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Dr. Joel Dekanich, D.C.
teaming-up-with-dcs-mds-pts-and-phds-a-loving-it“...when everyone is on board, amazing results become the norm” Dr. Joel Dekanich is a 1994 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, who practices in Vail, CO. Beginning his practice as a sole practitioner in 1995, following a year long fellowship with extremity expert Mitch Mally, DC, Dekanich became a certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2002,...
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TAC Staff
second-generation-chiropractor-in-the-trenches-for-broad-based-educationDr. Richard G. Brassard was appointed president of Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in 2004, following several years of association with TCC as a member and chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a 1965 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Jerry Brassard. He is licensed to practice in both Texas...
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David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)
nerve-first-approach“Nerve First” Approach by David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)   Dr. Fletcher is a 1980 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Fellowship in Chiropractic Sport Sciences. He trains and teaches thousands of chiropractors to interpret and communicate the power of chiropractic care, using CLA’s Insight scanning technologies. He continues to practice daily, while developing new strategies for...
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Marc J. Lamantia, D.C., and Gary A. Deutchman, D.C.
review-of-the-literature-non-operative-scoliosis-treatmentReview of the Literature: Non - Operative Scoliosis Treatment by Marc J. Lamantia, D.C., and Gary A. Deutchman, D.C.   Without intervention, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a condition which is likely to progress between the time of detection and the time of skeletal maturity.1 This makes early detection, with the intent of early intervention of...
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Market Review
nutritional-support-for-healthNutritional Support for Health   Many Chiropractors use some form of nutritional support to assist in the healing process of their patients. See here, in alphabetical order, the newest nutritional products in the market to suggest to your patients and/or add to your practice.     Anabolic Labs: Ultra K2D3 Price Range: $10 doctors’ price; $20 patients’ price (this is a one to two month supply) Product...
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Gerald R. Mattia, D.C.
sports-chiropractor-specialist-gerald-r-mattia-dc-shares-his-secrets-to-successWith over 175 professional athletes under care (as well as the CEO’s of major corporations such as Tupperware and Harris Corp.), Dr. Gerry Mattia shares his secrets to success. Gerald R. Mattia, B.S., D.C., has thirty-one years of experience as a chiropractic physician. He earned his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1977, and...
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Interviews
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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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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David Chapman-Smith
working-together-worldwideDavid Chapman-Smith, a Toronto lawyer and author of The Chiropractic Profession (NCMIC Group, 2000) is Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic.  He is also editor/publisher of The Chiropractic Report (www.chiropracticreport.com).   His introduction to chiropractic took place when he acted as counsel for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association before the New Zealand Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic in 1978-79. In the...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
challenge-check-and-correct-the-entire-structural-systemTedd Koren, D.C., is certainly one of the most widely read Doctors of Chiropractic today. Through Koren Publications, over 50 million of his popular patient education brochures have been distributed. His monthly patient and professional newsletters are among the most popular in the profession. He is the author of Chiropractic: Bringing Out the Best in You!, Chiropractic Wellness:  Health from...
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Dr. Tim Weir
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-tim-weirEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series (M$C) focuses on the top surveyed issues facing chiropractors today.  Recruiting new patients, retention, profitability, marketing and staffing are each a determining factor in the growth, potential and success of the practice. The subject of this issue’s profile is Dr. Timothy Weir an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in North Carolina,...
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Vernon Temple, D.C.
raising-standardsVern Temple, D.C., has been part of the testing community for nearly thirty years, first as a member of the Vermont Board of Chiropractic Examination and Registration, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) delegate for the state of Vermont and, subsequently, as an NBCE Director for the past seven years, six years as District III Director...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-omega-6-mobileonly-diesel-vehicles-should-eat-n-6sAs discussed in previous columns in The American Chiropractor, our consumption of omega-6 (n-6) fatty acids is excessive and pro-inflammatory. In a recent TAC article, I discussed how most Americans have been corn-oiled. It takes some eighteen cups of corn to make just one...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
how-enzymes-can-help-you-eliminate-mood-swings We tend to think of mood swings as emotional responses to the situations we encounter as we move through our lives. Most people do not realize, however, that what we feel emotionally is largely driven by what’s going on physically. Everyone has heard the saying, “The mind influences the body,” but the opposite is every bit as true. The body...
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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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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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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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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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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
ankle-sprains-and-active-supportAnkle sprains are common injuries, because the ankle is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking.  This can be particularly important for patients who participate in recreational activities and sports that require running and jumping.  Proper evaluation and management in the early stages of an ankle sprain are very important in preventing chronic instabilities.  With appropriate...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
groin-strains History and Presenting Symptoms A 45-year-old male presents with occasional, moderate pain in his left hip and groin. He has been evaluated for hernia and arthritis, with no definitive diagnosis and no successful treatment. Physical therapy with various modalities and exercises felt good, but didn’t resolve his problem. He says that he has noticed these symptoms for at least the past...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
understanding-the-mechanism-of-plantar-fascitisAs chiropractors, our primary focus of care is the chiropractic adjustment. Based on our education in science, art and philosophy, we decide how and where to apply the chiropractic adjustment. Our treatment of a patient’s condition is based on the reduction or stabilization of the resulting subluxation complexes. We listen to our patients’ concerns and answer their questions, but we...
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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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Kirk Lee, D.C.
consider-hobbies-to-determine-whats-causing-painAs chiropractors, when we conduct our case histories and examinations we typically determine mechanisms of injury to be related to specific instances of trauma, repetitive macrotrauma or microtrauma. However, we should also consider posture, activities of daily living and hobbies as these can sometimes be the root cause of a patient’s pain. Today we are going to take into consideration...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
patellofemoral-pain-in-a-fitness-walker History and Presenting Symptoms A 38-year-old female reports the recent onset of pain at her left knee. She had started a fitness walking program in the past six months, and had gradually increased to two miles every day. She doesn’t recall any specific injury, and describes the pain as an aching soreness in her left knee that builds up during...
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Practice Management
Claude Cote
opening-a-new-office-how-to-lower-your-expensesAt a glance, opening a new practice seems easy.  But in reality, opening a new chiropractic office can be a significant financial challenge.  Opening a new office is exactly the same as opening any other kind of business.  You will have to rent office space, buy equipment, set up a marketing plan, hire employees, and the list keeps going on,...
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Brent Detelich, D.C.
starting-at-the-top-getting-your-head-space-rightThere are lots of ways to succeed in a chiropractic practice. As they say, there is “more than one way to skin a cat.” Family practices, high volume practices, wellness practices, sports performance, DC/PT practices—any of them can be highly successful. But, in all my dealings with hundreds and hundreds of chiropractors, there is one area that must be...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
95-of-the-population-cared-for-by-chiropractic-the-first-step-is-up-to-you I have written before that it took chiropractic 115 years to care for 5-7% of the population. Frankly, that is powerful, considering the obstacles we had to overcome. However, it is not nearly enough and we, as a profession, have to do better. The status quo is not enough. I have had the honor of meeting many who handcuffed themselves to...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
luck-is-when-opportunity-meets-preparationWe are all aware there is great division over universal healthcare coverage. The federal healthcare bill that is now in the Senate has, for months, debated spending, coverage, negotiations and—keeping with transparency—publically reported, after the fact, "back room" deals that are secretly happening. What will managed care look like, if—or when—the government takes over? The answer is simple–tax, waste and...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
to-be-or-not-to-bean-associate-doctorThese 8 questions will help you decide if you should become an associate or start your own practice.     1. Are you inexperienced, but don’t want outside help?     2. Is your ego too big to pay for - and listen to expert advice?     3. Can you raise the money?     4. Are you willing to work 70 hours a week?     5. Are you too scared to open...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
compliance-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 your...
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Radiology
Lori Puskar, D.C.
caring-for-the-supermomWhen I was thirteen, my two-year-old brother was suffering from a serious case of torticollis, which had been misdiagnosed as possible meningitis. After just one chiropractic treatment, he was virtually cured. At that moment, I knew that my contribution to healthcare would be in the chiropractic field. Like any idealistic young chiropractic student, I was electrified by the story of Harvey...
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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.
partial-agenesis-of-the-c-1-posterior-archEmbryology—Ossification of the first cervical vertebra begins about the seventh fetal week at the lateral masses and proceeds perichondrally in a dorsal direction, creating the posterior arch of the atlas.  In the second year of life, a secondary growth center for the posterior tubercle develops between these neural arches.  Complete fusion of the posterior arch should be noted between the...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-four-allergiesIf the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind. – J.R. Worsley Posture of subluxation (POS) In Parts One and Two, we discussed how...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
fracture-of-the-wrist-affecting-the-young-and-oldCASE HISTORY: This 8-year-old fell and hyperextended his wrist. Diagnosis: Torus fracture–distal radius. FRACTURES OF THE WRISTDistal Radius Fractures. The distal radius is one of the most common sites of fracture in the wrist. Care must be taken to search all projections for these fractures, many of which are often subtle and obscure. In the...
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Jeff Cronk, DC
using-x-ray-digitization-to-enhance-your-credibility-and-quality-of-careThe theory behind evidenced based practice is scientific knowledge gathered through good research. Clinical examination procedures can lead to clinical consensus and standardization with regard to diagnosis, decision making and treatment guidelines. X-ray digitation fits into this model, since it is a clinically accurate way to objectively assess spinal stability and spinal motion segment integrity loss. Two or more doctors can...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
can-children-benefit-from-rehabilitation A common question I get in the office, as well as when I am lecturing, is what’s the earliest age you can start rehabilitation procedures for children? Unfortunately, for many of us, we forget that we are dealing with children and not just small adults. It is important to note that protocols or principles of rehabilitation are the same...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
a-runner-with-the-wrong-orthoticsA Runner with the Wrong Orthotics by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Today the doctor of chiropractic has many choices when choosing the type of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers, or custom-made orthotics, to use in his office. We must first and foremost use orthotics from a company that also supports our profession. Secondly, these orthotics must be custom made,...
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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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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
step-by-step-rehab-centerAbout 83 million people in the U.S. (42% of the adult population) used at least one alternative therapy in 1997.  Usage among those 35-40-years-old is even higher, at 50%. The estimated number of visits in 1997 to providers of “unconventional therapy”  (629 million) was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical doctors nationwide (386 million)....
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
depression-era-marketing-for-todayDepression Era Marketing for Today by Mark R. Payne D.C.   O   kay…so, I said it. The dreaded "D" word. The pundits may debate whether our economy is in recession or a true depression but, if you’re out there trying to survive this economic mess, I suspect that technical distinctions don’t matter much. Fact: If chiropractors can’t figure out a...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
shin-splints-and-rehab-careShin splints is one of the more common problems that can occur in active patients, especially during the spring and summer months. It is important to maintain an awareness of this frequent complaint and know the signs to look for during diagnosis. Help keep your active patients in step with their lifestyles!   Symptoms   The pain associated with shin splints...
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Techniques
Charles L. Blum, DC
the-evolution-of-bloodless-surgery-and-chiropracticBloodless Surgery or Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT) encompasses the  relationship between somatovisceral and viscerosomatic reflexes and, therefore, between the somatic and autonomic nervous systems. R. J. Last in his book, Anatomy: Regional and Applied, points out: There is only one nervous system.  It supplies the body wall and limbs (somatic) and viscera (autonomic).  Its plan is simple.  It consists of...
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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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M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.
new-brain-science-old-school-thinking-a-closer-look-at-the-best-technique  Almost 50 years ago, I entered Logan College with a master’s degree in science education.  Although chiropractic was described as an “art and a science,” I was most interested in the science.  I was taught that the science of this profession evolved and revolved around the concept of encroachment of a nerve in the spine, specifically the intervertebral foramen (IVF). ...
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Leslie Feinberg, D.C.
the-feinberg-techniqueNMT: The Feinberg Technique is a comprehensive system of healing that truly delivers on the promise so much of the world of health care has believed would one day emerge from the field of energetic medicine. E=MC2 is the famous equation by which Albert Einstein explained that matter and energy were inter-convertible, one to the other, and not the two distinct...
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Dr. Mitch Mally
case-study-rotator-cuff-impingement-syndromeHistory and Subjective Complaints: A 24-year-old professional/international circuit tennis player presents with a right shoulder injury, 6 months post U.S. Open. Objective Findings: Decreased right shoulder flexion, abduction and external rotation. X-Ray: Absent 8-10 mm subacromial space, laterally rotated vertebral border of the right scapula, antetilted glenoid labrum. Diagnosis: Protracted laterally antetilted right scapula causing rotator cuff impingement syndrome. Treatment: Specialized manipulative decompression of involved protracted/antetilted right scapula, medial-inferior...
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Howard F. Loomis, Jr., D.C., F.I.A.C.A.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-do-the-significance-of-pottengers-saucer  Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) cannot be separated. A deviation from normal in one has consequences in the other. Beginning with my February 2010 column, I have been describing a five-minute Source of Stress examination that can be done in your office any time you need to determine when a visceral dysfunction may be responsible for perpetuating structural misalignments and...
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