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Christopher Kent, DC
a-man-of-many-hats Chiropractic Leadership Alliance’s versatile Co-Founder is one the most influential minds that the profession has ever known—and the perfect choice to lead the Wellness Revolution: the kind that would make him one of the most important chiropractic figures of his generation. A Man of Many Hats, Christopher Kent is a Doctor, a Lawyer, an Author, a Researcher, an...
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David O'Bryon, ACC Executive Director
interview-with-david-s-obryon-executive-director-association-of-chiropractic-colleges David O’Bryon , J.D., LL.D (Hon), F.I.C.C., is founder and president of O’Bryon & Company. With more than thirty years of association and government experience, he has served organizations as an executive, consultant, and volunteer. His responsibilities have included policy formulation and implementation for associations; design and management of membership recruitment efforts; development and implementation of government relations strategies...
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Jeffrey Slocum, D.C.
interview-with-jeffrey-slocum-dcDr. Slocum graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in April 1993. He has been the owner of his practice for over fourteen years. Dr. Slocum is a fourth generation chiropractor and has focused on developing a family wellness based practice that uses state of the art technology and focuses extensively on staff development. Dr. Slocum...
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TAC Staff
inspiring-millions-to-become-more-fulfilled-and-successfulInspiring Millions to Become More Fulfilled and Successful   Dr. John F. Demartini earned his Bachelor of Science degree while majoring in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston in 1978 and was accepted at Texas Chiropractic College earlier that year. In 1982, Dr. Demartini acquired his Doctorate Degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude, as Salutatorian...
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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
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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Interviews
Steve Shanks
low-level-lasers-for-pain-therapyInterview with Steve Shanks, Vice President of Erchonia Medical. TAC: Tell us about your product and what it does? Shanks: The Erchonia laser is the first low level laser to receive FDA market clearance; Erchonia opened a whole new industry in non-invasive patient care. We currently have FDA approval for chronic neck and shoulder pain and post-surgical pain. We should have another...
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president-of-david-singer-enterprises-interview-with-dr-david-singerDr. Singer received his undergraduate degree from Rutger’s University, his M.S. degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and his Doctorate from the New York College of Chiropractic. Graduating with honors as the salutatorian of his class, he was inducted into Phi Chi Omega, the International Chiropractic Honor Society.    In his first year of practice, Dr. Singer was seeing more...
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Ken Murkowski, DC
dr-dick-versendaal-a-pioneer-of-modern-chiropractic-wellnessDr. Dick Versendaal is one of the last living doctors of chiropractic who studied under Dr. B.J. Palmer. Today, he still practices with the “big idea” in mind.    In a Q & A session with Dr. Ken Murkowski, Dr. Versendaal talks about his past and present.  Also revealed are some of the interesting beginnings of Contact Reflex Analysis® (CRA), as well...
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William H. Koch, DC interviews
interview-with-jeff-rockwell-dc-of-manual-neuroscience-methodsr-Dr. Jeff Rockwell, DC is a chiropractor, bodyworker and somatic educator, with a passionate interest in the neuroscience of manual therapy.  A pioneer in the use of instrumentation in neuromuscular therapy, Rockwell has been a popular teacher on the seminar circuit for the past twenty years. Professor of Clinical Sciences at Parker University for many years, he is the author...
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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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TAC Staff
president-of-chirotouch-robert-moberg-on-recent-successIntegrated Practice Solutions, Inc., creator of ChiroTouch™, has been named as one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine.   Nothing succeeds like success.  It’s as true today as it was when Sir Arthur Helps of England first printed it in 1868.  And even in the face of a badgered economy it has been just as true for Integrated Practice...
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Nutrition
Michael P. Ciell, R.Ph.
a-new-approach-to-metabolic-syndromeThe Greatest Healthcare/Financial Crisis   Metabolic Syndrome (aka Syndrome X) with its four hallmark symptoms of obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia is devastating our country as well as the whole of North America.  In March of 2005 the National Institutes of Health and the New England Journal of Medicine published a paper stating that because of this epidemic the current generation is...
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Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C.
excuse-me-can-we-talk-about-poop-Not necessarily the Best Topic for a Cocktail Party, I agree. However, for over 40 million Americans who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bowel movements are an important topic. Some experts report that irritable bowel syndrome affects approximately 10–20 percent of the general population. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by a group of symptoms in which abdominal...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
lots-of-questions-one-basic-answerEvery month I get lots of email questions about what to give for X, Y, Z conditions. In short, there is no good data on taking vitamin X or herb Z to cure condition Q. Medications don’t work that way, and neither do supplements. In other words, you can’t cure depression with Prozac, St. John’s Wort, 5-htp, SAM-e or anything...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
james-p-cima-dc-blows-away-commonly-believed-nutrition-mythsQ:  What are the two most important things that a doctor needs to address concerning his or her patients’ nutritional protocol? Cima: A.  What type of food is right for my patient? (Synonymous with putting the right fuel into your car.) B. Are the organs and glands digesting, assimilating, metabolizing and detoxifying my food properly? (Synonymous with your car needing a tune...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
alternatives-to-nsaids-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-painThe treatment of pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) is big business in America, which leads to a substantial number of deaths and extraordinary costs to treat NSAID-complications. Consider the following facts about NSAID use: • More than 70 million NSAID prescriptions each year in US • More than 30 billion OTC NSAID’s sold each year in US • 5-10% of US adult population...
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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
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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johndanchik
back-surgery-averted-for-a-teenaged-boyHistory and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 13-year-old boy who was identified at a school screening to have a discrepancy in his shoulder heights. His parents were advised to contact an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation. They reported that the orthopedist found evidence of a scoliosis, but recommended a “watch and wait” approach. No treatment was offered, but if the...
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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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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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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.
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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Practice Management
Daniel Dahan, D.C.
maximize-your-practices-potential-marketing-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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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
feeling-vs-functioning-a-simple-solution-to-a-common-practice-problemDespite our extensive background in the philosophy of our profession, we, as chiropractors, often fall into the “MEDICAL MODEL OF THINKING.” We may find ourselves making care decisions based upon the symptoms the patients report on the day we see them, rather than relying upon objective data collected that day or at a previous appointment. People in today’s society have been...
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William Owens Jr., DC, DAAMLP, CPC
working-with-the-medical-community-without-losing-our-identity Building a working relationship with the medical community is a wonderful way to reach patients and create a referral network that will continue for the life of your practice.  If done properly, chiropractic can stand as a separate and distinct treatment option.  Many doctors erroneously think that you have to “change” chiropractic for us to be accepted into the medical...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
maximize-your-practices-potentialIn 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 will be dealt with beginning with this issue and continuing in subsequent issues of The American Chiropractor.  By following the steps given, your office will not only maximize its potential,...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
breakthrough-coachings-million-dollar-The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews Dr. Mark Sanna, CEO of Breakthrough Coaching, about his company’s efforts to “give back” to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of your company. Sanna: Breakthrough Coaching’s mission is to leave a legacy in the creation of a generation of chiropractic philanthropists whose vision is to see chiropractic receive widespread public...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
spinal-mri-clinical-indicationsMrs. Jones enters your office complaining of leg pain or arm pain and you perform a clinical examination which reveals a radicular component, or worse, a myelopathic component. At the end of the examination, you order and take X-rays and, upon your clinical conclusion, do a diagnostic work-up, as you aren’t sure of the etiology of the neurological involvement. You 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.
whiplash-injury History This patient was in a motor vehicle accident and hyper-extended her neck. A fracture was seen–where is it?   Introduction Fractures of the spinal column are found most commonly at C1-C2, C5-C7, and T12-L2. There has been a significant rise in spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries that appears attributable to an increase in automobile accidents and sports activities.1 Approximately 20% of spinal...
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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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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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.
spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-lets-get-it-right-and-stir-things-up The topic of spondylolysis and/or spondylolisthesis has been clouded with confusion for many years. To understand the true etiology as a stress fracture rather than an inherited congenital anomaly or predisposition has been a lifelong quest for me. The normally developing pars interarticulares is a fully ossified structure at birth and without a local synchondrosis to undergo nonunion. There has...
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Andrew Cheesman
digital-x-ray-do-i-need-one-in-my-officeSo, you are considering “transforming” your practice? Or maybe starting a brand new or satellite office? What are some of the things you should keep in mind in making decisions on just what your practice will offer? What should it look like? What kind of vibe would you like it to put out? And how does the decision of installing...
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drmarks380
herniated-discs-a-advanced-imaging The patient enters your office and has significant pain radiating into an extremity. Being responsible, you adopt the policy of the insurers and treat the patient conservatively for 4-8 weeks and the pain doesn’t diminish; you then refer the patient to the imaging company for an MRI. In the report, there are minimal findings, so you continue to treat with...
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Rehabilition
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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M. Kirk Meier, D.C.
muscle-spasms-how-to-overcome-the-chiropractic-nemesis It’s happened to all of us many times. a patient comes into our office barely able to move and in excruciating pain. They have difficulty lying on the table, let alone moving through any range of motion and we want to get them into a side posture position. RIGHT!!!!! So, in lieu of any type of chiropractic manipulative therapy, we...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
worlds-best-traction Last month I discussed why there's no adjusting technique which is demonstrably better in terms of spinal correction. Obviously, there may be a host of situations when one technique is indicated (or contraindicated). That's just common sense. But, in terms of actually effecting real structural change to the spinal curves, it just doesn't matter much how or which technique system...
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Iain G. Smith, D.C.
occupational-health-and-chiropracticA few years ago I met Patsy Mckenna, an Occupational Health Regional Manager for a large national gas pipeline company here in the UK. Patsy invited me to give a presentation to some of her colleagues at their head office in Birmingham, and although it was over 50 miles from my practice I agreed to do...
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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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Jon Pettibon, DC
rehab-results-speak-for-themselvesWhat happens with your patients if you are no longer physically able to adjust them using manual manipulation on a short-term or long-term basis? After experiencing some major medical issues I found myself in just that position, asking the same question.   When I was able to return to my office, an infection had left my lumbar spine in such bad shape...
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Techniques
William H. Koch, D.C.
interview-with-dr-george-gonzalez The story of how Dr. George Gonzalez developed the technique he calls Quantum Neurology® Rehabilitation will serve as inspiration and example of what a man can do when motivated by passion and the need to help a loved one. In his quest to help his wife who had sustained an extremely painful and crippling spinal cord injury, Dr. George...
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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.
an-advanced-method-for-treating-strokeRecently there has been much publicity surrounding the claims that neck manipulation by chiropractors can cause stroke or even death via cervical artery dissection.  This type of publicity has generated much concern for chiropractic patients and the general public.  Although, after carefully addressing the patient’s concern and informing them on the risk of neck manipulation (less than 1:500,000–1 million1), some...
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Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
the-webster-technique-in-pregnancy-for-safer-easier-birthsChiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now providing for two, and their optimal function is critical for the baby’s healthy development. The mother’s spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby, and the risk of interference to her nerve system is substantially increased. Specific chiropractic care throughout...
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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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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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