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Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.
interview-with-fabrizio-mancini-dcFabrizio Mancini came to the United States in 1978 from Colombia, South America.  His dream was to become a doctor to help alleviate the suffering of others.  His journey began in Dallas as he studied pre-medicine at the prestigious University of Dallas where he was preparing to be a neurosurgeon.  He later discovered the chiropractic profession and enrolled at Parker...
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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
achieving-longevity-through-a-healthy-and-drugless-lifestyle    Through the family practice, dr. Eric plasker helps chiropractors grow their practice and become life-style leaders in their community Dr. Eric Plasker is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College and former owner of two highly successful family practices, where he practiced for 16 years. In 2000, he founded The Family Practice, a personal coaching company that offers marketing and patient...
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TAC Staff
crash-course-on-personal-injury-practice-successCrash Course on Personal Injury Practice Success Interview with Personal Injury Practitioner Dr. Tom Arnold     Dr. Tom Arnold is a december 1989 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began practicing in early 1990. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Arnold explains what it is like to be a doctor with approximately 95...
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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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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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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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Interviews
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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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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William H. Koch, DC interviews
interview-with-jeff-rockwell-dc-of-manual-neuroscience-methodsr-Dr. Jeff Rockwell, DC is a chiropractor, bodyworker and somatic educator, with a passionate interest in the neuroscience of manual therapy.  A pioneer in the use of instrumentation in neuromuscular therapy, Rockwell has been a popular teacher on the seminar circuit for the past twenty years. Professor of Clinical Sciences at Parker University for many years, he is the author...
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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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Dr. Mitch Mally
million-dollar-chiropractic-featuring-dr-mitch-mallyEach 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. Mitch Mally, a 1981 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic who...
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Jeff Hockings, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv--infomercials-made-easyThe 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 promote...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
un-complicating-nutrition-part-2Part 1 of this article series (Volume 28, Issue 2) discussed how to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Specific diseases and diets for specific diseases were not discussed. The goal with the anti-inflammatory diet is straightforward…the goal is to create an anti-inflammatory state, that is, to reduce the inflammatory potential of our tissues. This is a very important dietary goal, as...
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David R. Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., D.A.C.B.N.
sports-nutrition-a-perspective-on-prevention-Mental state or supplements for an improved performance? There is little evidence to support the notion that we can take nutritional supplements and improve performance or increase strength in a significant fashion. In all likelihood, the mental state of the athlete is the deciding factor. An example of this was a placebo study that involved the perceived use of anabolic steroids....
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-new-lifestyle-chiropractic-exercise-nutrition-a-wellnessPhysical Activity and Good Nutrition It’s a sad fact that chronic disease accounts for seven of every ten U.S.  deaths, and for more than 60% of medical care expenditures.  The prolonged illness and disability associated with many chronic diseases decrease quality of life for millions of Americans.  The chiropractic profession long has taken the stance that, with proper intervention and education,...
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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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John H. Maher, D.C.
baby-qma-maq-and-qdha-dhaq Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is an important structural element of the central nervous system and retina. The need for DHA may be most critical for brain and eye development from conception through the second year of life. Significant brain growth occurs during the third trimester of pregnancy and through the first two years of life....
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
what-about-the-recent-glucosamine-studyThe February 23rd, 2006, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate. Some of the news reports suggested this study demonstrated that glucosamine was ineffective in the treatment of arthritis. A closer look at the article suggests the opposite conclusion may be...
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Orthotics
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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
metatarsal-stress-fractureHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 32 year-old personnel manager who has taken up running for stress reduction and weight control. She has been running for six months, and has been progressively increasing her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her right foot, also increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot or...
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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. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
chiropractic-a-profession-in-dire-need-of-unification In 1989, as an 8 year practitioner, I was angry at the state of politics in New York. Not being one to be idle, I was determined to right the ship, so a group of five professionals got together and had a decision to make. Should we infiltrate the current state organization and "right the ship," or should we create...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tight-band-sidelines-fitness-walkerTight Band Sidelines Fitness Walker by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting Symptoms A 34-year-old female reports persistent pain at her right knee with walking. She localizes this pain to the lateral aspect, and says that it becomes worse as she continues her regular fitness walking program. She has been trying to walk three miles daily...
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John J. Danchik, D.C.
lower-extremity-conditions-and-postural-supportHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 37 year-old male presents with a report of pain in his lower back and right hip. Further discussion elicits a history of previous right hamstring strain during high school soccer, along with several episodes of ankle sprains. He has had arthroscopic surgery to evaluate recurrent left knee pain and stiffness, which found no specific...
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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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Patrick Gentempo, Jr., D.C.
making-purpose-profitable7 Secrets on How to Stay Purpose-driven & Profitable in Any Market   In my 25 years as a chiropractor, business consultant to chiropractors, and CEO of Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), I have seen many challenges dealt to the field of chiropractic. Through it all, my job has been to help DCs face these challenges and thrive. In this article, I’m going...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
your-credibility-under-constructionHow important a role does credibility play in the marketing of your chiropractic clinic? Surprisingly, answers will vary depending on whom you talk to in our profession. A doctor who uses gimmicks, freebies, and deeply discounted fees to lure patients to his or her practice may have one perspective, while another doctor who utilizes a marketing...
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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-keys-a-principles-for-successThe Keys & Principles for Success by Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C.   Make Clear Cut Goals "If you don’t know where you are going, how do you know how to get there?" Goals are like maps, they help us set direction in our personal as well as our business lives. There are many similarities between business and war. In both cases,...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
get-unlimited-referrals-from-lawyersGet Unlimited Referrals from Lawyers by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   An orthopedic surgeon in a suburb of New York City gets 50+ referrals from lawyers a month. A neurosurgeon in southern Florida gets 40+ referrals from lawyers every month. A physical medicine specialist in Kentucky gets 50+ referrals from lawyers every month. Why can’t you? You can....
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Radiology
andrewcheeseman
digital-x-rayThe technology used in conventional X-ray film is 100 years old. There are not many technologies that do not evolve and improve in 100 years, and the X-ray field is no different, although many doctors have not yet made the technology jump in this area. In the last 10 years alone, we have seen the development of affordable technology in...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R. Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., B.S.N.
anomalies-of-the-c-1-posterior-arch[Case History] This young adult was in a car accident and has suboccipital pain. Do you see a fracture? Agenesis of the Atlas Posterior Arch Synonyms. Aplasia or congenital absence of the posterior arch. Description. Lack of ossification of the posterior arch of the atlas may be complete and bilateral, may be purely unilateral, or may manifest as small clefts (i.e., spina...
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drmarks380
mri-spine-protocolsYour pateint has radicular pain in the lumbosacral distribution that is status post-motor vehicle accident and you order a lumbar MRI. The report rendered by a board certified general radiologist concludes mild disc bulging at L5-S1. However, upon further review by both a neuroradiologist and yourself (once you have been certified and trained to interpret MRI), you realize the general...
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drmarks380
herniated-discs-a-advanced-imaging The patient enters your office and has significant pain radiating into an extremity. Being responsible, you adopt the policy of the insurers and treat the patient conservatively for 4-8 weeks and the pain doesn’t diminish; you then refer the patient to the imaging company for an MRI. In the report, there are minimal findings, so you continue to treat with...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
librarian-overdue-for-pelvic-pain-relief History and Presenting Symptoms A 37-year-old female describes a history of occasional pain in her lower back region, most noticeable on the left side.  She states that her low back pain “just seems to come and go,” with no obvious triggering activities.  Her pain is localized to the posterior hip region, and does not extend below the pelvis.  She is...
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Andrew Cheesman
digital-x-ray-do-i-need-one-in-my-officeSo, you are considering “transforming” your practice? Or maybe starting a brand new or satellite office? What are some of the things you should keep in mind in making decisions on just what your practice will offer? What should it look like? What kind of vibe would you like it to put out? And how does the decision of installing...
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Rehabilition
Stephen W. Boyles D.C,CKTI
chiropractic-and-elastic-therapeutic-taping-helping-a-young-athlete-finish-the-gameWe all employ a variety of techniques with our patients, and even with people we may not originally have thought of as patients. In almost 20 years as an educator and practicing DC, I have often been asked to share in unexpected areas. Kinesio Taping, or Elastic Therapeutic Taping, has been a valuable tool for me since 1999, and I...
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Dr. Mitch Mally
inflammation-management-an-updateA cascade of physiological, biomechanical and biochemical events complicate Acute and Repetitive Injuries. Musculoskeletal pain and range of motion is affected by biomechanical aberration, joint dysfunction, segmental hyper/hypo-mobility and the result of several pathways and stimuli. However, the inflammatory response may be treated anecdotally by ice, compression and elevation. Allopathic recommendations often include anti-inflammatory medication with significant side effects (consumed like...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
extension-traction-good-for-discs Chiropractors have long used spinal traction methods to relieve abnormal pressure and bulging of the IVD. The more popular methods have employed long axis traction and/or flexion distraction to relieve IVD (intervertebral disc) pressure. Consequently, many doctors are reluctant to employ extension traction methods which seem so radically different. I'm frequently asked if extension traction is good for injured...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
achilles-tendon-rehab-proceduresMost injuries of the Achilles tendon are not due to a recent acute injury; they have actually developed gradually, over a period of weeks or months.  These are “overuse” or “misuse” conditions, and are caused by excessive and/or repetitive motion, often with poor biomechanics.  The end result is a microtrauma injury—the body is unable to keep up with the repair...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-of-cad-injuryPeople who present with whiplash injuries (Cervical Acceleration-Deacceleration) often do not respond completely to care.  In fact, persisting symptoms are common in this group.1  One review found that “between 14% and 42% of patients with whiplash injuries have chronic neck pain and that approximately 10% of this group experience constant, severe pain.”2  In fact, there is over 50 years of...
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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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Techniques
Tedd Koren, D.C.
do-cranial-bones-moveWe were taught in school that the cranial bones are fused and do not move after infancy. That’s because we weren’t taught in Italian. What does language have to do with it? Read on. Cranial motion was introduced to the osteopathic profession by William G. Sutherland, DO, in the 1920’s. Sutherland was inspired by the 18th century philosopher and scientist Emmanuel...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-posture-of-subluxations-subluxations-are-state-specific Years ago, Dr. Lowell Ward of Long Beach, California, had a patient who felt fine standing, but had head, back and sciatic pain while seated. Standing X-rays showed a balanced, unsubluxated spine. He wondered, "What would I find if I X-rayed her in the seated posture?" Her seated films revealed an unbalanced, subluxated spine. No wonder she hurt when she was...
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Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
the-webster-technique-a-chiropractic-analysis-and-adjustment-for-pregnant-womenMore and more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy.  Many birth care providers are becoming aware of the efficacy of care throughout pregnancy and encouraging their patients/clients to find doctors of chiropractic who are interested in caring for pregnant women.  As with any specialty group within the population, there are specific types of spinal analysis and...
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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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-five-weight-loss-smoking-and-other-bad-habitsIf 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 The posture of subluxation (POS) is not limited to physical or...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body If 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     What happened to our connection? We are born destined to...
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