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Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.
interview-with-fabrizio-mancini-dcFabrizio Mancini came to the United States in 1978 from Colombia, South America.  His dream was to become a doctor to help alleviate the suffering of others.  His journey began in Dallas as he studied pre-medicine at the prestigious University of Dallas where he was preparing to be a neurosurgeon.  He later discovered the chiropractic profession and enrolled at Parker...
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Western Sciences Chiropractic College
western-states-chiropractic Being a successful chiropractor can mean different things to different people. Should success be based solely on the amount of income earned in a given year or the number of vacations taken in a lifetime? Is it determined by total income generated divided by hours worked and multiplied by vacations taken? At Western States, our students and alumni have...
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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
can-chiropractic-care-help-scoliosisAccording to Dr. Charles Lantz, “Full-spine chiropractic adjustments with heel lifts and lifestyle counseling are not effective in reducing the severity of scoliotic curves”.  (JMPT 2001 Jul-Aug;(6):385-93, Lantz CA, Chen J.) In an article published by Dr. Mark Morningstar, et al, the abstract states: “In this study, we investigate[d] the possible benefits of combining spinal manipulation, positional traction, and neuromuscular reeducation...
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William H. Koch, D.C.
adventures-in-practice We have all grown up with the dramas of medical practice, depicted in popular TV programs.  There was Dr. Ben Casey doing brain surgery, and also the fatherly Marcus Welby, M.D., who practiced medicine in a small town, providing each patient with a level of patience, competence and benevolence that everyone would love to have from their doctor.  Who can...
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TAC Staff
products-a-software-to-help-you-work-with-insurance-to-get-paid Oftentimes, the tools used will determine the possibility for success in accomplishing any task. Making the right decision with regard to the documentation software, record keeping and other products you use will have a tremendous impact on the heights that your clinic may be able to reach. Use this market review to get to know some of your options.     Acom Product...
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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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Interviews
Dr. Daniel J. Murphy D.C., D.A.B.C.O.
interview-with-dan-murphy-dcWith this issue’s focus on Seminars & Education Opportunities, The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews one of the most knowledgeable and respected speakers and educators in the chiropractic profession, Dr. Daniel Murphy. A 1978 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, Dr. Murphy began clinical practice in 1978, in Oregon.  Not long after, he became a part-time faculty member at Life Chiropractic College...
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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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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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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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TAC Staff
the-unlikely-defender-of-the-subluxation-interview-with-gary-jacob-dc-lac-mph-dipmdtGary Alan Jacob, DC, LAc, MPH, DipMDT completed his baccalaureate studies in Philosophy of Science. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1978 and the California Acupuncture College in 1981. He was the first DC and the 12th individual to receive the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1991 from the McKenzie Institute International. In 2003, he...
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Rob Cooper
office-supplies-a-suppliersThe American Chiropractor (TAC), interviews Rob Cooper, President of Scrip, Inc., about his company's efforts to "give back" to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of Scrip, Inc. Cooper:  I am just entering my 12th year with Scrip Chiropractic Supply, although Scrip has been serving the needs of doctors of chiropractic since 1968.  I know I...
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Nutrition
Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
chiropractic-and-prescription-drug-use-restless-leg-syndromeAn important part of every case history, and even ongoing case notes, should be knowledge of the patient’s prescription and over-the-counter drug use. This has always been important because drugs mask symptoms and physical findings that are important in making an accurate assessment of the need for chiropractic care. However, at the dawn of the 21st century, prescription drug abuse...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
un-complicating-nutrition-part-1-diet  At the time I am writing this article, it’s early in the morning, and millions of Americans are driving up to fast food restaurants for breakfast. The choices are typically eggs on a muffin, or eggs with meat on a muffin, or just a muffin and, of course, a cup of coffee. Millions more are at home eating cold cereal...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
omega-3-fat-confusion-and-the-beginning-of-a-krill-oil-krazePharmaceutical grade fish oil…NOT Misinformation abounds when it comes to fish oil, such as that created by marketers of “pharmaceutical grade” fish oil, a recent buzzword. Readers should be aware that there is no such thing as pharmaceutical grade fish oil. This is a term created by a nutritional supplement supplier. Nutrition companies are notorious for marketing very basic and common...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
an-apple-a-day-can-be-a-key-to-the-nutritional-adjustmentPatients are always looking for something that is easy to do when it comes to their health. So, eating more fruits and vegetables can be challenging for many; however, transitioning to a healthy diet can begin with something as simple as eating an apple every day. The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is still quite...
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howardloomisjr
internal-health-a-chiropractic-specialty-the-lower-extremitiespart-iiLast month, I started a three-part series on the short leg syndrome and the absolute necessity of not only properly identifying it, but finding the exact cause, and tracing the effects up the leg into the pelvis and onto the spine. I discussed the frequency of short leg syndrome in the population and its relevance to low back pain. We described...
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Howard F. Loomis, Jr., D.C., F.I.A.C.A.
internal-health-a-chiropractic-specialty-increased-referrals-by-solving-problem-casesIn presenting the concept of internal health—a chiropractic specialty—I have been advocating an examination approach that recognizes that muscle contraction accompanied inevitably with loss of range of motion can be caused not only by a structural problem but visceral function as well. In other words, they should not be separated when we attempt to establish the cause of chronic recurring...
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Orthotics
johndanchik
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.
case-study-functional-scoliosisHistory and presenting symptoms The patient is a 12 year-old girl, who was identified at a school screening as having a discrepancy in her shoulder heights.  Her parents were advised to seek further evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon.  They reported that the orthopedist found evidence of a scoliosis, but recommended a “watch and wait” approach.  He offered no treatment, but said...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
morning-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 56-year-old male who reports severe pain on the bottom of his right foot when he begins to walk in the morning.  He also notices pain under his right heel when he has been standing for a long time (greater than one-half hour).  Over-the-counter pain medications help somewhat; but his condition does not seem...
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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.
bunions-bother-a-businesswomanHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old female, who is the regional sales representative for several lines of gift items and pottery. She reports frequent pain in her feet, worse on the right side. The aching pain is located around the base of her first toes, both of which have a noticeable bulge. This pain is now interfering with her visits to...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
awkward-gait-in-a-young-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an eight-year-old boy being brought in by his parents, who are concerned about his awkward style of running. He has no symptoms or painful limitations, but his mother and father are both worried that his inefficient gait could...
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Practice Management
tomowen
how-to-control-your-appointment-bookOne subject that tends to get overlooked when it comes to the overall management of a chiropractic practice is simple appointment book control. A lot of doctors haven’t learned that there needs to be a certain rhyme and reason to every minute that is controlled by the appointment book for the practice. Because really, when it boils down to it,...
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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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Mark Sanna, D.C.
be-aware-of-your-giftsThere are no guarantees in life. We all come into the world with our own unique personalities and gifts. Your purpose is to steer your path toward those channels that will enable you to most effectively express your gifts in a positive way. With an open mind, you can remain cognizant of the opportunities the world presents to you, and...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
take-responsibility-for-your-lifeThink for a minute. When your relationship with your significant other hits a rocky patch, do you say he or she’s to blame? If you have a bad day at work, is it because you have a “lousy boss” or your co-workers are “slackers?” If everything that happens in your life is someone else’s fault, you may be caught in...
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Peter Fernandez, DC
finding-a-great-associateship-starting-a-new-practice-ivIn my previous articles, I described the types of associateships that are, and are not, successful.  Now that you know the type of associateship you should look for, here’s how to find that “needle-in-a-haystack associateship from Heaven.” A potential associate should search for an established doctor who is earning $500,000 or more per year.  Do not associate with a doctor practicing...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-positive-office-visit-experience-consistency-vs-confusionHave you ever stopped to consider the importance of consistency?  Could consistency have an effect on profitability? Could having more consistency in day-to-day procedures save time?  Consistency is a key tool for success in any business.  Likewise, lack of consistency means confusion, and confusion is a challenge. Surveys show that people choose the places they do business based upon consistency....
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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.
the-positive-fat-pad-sign-what-is-itA useful sign of an intraarticular fracture of the elbow is the clear depiction of displaced humeral capsular fat-pads.1  In the normal elbow, a layer of fat (“fat-pad”) lies between the synovial and fibrous layers of both the anterior and posterior joint capsules.  In the lateral projection of the normal elbow, the anterior fat-pad is seen as an obliquely oriented...
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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.
gout-versus-osteoarthritis-which-is-it Case History This 60-year-old male complains of sharp pain in the great toe. He has a family history of gout and is worried he has developed gout. What’s your diagnosis?   Diagnosis: Degenerative Osteoarthritis Of The Great Toe.   General Considerations Degenerative Osteoarthritis   Foot Of all forefoot articulations, the most commonly involved articulation is that of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The radiographic signs are distinctive but, on...
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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.
c2-to-c3-congenital-block-vertebraDescription. When two adjacent vertebrae are osseously fused from birth, this joined unit is called a congenital block vertebra. Embryologically, this is the result of failure of the normal segmentation process of the somites during the period of differentiation at 3-to-8 fetal weeks.1 The block vertebra, by itself, is clinically insignificant. As there is no motion allowed at the fused...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
melorheostosis[Case History] This male patient has a history of multiple traumas to his humerus.  Are these radiopacities exuberant callous formation from hematoma? Diagnosis:  The answer is no!! This is a rare sclerotic skeletal dysplasia referred to as “MELORHEOSTOSIS”. General Considerations Melorheostosis is a rare, sclerosing bone dysplasia that was first described in 1922 by Leri and Joanny.  Synonyms include Leri type of osteopetrosis, osteosis...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
librarian-overdue-for-pelvic-pain-relief History and Presenting Symptoms A 37-year-old female describes a history of occasional pain in her lower back region, most noticeable on the left side.  She states that her low back pain “just seems to come and go,” with no obvious triggering activities.  Her pain is localized to the posterior hip region, and does not extend below the pelvis.  She is...
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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.
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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Rehabilition
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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Mark R. Payne D.C.
science-posture-and-personal-injuryScience, Posture and Personal Injury by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   Personal injury patients inevitably present with a unique set of challenges. From a clinical standpoint they are often in more acute, severe pain. Pre existing conditions are extremely commonm and need to be taken into account. Finally, there will almost always be real and legitimate concerns related...
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Dwight Whynot, D.C.
to-rehab-or-not-to-rehab If you are not performing rehabilitation in your clinic right now, you should consider doing rehab in the near future because it is these types of CPT® codes that are getting doctors paid better by the insurance companies. The insurance companies pay better because the patients not only get better faster, but the patients stay better longer.     Table 1—Case Management...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
preventing-injuries-requires-more-than-a-strong-corePreventing Injuries Requires More Than a Strong Core by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Whether we are confronted with developing an exercise rehab program for a male patient (who is sedentary, overweight, and experiencing low back pain) or developing a strengthening program to fine tune a professional athlete, some emphasis must be placed on the core musculature. With...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
osteoporosis-and-spinal-excerciseAs the population ages and becomes more sedentary, we will be seeing more of our patients affected by osteoporosis and its complications.  Initially, there is a reduction in bone mass (osteopenia), which is considered a universal phenomenon of aging.  However, when the condition progresses to osteoporosis, bone strength is compromised, and fractures develop with trivial (or no) trauma.  These fractures...
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Techniques
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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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
postural-alignment-a-health-disorders-a-scientific-connection  INTRODUCTIONPosture has probably been one of the longest studied aspects of humans. The correlation of posture and health has driven us to study our posture since at least the time of Hippocrates.1 Since Hippocrates’ time, many have attempted to categorize man into constitutional posture types.1-3  Before any possible consequences of abnormal posture can be addressed, normal posture must be defined...
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Warren I. Hammer, DC, MS, DABCO
fascial-manipulationcfmModern myth has it that doctors in Europe are ahead of us in new methods of healing.  The truth of this may be dubious but it does underscore the importance of keeping abreast of healing advances in other countries as we strive to achieve the highest possible level in care for our patients.    Three years ago, I was invited to Italy...
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George Roth, D.C., N.D.
a-new-perspective-on-the-treatment-of-athletesI have worked with many elite athletes over the years and have always found the experience challenging and enlightening.  I say challenging because of the level of excellence they demand.  It is not good enough simply to get a top-level athlete out of pain.  The demands they place on their bodies require that every part work at its optimal level. ...
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Sheila Laws, D.C.
nimmo-receptor-tonus-techniqueRaymond Nimmo, D.C., graduated from Palmer School in 1931, and set up his practice in Fort Worth, Texas. He soon became thirsty for more knowledge, so he studied and taught Logan Basic Technique and other techniques. His quest brought him to the realization that what chiropractors had been taught in chiropractic colleges was not scientifically sound. He rationalized that the...
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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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