin lozenge regimen Vitamin B12 (often referred to as cobalamin) is an essential nutrient that can only be  obtained from diet or supplements. Its main function in the body is to assist in the synthesis of DNA. As a result, quickly dividing cells such as red blood cells are among the most frequently affected by cobalamin...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-doStructural Stress During the 20th century, chiropractors established themselves as the experts in the recognition and correction of structural deviations from normal. The chiropractic profession has survived the slings and arrows of its detractors by producing consistent results for relief of back pain, headaches, sprains and strains, and many other structural problems. Important contributions have been made in the management of...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
flaxseed-for-heart-healthy-nutrition The use of flaxseed in food and beverages, functional foods and dietary supplements has risen dramatically. Such increased popularity is related to the increasingly recognized benefits of flax’s rich omega-3 fatty acid, lignans (powerful phytonutrient phytoestrogens/antioxidants) and fiber content. A typical flax profile is approximately 40 percent fat, being mostly omega-3 as alpha linolenic acid (ALA); 28 percent dietary...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-truth-about-the-dangers-of-cox-2-inhibitorsAs most readers are aware, Vioxx was recalled from the marketplace in late September of  2004. It was discovered that a significant number of patients taking Vioxx suffered from heart attacks or strokes. A total of three COX-2 inhibitors have been in the marketplace. These drugs are sometimes referred to as “coxibs;” celecoxib (Celebrex), rofecoxib (Vioxx), and valdecoxib (Bextra). Celebrex and...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
the-whey-to-enhancing-glutathione GLUTATHIONE is widely found in all forms of life nad plays an essential role in the health of organisms, particularly aerobic ones. In humans, animals, and plants, glutathione is the predominant non-protein sulfhydryl group and functions most especially as an antioxidant, keeping its own sulfhydryl (-SH) groups and related proteins in a reduced (non-oxidized) condition.1, 2 Though there are undoubtedly...
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Orthotics
John Danchik, D.C.
the-aging-footHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 64-year-old female presents with recurring, unresolving episodes of moderate pain in her lower back and left knee.  She recalls no specific back or knee injuries, and states that these problems have developed over the past couple of years, getting more noticeable in the past six months.  On a 100mm Visual Analog Scale, she rates her...
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lower-extremity-aging-concernsHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 60-year-old female presents with recurring episodes of moderate pain in her lower back and right knee. As a full-time waitress/cashier, she spends almost half her workday on her feet. She recalls no specific back or knee injuries, and states that these problems have developed over the past couple of years and have been more noticeable in...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
metatarsal-stress-fractureHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 32 year-old personnel manager who has taken up running for stress reduction and weight control. She has been running for six months, and has been progressively increasing her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her right foot, also increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot or...
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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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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. 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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Practice Management
Mark Sanna, D.C.
become-accountableWhen you catch yourself asking bad questions, turn them around by asking questions that increase your personal accountability. Instead of asking questions like “Why don’t my children listen to me?” change the question to a more responsible one. Begin with “what” or “how” and then add an “I” to it. Ask yourself questions like “What can I do to be...
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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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David Singer, D.C.
the-greatest-practice-building-secretIn our daily activities, we naturally gravitate toward doing those things that we feel most comfortable doing. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why this is. It’s because no one likes to feel UNcomfortable, especially over a sustained period of time. Thus, we do what is comfortable. The sphere of activities that we are comfortable...
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Kathy Mills Chang
the-financial-report-of-findings-say-it-and-they-will-pay-itOne of the most overlooked areas of practice management, meaning the management of your practice, is in the area of finances. For whatever reason, doctors of chiropractic have struggled with this area due to lack of knowledge, lack of the ability to confront the situation or lack of effective team members to assist in this important area. The most important...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
maximize-your-practices-potential-collection-departmentIn an effort to help you maximize all your services, Dr. Daniel Dahan has identified 7 departmental areas in your practice, which need to be addressed.  Each of these areas is being dealt with sequentially in The American Chiropractor.  By following the suggestions given, your office will not only maximize its potential, but also delineate areas of weakness that need...
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Glen David
choose-your-space-wiselyWhen opening a new practice, selecting a facility that best suits your needs begins with a solid foundation. Now, more than ever, countless chiropractors are being misled by representations from their landlord or realtor that, if not carefully understood, could cost you tens of thousands of dollars.  Start with good questions and learn their language. A Different Language Landlords and Realtors have...
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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.
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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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 R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
benign-or-malignant-thats-the-questionHistory This adult male patient presents with hip pain and a lesion is found on X-ray. Is this likely to be benign or malignant?   Note the well demarcated geographic radiolucent lesion in the proximal femur. It has a sharp zone of transition around it with a sclerotic border. These roentgen signs suggest a benign lesion. Diagnosis: Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
idiopathic-wrist-pain History This young adult male patient complains of wrist pain after physical activity. Plain film radiographs showed no abnormalities of any of the bones of the wrist, nor was there any joint disease in the carpal bones. Because of persistent pain, an MRI scan was performed. Diagnosis: Kienbock's Disease  Osteonecrosis may occur at any carpal bone as a result of traumatic...
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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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
vertebra-plana-what-is-the-real-cause History This 12-year-old male patient presents with neck pain, following heading a soccer ball. Discussion Eosinophilic granuloma is the least severe but most common (60-80%) of all the histiocytoses.1,2 Peak incidence comes between the ages of 5 and 10 years and 75% of cases occur in individuals less than 20 years of age. Symptoms primarily are localized pain and swelling of less than...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
can-frozen-or-painful-shoulders-really-be-unlocked-in-minutes-even-after-years-or-decades-of-pain-and-immobilityOn 2002, at a seminar in Denver, a doctor in his 30’s stated he had had only 90° shoulder abduction for ten years. After applying this technique, his arm immediately rose to almost full abduction of 160°. In Oregon, a doctor had had severe pain and limitation of motion for over thirty years. In front of...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
children-and-rehabilitationChildren, like adults, often need to do some exercises as part of their chiropractic treatment.  But, how safe is exercise for children, especially exercise with resistance?  How much weight is appropriate for a growing body?  And which exercises are most effective?  Because of these and similar questions, doctors of chiropractic may hesitate to recommend exercises for their younger patients.  Let’s...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
getting-hip-muscles-back-in-balance The hip muscles form a vital link in the lower extremity kinetic chain by transferring ground-reaction forces from the legs to the trunk during gait.  These muscle groups supply coordinated propulsion and provide balanced stability for the pelvis and spine.  However, through repetitive use patterns and after injuries, it is not unusual for some of these muscles to develop shortening...
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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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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
dueling-paradigms-why-every-chiropractor-should-embrace-postural-rehabilitation-concepts The seventies and eighties brought huge changes to chiropractic. In the early years, chiropractic was founded around a paradigm of restoring normal spinal alignment (structure), thereby allowing the patient to return to a more optimum state of health (function). Many more traditional chiropractors continue to view patient care strictly within this "structural" paradigm. Consider this from the International Chiropractors...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
exercise-for-healthy-agingThere is now a wealth of data that supports the value of aerobic and resistance exercise for the geriatric population. Improvements are seen in weight and body composition, greater insulin sensitivity, decreased falls/improved balance, better psychological health, less frailty and improved function. With exercise, the resting blood pressure lowers, and there is a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality.1...
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Techniques
Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.
what-is-a-totally-balanced-spine-what-every-chiropractor-and-chiropractic-researcher-should-knowTo start with, an imbalanced spine is because an atlas subluxation is affecting the brain stem. This affects the muscle balancing mechanism in the central reticular formation. As a result, it produces spastic muscles on one side of the body, more than the other side, and produces a distorted pelvis and a contracted ilium. It also...
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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
your-present-technique-works-better-than-you-think-it-does Today we have a lot of procedures and techniques available to help our patients. As chiropractors, we try to figure out what is the best approach for each of our patients and apply our skills to assist the body in its natural healing process. So, what is the best technique for your patients? The answer, of course, is...
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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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Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
trigenicsr-a-neurological-evolutionThe quest for more complete care and sustainable results has come to a new conclusion with the evolutionary creation of a multimodal treatment system that utilizes synergistic functional neurology. This 3-dimensional assessment and treatment system is Trigenics® Myoneural Medicine. With neurology as the key, many doctors now using Trigenics neuromanual methods are claiming it to be the missing element of treatment...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-quiet-mouse-gets-no-cheeseAre you a man or a mouse?  You were tops in your class out of chiropractic college, read every report on new techniques and technology and are the Leonardo DaVinci of the examination room.  BUT, it doesn’t matter; for, all your expertise, golden hands and charming mannerisms are not assets in a wanting waiting room.  You need patients in order...
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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
the-qchiropracticq-headache Headache disorders account for about 120 million lost workdays per year in the United States, alone.  Controversy exists to explain the “mechanism” of all types of headaches, particularly cervicogenic headaches. Tension-type headaches account for 78% of all headaches and statistically this includes the so-called “cervicogenic headache”.  Because of the results we see in our offices treating headache, it seems most...
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