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a-man-with-insightHe was a popular, charismatic high school student. A national AAU karate champion. An inexperienced, undersized member of the school’s wrestling team. How did Dr. Patrick Gentempo Jr. become one of the most influential minds in today’s chiropractic world? Well, being undersized and inexperienced may have actually helped. “I injured my neck in a wrestling practice and my mom took...
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Peter Gyrst, DC
a-new-generation-of-adjusting-instrumentsHow it all began?  Side posture This whole series of adjustment instruments has evolved over a period of ten years and has been tested by Gonstead doctors throughout Europe, Japan and also the United States. The first table that was designed and built was the side posture pelvic bench. Actually, it was conceived in frustration and born of passion and necessity. Those of...
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the-state-of-the-chiropractic-professionAs The American Chiropractor celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary, our panel of leaders look back on just how far the chiropractic profession has come and what lies ahead.     Dr. Louis Sportelli President of NCMIC Dr. Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 47-year career in chiropractic. He is currently serving as President of NCMIC Group ...
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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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Elisa Zinberg, D.C.
the-zen-of-dr-zinbergOne of the top female wellness executives and consultants in America, Dr. Zinberg was an entrepreneur and private practitioner prior to joining The Masters Circle in 2000.  She also serves as the company’s director of its Chiropractic Assistant (CA) certification program and now leads day-to-day operations, overseeing coaches, seminars, and product development. Elisa Zinberg exemplifies the spirit and dedication of The...
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Parker Chiropractic College
parker-college-of-chiropractic After thirty-one years of Parker Seminars, experiencing exceptional growth and success, Dr. James Parker’s colleagues urged him to establish Parker College of Chiropractic. A group of twenty-seven students made a leap of faith in September 1982. They were the first students to enroll at Parker College of Chiropractic. Parker College’s curriculum—both basic and chiropractic—continues to be integrated with the...
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Interviews
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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TAC Staff
perspective-from-the-outside-in-interview-with-andrew-cheesmanAndrew Cheesman, who has been with NAOMI/RF System Lab since 2007, is Sr. VP of Marketing and Sales for North America. Having an extensive background in merchant banking, Cheesman has lived in eight countries and has done business with 52 various countries over the years. Born and raised in the UK – and now residing in Lincoln, NE – you...
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TAC Staff
8-top-table-company-representatives-tell-us-whats-newWe interviewed eight representatives from the leading manufacturers of chiropractic tables to find out what’s new and what makes each company unique. From new, electronic features and tables made for specific techniques to tables that adapt to any technique, these companies, with a combined experience of almost 300 years, have something for everyone. Lloyd Table Company Lloyd Table Company is continually striving...
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Dr. Paul Pugsley
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-paul-pugsleyOriginally from upstate New York, Dr. Paul Pugsley moved to California during grade school. After meeting his wife, Marilou, in undergraduate college, the couple decided to attend chiropractic school in Atlanta, Georgia, at Life Chiropractic College. In their last year at Life, Paul and Marilou had their first of five children. After graduating, Dr. Pugsley and family moved back to...
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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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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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Nutrition
Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C.
nutrient-intake-and-plasma-beta-amyloid-neurologyColumnist Review by Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C.    Y. Gu, PhD, N. Schupf, PhD, S.A. Cosentino, PhD, J.A. Luchsinger,MD, N. Scarmeas, MD: From the Department of Neurology and Department of Medicine, Columbia University, New YorkKey Points From This Study: An important pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is B-amyloid (AB) peptide (mainly AB40 and AB42) deposition in the brain, resulting in formation of...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
a-healthy-dessert-option-dark-chocolateWhen I attend chiropractic conventions/seminars, I am often invited to have a meal with other DC’s. Not uncommonly, the doc(s) will apologize in advance for eating unhealthy food, or ask me not to criticize them for eating such things as French fries or pancakes. For the record, I am not part of the diet police, so people need not worry...
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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.
a-pandemic-vitamin-d-deficiencyLike many of you, I grew up in “healthcare” with the view that vitamin D toxicity is a significant concern for those taking supplements. Even today, individuals with nutrition degrees maintain the notion that vitamin D supplementation is a risky endeavor. Consider your own visceral response to the following: “Many individuals would do well to take 10,000 IU’s of vitamin D...
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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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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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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
mature-knee-painMature Knee Pain by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.     History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an active 58-year-old male, with a history of participation in many team sports (baseball and football) in his younger years. He describes recurring pain and stiffness in his right knee, which is especially noticeable in the mornings and also when he plays...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
recurrent-ankle-sprainsHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 38-year-old male, who plays soccer in an adult league on weekends.  He describes recurring episodes of pain and swelling along the outside of his right ankle for the past several years.  He presents for treatment of his lower extremity biomechanical faults, and wants to prevent future problems and improve his athletic performance...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
is-your-little-leaguer-pitching-too-muchShoulder injuries are common in sports. The category of rotator cuff injuries has numerous names ranging from painful arc syndrome, bursitis of the shoulder, or rotator cuff tears, to just name a few—all usually present with decreased range of motion and pain in the shoulder area. There are three groups of people who are most vulnerable to these types of...
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johndanchik
athlete-back-on-the-ice-thanks-to-chiropractic-careHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 24-year-old male semi-professional hockey player, reports a recent right hamstring “grab” that just does not seem to be improving. His history includes several injuries to the same hamstring muscle during his collegiate playing career with mixed attempts to stretch and rehab. He also describes varying levels of pain in his lower back and left...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
upper-extremity-conditions-and-orthotic-support History and Presenting Symptoms A 43-year-old female presents with persistent pain in and around her left shoulder, accompanied by tightness extending into her middle back region. Upon further discussion, she recounts a history of a right carpal tunnel syndrome that was treated surgically, with only partial improvement. She has also had several episodes of left elbow tendinitis. She denies any...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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Practice Management
Daniel Dahan, D.C.
maximize-your-practices-potential-collection-departmentIn an effort to help you maximize all your services, Dr. Daniel Dahan has identified 7 departmental areas in your practice, which need to be addressed.  Each of these areas is being dealt with sequentially in The American Chiropractor.  By following the suggestions given, your office will not only maximize its potential, but also delineate areas of weakness that need...
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Michael Failla, D.C.
frustrated-with-bad-tech-supportFrustrated with Bad Tech Support by Dr. Michael Failla, D.C.   After years of having to deal with the customer service departments of insurance companies, most doctors and their staffs have grown numb from having to navigate through a series of "Press 1 for this," or "Press 2 for that" computer animated call centers. Collectively, we are all tired...
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Dennis Perman, D.C.
self-esteem-the-missing-link-in-practice-success-and-satisfactionThe most important things in life come from inside out – happiness is inside-out, love is inside-out, health is inside-out, and indeed, success in chiropractic practice is also inside-out. So, what do you need inside you to experience the level of success and satisfaction in practice that you desire? There are many qualities that figure into this equation – discipline, creativity,...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
treatment-protocols Treatment protocols are care paths, based upon accepted utilization guidelines and a consensus among the healthcare delivering team, that organize the diagnostic and therapeutic services that are appropriate to a patient’s condition and how often each should be performed. Essentially, treatment protocols map out case management decisions and are individualized according to each patient’s specific complicating or attenuating factors. They...
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Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C.
you-dont-know-what-you-dont-know We’ve never met a chiropractor who came out of Chiropractic College with the business wisdom that they needed. The average chiropractor or chiropractic student has spent anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 to be educated in the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic but, upon graduation, they still come out with little to no business education or experience. It’s not that...
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Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
budgeting-a-planning-budgeting-includes-short-and-long-term-plansLook Beyond Next Year! We are very excited when we get more new patients. To get new patients, marketing is important, but financial management can be the key to successful marketing. Once you get a new patient, the key is to get them to accept care, which is the importance of a Report of Findings. Remember, no person calls...
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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.
hangmans-fractureHistory This adult male patient was involved in a car accident.  He struck his head on the windshield and was then thrown into hyperextension. Discussion Hangman’s Fracture (Traumatic spondylolisthesis). Fractures of the neural arch of the axis are one of the most common injuries of the cervical spine. Up to 40% of axis fractures are hangman’s fractures.1  They are usually...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, R.N., D.C.
unilateral-spondylolysisCase History: This is a young college student who plays competitive basketball and is complaining of chronic mid lumbar spine pain. She hurts on hyperextension and has some relief on flexion. The specific diagnosis is? Figure 1.    Diagnosis:  Unilateral Spondylolysis (pars defect) with contralateral sclerotic hypertrophy of the opposite pedicle. Unilateral Spondylolysis  Spondylolysis may involve only one pars interarticularis of a single vertebra and...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
pending-spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-whats-it-all-meanCase History This 18-year-old female gymnast is complaining of unilateral left-sided lumbar spine pain at the L5 level.  Standard plain film radiographs show no evidence of pathology, pars defects or spondylolisthesis.  Because this patient’s pain did not respond to conservative treatment, an MRI scan was performed for further evaluation.   Imaging Findings of this Patient Observe the area of bright (white) signal intensity seen...
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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.
lumbar-spine-compression-fracturesThe radiographic signs of vertebral compression fracture are often subtle.  Radiographs of optimal quality are necessary in order to adequately demonstrate these fractures.  Lateral radiographs best demonstrate the fracture features.  Radiographic signs of vertebral compression fracture include a step defect, wedge deformity, a linear zone of condensation, displaced endplate, paraspinal edema and abdominal ileus.  Step Defect—Note, in the presented image, a...
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Rehabilition
Kirk Lee, D.C.
get-those-patients-walkingNow that we are in the middle of summer, many of our patients ask us about outdoor activities and what they should do and not do. We usually instruct our patients to warm up a little with some walking and some simple range of motion stretches involving the major muscle groups before starting their outdoor projects. For our more sedimentary...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
preventing-injury-during-summer-activitiesWith the approach of summer, more of our patients are turning their attention to getting outdoors and exercising. Activities can range from walking to the mailbox to running local 5K races. Regardless of our patients’ activity levels, an important factor in keeping them out of pain is addressing the shoes they are wearing. Different Activities, Different Needs Commonly, someone who begins...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
healthy-sleep-for-rehab-patientsPatients receiving rehab care for various chronic or acute neck problems often come across advertisements promoting special “neck support” pillows.  Cervical support pillows are recommended by many chiropractors, physiotherapists, and even surgeons.  In a 1998 comparison study of three types of bed pillows, the authors write, “From a patient’s perspective, neck support is an important part of a comprehensive physiotherapy...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
avoiding-rehab-overload-the-variablesOne of the underlying principles in physical rehabilitation is that the body responds positively to the increased stresses placed upon it.  This is the whole reason for asking muscles to lift more weight, for asking tendons to pull more tension, and for asking joints to undergo more movement.  We have a mechanism for developing and improving our physical capabilities when...
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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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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
children-and-rehabilitationChildren, like adults, often need to do some exercises as part of their chiropractic treatment.  But, how safe is exercise for children, especially exercise with resistance?  How much weight is appropriate for a growing body?  And which exercises are most effective?  Because of these and similar questions, doctors of chiropractic may hesitate to recommend exercises for their younger patients.  Let’s...
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Techniques
Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
thoracic-kyphosis-part-iIn my experience, there is a general lack of appreciation of both the need for radiographic views of the thoracic spine and the influence of the thoracic spine on whole body alignment and health potential. It is for these reasons that I offer this particular series of articles introducing my thoughts on the thoracic kyphosis to readership of the The...
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Allan Oolo Austin, DC, DO, NMD, CCRD, CCSP, DAc, FIAMA, CFIS, PhD (Hon)
how-to-prevent-sports-injuries-using-qfunctional-muscle-neurologyqrWithout question the main cause of elite athletes not attaining their goals is injuries.  Debilitating injury to muscles or tendons being the culprit. Much has been discovered in recent years relating to the imbalance mechanisms of aberrant and imbalanced pull pattern muscule function. (Janda, Lewit, Leibenson, et al, etc.) Creating an afferent barrage for a neurosummation effect using the Trigenics...
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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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James W. Gudgel, D.C. PT and Christopher J. Colloca, D.C.
neuromechanical-considerations-of-the-sacroiliac-jointControversial as a pain generator and lacking the mobility of the adjacent spinal joints, the sacroiliac (SI) joint is an often overlooked target in the management of low back disorders. Because of the SI joints’ integral relationship with the hip joints, their assessments are also included to determine the hip’s relationship to any SI joint...
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Burl R. Pettibon, DC, FABCS,FRCCM, PhD (Hon) and Sharon Freese-Pettibon, B.A., C.T.
prehabilitation-the-gift-that-keeps-on-givingIt would appear that D.D. Palmer was correct when he said that nerves are involved in all diseases; he just didn’t have the research in his age to prove it. As time goes on and research continues, the information coming out clearly substantiates his hypothesis.   The brain’s ability to change its neural network connections and behavior in response to new information,...
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TAC Staff
yes-there-really-are-10-more-great-techniques-4th-annual-editionTAC:  How do chiropractors generally pick the techniques that they perform? Roth:  Chiropractors and other health professionals are drawn to techniques and theories that will help them move to the next level.  As each practitioner evolves in skill and understanding, they naturally reach for higher ground.  And, as it has been said, “When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears.” ...
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