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Cover Stories
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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Richard R. Shaker, D.C., R.T.P., C.P.T.I., C.C.S.P., A.C.R.B., C.S.C.S.
chiropractic-in-the-nflFor four seasons in the NFL, after having suffered a chest injury while playing my rookie year, I had not been able to breathe properly. I also had severe pain in my chest and rib cage. Previous to Dr. Shaker, I had seen every medical specialist, including other chiropractors—no one could help me. I was struggling to survive in...
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National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)
innovative-educationNational University of Health Sciences (NUHS) prides itself on providing students with the most complete academic and professional education for a career in the health sciences. For over 100 years, the university has led the chiropractic profession with academic excellence, dynamic faculty members and innovative leadership. Integrative Medicine Since 2000, when National changed from The National College...
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Jay Kennedy, DC Michael Schneider, DC., PH.D David Seaman, D.C.
herniated-discs-and-conservative-treatments    Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of Palmer College and has been in both private and MD/DC practices in Berlin, PA, for over 23 years. He is a leading authority in North America on decompression and rehabilitation procedures and has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients. He has pioneered decompression therapy technique since 1993. Dr....
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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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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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Interviews
Kent Greenawalt
orthoticsTAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of Foot Levelers, Inc. Greenawalt:  Foot Levelers is the world’s largest custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizer company.  We use the term Stabilizer instead of orthotic, because our products stabilize the pelvis and spine by correcting imbalances in the feet.  They are custom-made and scientifically designed to address the patient’s unique postural problems.  They...
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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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TAC Staff
changing-times-interview-with-gary-tarola-dc-dabcoDr. Tarola earned a BA degree from Marshall University, 1973 and was a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1976. He began private practice in Fogelsville, Lehigh Valley, Pa. in 1976. He obtained Diplomate status in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1983. He was a post graduate faculty member of several chiropractic colleges. From the late 1980’s through 2005,...
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TAC Staff
chiropractic-for-pregnant-women-interview-with-karen-gardner-bagnell-dcFor more than eighteen years, Dr. Karen Gardner Bagnell has studied the mechanisms of breech and transverse presentations, pregnancy and delivery. Dr. Gardner Bagnell has guest lectured at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia on the importance of Chiropractic care during pregnancy, labor and the post partum period, as well as at the...
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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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Steve Thaxton, D.C.
treating-everything-from-anger-to-zygomycosisDr. Steve Thaxton is a graduate of Abilene Christian University (ACU) and Parker College of Chiropractic, a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Rehabilitation Specialist, and Brimhall certified. Dr. Thaxton served as the personal chiropractor and fitness consultant for the rock band Guns N’ Roses for their 2-1/2 year world tour, and has also been Jon Bon Jovi’s personal chiropractor and personal fitness...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-truth-about-the-dangers-of-cox-2-inhibitorsAs most readers are aware, Vioxx was recalled from the marketplace in late September of  2004. It was discovered that a significant number of patients taking Vioxx suffered from heart attacks or strokes. A total of three COX-2 inhibitors have been in the marketplace. These drugs are sometimes referred to as “coxibs;” celecoxib (Celebrex), rofecoxib (Vioxx), and valdecoxib (Bextra). Celebrex and...
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Leonid Ber, MD
resolving-vitamin-b12-deficiency-using-oral-supplementationNew research validates high dose methylcobalamin lozenge regimen Vitamin B12 (often referred to as cobalamin) is an essential nutrient that can only be  obtained from diet or supplements. Its main function in the body is to assist in the synthesis of DNA. As a result, quickly dividing cells such as red blood cells are among the most frequently affected by cobalamin...
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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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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
what-is-wellnessWe assume we have it, yet we take it for granted until we’re sick. I’m referring to “wellness.” Webster’s dictionary defines wellness as the quality or state of being in good, health especially as an actively sought goal. This means we have to make an effort if we want to be healthy—something...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
super-sized-and-inflamedMovie producer/director Morgan Spurlock has been very helpful in illustrating the pro-inflammatory nature of our modern fast food eating habits. His documentary, entitled Supersize Me, has been airing on cable movie channels and is also available as a video/CD. If you have not seen Supersize Me, you need to see it now and waste no time about it…and then share...
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Lynn Toohey, D.C.
detoxificationWe all know that detoxifying is good for us, but how do you choose a good protocol to follow?  When we remove toxins that have built up over years, it is just as important to consider things we DON’T do as well as the things we DO. A good detox program (there are thousands out there) should be written by...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
increased-running-increases-pain History and Presenting Symptoms A 33-year-old female presents with ongoing pain and discomfort in her left lower leg, which responds only temporarily to anti-inflammatory medications. She has been running regularly for the past six months, but develops left leg pain whenever she tries to increase her mileage. She ices her leg for fifteen minutes after each run, and...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
orthotic-support-for-all-three-archesA close evaluation of the anatomy and structure of the foot reveals three arches that form the plantar vault.1  This architectural design provides substantial strength, while still permitting sufficient flexibility to accommodate changes in terrain, and to provide propulsion.  The foot’s arched structure is not present at birth, but develops during childhood, by age 6 or 7 in most people.2 ...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
adult-flatfeet-and-orthotic-support Flatfoot (the absence of a medial longitudinal foot arch) is normally found during early human growth and development.  During childhood, we all start out with little or no arch.  Some people, however, never develop normal feet arches.  This situation differs from the collapse of normal arches due to excessive loading and eventual plastic deformation.  Are “normally” flattened feet a clinical...
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johndanchik
growth-asymmetry-in-an-outdoorsmanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with recurring episodes of pain in his low back and left hip. He recalls no injury to the region, and cannot identify any precipitating activities or events. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain as varying from 30mm to 65mm, while the left hip pain is usually around 35mm.  He...
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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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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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Practice Management
Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
the-financial-stability-of-family-practiceChiropractic Family Practice is extremely profitable. Rather than working harder and harder for their money, chasing insurance companies only to be denied payment, losing patients because their insurance doesn’t cover the care anymore, and dealing with the incredibly stressful, high overhead that comes with other types of practices, thousands of chiropractors are becoming the family wellness providers for their communities. The...
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Tom Owen III and Todd Osborne, D.C.
the-importance-of-maintaining-an-attitude-In Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence people, one of the most important qualities he mentions in getting along with people is honest and sincere appreciation. What happens when you don’t show others appreciation? You communicate that you don’t care what they’re doing, that they really don’t matter all that much to you, and that what they do...
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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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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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Peter Fernandez, D.C.
how-to-choose-a-hot-town-in-which-to-practice-starting-a-new-practice-ixIn the last article, "How to Choose a ‘Hot State’ in Which to Practice," I advised you, the start-up doctor, to drive the country with your spouse looking for the climate, geography and type of people you prefer in choosing a place to live. Having found your ideal area of the country, I recommended that you...
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Fred Di Domenico, D.C.
staff-your-most-valuable-asset When assessing the assets of your practice, your staff should be your most coveted element. Nothing can make or break your practice like your staff. A well-trained, happy staff propels your practice to new heights. An unhappy, unmotivated staff is a "ball and chain" that will doom your every good intention. You cannot outperform a bad staff. If your...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., Chad J. Maola, D.C. and Alicia M. Yochum, RN, BSN, Senior Intern at Logan College of Chiropractic
sacral-and-coccygeal-fracturesCASE HISTORY This young male patient fell off a horse and landed on his buttocks. SACRAL FRACTURES Sacral fractures usually occur as the result of a fall upon the buttocks, direct trauma or in association with pelvic fractures.  Isolated fractures of the sacrum are uncommon and a diligent search for an associated fracture of the pelvic ring or symphysis pubis is often beneficial...
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Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
lung-pathology-or-pseudo-lesionIn the pre-antibiotic era, the only treatment for pulmo-nary tuberculosis was rest and or lung resection of the diseased segment.  Secondary or re-infection tuberculosis most commonly occurs in the lung apices.  This patient had surgery with resection of her right upper lung due to pulmonary tuberculosis.  To fill space left empty by the resected lung tissue and to avoid huge...
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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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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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Tim Maggs, D.C.
100-of-my-patients-get-custom-orthotics-what-about-yours  We all are victims, in many ways, of the existing healthcare crisis.  The auto industry is addressing their crisis through new laws for improved mileage per gallon and stricter pollution controls.  The energy crisis continues to search for more efficient and alternative means to produce renewable energy.  The healthcare crisis, unlike the above two, is merely shifting responsibilities with regard...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
benign-or-malignant-thats-the-questionHistory This adult male patient presents with hip pain and a lesion is found on X-ray. Is this likely to be benign or malignant?   Note the well demarcated geographic radiolucent lesion in the proximal femur. It has a sharp zone of transition around it with a sclerotic border. These roentgen signs suggest a benign lesion. Diagnosis: Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
getting-the-most-support-from-assisted-devicesAn elderly patient enters your office with complaints of low back pain. She is using an assisted device (e.g., cane, walker, crutches). As you watch her walk, you think to yourself, "She looks like Yoda from Star Wars, and I would hurt also if I were walking like that." Or your patient asks, "Dr. Bones, am I using my cane...
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Dr. Joe Ventura
posture-reprogramming-and-athletic-performanceTo coax the most out of the human body during training or actual performance, there are certain principles, or building blocks that must be present. Good breathing, proper nutrition, hydration and intensity are just a few of these principles. But, at the top of the list is good posture. Proper posture extends performance, reduces injury, speeds healing, builds more muscle and...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
establishing-a-care-plan-for-your-patientsThe use of rehabilitation procedures is becoming more of a mainstay within chiropractic health care. Core spinal musculature stabilizing exercises, proprioceptive training, as well as activities designed to enhance flexibility are currently being used to help support the chiropractic adjustment. Each of these methods has become a major point of interest to help a patient enhance his/her overall health...
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Christian H. Reichardt, D.C., C.C.S.P.
vibrational-therapy-and-the-aging-baby-boomers Looking at recent statistics, the boomer population is going to increase by almost 70 percent over the next fifteen years. This is the fastest growing population segment of our society! The three most common musculo-skeletal ailments afflicting this group are osteoporosis, lack of flexibility and strength, as well as balance. In this article, I will show that Whole Body...
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Christian H. Reichardt, D.C., C.C.S.P.
effects-of-whole-body-vibration-on-posture-and-kinesthetic-perception Many patients who present themselves to the chiropractic office suffer from musculo-skeletal disorders. More and more research confirms what we know to be true from our own daily anecdotal knowledge. There is hardly a modality that works better for these conditions than chiropractic. Yet there are a number of modalities that can enhance the benefits of adjustments. One of these...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
crac-traction-kicking-corrective-care-into-high-gearFeeling frustrated with the long time frames required for corrective care programs? Maybe you should try a little C.R.A.C. No…I’m not recommending you seek solace in some vicious street drug. Instead, you might want to try combining a well accepted muscle stretching technique with extension traction to speed up the corrective process. Here’s how it works. The acronym...
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Techniques
James Fung, DC; Phillip McAllister, DC; Allan Oolo Austin, DC
trigenicsr-myoneural-medicine-a-neurological-treatment-systemDefined, Trigenics® Myoneural Medicine is an energetic sensorimotor restoration system. It incorporates a neurologically-based, multimodal methodology for local or full-body assessment and treatment.  Simplistically, it restores optimum brain and body communication and is directed at treating the causative, aberrant neurology of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Aberrant histology (adhesions) and arthrokinetic osteology (subluxations) are then far more effectively treated using soft tissue myofascial...
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Deed E. Harrison, DC
chiropractic-biophysics-cbp-mirror-image-posture-adjustingPosture is used by many in chiropractic to demonstrate to the patient that their structure is in abnormal alignment; e.g., health fair and mall screenings, plumb line analysis, visual analysis, and computerized plumb line analysis. However, few DC’s use the scientific analysis of head, rib cage, and pelvis postures in three-dimensions (3D) as rotations and translations along the three X,...
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Loren Marks, DC
contact-reflex-analysisWe are living in the midst of a “Wellness Revolution.”  Patients, primarily the baby boomers, are seeking greater levels of natural health care as they age. They are wealthier and more educated than their parents and are willing to spend more to attain a level of health that allows them to be stronger, healthier and more resistant to disease. The insurance...
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Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.
what-is-a-totally-balanced-spine-what-every-chiropractor-and-chiropractic-researcher-should-knowTo start with, an imbalanced spine is because an atlas subluxation is affecting the brain stem. This affects the muscle balancing mechanism in the central reticular formation. As a result, it produces spastic muscles on one side of the body, more than the other side, and produces a distorted pelvis and a contracted ilium. It also...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-structural-management-programDr. Tim Maggs has been in practice for 27 years, and travels the country speaking on his Structural Management™ Program.  He worked 4 years with the New York Giants, writes a sports medicine column for many running/triathlete magazines around the country, and also writes for many chiropractic magazines. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Maggs discusses The Structural...
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Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
trigenics-myoneural-medicineAs a chiropractor, I have been focusing on the human nervous system and correction of related neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction for over twenty years. Although chiropractic adjustments constantly produce tremendous results, the holding elements and soft tissue components of the subluxation complex and biomechanical dysfunctions have been largely undervalued. Trigenics is a form of manual medicine that provides a solution to correcting...
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