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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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Gerard Clum, D.C.
over-34-years-in-service-to-the-professionDr. Gerard W. Clum, the profession’s most senior chiropractic college president in the world, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1973. He was a member of the Palmer faculty and practiced in Davenport, Iowa, in 1974 before becoming a member of the founding faculty of Life Chiropractic College in...
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TAC Staff
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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Freddie Ulan, D.C.
nutrition-adding-value-to-a-chiropractic-practiceDr. Ulan earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Chiropractic Institute of New York, completing the 4500-hour, nine-semester program in thirty-six consecutive months. He graduated with honors in 1965. Ulan Nutritional Systems (UNS) is a training center where nutritionally-oriented practitioners gather to learn, and attain mastery of the clinical and practice management techniques Dr. Ulan used in building his highly...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
nutritional-alternatives-to-prescription-drugsby Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C. Prescription drugs are used to treat disease. They WORK by blocking a human enzyme system or by filling specific receptor sites, thus directing the body’s biochemistry. Their specific need and even dosage can be pinpointed by the use of various laboratory testing.However, nutritional supplements (whether protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, or minerals) do not, by themselves,...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-piezoelectric-sensor-the-heart-of-the-proadjuster-patient-care-system Technique + Business = Results. Within this simple equation is the formula to business success. If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after. In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our...
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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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TAC Staff
the-amazing-chiropractor-series-interview-with-terry-schroeder-dcDr. Terry Schroeder is the USA’s only four time Olympian in the sport of water polo.  He was a member of Team USA during the Olympic boycott in 1980.  After the boycott, Terry re-focused and dedicated himself to pursuing his Olympic dream. In 1981, he was named the team captain. His leadership helped the team to consecutive silver medals in...
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Karl Parker, D.C.
dr-karl-parker-shares-his-dream-for-chiropracticAfter a controversial change of leadership at Parker College of Chiropractic 7 years ago, which stunned the entire United States chiropractic community, Dr. Karl Parker, son of the late Dr. James Parker, was summarily “relieved of his duties” as President of the college, an institution founded by his late father, leaving the former PCC President and heir apparent to the...
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Tim Emsky
turning-the-tablesEmsky founded CERT Health Sciences in 2001 after spending more than six years managing and operating back clinics that provided spinal decompression therapy. After his experience with these clinics and getting feedback from other doctors, Emsky saw a need for a table that improved patient comfort as well as accommodated a wider variety of patients. Emsky led a team of...
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Joe Mershon
chiropractors-on-tv-national-tv-campaign The 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...
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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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Nutrition
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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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
strategic-nutritional-marketing-for-the-chiropractic-office-its-a-natural Who else but Chiropractic Physicians should be discussing nutrition with their patients? There are more people in agreement with nutrition and health than with chiropractic care. So, as chiropractors, we should link this common bridge and "span the gap" with the general public by offering nutrition in our offices. We live in a society that is literally poisoned through our food...
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Dr. James B. Lavalle
recognizing-drug-induced-nutrient-depletion-in-chiropractic-practicePart 2 of a 2 part Series (cont. from part 1 in nov. 2009) Abstract:  Detrimental effects of drugs on nutrition status are a common occurrence but, because they usually occur over time (vs. what is considered an adverse event or allergic reaction, which occurs quickly), they are seldom recognized or corrected. Chiropractic treatment, however, takes place over a much longer...
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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.
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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Stan Guberman, D.C.
how-to-make-your-practice-more-profitable-add-an-in-house-nutritional-center-to-your-practiceWe, as chiropractors, should begin or continue our thinking process into as many natural healing avenues, so that we can become known as the natural healing source in our communities. We should be known as the "go to guy" when a patient or community member has any question concerning what he or she has been ...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
hip-pain-in-a-soccer-starHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 14-year-old soccer player who reports frequent pain in her right hip and posterior thigh region for the past several months.  This is most noticeable the day after a strenuous soccer competition or scrimmage when she has obvious tightness and tension in the back of her upper right thigh.  She denies any specific injury...
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johndanchik
a-better-life-by-avoiding-the-knifeHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old male who describes persistent pain and occasional stiffness in his right knee that is not associated with any specific activity.  He reports at least two years of recurring episodes of medial knee pain that just comes and goes with no swelling or inflammation.  Previous evaluations, including a knee MRI, have resulted in...
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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.
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.
q-angle-problems-increased-running-increases-pain History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 22-year-old recent college graduate, who reports a history of participation in many team sports in school, including field hockey, soccer, and softball. She admits that she has always had occasional knee problems, especially on the left side. She is now running regularly for fitness, and her left knee is noticeably...
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johndanchik
motion-limitations-hamper-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 33-year-old female, is a marketing director who took up running for stress reduction and weight loss. She has been running for six months and has progressively increased her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her left foot, as well as increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot...
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Practice Management
Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-seven-ps-of-persuasion 1. Perception Is Everything   Building your practice begins with building yourself. A Positive attitude is a good thing but not everything. It is the one P in my formula that drives the others. A Positive attitude, comes from within and takes time and effort. There are seven "P’s" that will enhance your ability to persuade others in both your work...
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Evan Zang
the-sky-isnt-falling-but-the-economy-may-well-be  These days, consumers, feeling the rising squeeze of lost jobs, stale investments, and eroding assets, have made it a challenge for physicians to stay afloat. Even seasoned health care practitioners, across the country, are seeing up to 20% fewer patients than just 2 years ago. Billings are down for many physicians, as much as 50% in some cases, as existing...
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Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.
results-rule-in-practice-managementOur patient base is changing for the better!  Accep-tance of alternative medical modalities is a result of a number of positive and negative variables.  First, our culture is dogged with chronic conditions, many of which are given absolutely no hope of resolution through traditional medical treatment, and many have become progressively more discontented with traditional allopathic treatment.  Additionally,...
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Rick Sapio
can-the-chiropractic-profession-be-savedCan the profession be saved? The jury is still out. One of the fundamental problems with the chiropractic profession (thankfully with a corresponding fundamental solution) is that DCs spend the vast majority of their non-patient business time reacting to issues related to employees, marketing, insurance, practice management, etc. These and other “urgent” tasks, issues, disturbances, and time-wasters consume their business...
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tomowen
the-economy-the-boll-weevil-and-your-unexpected-prosperity  Talk to just about anyone, in any profession these days, and a similar theme weaves itself throughout the conversation; our nation’s poor economy has left few untouched. Many chiropractors have certainly felt the sting of this unfortunate downturn. We’ve had numerous conversations with several practicing chiropractors in recent months and no doubt, times are tough out there.  However, we’ve noticed...
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Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.
history-and-research-of-the-national-upper-cervical-chiropractic-associationPractically all authorities agree that a subluxated vertebra, by definition, includes movement of the vertebra from its proper position in several planes and directions. The reduction of the subluxation, the adjustment, must be a predetermined and pre-directed process of correction. Direction is a measurable factor in a subluxation; force is an inherent element of the adjustment....
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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.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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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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Terry R. Yochum, DC, D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., & Alicia M. Yochum, DC, R.N., BSN
degenerative-spondylolisthesis-and-leg-pain-whats-the-connectionHistory This 60-year-old female patient presents with lower back and sciatica pain through the buttock into the posterior thigh.    Diagnosis:   Observe the extensive sclerosis and osteophyte formation occurring bilaterally at the L5/S1 facet structures. There is a degenerative anterolisthesis of L5 upon the sacrum of approximately 4 mm. No evidence of pars defects is seen at the L5 segment.   Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Degenerative spondylolisthesis 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.
intertrochanteric-fracture-of-the-proximal-femurIntertrochanteric Fracture Of The Proximal Femur by Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.   CASE HISTORY This elderly female patient slipped getting out of the bath tub. She heard a crack and felt immediate pain. DIAGNOSIS Fractures around the proximal femur are relatively uncommon in young to middle-aged patients with a sharp increase in...
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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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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. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
iliopsoas-muscle-pain-in-a-dance-instructor History and Presenting Symptoms A 25-year-old female presents with a combination of recurring pain in the lower back region and pain and tightness in the front of her right hip. She is very frustrated by her condition, since she has already had six weeks of physical therapy for her hip pain (with only a little relief), and she...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
back-injuries-in-the-young-athleteBack injuries in adolescents are not very common, but add participation in athletics and you increase the opportunity of experiencing some form of low back pain. According to Micheli, back injuries of young athletes are a significant phenomenon, estimated to occur in 10 to 15 percent of participants1. The prevalence will vary, based on certain sports. In sports like gymnastics...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
importance-of-foot-function-in-the-gait-cycleImportance of Foot Function in the Gait Cycle by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   An essential part of our chiropractic examination should include evaluation of the gaitcycle, with special consideration toward the patientwho has chronic musculoskeletal-related pain. In previous articles we have discussed several components of the gait cycle. Our most recent article talked about how abnormal patterns...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
building-your-practice-on-a-strong-foundationBuilding Your Practice on a Strong Foundation by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   In keeping with this month’s focus on practice management and coaching, I wanted to take a slightly different twist with this article. While I make no pretense at being a practice manager or coach, I have started and operated two successful practices in my career plus...
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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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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
a-brief-history-of-lumbar-traction-in-chiropractic-rehabilitationFrom its birth to the present, the chiropractic profession has been interested in methods to restore normal alignment (structure) to the spinal column, with the ultimate purpose of restoring normal function to the spine and nervous components housed inside.  Interestingly, mechanical traction has been used by chiropractors to reduce spinal misalignments, in spite of the fact that chiropractic is a...
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Techniques
Dennis Woggon, B.Sc., D.C.
mvas-affect-form-and-function-of-the-c-spineTrauma, especially motor vehicle crashes (MVC), can change an individual’s posture. This will, in turn, affect the victim’s stance and gait, due to soft and hard tissue injuries which cause abnormal function. Humans adapt in time and need to their environment. The human body must adapt when external forces damage the internal environment. This induced...
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Robert "Rick" Wiegand, DC
get-primalDr. Robert “Rick” Wiegand graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980 and entered into private practice. Early on in practice, he became intrigued with the question of how the human neural system processes very subtle types of stimuli. In 1982, Dr. Wiegand and a colleague, Dr. Ed Blumenthal, began investigating methods to help heighten awareness of subtle responses that...
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Anthony Criscuolo, DC
energize-your-practice-with-active-release-techniques-artHow would you like to dramatically improve your patient outcomes and have patients enthusiastic about their treatment?  Would you like to see positive post treatment changes in range of motion, muscle strength, and pain in one treatment?  Well, thousands of doctors have discovered these benefits and more by utilizing ART in their practices. So, what is ART? ART is a hands-on touch...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-panic-patternFight or Flight Life has its scary moments and, in a life or death situation, the proper reaction may make the difference between, well, life or death. Fortunately, we are “hard-wired” to improve our chances of surviving dire emergencies with our “fight or flight” or “acute stress” response. How does it work? At the sign of danger, we have two options:...
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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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Ted Koren, D.C.
adjusting-disksAn alternative to spinal surgery Sometimes the most difficult cases are not due to subluxations of the vertebrae but to subluxations of the disks. As Richard Van Rumpt, DC, developer of directional non-force technique (DNFT) said decades ago, “If the disks are subluxated, the vertebrae won’t hold.” Is it possible to adjust disks? Yes, it is possible to easily...
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