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Dr. David Bass, DC:, D.A.A.M.L.P.
spinal-decompression-and-traction-what-is-the-difference In the 20th century, the electric motor became part of our culture. The creation of intermittent power traction became a reality. This remained unchanged until Dr. Allen Dyer introduced decompression therapy in 1991.1 Dr. Dyer felt that, to reach the inner disc core, traditional traction needed modification. Although intermittent traction is an effective therapy for elasticity, circulation, inflammation and facet...
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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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TAC Staff
by-chiropractors-for-chiropractors-since-1979Three Cheers for The American Chiropractor magazine!  Hip, Hip, Hooray!  This marks the 30th anniversary for The American Chiropractor in publication, and things have never been more exciting!     Our Mission Evolving over the years from its beginning as a high energy upstart, for the "Education and Entertainment of The American Chiropractor," today The American Chiropractor (TAC) is "Dedicated to the...
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Palmer Chiropractic College (PCC)
the-palmer-academic-health-center The new, three-story building taking shape on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is impressive from the outside, but it’s what will happen on the inside that has administrators, faculty and students buzzing on Palmer’s main campus, The Fountainhead of the chiropractic profession. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Academic Health Center will be a unique feature...
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TAC Staff
the-future-is-here-chiropractic-collegesWhile there might be debate about where the future of chiropractic is headed, it’s certain that the colleges have a large influence.  That’s why TAC has compiled a comprehensive list of chiropractic colleges, to help illustrate the direction of the education of future chiropractors and of chiropractic as a whole. Each college has provided their primary and elective techniques, and...
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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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Interviews
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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amazing-chiropractor-interview-with-dr-steven-m-horwitz-dc-ccsp-cscs-cktp-sports-injury-practice-with-a-focus-on-injury-preventionDr. Steven Horwitz is a graduate of Cornell University and the National College of Chiropractic. He is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, Kettlebell Instructor, USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach, and Sports Nutritionist. In 2010, Dr. Horwitz was named to Washingtonian’s list of top experts in sports medicine. In 2006, he...
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the-scoop-on-postural-adjusting-interview-with-burl-r-pettibon-dc-fabcs-frccm-phd-honAfter receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force Burl Pettibon attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated in 1956 and practiced in Tacoma Washington while developing clinics in other locations.  Dr. Pettibon was a department head for two years in the college that is now Palmer West.  He has guided The Pettibon Institute’s direction, continuing...
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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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William Koch, D.C.
restoring-energy-balances-in-the-body-a-straight-chiropractor-re-thinks-acupunctureInterview with Dr. John Amaro   John A. Amaro DC, L.Ac., FIAMA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl.Med.Ac., is an internationally known author, lecturer and practitioner. He began his practice of Acupuncture and Chiropractic in 1971. He has led 13 diplomatic Acupuncture study tours of The People's Republic of China escorting more than 500 doctors and practitioners. He has personally studied acupuncture in nine separate...
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Thomas G. E. DePuydt, M.D.
finding-common-grounds-and-goalsThomas DePuydt is an M.D. who specializes in Sports Medicine, and recognizes the importance of taking an integrated approach to treating musculoskeletal injuries. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. DePuydt discusses the “paradigm change” which he sees taking place in modern day medicine. TAC: Give our readers some background information about yourself. DePuydt: I grew up in Northern Michigan wanting to...
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Nutrition
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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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
micro-miracles-discover-the-healing-power-of-enzymes Enzymes are the essential building blocks of life, the natural chemical catalysts that regulate all of the metabolic processes in your body—from digestion to immune function to tissue repair to hormonal balance to the rate at which you age. The 3,000 enzymes in the body regulate the thousands of daily biological tasks that keep the human organism healthy and...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
alternatives-to-nsaids-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-painThe treatment of pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) is big business in America, which leads to a substantial number of deaths and extraordinary costs to treat NSAID-complications. Consider the following facts about NSAID use: • More than 70 million NSAID prescriptions each year in US • More than 30 billion OTC NSAID’s sold each year in US • 5-10% of US adult population...
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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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Mark Percival, D.C., N.D.
coral-calciumdebunking-the-debunkingWith the FTC filing law suit against Bob Barefoot for false and misleading advertising, and the discovery of lead in one coral calcium brand both happening in June, coral calcium has been severely wounded.  Others jumped on the anti-coral bandwagon and suggested coral was no different from cheap calcium carbonate or limestone–that it was just an overpriced calcium supplement.  ...
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Robert G. Silverman DC, DACBN, MS, CNS, CCN, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, DCBCN, HKC
the-natural-approach-to-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-profilesIt is in the news on a near-daily basis. Research studies address various aspects of it. Many people ask what their doctor can do about it.“It” is cholesterol.The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that elevated cholesterol levels greatly increase the risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as heart attack and stroke. These diseases claimed 927,448 lives in the U.S....
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Orthotics
Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
small-businesses-keeping-up-with-online-presence The world of marketing is changing. It is not the same as five years ago, ten years ago, or even one year ago. Because of this, it is imperative for us to begin to look at all of our marketing efforts and avenues, and make changes accordingly. Change should be made not only in the way we target...
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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.
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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-ankle-pain-in-a-young-athleteHistory and presenting symptoms: The patient is a 16-year-old athlete who plays football and baseball.  He reports recurrent pain in his left ankle over the past year, especially after lengthy running practices.  Occasionally, the ankle will swell, which he treats with an ice pack and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.  He recalls no specific injury and has no significant disability, but is concerned...
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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. 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
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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David Singer, D.C.
new-patientsTo manage, per Webster’s dictionary, means to control.Areas of your practice are either managed properly or improperly.  They are either in control or out of control. If you ever felt new patients were out of control, please read on and perhaps I can help you address this most vital area of practice. Without new patients, there is no practice.  With...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
become-accountableWhen you catch yourself asking bad questions, turn them around by asking questions that increase your personal accountability. Instead of asking questions like “Why don’t my children listen to me?” change the question to a more responsible one. Begin with “what” or “how” and then add an “I” to it. Ask yourself questions like “What can I do to be...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-power-of-visualizationIf you envision money falling from the sky, would it? Probably not; although, it’s a nice mental image, isn’t it? Seeing is only the first step. The next step is to take aggressive action toward achieving your goal. I associate the concept of seeing with the word visualization. Suppose that you earn $2,000 per month and you want to...
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tomowen
five-ways-to-manage-clinics-that-have-several-employeesIt is important to be proactive rather than reactive when addressing potential problems within your practice that occur when more than two or three people work in your clinic.   The greatest asset in a chiropractic practice is the staff. Unlike other assets, staffing is a dynamic resource in terms of productivity. The need to create the right operating environment for high...
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Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.
history-and-research-of-the-national-upper-cervical-chiropractic-associationPractically all authorities agree that a subluxated vertebra, by definition, includes movement of the vertebra from its proper position in several planes and directions. The reduction of the subluxation, the adjustment, must be a predetermined and pre-directed process of correction. Direction is a measurable factor in a subluxation; force is an inherent element of the adjustment....
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Radiology
Mark Sanna, D.C.
a-new-look-at-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosisA New Look at Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis by Mark Sanna, D.C.   Scoliosis comes from the Greek word skoliosis which means crookedness. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a deformity of the spinal column with an onset between the ages of ten and eighteen. Most types of scoliosis are classified as idiopathic, meaning that the reasons for this type of...
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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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Jean Pierre Gibeault, P: eng.
rasterstereography-radiation-free-technology-for-the-analysis-of-the-spine-and-pelvisRasterstereography: Radiation - Free Technology for the Analysis of the Spine and Pelvis by Jean Pierre Gibeault, P: eng.   RECENTLY IN THE LITERATURE: In a recent study, researchers demonstrated an excellent correlation between X-ray measurements and measurements made with rasterstereography (Schulte 2008). Schulte, et al., produced rasterstereographs and compared them to digitized A-P radiographs of the same 16...
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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.
lumbar-spine-traumaCompression fractures are the most common fractures of the lumbar spine.  They result from combined flexion and axial compression.1,2  The most common segmental levels to develop compression fractures are T12-L1.3  The extent of the vertebral compression and degree of comminution are dependent upon the severity of the force applied and the relative strength of the vertebra.4  In children, they are...
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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.
osteoarthritis-of-the-handDegenerative Joint Disease (DJD) General considerations: • Non-inflammatory degeneration of joint cartilage with secondary effects on adjacent bone. • The most common form of arthritis. • Synonyms include osteoarthritis. Clinical Features: • Pain, stiffness, crepitus, deformity and swelling, with normal laboratory studies. • Three types identified:  Primary, secondary and erosive. Primary: Unknown cause, 5th-6th decade, females 10-1, weight-bearing joints. Secondary: Known cause, 2nd-6th decade, equal sex distribution, any joint. Erosive osteoarthritis (EOA):...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
can-children-benefit-from-rehabilitation A common question I get in the office, as well as when I am lecturing, is what’s the earliest age you can start rehabilitation procedures for children? Unfortunately, for many of us, we forget that we are dealing with children and not just small adults. It is important to note that protocols or principles of rehabilitation are the same...
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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. 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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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
a-runner-with-the-wrong-orthoticsA Runner with the Wrong Orthotics by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Today the doctor of chiropractic has many choices when choosing the type of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers, or custom-made orthotics, to use in his office. We must first and foremost use orthotics from a company that also supports our profession. Secondly, these orthotics must be custom made,...
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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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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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Techniques
Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-structural-management-programDr. Tim Maggs has been in practice for 27 years, and travels the country speaking on his Structural Management™ Program.  He worked 4 years with the New York Giants, writes a sports medicine column for many running/triathlete magazines around the country, and also writes for many chiropractic magazines. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Maggs discusses The Structural...
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Robert C. Gordon, D.C.
clinically-justifying-mua-in-the-field-of-pain-managementFrom a clinical standpoint, MUA has never been questioned as an alternative to correcting fixated articulation, and shortened muscles. But, as a procedure performed by the chiropractic profession, it is questioned constantly. Manipulation Under Anesthesia or medication-assisted manipulation has long been used by the orthopedic, and osteopathic professions to correct joint fixation. Chiropractic physicians started using this technique in the late 80’s as...
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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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
medical-manipulation-or-chiropractic-adjustingChiropractic can be practiced either empirically or mechanistically. How could that be? Why is it important? Chiropractic’s approach to healthcare is similar to the empirical approach of classical homeopathy, classical osteopathy and other “holistic” healthcare systems. That approach, to balance or harmonize the individual within him/herself and to balance or harmonize the individual to his/her Source (soul, spirit, Tao, God), is...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
protective-postures-part-2- Last month we discussed the problems associated with hypolordotic lumbar postures as well as the protective effects of a healthy lumbar lordosis. I want to use this month's column to cover the same ground as it pertains to the cervical spine. Patients walk into your office every day with complaints related to the cervical spine. Of the many symptomatic presentations...
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Robert "Rick" Wiegand, DC
get-primalDr. Robert “Rick” Wiegand graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980 and entered into private practice. Early on in practice, he became intrigued with the question of how the human neural system processes very subtle types of stimuli. In 1982, Dr. Wiegand and a colleague, Dr. Ed Blumenthal, began investigating methods to help heighten awareness of subtle responses that...
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