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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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dagmar
x-ray-in-motionWhere other chiropractors were eager to open up their practice, Dr. Postlethwaite had different plans...   Dr. John Postlethwaite, the big man with the big idea. Dr. John, as he’s known in the profession, graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1987. He moved to the Tampa Bay area of Florida and received his Florida License in 1989. He also...
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Roger Russo, D.C.
how-to-attract-seniors Doctors, look around your office, clear out the deadwood and do something different that will change lives and your practice. Decide what type of practice you want and what type of patients you want to serve. Find out as much as you can about that group’s wants and needs; give it to them and watch your practice grow. We...
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Christopher Kent, DC
a-man-of-many-hats Chiropractic Leadership Alliance’s versatile Co-Founder is one the most influential minds that the profession has ever known—and the perfect choice to lead the Wellness Revolution: the kind that would make him one of the most important chiropractic figures of his generation. A Man of Many Hats, Christopher Kent is a Doctor, a Lawyer, an Author, a Researcher, an...
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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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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-piezoelectric-sensor-the-heart-of-the-proadjuster-patient-care-system Technique + Business = Results. Within this simple equation is the formula to business success. If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after. In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our...
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Interviews
Jeff Spencer, D.C.
on-the-roadDr. Jeff Spencer is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and currently serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.  A 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College at Los Angeles in 1988. ...
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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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George Curry, DC
helping-people-get-their-lives-backFor Dr. George Curry, chiropractic is truly a family affair.  “I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1982, my stepfather graduated from Palmer in the 60's, my stepbrother in the 70’s and my nephew graduated in 2002.  The two oldest of my six children plan to enroll in chiropractic college in 2006 and 2008,” says Dr. Curry. This Connecticut-based...
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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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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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TAC Staff
some-perspective-on-soft-tissue-interview-with-warren-hammer-dcDr. Warren Hammer has been in practice for 50 years. He graduated from Brooklyn College (BA) in 1955, Lincoln Chiropractic (DC) in 1960; Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists in 1975; instructor in spinal biomechanics, NYCC; University of Bridgeport (Human Biology-Nutrition, MS) 1979. He is a consultant for Graston Technique©. He attended seminars at Gonstead Clinic (20 X), Cyriax, Nimmo...
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Nutrition
Barry Sears, Ph.D.
why-cholesterol-has-very-little-to-do-with-heart-attacks-and-why-silent-inflammation-does One of the best ways to live a longer and better life is to reduce your likelihood of dying from heart disease. If we could eliminate heart disease tomorrow, the average life expectancy of every American would increase by an estimated ten years. Although mortality from heart disease has decreased due to medical advances, the incidence of heart disease...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
strategic-nutritional-marketing-for-the-chiropractic-office-its-a-natural Who else but Chiropractic Physicians should be discussing nutrition with their patients? There are more people in agreement with nutrition and health than with chiropractic care. So, as chiropractors, we should link this common bridge and "span the gap" with the general public by offering nutrition in our offices. We live in a society that is literally poisoned through our food...
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Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
calcium-supplementation-without-a-proper-balance-of-magnesium-can-increase-risk-of-heart-attack-osteoporosis-and-kidney-stonesORANGE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The British Medical Journal recently published a large analysis based on the results of 5 clinical trials conducted in the U.S., Great Britain and New Zealand that involved more than 8,000 people. The analysis concluded that, "Calcium supplements ... increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction (heart attack) ... A reassessment...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
syndrome-x-and-c-reactive-proteinSyndrome X is most easily viewed as a Pre-Diabetic State,as it is characterized by hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia. Syndrome X can initially exist without symptoms and, as it progresses, symptoms such as fatigue can develop, which are considered a “normal” part of aging, rather than the outcome of a pathological state. Metabolic features of syndrome X:1   1. Increased production...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
nutritional-alternatives-for-statin-drugsA list of the commonly prescribed statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), prosuvastatin calcium (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor). One statin drug that is no longer being used is Baycol, made by the Bayer Company. A USAToday.com article, posted on June 8, 2004, stated that, “Bayer pulled Baycol after reports that 31 people taking the drug died of...
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Dr. Ron Gilbert D.C., David C. Konn
how-well-do-you-know-your-ginseng-maybe-not-so-well-heres-whyWhat is Ginseng? There is good reason why you may not know your ginseng so well.  Although ginseng is one of the most well known herbs or supplements it is also the most misunderstood.  Most people have heard of “ginseng”, for example it ranks #1 in the Ebay search word for “herbs and botanicals”.     Ginseng has a remarkable history going...
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Orthotics
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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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. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
president-obama-the-insurance-industry-a-chiropracticPresident Obama, the Insurance Industry & Chiropractic by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   On May 11, 2009, in New York Newsday, The Associated Press reported a coalition between insurance companies, drug makers, hospitals and doctors to contain and control health care costs to lower the premiums, so that the 50 million Americans who are currently uninsured...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
runner-for-the-cure-develops-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 25-year-old female presents with pain around her right ankle and heel. The pain has been present for about three weeks and gets worse upon weightbearing activity. She also relates running about six times per week for five miles a day, in preparation for her first half-marathon run in support of breast cancer...
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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. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
how-to-get-paid-with-insurance You treat Mrs. Jones today, complete your fee slip, and your insurance staff has every document necessary to bill the claim. They have the application for benefits and/or proper claim forms from the patient, along with the correct policy numbers. The staff also has all of the completed notes/letters of necessity/results required ready as attachments to send with the claims,...
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Practice Management
Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C.
dont-confuse-motion-with-progress Over the years, we’ve listened to the stories of hundreds of chiropractors who have asked us to help them make a living doing what they love to do, which is change lives through the healing art of chiropractic. These doctors come to us with a myriad of situations. Some of them seek us out because they are opening their doors...
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Laurent Goldstein
5-ways-to-facilitate-a-successful-practiceOne of my favorite movies of all times is Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. At the end of the movie, Woody’s character tells the story of a guy visiting a psychiatrist. “Doc, my brother is crazy; he thinks he is a chicken!” the guy says. “Why don’t you bring him in?” says the psychiatrist. “I would! But we need the...
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tomowen
how-to-develop-an-entrepreneurial-mindsetWhen you first envisioned yourself as a chiropractor, you were probably focused on the opportunity to help people who were suffering from pain. However, most chiropractors realize quickly that the lessons they learned in school aren't enough to gain success in the real world. Chiropractors also need business knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit if they hope to run their own practices.   Of...
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Craig Hennequant, DC
update-on-workers-compensationA graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in 1996, Dr. Craig Hennequant has been spending much of the past four years working with chiropractors nationwide to help them become more evidence-based and improve their documentation and care management. In his interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Hennequant describes his findings and the future of chiropractic. TAC:  Tell us something about yourself. Hennequant:  Well,...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
unintended-marketingIt is said that albert einstein had a sign hanging in his office at Princeton University that read, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." The point that I want to take from that quote is that there are some not-so-pretty byproducts from marketing a chiropractic clinic that certainly count, but are...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
qi-dont-have-enough-timeqThe battle cry of so many chiropractors today seems to be, “I don’t have enough time!”  The funny thing about this statement is that everyone has exactly the same amount of time–24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Why is it that some people seem to accomplish so much, and others can barely boast about completing a few small...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
os-odontoideumCASE HISTORY This young adult patient presents with neck pain following an MVA.  You note an abnormality in the upper cervical spine at C1 & C2.  Is this a fracture?   DISCUSSION Anomalies of the odontoid process are considered uncommon (1) and are usually discovered by the principle “traumatic determinism.”  This means that the underlying condition predated the injury and is not caused by...
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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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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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Peter Fernandez, DC
what-practice-structure-suits-you-best-starting-a-new-practice-v Solo Practitioner (No Incorporation) This type of practice structure is when a doctor is not incorporated.  In this case, the doctor does not have the personal asset protection advantage that a corporate shield has to offer.  Being non-incorporated, if someone files a malpractice suit against the doctor, they will not only be after all his business assets (equipment, accounts...
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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
sacral-fracturesCase History:  This male patient was working on the roof of his garage when he slipped and fell 12 feet to the concrete pavement of his driveway.  He has sharp pain over his proximal sacrum. Does he have a fracture? Diagnosis:  Note the fracture through the anterior surface of the second sacral segment creating an acute offset of its anterior cortical...
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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.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
reverse-postureqUsed to spend a lot of time and effort on postural adjusting. These days...not so much! It's not by chance that my columns are always centered around postural rehab with rarely a word about postural adjusting methods. That's because I find rehab methods to be much more effective at actually producing spinal corrections than any...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
the-functional-approach-to-rehab-exerciseSelecting the ideal exercises for patients with back conditions requires judgment based on clinical experience and scientific evidence.  There are several approaches to rehabilitation, and many different types of exercises are available; however, patients have a limited amount of time, willingness, and enthusiasm to exercise.  Therefore, we must always try to give our patients the most effective exercises for their...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
high-school-athletes-and-structural-managementrDid you know...?  • All high school athletes in this country must undergo a physical exam prior to participating in their sport. That exam, however, is a medical exam (eyes, ears, nose and throat). (See Fig. 1)   Eyes______________________________ Skin (Non- communicable)_________________  Ears (Otoscope) ___________________ Epilepsy __________________________________ Lymph Nodes _____________________ Nervous System ___________________________  Thyroid __________________________ Speech ___________________________________ Nose _____________________________  Nutrition __________________________________  Tonsils ___________________________  Height ______________ Weight ______________  Teeth ____________________________  Vision ____________________________________  Heart _____________________________  Hearing __________________________________  Blood Pressure ____________________  Orthopedic _______________________________  Lungs ____________________________                  Feet...
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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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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
lack-of-spinal-movementFor every doctor of chiropractic, a factor for consideration in patient care is spinal motion.  Abnormal movement is one of the most frequent findings, whether in the form of, “Doc, I just can’t bend,” or  “There is a lack of normal motion on examination.” Or perhaps, “There is a fixation of C4.”  But, in whatever form it occurs, abnormal motion...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
spinal-exercises-in-rehabSpinal exercise is an important part of any spinal rehabilitation program. The timing of the prescription of spinal exercises is very important, so as not to cause more trouble for the injured patient. Recommendations on Exercise The use of active methods of care, such as exercise, have been discussed in some detail in published articles and books on the subject.1,2,3 Guidelines have been...
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Techniques
Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
scoliosis-correction-clear-solutionsScoliosis is a dis-ease of the neuro-muscular skeletal system. The medical “Gold Standard” of treatment, which is bracing and surgery, has few positive results.  As spinal experts, the chiropractic profession should take the lead in the correction and stabilization of the scoliotic patient. 90% of the time the scoliosis patient presents with a standard posture; forward head posture, right head tilt,...
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R.B. Mawhiney, DC
preventing-sids-sudden-infant-death-syndromeOH, NO!!! PLEASE, LORD, NO!!! She has stopped breathing! CALL 911!! HURRY!!! This happens up to five thousand (reported) times a year in the United States. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has become a scourge to young and old parents, alike. I have raised three children and have suffered through many nights wondering if I should shake my child to see if it’s...
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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
is-conservative-care-right-for-your-cts-patientsPublished research shows treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are mixed and often conflicting. In general, there are a number of accepted treatments for CTS that range from invasive (surgical and steroid injections) to non-invasive (manipulation, splints, topical patches, laser light) or combinations of all of the above. The American College of Rheumatology states, “Despite the prevalence of CTS...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-three-locating-and-correcting-emotional-subluxationsIf 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 some...
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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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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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