The American Chiropractor’s “News Flashes”


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TAC Staff
chiropractic-06Doctor, for the first time ever!  A seminar just for YOU on Technique, Healing, & the Technologies that help validate them all! Now in one place, techniques and healing methods of all philosophies presented together! Finally! You decide for yourself which techniques truly are the best for you and your patients! There are over one hundred chiropractic techniques, not to mention all of...
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Allan Dyer, B.S., M.D., Ph. D.
decompression-where-it-all-beganDr. Allan Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and is a doctor of Internal Medicine. He was also awarded a Ph.D. for his graduate studies and pioneer work in Transthoracic Cardiac Defibrillation. During his career as a senior administrator and Deputy Minister of Health, he instituted the hospital services quality assessment, generic drug...
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TAC Staff
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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Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC)
cleveland-chiropractic-collegeEnsuring the success of students and making a lasting impact on the future of chiropractic are the driving forces behind several positive developments being carried out at both the Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses of Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC). Highlighting these developments are the relocation of the Kansas City campus, facilities improvements in Los...
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David Chapman-Smith
the-international-growth-of-chiropracticWhat’s ahead for chiropractic? In the following interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), David Chapman-Smith and Sira Borges, D.C., discuss the rapid growth of chiropractic in Latin America and worldwide. TAC: What are the roles of the WFC and FLAQ?Chapman-Smith:  Details of the WFC, whose voting members are national associations of chiropractors in eighty-six countries, including both the American...
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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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Interviews
Ken Murkowski, DC
dr-dick-versendaal-a-pioneer-of-modern-chiropractic-wellnessDr. Dick Versendaal is one of the last living doctors of chiropractic who studied under Dr. B.J. Palmer. Today, he still practices with the “big idea” in mind.    In a Q & A session with Dr. Ken Murkowski, Dr. Versendaal talks about his past and present.  Also revealed are some of the interesting beginnings of Contact Reflex Analysis® (CRA), as well...
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Dr. Rand Swenson, MD, DC
expanding-the-horizon-of-diagnosticsDr. Rand Swenson, a second-generation chiropractor, received his chiropractic degree summa cum laude in 1976, from the National College of Chiropractic. He subsequently entered the graduate program in the Department of Anatomy at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. His graduate research was in the field of neuronal plasticity and he received his PhD in 1981. After a two-year post-doctoral...
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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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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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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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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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Nutrition
John H. Maher, D.C.
baby-boomers-nutrition-a-superfood-solutionMost all of us who are baby boomers know of Jack LaLanne. Some of you who, like me, started paying attention to nutrition back in the 1960’s, probably know of other long lived icons of the mid twentieth century natural food movement, such as Paul Bragg, Bob Delmontique and even Dr. N. W. Walker of juicing fame. All have preached...
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Ronald J. Grisanti, D.C.
how-to-treat-and-prevent-asthma-attacks-with-nutritional-medicineAsthma is a disease that affects a person’s essential ability to breathe and is one of the most demanding pathologies on the human being, both physically and mentally. Asthma Facts • 20.3 million Americans report having asthma. • More than 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies. • The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994. From 1982-1996, the prevalence...
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howardloomisjr
internal-health-a-chiropractic-specialty-parasympathetic-dominance-sympathetic-weaknessThis is my third article in a series designed to highlight visceral dysfunctions that are perpetuating muscle contractions, loss of joint range of motion, and reoccurring structural misalignments that have become chronic and defy permanent correction. It is exactly these problems that cause patients to seek alternatives to continuing chiropractic care. I believe our profession must, in addition to specializing...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
brain-drain-due-to-silent-inflammationThe mind is the last frontier of medical science. Your brain contains thousands of unexplained mysteries. Researchers remain humbled by its complexities as they try to pinpoint the exact areas of the brain responsible for how you speak, experience love, learn to hate, and express creativity. Because of the complexity of neurological function, your brain is very sensitive to silent inflammation....
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John H. Maher, D.C.
the-whey-to-enhancing-glutathione GLUTATHIONE is widely found in all forms of life nad plays an essential role in the health of organisms, particularly aerobic ones. In humans, animals, and plants, glutathione is the predominant non-protein sulfhydryl group and functions most especially as an antioxidant, keeping its own sulfhydryl (-SH) groups and related proteins in a reduced (non-oxidized) condition.1, 2 Though there are undoubtedly...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
flaxseed-for-heart-healthy-nutrition The use of flaxseed in food and beverages, functional foods and dietary supplements has risen dramatically. Such increased popularity is related to the increasingly recognized benefits of flax’s rich omega-3 fatty acid, lignans (powerful phytonutrient phytoestrogens/antioxidants) and fiber content. A typical flax profile is approximately 40 percent fat, being mostly omega-3 as alpha linolenic acid (ALA); 28 percent dietary...
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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.
recurring-calf-strains History and Presenting Symptoms   The patient is a 32-year-old mom, who also works part-time at the local middle school, where she is the school nurse. She reports numerous episodes of aching and tightness in her right calf over the past three years. She denies any recollection of injury or overuse activities. She has no significant disability, as she is...
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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. 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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
callus-formation-in-a-corporate-executiveHistory and Presenting Symptoms   The patient is a 52-year-old male, who was previously treated successfully for a lumbar disc problem, and who now returns to this clinic reporting pain and skin thickening (callus formation) on the bottoms of both feet. He has tried several remedies, but his calluses always return. Exam Findings Vitals. This middle-aged, physically...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
arch-collapse-in-an-active-womanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 62-year-old female presents with a recent history of moderate pain in her lower back.  Her back pain responds well to chiropractic adjustments, but recurs within a couple of days.  There are no specific triggering activities, although being up and active seems to bring on the pain more rapidly.  She describes her current level of low back...
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Practice Management
Daniel Dahan, D.C.
maximize-your-practices-potential-marketing-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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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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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
desire-and-direction Who doesn’t want to do better? regardless of whom you talk to, most people want to be in a better place than they are today. As you may have guessed, for many folks, enhancing their financial status is their number one concern. But, for other people, improving their health and improving their relationship with their spouse/family is what’s most...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
focus When doctors help high numbers of patients consistently for years with excellent results, other doctors want to know their secret. What is the one factor high-achieving doctors have in common? After three decades of interviewing the best, the one commonality I found in this group of ultra-high achievers is focus. I grilled a doctor about his huge...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
how-to-systematize-your-staff Whether you are a seasoned veteran doctor or just setting up shop, one thing is certain: you didn’t spend all those years in school to do administrative and office work. That is why you have a support team. You should be the doctor—free to practice and not tied up in the details. Where do you start, what do you...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
8-ways-to-avoid-malpractice-suitsIt’s 3 A.M., and you’re wide-awake, awash in a cold sweat after another dream that you’re on the witness stand being cross-examined for medical malpractice. You lie there, knowing that you’ve got to do something about these recurring nightmares, but aren’t sure how to proceed. Begin by taking a hard look at how you collect information about your patients and how...
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Radiology
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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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., 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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
transverse-process-fracturesDiscussion Transverse Process Fractures Transverse process fractures are the second most common fractures of the lumbar spine, with compression fractures being the most common. They occur usually secondary to a severe hyperextension and lateral flexion blow to the lumbar spine from avulsion of the paraspinal muscles. The most common segments to suffer transverse process fractures are L2 and L3. Radiographically, the fracture line appears...
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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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
multiple-myeloma HISTORY   This 60-year-old male patient presents with head and spinal pain. DIAGNOSIS   Note the diffuse osteolytic "punched-out" lesions affecting the bony calvarium which has been called the "raindrop skull" of multiple myeloma.   DISCUSSION Osteolytic Defects. The radiologic hallmark of multiple myeloma is the sharply circumscribed osteolytic defect. These radiolucent lesions have been historically...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
shin-splints-and-rehab-careShin splints is one of the more common problems that can occur in active patients, especially during the spring and summer months. It is important to maintain an awareness of this frequent complaint and know the signs to look for during diagnosis. Help keep your active patients in step with their lifestyles!   Symptoms   The pain associated with shin splints...
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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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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
how-to-measure-successful-curve-restorationOne of the things that we have been discussing in past issues is the cervical lordosis.  There are probably few clinicians who have not drawn an association between the loss of cervical lordosis and headache.  This clinical observation is also supported in the scientific literature.1,2  But, of course, we’d like a quick, easy, accurate and inexpensive method to measure the...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
step-by-step-rehab-centerAbout 83 million people in the U.S. (42% of the adult population) used at least one alternative therapy in 1997.  Usage among those 35-40-years-old is even higher, at 50%. The estimated number of visits in 1997 to providers of “unconventional therapy”  (629 million) was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical doctors nationwide (386 million)....
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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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John K. Hyland, D.C.
sport-specific-rehabThe rehabilitation process for injured athletes is often divided into three distinct phases: acute, recovery and functional.1 A comprehensive rehabilitation plan will include different types of exercises tailored for each of the three healing phases. Each phase is important for a successful return to sports activity, but the last one may be the most critical, and is the one that...
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Techniques
Peter M. Ferraro, DC
manipulation-under-anesthesia-or-joint-anesthesiaManipulation under Anesthesia (MUA) has been shown to be a viable approach in the treatment of chronic recalcitrant spinal pain.  The results have been remarkable in many patients who have exhausted efforts using conventional models of conservative management. “Because of the advancement of new medications and the use of conscious sedation, the anesthesia element of the MUA makes the procedure one...
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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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Donald Epstein, DC
somato-respiratory-integration-exercises-to-relieve-stressA patient calls in the middle of your weekend feeling great distress about their experience under your care; what do you tell them?  You have a patient who seems to be so unresponsive to care, you feel lost.  You are looking for your practice members to take more responsibility for their health, wellness and healing processes.  If you have ever...
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Arlan Fuhr, DC
piriformis-syndrome-assessment-a-correction-of-affected-structuresIs sciatica a frequent complaint in your practice? Did you know that the piriformis muscle, when inflamed, releases a biochemical agent that irritates the sciatic nerve? Find out how the Activator Adjusting Technique can help you bring relief to these patients. One of the more common complaints in any chiropractic office is that of buttock and/or posterior thigh pain, generally referred...
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Peter J. Levy, D.C.
go-to-the-source-of-subluxation-with-neuromuscular-reeducationAre you looking for a way to improve your skills?  Get patients better faster? Build a large referral base? Have a cash practice? Charge what you’re worth? Read on!!! What is the answer to the ongoing problems with insurance companies, work comp, personal injury and the volumes of paperwork and billing required?  How do you, the practitioner, actually get someone better quickly...
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Warren Hammer, D.C.
the-benefits-of-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-mobilizationExperts agree that a crucial component of healing is soft-tissue treatment. Indeed, since the works of British orthopedist James Cyriax, clinicians have routinely employed cross-friction massage as a means of breaking up the web of adhesions and restrictions that normally form after injury. However, it is my contention that our profession is insufficiently informed about the advantages of soft-tissue methods...
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