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Adjusting Table Shopping Guide
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Monday, 27 February 2006 01:18

We contacted all of the major adjusting table manufacturers in the chiropractic profession for information and prices on their best selling tables.  We ended up with over a dozen of the best tables you can get at prices that vary from the top of the line to the most cost-effective.  All of the tables and companies featured here offer a complete line of tables, so be sure too look them up on their websites or call the number listed.

Over $4,000


Dynasty Executive II, Vertilift/Hy-Lo
Price Range:  $4,295-$4,695

Techniques most often used:  Pierce-Stillwagon and Thompson Powerful hydraulic drive (tested with a 545 lb. man); mechanical dorsal & pelvic drops (optional hydraulic drops); headpiece w/forward motion drop and side posture; automatic foot piece; bi-lateral foot pedal; structural steel frame; child safety features.  Qualifies for Handicap Tax Credit. or call 1-800-849-9547.

Zenith® Thompson® Hylo Table
Prices start at $11,025

Created by J. Clay Thompson, DC, and refined by Dr. Thompson & Williams Healthcare for over 40 years the Thompson table is acclaimed to be the finest chiropractic table in the world.  B.J. Palmer used this table and remarked:  “This principle can tie chiropractic together as nothing in the equipment field has ever done”.; or call 1-847-741-3650.

Leader 900Z series
Price Range:  $5725.00 - $8350.00

As one of the first companies in the world to add motorized distraction and controlled electric flexion to chiropractic tables, Leader has backed its reputation by leading the way in providing its products to many of the leading chiropractic and biomechanical researchers in the world.; or call us at 1-800-635-8188.

Galaxy Ultimate
Price Range:  $11,000-$17,000.

Technique most often used: Flexion-Distraction, Drop-type Work (Thompson), Gonstead.  Multi-technique type table. or call 1-319-455-2110.

Zenith/Eckard Motorized Flexion Table
Prices start at $4,695

Motorized flexion/distraction and the related “Leander Technique” was invented by Dr. Leander J. Eckard.  The Zenith/Eckard motorized flexion table offers a great treatment table that can be used for a variety of techniques over the life of a practice.; or call 1-847-741-3650.

$1,900 to $4,000


ME3 Elevation Stationary
Price Range: $1,995-$3,000

Techniques most often used:  Diversified, Activator, Biocranial, Thompson, ART. or call 1-888-421-0401.

Elite Manual Flexion Table
Price Range: $3,110-$3,860

A manual flexion table that will elevate, flex, extend and laterally flex with your choice of drops. or call

Ergostyle ES 2000
Price Range: $2,995-$5,300 (Manual Drop); $3,295-$6,500 (Auto Cocking)

Techniques most often used: Diversified, Pierce, Biophysics, Thompson. or call 1-800-592-7329.

Back Specialist EAF Flexion Distraction Table
Price Range:  $2,995 and up

With many custom options available, the back specialist is a diverse adjusting instrument, accommodating a wide range of techniques. or call 1-800-641-4107.

Advocate and Advocate XL Electric Flexion Distraction Table
Price Range:  $3,800-$6,000

Automatic Electric Flexion Distraction Table–An Electric Lift can be added (elevation).Techniques most often used: Flexion, Flexion Distraction, Pelvic Drop, Cervical Drop, Thoracic Drop, Lateral Flexion, Breakaway Abdominal, Flexion Extension Headpiece, Dual Ankle Extension, Scoliosis treatment. or call 1-877-426-6111.

$750 to $1,800


The Techniques Pediatric Table
Price Range:  $788.65-$876.40

Makes adjusting easier while ensuring greater level of comfort for both doctor and young patient. Turn going to the doctor into fun for kids as they climb on the table, or participate in  a game of name the elephant. or call 1-866-618-2253.

US Table Model 5000 Elevation Table

A finely engineered, rugged and outstanding table family for the budget-conscious that demand a high quality elevation table standard with 4 drops….with prices starting at $1,795, the U.S. Tables is an outstanding value.; or call us at 847-741-3650.

Tour Portable Table
Price Range:  $950-$1,150 (With five drops)

A very versatile portable table, suitable for diversified and Thompson drop adjusting. Thuli Tables also offers a Sport portable table and multi-versatile stationary tables. or call 1-800-458-4854.

Under $500


Deluxe Tony´s Table
Price: $329

A comfortable portable table that’s strong, easy to use, affordable, and backed by a company with years of proven dependability. or call 1-800-545-9206.

AME Deluxe Bench Table
Price: $375 with FREE shipping in continental US.

Complete adjusting/treatment table with face cutout, armrests, paper holder and cutter.  Sturdy well-built durable table with wide choice of colors. or call 1-800-382-0300.

ASTRA-LITE Chiroport
Price Range: $400-$450 with FREE shipping in Continental US.

Lightweight portable that is high strength, time-tested, and sets up in seconds. Starting weight 16 lbs. Acceptable as carry on luggage., or call 1-800-368-5483 or 831-763-0397.

Adventures in Practice
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Written by William H. Koch, D.C.   
Friday, 27 January 2006 00:50

e have all grown up with the dramas of medical practice, depicted in popular TV programs.  There was Dr. Ben Casey doing brain surgery, and also the fatherly Marcus Welby, M.D., who practiced medicine in a small town, providing each patient with a level of patience, competence and benevolence that everyone would love to have from their doctor.  Who can forget Mash and the battlefield surgical expertise of Dr. Hawkeye Pierce and his team of medical mavericks?  Today we have E.R. and Strong Medicine, as well as medical reality shows in which we can, on any give day, watch actual surgeries ranging from face-lifts to knee replacements and everything in between. The public loves it and it sells well.

Chiropractic may not have the dramatic appeal of the emergency room or the operating theater.  We don’t normally have to deal with blood gushing from severed arteries, nor do we have to run through our offices yelling, “STAT! STAT!” and issuing frantic orders to the staff.  Nevertheless, the practice of chiropractic can, and should be, a grand adventure.

Adventure, comes in many forms.  It is overcoming adversity, solving difficult problems.  It is the excitement and joy of being able to help people when all others have failed.  Life in a chiropractic office might not make for a popular TV program, but it is anything but boring, if you do it right.

For thirty years, I practiced in the tiny village of Water Mill, right in the center of The Hamptons on the eastern end of Long Island, New York.  My patients spanned the whole socioeconomic spectrum, ranging from farmers and fisherman to movie stars and Fortune 500 CEO’s; from star athletes and other celebrities, to the people who cleaned their houses and manicured their lawns and gardens. It was a challenging, fun and exciting practice.

I lived on Shelter Island, a quaint, picturesque little island between the North and South Forks of Eastern Long Island.  The only way to get to my office in Water Mill was by ferryboat.  For years, patients on the island had suggested that I open an office there.  I did, in 1985–but it was not an ordinary office. It was “The Coastal Chiropractor,” a chiropractic office built into a new 44-foot trawler yacht.  She was a big hit.  During the years 1985 to 1989, from May through October, I had office hours aboard her every Monday and Wednesday.  She was berthed at the Dering Harbor Marina.  Deck chairs on the dock served as the waiting room.  It was great fun during the warm months but, in the fall when the days grew shorter and the northers started blowing in, we would have to give it up until the next spring.  The Coastal Chiropractor would have to go to the boatyard to be hauled out for the winter months.

In 1989, I decided to take The CC (as I called The Coastal Chiropractor) south.  It was during that cruise along the Intra Coastal Waterway that I had one of the most remarkable experiences of my career.

I was steaming down the Chesapeake Bay, trying to outrun a storm that was closing in fast from the north.  The weather was already deteriorating by the late afternoon. I had planned to pull into the harbor at Smith Island to ride out the storm but, when I got there, I suddenly had the impulse to go to Tangier Island, about an hour farther south.

Tangier is a small low lying island, the home of a hundred or so fisherman and their families who make their living catching the Chesapeake Bay Blueclaw crabs.  When I entered the harbor, I found there was no marina for pleasure boats. I asked a fisherman who was working on his boat where I might tie up for the night. He directed me to a nearby dock.

I had just finished tying the last dockline when the owner of the dock came up on a motor scooter, riding through high water that threatened to drown the little bike’s motor.  The tide was higher than normal, driven by the coming storm.  In an obvious panic, he asked me if I was a doctor.  I said that I was a Doctor of Chiropractic. He quickly explained that his 15-month-old granddaughter was dying of a seizure.  He went on to tell me that they were waiting for a helicopter to come from the mainland to take her to the hospital in Cristfield, Maryland.

“She’s fading fast. She’ll be gone before he gets here if somebody doesn’t do something,” he said.

I agreed to see if there was anything I could do to help, at the same time explaining that this sort of critical care was not my field of expertise.

“Just do what you can, is all I ask,” he said, “or she’s a goner.”

So, off we went, two big men riding on a little motor scooter, leaving a wake like a speedboat.

Soon, we arrived at the gravel clearing that served as the island’s airstrip.  Here, there was an old ambulance surrounded by most of the residents of Tangier, all obviously very upset. Many of the women were crying.  The old man announced to the crowd, “ This here doctor just come in on a yacht.  He’s gonna look at her.”

I was quickly escorted into the old rusted ambulance.  In it were the child, her mother, the mother’s sister (who was a registered nurse), and the pastor of the church.

The condition of the little girl was truly alarming.  She was convulsing violently.  Her eyes were widely dilated and fixated, giving the appearance of big black marbles.  Her chest and abdomen were heaving as she gasped for breath. Most alarmingly, she was severely cyanotic.

My initial impression was that she was extremely large for a 15-month-old. I was even more amazed by the very large size of her head.  When I placed my fingers on her neck to check her upper cervicals, I found her axis so extremely subluxated to the right that it seemed it might poke through the skin.

As I examined her, I questioned the mother and aunt about the circumstances leading up to the seizure. I was told that she had begun having seizures within weeks of her birth.  She had been tested and retested many times, most recently just the previous week. Four thousand dollars’ worth of tests were all inconclusive. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her, and the drugs the neurologists had prescribed were ineffective in controlling the seizures.

The family went on to tell me that, earlier in the day, she had fallen and the seizure began shortly thereafter.  Never before had she had one so severe or violent.

I gave them my evaluation of her condition.  I told them that I found the child’s upper cervical spine to be severely misaligned, and that I suspected that, due to her size—particularly her large head—her birth had probably been quite traumatic.  I explained that the birth trauma had probably injured her cervical spine, causing pressure on her brainstem, which resulted in the seizures.

“YES!!” the child’s aunt/nurse exclaimed.  “I’ve said that from the beginning. I was there for the birth. I think you are right. I even told the doctors what I thought, but they said that the hard birth couldn’t have caused the seizures.”

“OK,” I said, “I might be able to make an adjustment on her neck to reduce the pressure on the brainstem, but I can’t promise anything. She might die anyway.” There was no sugar coating this situation. It was, indeed, dire. This was no time to mince words. Naturally, I wanted their assurance that I wouldn’t be held responsible should the child pass away. 

In unison, the mom and aunt said, “Go for it!  It’s our only hope.”

I said a silent prayer.  “God help me and her.”  I then set up and adjusted the offending axis.  That release sounded like a shot from a .44 magnum.  Suddenly, the child went from violent convulsions to very, very quiet. 

My heart almost stopped.  Soon her marble-like eyes began to move.  Normal breathing resumed and she murmured a weak, “Mama.”

It was only then, after my own breathing resumed, that I realized every nose on the island was pressed against the windows of the ambulance.  A short time later the small helicopter arrived.  The pilot, attired in helmet and flight suit, ran to the ambulance.

“What should we do?” the mom asked.

“You go ahead and have her checked out at the hospital,” I advised. “ Let them examine her and tell them what happened here today.”

We exited the ambulance to the cheers of the audience.  With rubbery knees, I accompanied the family to the helicopter.  Only the mother and child could fit in the small cockpit with the pilot.

Suddenly, the grandfather reappeared. “You did it, Doc,” he said. “I ain’t never seen anything like that before.”

“Neither have I,” I replied, still stunned by the entire episode.

“Come on, I’ll take you back to your boat.” He gestured to his motor scooter.

When we got back to the dock, the wind was blowing a gale, and the tide was even higher than before.  Soon the old man’s son, the child’s father, arrived with a big Samoyed dog.  “We’re gonna take my boat over to Cristfield,” he said. “I want to see what they have to say.”

His big 42-foot Chesapeake deadrise skiff was tied on the other side of the dock from The Coastal Chiropractor.  Soon, the grateful grandfather fired up the big turbo-charged 892 Detroit diesel, let go the dock lines and roared off into the teeth of the storm. “I’ll stop by and see you when we get back,” he said to me.

Shortly after midnight, I heard the distinctive sound of the big diesel coming into the harbor at full speed. He cut a sharp right turn in front of the CC and slid into his slip, stopping the big boat with a quick blast of reverse throttle as his son lassoed the dock pilings like a rodeo cowboy, and the big dog jumped onto the dock.

“They couldn’t find a darned thing wrong with her, just like before; but we know, don’t we, Doc?” he said, giving me a wink as he turned to leave the dock. “I’ll see you in the morning.”

The storm raged on for another day, so I gave myself a day off, spending it visiting with the good folks of Tangier Island .The next day, when I announced that I had to get going, the grandfather said, “I don’t advise it; the bay is still mighty rough.” Several other fishermen nodded in agreement. I explained that I was already behind schedule, because the weather had been bad since my second day out of Shelter Island.  Now I had only a few days to get to Hilton Head, South Carolina. So, off I went into a very rough Chesapeake Bay, heading the CC south, chased by a 10-12 foot following sea.

The message I hope that this story conveys, especially to younger chiropractors, is this:  Listen to your instincts; they are there to help you and your patients. Never underestimate the power of the vertebral subluxation to cause serious, even life threatening health problems.  Likewise, never underestimate the power of the right chiropractic adjustment, delivered in the right place and at the right time. The emphasis being on the right chiropractic adjustment, not just any old snap, crackle or pop. The subluxation is a very specific entity, the correction of which requires equally specific adjustment.

We chiropractors are privileged, more than any other kind of doctor, to work directly with the healing powers of the body. At the same time, we must have ultimate respect for the delicate balance of the neurological and structural components that affect the body’s ability to heal. Chiropractic is very much like the profession of diamond cutting.  The best results are obtained when applied with precision.

The Adventure Continues

The rest of the cruise down the Intra Coastal Waterway was pleasant and uneventful.  Thanks to my cell phone, I was able to continue the radio program I normally did from my office every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. It was really fun to share the trip with my regular listeners—to tell them about the vast unspoiled wilderness areas, the variety of wildlife along the way, alligators in the Carolinas, wild horses on the Sea Islands of Georgia, the frequent escort of dolphins playing in the bow wave of the CC, and manatees and more gators in Florida. It’s always nice to travel in good company!

When I left Shelter Island, my idea was to cross the Gulf Stream from Palm Beach, Florida, to The Bahamas, using those islands as a jumping off point to the deep Caribbean and, ultimately, to Central and South America.  It is only about 60 miles as the crow flies from the Palm Beach inlet to the Little Bahamas Bank but, in many ways, it is another world. You go from the cosmopolitan world of first class shopping malls, mansions, Mercedes, crowded highways and waterways, to crystal waters, pristine coral reefs, blue unpolluted skies and powdery, white sand beaches.

Abaco is the northernmost region of the island nation of The Bahamas. It includes Great Abaco Island and many smaller outlying cays (little islands), some with small settlements, others uninhabited.  About 24 hours’ sailing time after leaving Palm Beach, I arrived at my destination, Man ’O War Cay. I had to fly home for a while, and had made arrangements to leave The Coastal Chiropractor at Edwin’s Boatyard until I could return to continue cruising south.  At least, that was the original plan.

Within moments of arriving at the dock at Edwin’s Boatyard, an enthusiastic islander named Andy Albury pulled up in a Boston Whaler.  “The Coastal Chiropractor!”  he exclaimed. “Are you really a chiropractor?”

When I said, “I am,” he asked, “When can I come see you for an adjustment?”

The word spread quickly. “A chiropractor done reached Abaco.”  That was the beginning of my practice in The Bahamas. It was January of 1990.

My plan was to return every three or four months to continue cruising south.  Although I did get a bit further south, I didn’t get into the deep Caribbean or South America.  I was always drawn back to Abaco, by both the beauty of its waters and by its people.  Each time I returned, I was greeted warmly and with shy requests for help for a wide variety of health problems.  I was amazed by the awareness these people had of chiropractic, and by the number of them who made trips to Florida just to see chiropractors.

Each time I returned, it seems my reputation had spread and more and more people sought my services.  So many, in fact, that I became concerned about the legality of what was becoming a part-time practice.

I arranged a meeting with two heads of government, the Commissioner of Abaco and the regional Member of Parliament.  Both were very supportive of my serving the people of their islands and, in turn, referred me to the Ministry of Health with a request for a work permit and license to practice.

Nearly a year later, I received a very cordial letter on government stationary, thanking me for my request, but stating that, regretfully, no such permission or license could be granted, because chiropractic was not licensed in The Bahamas.

Throughout the years I made numerous requests for permission to practice. At one point, the Member of Parliament hand carried a personal letter from me to the Prime Minister and, with it, a presentation about chiropractic, complete with video. Again, I was politely told that my request could not be granted. This put me between a rock and a hard place. Each time I returned to Abaco, more and more people wanted to visit The Coastal Chiropractor. Yet the Government denied me permission to practice.

I continued to visit Abaco several times a year, enjoying cruising the beautiful warm turquoise waters, fine white sand beaches, clean air and blue skies. And the patients continued to come, eagerly seeking me out whenever I was there. It didn’t make any difference where I was, whether at a marina or anchored out in the lee of a remote cay trying to be invisible. They would find me, and were willing to get into a boat and come to wherever I was. They never wanted to impose on me, were always considerate and appreciative. And how could I object? How could I turn them away? The fact is, if people are really hurting and are willing to go out of their way to come to wherever I am, I cannot turn them away, and I never find it an imposition to take care of them. It is, in fact, an honor. With each visit to Abaco, I felt a greater affinity for the place and its people, and looked forward to my return.

The Final Adventure?

Back in New York, in June of 1996, while making a relatively easy adjustment on a 120-pound woman, an incredible pain jolted me in my own back.  It actually brought me to my knees.  I knew something serious had happened, so I set myself up in front of the X-ray machine and had my receptionist make the exposure. When I read that film, what I saw almost made me sick to my stomach.  There were compression fractures and facet damage of my T-7,8,9 vertebrae.  The years of high volume practice and ignoring my own telltale pain had caught up with me.  I really wasn’t ten feet tall and bulletproof, as I had thought.

Barely able to stand, I had my receptionist drive me to the office of my own chiropractor, Dr. Brian Barrett. We reviewed my X-ray together and he very carefully adjusted my cervical area and what he could in the areas adjacent to the damaged vertebrae. I then went to the emergency room to see my old friend and patient Dr. Paul Andrews, who gave me a prescription for Percodan.  I took the rest of the day off and returned to work the next day.  Though not what I would have advised one of my patients to do, I worked through that summer with the help of the Percodan, but with so much pain that I only got 2 or 3 hours of sleep each night. I also began the search for a young chiropractor to take over my practice. In April of 1998, I turned my practice over to Dr. Robert Merrihew and, like it or not, I became a retiree.

I was, however, a dismal failure as a retired chiropractor.  I missed my practice and patients terribly.  Even though I was spending time in The Bahamas, The Hamptons, and Palm Springs, California, I was very unhappy, and in pain physically and emotionally.

On one of my visits to Abaco, I was talking to one of the local medical doctors. I told her how much I missed practice. Her reply really surprised me. She said, “Why don’t you work part-time with me?”

I was delighted by the idea, but expressed concern as to how we could do this, after my many failed attempts to get licensed in The Bahamas. 

She said they had recently passed a new chiropractic licensing law and were in the process of creating the Regulating Board.  She said that, at first, I would have to work from an established healthcare facility, and offered to sponsor me for a work permit.

This was the beginning of a new chapter in my life and career—the one in which I would become “The Out-Island Chiropractor.”

To be continued...

Dr. William H. Koch grew up in the old whaling village of Sag Harbor on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. He is a 1967 Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He earned certification in Spinal Biomechanical Engineering from The Pettibon Biomechanics Institute in 1977, and conducted post graduate seminars in the Pettibon proceedures.

Dr. Koch began practice in The Hamptons in 1967 and later added an office aboard the motor yacht The Costal Chiropractor on Shelter Island,N.Y.

He is the author of the book Chiropractic, the Superior Alternative. For 18 years, he hosted a daily radio program, For the Health of It.

Dr. Koch and his wife Kiana currently live in Abaco, Bahamas, where he practices as “The Out Island Chiropractor.” You may contact Dr. Koch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Chiropractic '06
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Written by TAC Staff   
Monday, 26 September 2005 21:09

Doctor, 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 the new healing methods that are being discovered to help patients deal with their ever-growing list of health challenges.  Where can you go to find information on all the best and latest techniques?  Only ­CHIROPRACTIC’06!  It’s true!  You won’t find this many techniques and healing modalities presented in one place anywhere else in the profession!

While there is already plenty of information on philosophy and success, the actual tool(s) you use to heal—your technique(s)—get taken for granted.  It is often assumed that you learned all you needed to know about technique in college, right?  WRONG!

Now you can at CHIROPRACTIC’06!

Witness the newest and best developments in chiropractic technique and healing for faster integration into your practice!

This seminar will save you days, weeks, YEARS!! of reading articles, books, and going to dozens of seminars just to sort through all the mumbo jumbo to find out what’s really working. NOW, we at The American Chiropractor are using our 27 years of expertise to put on an unparalleled event for YOU to “stack the deck” in your favor.

In just one 3-day seminar, you’ll walk away knowing ALL of the latest and best techniques available for you to apply in your clinic right away!

AND, to get started right away, after CHIROPRACTIC’06, stay a few days more for one of our 14 on-site seminars in our CHIROPRACTIC’06 Plus program.

CHIROPRACTIC’06 is intended to be a supplement to your seminar “diet” on an annual, biannual, or however-a-many- year basis, depending on your own needs and interests.

Collaborate with the greatest minds in chiropractic and healing to uncover the best and latest in techniques, healing modalities, and the technologies that help validate them all for better patient care.

How do you know that the technique you’re using is the best?  Find out with all of the latest in technologies and diagnostic procedures at CHIROPRACTIC’06.

Spaces are limited! Register online at

Speakers and Topics to be presented at Chiropractic’06

Presenters & Welcome Address
Jaclyn Busch Touzard —The American ­Chiropractor Executive Editor
J. Michael Flynn, D.C.—World Federation of ­Chiropractic (WFC) Secretary-Treasurer
Rand Baird, D.C., M.P. H., FICA, FICC—WFC
Ricardo Fujikawa, D.C., M.D.—WFC Council, Latin America

Faculty: Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.,
President Parker College
Come and learn what may be keeping you from achieving your goals. Learn the behaviors of successful people and how you can find joy and happiness in what you do. Discover what the greatest opportunities for chiropractic growth are.

Faculty: Donald Kern, D.C.,
President Palmer College
The presentation covers the history of Palmer chiropractic education from its beginning in 1897 to its centennial in 1997 accompanied by a slide show

Faculty: Lee Van Dusen, D.C.,
Assistant Vice-President NYCC
This presentation addresses increasing multidisciplinary practice options in the U.S. and how some colleges are preparing chiropractic students and practitioners to succeed in these settings. A summary of trends, challenges, and opportunities will be discussed. Audience participation will be encouraged. Time for questions and answers will be provided.

Faculty: Arlan Fuhr, D.C.
Activator Methods Research: 15 years of clinical ­advancement
A complete overview of where Activator started in clinical research and a look into the future of what clinical research can provide to clinicians in everyday practice.
Seminar on Thursday and Friday
Registration fee $510.  $25 savings for early registration through Activator. $10 additional savings if registered online through

Faculty: Mike Leahy, D.C.
Soft Tissue Management System gives the provider the ability to make immediate changes for the athlete or the worker. Using precise biomechanics and soft tissue diagnosis, the source of problems is found. Using motion of the body with a manual tension on specific tissues, a “release” can be obtained, allowing proper function.

Faculty: Charles Blum, D.C.
Treatment of Severe Acute Non-Pathological Low Back Pain
What happens when a patient can barely walk through your door and is in acute pain with all movements, such as standing or sitting? Sacro Occipital Technique offers some very quick diagnostic and, particularly, non-traumatic procedures, which help you develop a plan of treatment and help reduce the patient’s pain and increase function.
TMD: Diagnosis and Treatment—Chiropractic and ­Dental Co-treatment Models
How do you know when it is time to refer a patient with TMJ dysfunction for dental care? Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) have ascending patterns from the feet up to the TMJ and descending patterns from the TMJ downward which necessitate different care.  Learn how to differentiate these patterns, work together with a dentist to help patients with the condition, and develop interdisciplinary relationships.

Faculty: Jay Kennedy, D.C.
An integrated neural/passive/active functional approach for treating musculoskeletal disorders, Active Therapeutic Movements (ATM®’s) provide immediate and long-lasting benefits for many back, neck, shoulder, pelvis, hip, and knee sufferers. By definition, ATM’s consist of a few active neuromuscular movements superimposed upon a specific passive holding. ATM’s aim to immediately alter symptoms by affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS) control. The ATM2 is a clinical tool designed to enable effective user operated ATM’s.

Faculty: Richard Busch III, D.C.
Healing herniated disc with axial decompression, and how that affects your practice.

Faculty: Lisa Upledger, D.C.
CranioSacral Therapy and the Vertebral Subluxation Complex
We will take a different look at the vertebral subluxation by understanding and palpating the dynamic craniosacral system. This system, which houses the brain, spinal cord and nerve roots, influences neurological function and, therefore, helps us gain a deeper insight into vertebral misalignment
Seminar Thursday. Registration Fee $105

Faculty: Thomas F. Bergmann, D.C.
Diversified adjustive procedures consist of high velocity, low amplitude thrusts that usually result in a cavitation of a joint. These thrust procedures are applied specifically to a short lever contact point on the spine or extremities; though long levers and, especially, combinations of long and short levers are also used. These techniques attempt to use the normal biomechanics of the spine and extremities in order to create motion in spinal or extremity joints, with the goal of restoring function and structure to the joint. The workshop will focus on the role that patient positioning and pre-stress play in producing effects on specific joints. What we say we are doing and what we really are doing may be two different things!

Faculty: Leander Eckard, D.C.

Faculty: Robert Gordon, D.C.
Concepts in Theory and Application
Today the chiropractic physician is able to take his/her great skills into a more intense environment (the Operating Room) and use those skills to correct musculoskeletal problems that are only responding minimally to office-based manual/adjustive therapy.  Since the advent of newer medications that are being used for the MUA procedure, the patient is put in a physiological state that allows the doctor to complete structural correction without immediate secondary reaction, but protective end range, pain perception, and natural respiratory functions are not lost.
Extra seminar from Thursday to Sunday. Registration Fee $1750

Faculty: Leslie Feinberg, D.C.
Health proceeds from the unfolding of an instruction set that defines the body’s form and function, and disease proceeds from errors in that regulation.  NMT: The Feinberg Technique is the energetic medicine system that identifies and corrects any errors in body regulation.  It’s the only “alternative” the health care practitioner needs!

Faculty: Kirk Eriksen, D.C.
Orthospinology, which is based on the research and teaching of Dr. John Francis Grosticn is a method of correcting the upper cervical subluxation. The Procedure employs a method of X-ray analysis that quantifies misalignments between the occipito-atlanto-axial articulations. The assessment examines the spatial orientation of the atlas, the geometry of the articulating surfaces, and the misalignment configuration, to arrive at an effective correction vector for each individual patient. Orthospinology teaches hand adjusting, as well as hand-held and table-mounted instrument adjusting.
Seminar on Friday and Saturday. Registration Fee $170

Faculty: Alan Creed, D.C.
Dr. Alan Creed’s Neural Kinetic Integration Technique facilitates functional and spinal biomechanical architectural improvements, producing immediate noticeable results.  Patients stand taller, move better, breathe deeper, and experience reduced neurological distress.  These results are achieved utilizing the ArthoStim and VibraCussor adjusting instruments.  Dr. Creed presents seminars, and has created a manual along with a video set of his techniques.
Seminar on Thursday for 6 hours on Anti-Aging through Neuro-Structural Management. Registration Fee $119

Faculty: Robert Wiegand, D.C.
Tapping into Subcortical Pathways to Elicit Extraordinary Perceptual Abilities
New insights now enable an individual to rapidly develop a heightened awareness of specific subcortical responses that their nervous system produces, when it detects extremely subtle stimuli. By using primal perception, a practitioner can become aware of significant information that their nervous system is detecting outside their “normal” range of conscious perception. This skill facilitates extraordinary specificity and transpersonal connectivity.
Seminar on Thursday for 8 hours and Friday for 4 hours on Access Primal Perception. Registration fee $495.00.  Workshop will be limited to 10 participants.

Faculty: Kurt Larsen, D.C.
Advanced Spinal Screening ­Incorporating Sacro Occipital ­Technique Principles
An efficient standing, supine and prone evaluation can be done utilizing a postural analyzer and an adjusting table. Within minutes, the DC can objectively and subjectively relate to the patient: their primary levels of subluxation, the major “category” of involvement, any distortion of head, shoulder or pelvic levels, knee, ankle or arch structural imbalances, and their effects on the body. Learn how this information can be gleaned. Multiple demonstrations of spinal screening will be presented.
Seminar on Thursday for 8-hours. Registration fee $120

Faculty: Dennis Woggon, D.C.
Can Chiropractic care improve Scoliosis? YES! What is Universal and Innate doing with Scoliosis? It is time to think outside the Spine! If we are Spinal Experts, shouldn’t we be able to reduce and correct Scoliosis? If not Chiropractic, then WHAT? Even if you have no desire to spend the necessary time with Scoliosis patients, you have the responsibility to understand it.
Faculty: David Graston, A.T.
Learn how Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization can benefit your patents and grow your practice!  Understand the history of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: What it is and how and why it works!  Learn the differences and compare the original stainless steel instruments with the latest Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Instruments in the market today!
Seminar on Thursday for 6 hours on Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Basic Certification. Registration Fee $120

Faculty: Bruce Parker, D.C.
The objective of Dr Parker’s presentation on Spinal Decompression
• Review neck and back pain syndromes, and relevant anatomy
• Review common pathologies
• Describe Disc Decompression Therapy.
• Explain clinical indications, contraindications
• Demonstrate the value of the Disc Decompression Therapy to the doctors patients

Faculty: Terence Brady, D.C.
Seminar will instruct practitioners in the use of the Zenith® Thompson drop table as it applies to the correction of vertebral and pelvic subluxations. The Zenith® Thompson drop table applies Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion.  The law’s application to the adjustment is as follows: The patient is placed on the table, which has multiple cushions that can be raised under different areas of the body.  The cushion tension is set to support the weight of the patient.  When force is applied, the preset tension is overcome and the cushion drops, along with the patient, eventually coming to a sudden stop.  The force generated by the falling cushion/patient is increased at the point of the doctor’s contact with the patient, causing that bone structure to move in the direction of the force.

Faculty: Alan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
Trigenics Myoneural Medicine for the Restoration of Sensorimotor Function
Trigenics® is used on a wide variety of patients, from infants to geriatrics to Olympic and professional athletes. It can be used to treat many conditions, ranging from neuromusculoskeletal to neurological to restrictive capsular and bursal conditions, such as “frozen shoulder.” Also, when treating musculoskeletal conditions, non-treatment of aberrant neural innervation and compensatory tone imbalances (short/weak muscles) will lead to the frustrating outcome of incomplete strength rehabilitation and functional restoration.

Faculty: George LeBeau, D.C.
A new approach to adjusting, which involves the active participation of the patient, in the form of resistance to the doctor’s movements, with focus on extremity techniques. The first demonstration on this technique will be this year during the World Chiropractic Congress in Sydney, Australia. This technique was developed during 10 years of traveling with the U.S. Olympic Judo Team, from 1983 until 1993.
Seminars on Thursday and Friday. Registration Fee $120 for both days, $ 75 for one day

Faculty: Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
The Webster Technique, developed by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment for pregnant women.  For many years, the ICPA has instructed numerous doctors in this technique, and their clinical results show a high success rate in allowing babies in the breech position to go into the normal head down or vertex position.
Seminar on Thursday.  Registration Fee $ 119

Faculty: James Cima, D.C.
The purpose of blood chemistry analysis is to diagnose and treat any biochemical malfunction caused by an endocrine imbalance, utilizing nutrition. The endocrine system can be analyzed by developing physiologic reference ranges, not the pathological reference ranges set up at the blood-testing laboratory.
The pathological reference ranges only determine what disease you already have. Physiologic reference ranges look at endocrine and organ malfunction that eventually cause the disease.
Seminar on Thursday. Registration Fee $70. Complimentary Lunch. Bring a blood sample!

Faculty: Ellen Cutler, D.C.
Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Pain with Enzymes: “The Secret is Released”
Among the millions of Americans who cope with frequent or even daily chronic pain, many believe the only hope for relief lies in powerful medications.  The continued startling press about analgesics is prompting the search for alternative therapies.  The search is concluded.  Enzymes are quite effective in treating many medical conditions that cause chronic inflammation and pain.  Learn about why they are the miracle treatment, and learn which enzymes are anti-inflammatory and how to prescribe.
Seminar on Thursday and Friday. BioSET™ Basic-Intermediate Seminar. Registration Fee $595

Faculty: Howard Loomis, D.C.
Enhancing Your Practice in Three Minutes or Less: Recognizing Stress as a Specific Diagnosis
Howard F. Loomis Jr., DC, founder of Enzyme Formulations, Inc., will discuss stress as a clinical diagnosis. Hans Selye taught that we only treat one condition—stress—and that it can result from a structural, nutritional, or emotional source. Dr. Loomis will teach how to specifically diagnose stress and to use nutrition to balance the body.

Faculty: Bob Baurys, CEO
Robert Baurys offers his insights and thoughts regarding the market, treatment and opportunities with the treatment of Fibromyalgia and unrelenting Fatigue. Primary focus will be on how to develop working relationships with other traditional/alternative medical providers to provide completely integrated care.  Robert S Baurys is the President/CEO of Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, Inc., a medical services company, with 15 treatment centers located in major cities throughout the United States, that provides care to over 4000 patients, dealing with Fibromyalgia and unrelenting Fatigue issues.

Faculty: Frank King Jr., D.C., N.D.
Taking Your Musculoskeletal Practice to the Highest with Homeopathy
A quick turn-key training to equip the chiropractor to more effectively and efficiently help a greater diversity of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions (acute disc, arthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ, etc.) that can be immediately implemented overnight!
Broadening your Scope of Practice Safely and Powerfully with Homeopathy
A fast paced foundational introduction into the Contemporary Homeopathic Enhancement Systems and Solutions (CHESS), including all the flow charts and a training manual to turn this once complex and elusive healing art of homeopathy into a simple procedure system for a truly successful high volume and broad scoped wellness practice!

Faculty: Stephanie Leonard, D.C.
En’ wave is a program created to teach, very simply, the fundamental basis for good health: correct breathing and a quick means of re-centering to bring equilibrium, heightened awareness and sense of responsibility in the present. This therapeutic tool complements chiropractic; facilitating and improving treatments, it can be taught in groups and supplements income.
Seminar on Thursday. Registration fee $195

Faculty: Charles McGee, M.D.
An inventor/qigong master used his intuition and energy sensing abilities to create a simple healing program with four parts:  pulsed LED lights, infrared sauna, anal heater, and a nutritional mix. Healing responses similar to those seen with high-level qigong treatment can occur, even with tumors and paralysis. Experiences in several chiropractic patients will be presented.

Faculty: Lawrence Goodman, D.C.
The Journey from Pain Relief to Whole Person Health Care for Yourself and Your Community, for Fun and Profit
This exciting, interactive seminar will give you the opportunity to re-discover your passion for healing¯why you became a chiropractor in the first place. Uncover your own limits to growth as a holistic healer, discard the outmoded practice style and attitudes, and DISCOVER The WHOLE-PERSON HEALER WITHIN YOU. Work toward building the PRACTICE OF YOUR DREAMS—State of the Art, Mind-Body-Spirit Oriented, and Fun!!!
Seminar on Thursday.  Registration Fee $119

Faculty: Chester Wilk, D.C.
Carefully select your most trusted and qualified members and designate them to become media/press chiropractic spokespersons and have them start contacting all the radio/TV talk shows and newspaper and magazine editors in your State with the message of chiropractic. Find out more in this presentation about how we can unify and get our chiropractic message out there to the public.

Faculty: Etienne Dubarry, D.C.
This presentation will outline the analytic process that permits a professional to duplicate, with extreme precision, a technique written before on paper by someone else. The software program which automates this process will be introduced. The interests are multiple: patient’s continuity of care, accurate and fast input for doctor, liability protection, and enhanced professional identity.

Faculty: Eric Kaplan, D.C.
The “Turn-Around Doc,” Eric Kaplan, inspires, motivates, and prescribes how you can: harness the potent potential of your mind, persuade others by persuading yourself first, break toxic thought and habit patterns, reach your outer goals by turning on your inner winner, jettison stress and jump-start a joyous life, activate positive thinking with positive doing, develop willpower by sparking your imagination, determine your desired destiny, cultivate self-worth, discover your life’s purpose and the steps to achieving it.

Faculty: Bharon Hoag (Certified Prof. Coder)
If you were to ask any chiropractor what his or her number one need is, the answer would be, “New patients.”  New patients are a perceived need. If you learn how to manage your case, you can expect to collect between $25,000-$35,000 per hundred visits.  You can do this working 2½ days a week.  Come learn the power of case management and begin the rest of your life!
Seminar on Thursday for 6 hours on Insurance Coding & Case Management. Registration Fee $119

Faculty: Larry Economos, Esq.
A review of the rules of medical necessity and how to avoid coding and billing mistakes that can easily be confused with criminal conduct. Learn how to tell the difference between assumed guilt and innocence in the murky world of heath care law by avoiding inconsistencies that lead to monetary gain.

Faculty: Tom Preston, D.C.
Why is it some doctor’s struggle, while others seem to effortlessly manifest a thriving and successful practice? Join Dr. Preston as he reveals the 7 distinct Keys everyone can use to design and build the practice of THEIR DREAMS!

The Future is Here - Chiropractic Colleges
Cover Stories
Written by TAC Staff   
Sunday, 22 May 2005 15:40

graduationhatdiplomaWhile 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 the tools they use to teach them. Included is curriculum offered as well as enrollment. Additionally, colleges have included any curriculum changes along with an overall view of their school.

See what your alma mater is up to and check out what’s going on throughout all of the schools. For all of you mentors out there, this is a great way to help prospective students who want an overview of all the colleges before making any decisions. Contact information is also included to make getting in touch with each institution easier. Enjoy!

Cleveland Chiropractic College

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Full Spine Specific, Gonstead, Diversified
• Elective: Activator, Chiropractic Bio-physics, Soft Tissue, Flexion Distraction, Adv. Gonstead, Gonstead Sys., SOT I, SOT II, Thompson

Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC) offers a balanced approach to the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. CCC offers the Doctor of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences degrees. With a strong curriculum that stresses the structure and function of the human body, the undergraduate degree in Human Biology serves as a portal for graduate programs in a variety of health care professions. The program of study leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is the major focus of CCC. The message of chiropractic care and its natural approach for the restoration and maintenance of health is being shared throughout the world.

Kansas City, MO - Established: 1922

President: Carl S. Cleveland III, D.C.
Current enrollment: 402 in DC program/100 in BS program
DC Curriculum duration: 9 & 12 trimester programs
Other programs: AA in Biological Sciences, BS in Human Biology
Technique instruments: Activator Instrument & Table, Thompson Drop, Flexion Distraction Tables
Diagnostic tools/courses: All standard diagnostic instruments; 792 credit units of diagnostic coursework.
Postgraduate courses: Schedules are posted on the website (
Changes in curriculum for 2006: In progress.
Other associations affiliated: NBCE, FCLB, and others.
Contact info: 6401 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64131
Admissions: (816) 501-0319; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (816) 501-0113; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (816) 501-0139; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Los Angeles, CA - Established: 1950

President: Carl S. Cleveland, III, D.C.
Current enrollment: 355 in DC program/143 in BS program
DC Curriculum duration: 9 & 12 trimester programs
Other programs: Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences; Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
Technique instruments: drop tables, F-D tables, Nervoscope, SOT blocks and benches
Diagnostic tools/courses:
Tools: dynamanometer, double-headed stethoscopes, arthrodial protractors, audiometer, doppler ultrasound; reflex hammers and pinwheels; blood pressure cuffs 
Courses: Normal Radiographic Anatomy, X-ray Physics, Skeletal Radiology I, X-ray Radiology Procedures, Skeletal Radiology II, Soft Tissue Radiology, X-ray Case Presentation, Special Imaging, Clinical Lab Diagnosis, NMS Diagnosis I/Physical, NMS Diagnosis II/Clinical, Physical Diagnosis, HEENT Diagnosis, Cardiopulmonary/Endocrine Diagnosis, GI/GU Diagnosis, Clinical Neurology, Geriatrics, Dermatology, Differential Diagnosis.
Postgraduate courses: monthly twelve-hour relicensure seminars and monthly CPR classes
Other associations affiliated: CCE, ACC, CCA, ICA, ACA.
Contact info: 590 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90004
Admissions: (323) 906-2094; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (323) 906-2108; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (323) 906-2108; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Life Chiropractic College West
Hayward, CA - Established: 1976

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Diversified, Gonstead, Integrated Drop Table (including Thompson, Chiropractic Biophysics, and Pierce-Stillwagon), NUCCA, Toggle recoil, and Extremity adjusting
• Elective: Activator, SOT, BEST, NUCCA II, Adv. Biophysics, and Adv. Activator

In January 2006, Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW) will celebrate its silver anniversary. Our president, Gerard W. Clum, will complete 25 years of service to the College and he stands with Dr. Carl Cleveland, III, as the longest in tenure at the presidential level at this time.

LCCW has been a leader in the implementation of technology in chiropractic education. The campus of Life West was the first 100% wirelessly Internet accessible campus in chiropractic education. The College pioneered the use and instruction of computed radiography and the College’s Health Center has been a beta test site for the development of paperless patient files in chiropractic education.

Most recently, the College has welcomed the installation of the first weight-bearing MRI system in an academic setting in North America, This is the first system of its kind in chiropractic education worldwide. Accompanying this technology is the installation of digital motion X-ray (DMX). Additionally, non-invasive neurological testing such as nerve conduction velocity and evoked potentials testing have been made available on the College’s campus.

The College seeks to be the leader in the application of assessment technology to assist and support the chiropractic patient and the chiropractor. This technology emphasis is designed to add greater dimension to the measures of dysfunction and recovery of patients under chiropractic care as well as to assist the chiropractor in better understanding how and when to best apply chiropractic care.

President: Gerard W. Clum, D.C. (1981-present)
Established: Pacific States Chiropractic College was established in 1976 and became Life Chiropractic College West in January 1981.
Current enrollment: 450 students
DC Curriculum duration: 12 quarters/4 academic years
Postgraduate courses: See the Continuing Education section at
Changes in curriculum for 2006: The College is expanding its imaging curriculum to include greater emphasis on matters related to MRI (weight-bearing and recumbent), digital imaging, guidelines (incl. ACOEM and Colossus), impairment rating and disability evaluation and ergonomics.
Other associations affiliated: CCE, ACC, WFC
Contact info: 25001 Industrial Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545; (800) 788-4476, (510) 780-4500 voice; (510) 780-4525, Fax;, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Admissions: (800) 788-4476; (510) 780-4500, Ext. 4501,voice; (510) 780-4525, Fax; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (510) 780-4500, Ext. 4508; (510) 780-4518, Fax; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Affairs: (510) 780-4500, Ext. 2420; (510) 780-4528, Fax; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Life University
Marietta, GA - Established: 1975

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Full Spine/Div, Toggle Recoil, Thompson, SOT, Gonstead
• Elective: Atlas Orthogonal, Activator Methods, Network, HIO Knee Chest, Cranial/Visceral, Pediatric, Blair

Life University is located in Marietta, Georgia, just minutes away from Atlanta, the cultural, recreational and economic capital of the Southeast. Life’s gorgeous 90-acre campus boasts some of the finest learning and sports facilities in the Southeast. Life University offers small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty and a caring and supportive environment. Students can come from high school and complete their required undergraduate coursework prior to entering the doctor of chiropractic program.

Life University’s College of Chiropractic offers its students the highest quality chiropractic education in a multidisciplinary environment. Life emphasizes technique, philosophy, the basic sciences (especially as related to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology), and hands on clinical application leading to preparing its graduates to be successful in all facets of practice.

President: Guy Riekeman, D.C.
Current enrollment: College of Chiropractic, 810; Masters Programs, 27; Undergraduate Programs, 435
DC Curriculum duration: 14 quarters
Other programs: Associate of Science Degrees in Computer Information Management and Nutrition Technology, Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration, Computer Information Management, Biology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Diagnostic tools: Analagraph/Nervoscope and TyTron
Postgraduate courses: A complete listing is available at
Other associations affiliated: CCE, ICA, WCA
Changes in curriculum for 2006: Continuing implementation of Clinical Education Track. Resequencing basic science courses to enhance students’ preparation for National Board Exams.
Contact info: 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060
Admissions: (800) 543-3202, (770) 426-2884, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (800) 543-3406, (770) 426-2753, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (800) 543-3203, (770) 426-2925

Logan College of Chiropractic
Chesterfield, MO - Established: 1935

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Logan Basic, Specific, Diversified
• Elective: Activator Methods, AK, Gonstead, Soft Tissue, Thompson, Upper Cervical, Active Release Technique, Flexion Distraction (COX), SOT

Logan College is a state-of-art facility located on a 112-acre campus in Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb located on the western edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area, just 30 minutes from downtown.

The college boasts a 92 percent graduation rate, and at $6,160 tuition per term.  It is among the lowest-cost colleges in the ACC, with a student/faculty ratio of 12:1.

Logan College also operates eight clinics throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

President: George A. Goodman, D.C., F.I.C.C.
Current enrollment: 949 DC/100 undergraduate students
DC Curriculum duration: 10 trimesters, 5 academic years or 3.3 calendar years
Other programs: BS Human Biology, BS Life Science, and also offers 263 business-related courses
Technique instruments: Typical diagnostic tools, plus EKG and Spiro meter, diagnostic imaging, in house X-ray, Dexa scan units to measure bone density.  For postural analysis, SAM machines and computerized PosturePro. Physical diagnosis courses in trimesters 5 & 6 cover the physical examination and diagnostic use of many of these instruments. Clinical Science Division courses provide information regarding diagnostic decision-making strategies in specific areas.
Postgraduate courses: Wide variety of post-graduate CE classes on a regular basis.
Contact info: 1851 Schoettler Road, P.O. Box 1065, Chesterfield, MO 63006; (800) 782-3344 or (636) 227-2100;
Admissions: (800) 533-9210; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (800) 842-3234; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (636) 227-2100, Ext. 2401; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

National University of Health Sciences
Lombard, IL - Established: 1906

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Diversified, Flexion Distraction, Motion Palpation, Graston, Nimmo
• Elective: Graston

The DC program at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) has a strong science based foundation with an emphasis on primary care and a baccalaureate degree requirement for entrance.

NUHS is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, and the CCE.

President: James F. Winterstein, D. C.
Current enrollment: 345 DC students, 125 Massage Therapy students, 25 Pre-requisite program students
DC Curriculum duration: 10 trimesters
Other programs: Massage Therapy, Pre-requisite Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Technique instruments: drop table, toggle board, Graston tools
Diagnostic tools/courses: Typical diagnostic tools plus MRI, Gastroenterology-Genital-Urinary and Reproductive Diagnosis, Cardiology and Respiratory Diagnosis, Neurology, Problem Solving, Chiropractic Primary Care, EENT, Psychopathology & Health Psychology, Orthopedics 1 & 2, Fundamentals of Imaging 1—Arthritis/Trauma, Fundamentals of Imaging 2—Tumor/Tumor-Like, Fundamentals of Imaging 3—Chest & Abdomen, Radiographic Positioning/Adv Imaging, Radiology Management/Report Writing. Students learn to interpret the radiologist’s report and determine when to order the following studies: Magnetic Resonance, Computerized Tomography, Bone Scans, GI/GU contrast and Diagnostic Ultrasound, Electrocardiography and Electromyography.
Postgraduate courses: Acupuncture Diplomate Program (300 Hours); Chiropractic Sports Physician Diplomate Program (300 Hours); Electro-diagnosis (150 hours); Orthopedics Diplomate Program (360 Hours); Master of Science in Advanced Practice; Master of Science in Radiology; and many more on a regular basis.
Other associations affiliated: FIICU, ACA, ICS, AACP, and more.
Contact info: 200 E. Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148
Admissions: (800) 826-6285; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (630) 889-6623; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (630) 889-6701; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

New York Chiropractic College
Seneca Falls, NY - Established: 1919

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Diversified, Flexion Distraction
• Elective: Activator Methods, Thompson, SOT, AK, Graston, Nimmo

Excellence, the hallmark of NYCC, is reflected in every aspect of the College’s academic offerings, impressive faculty, and 286 acre campus nestled amidst Upstate New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes. Its students enjoy state-of-the art anatomical dissection laboratories, and an on-campus integrated health center that features chiropractic, family medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine and massage. Home to the most advanced teaching/learning facilities in chiropractic education, including amphitheater-style lecture halls with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, NYCC prides its successful efforts at healthcare integration among hospitals, the VA Healthcare system and military health facilities where student interns engage in clinical rotations.

President: Frank J.Nicchi, D.C., M.S.
Current enrollment: 681
DC Curriculum duration: 10 trimesters
Other programs: Bachelor of Professional Studies, Masters of Science in Acupuncture, Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Masters of Science in Diagnostic Imaging, and fellowship opportunities in the Basic Sciences, Chiropractic Clinical Sciences, and Clinical.
Diagnostic courses: Orthopedic and Neurological Diagnosis, Physical Examination Diagnosis, General Diagnosis, Radiographic Diagnosis, Laboratory Diagnosis
Diagnostic tools: Those consistent with physical, orthopedic, and neurological evaluation.
Postgraduate courses: See complete listing on website found under Post-Graduate, Seminar Listings.
Other associations affiliated: WFC, ACA, ACC, CCE, and more.
Contact info: 2360 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148; (800) 234-NYCC;
Admissions: (800) 234-6922, Ext. 3040; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (800) 434-3955 or (516) 796-5923; Fax, (516) 735-3037; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (800) 234-6922, Ext. 3065; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Northwestern Health Sciences University
Blomington, MN - Established: 1941

Techniques offered:
"Northwestern Integrated Methods"
• Primary: Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Motion Palpation, Upper Cervical, Toggle Recoil, Nimmo Receptor Tonus, Flexion Distraction, SOT, Logan Basic, Graston, Extremities, Soft Tissue & Rehab
• Elective and advanced study: Gonstead, Activator Methods, Mo0tion POalpation, NUCCA, Atlas Orthogonal, SOT, Flexion Distraction, Graston

Northwestern Health Sciences University offers limited enrollment of less than 1,000 students allows for a more personal and close-knit atmosphere among its international student body; a 25-acre campus filled with outstanding educational resources including 230,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, clinics and top-notch facilities located in Bloomington, Minn.; small class sizes and easy access to a world-renowned faculty of DCs, PhDs, MDs and LAcs; a Career Services Center to assist in job placement following graduation; pioneering programs in the University’s six public clinics, which total 60,000 patient visits per year; the leading natural health care research center in the US, with more than $5 million in research studies funded since 1991; and integrated programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and massage therapy.

President: Alfred Traina, D.C.
Current enrollment: 850 students
DC Curriculum duration: 10 trimesters
Other programs: Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Integrative Health and Wellness, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
Technique instruments: Drop-piece tables; side-posture UC-specific tables; various F-D tables; pelvic boards and blocks; Act mallets; Graston instruments; Nervoscope; and Subluxation Station.
Diagnostic tools/courses: All manner of physical diagnosis equipment (i.e., stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, sphygmomanometer, EKG, spirometer, thermometer, reflex hammer, goniometer, posture analyzer, etc.) used in a variety of courses, including Methods 1-7, Physical Diagnosis, Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis 1-3, EENT Diagnosis, Clinical Pathology 1 and 2, Clinical Internship 1-5, GI/GU Diagnosis, Cardio-respiratory Diagnosis, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Mental Health 1 and 2, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, and Health and the Older Person.
Postgraduate courses: Visit
Changes in curriculum for 2006: Anticipate reconvening of the Year 1 and 2 ad hoc committees to again take up the reconciliation of the curriculum with the Year 1 and 2 consensus learning objectives developed in 2003; modification of the T7 Developmental Assessment; im-plementation of a T3 or 4 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Contact info: 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431
Admissions: (952) 888-4777, Ext. 409; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (952) 888-4777, Ext. 249; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (952) 885-5412, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport, IA - Established: 1897

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Upper Cervical, Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Extremities, Motion Palpation, Toggle Recoil, Biomechanics, Cervical Technique, Thoracolumbar Technique, Pelvis Technique
• Special Programs Elective Courses: Pierce, Pro-Adjuster, Gonstead Cervical/Thoracic, Gonstead Lumbar/Pelvic, Logan Basic, Lumbar Distraction, Thompson, Activator Methods, NUCCA, SOT I, SOT II, Blair, Pettibon, Upper Cervical Adv, Atlas Orthogonal

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport Campus (The Fountainhead)

President: Donald Kern, D.C.
Current enrollment: 1,610 students
DC Curriculum duration: 10 trimesters
Other programs: Master of Science in Anatomy; Master of Science in Clinical Research; Bachelor of Science in General Science; Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology; Certified Clinical Assistant; Certified Office Assistant
Contact info: 1000 Brady St., Davenport, IA 52803; (563) 884-5000;
Admissions: (800) 722-3648; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education (Palmer Institute for Professional Advancement): (800) 452-5032;

Palmer College of Chiropractic West

President: Peter Martin, D.C.
Current enrollment: 350 students
90 E. Tasman Dr., San Jose, CA 95134; (408) 944-6000
Admissions: (866) 303 -7939; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida

Acting Senior Campus Administrator: Donald Gran, D.C.
Current enrollment: 428 students
4777 City Center Parkway, Port Orange, FL 32129; (386) 763-2709
Admissions: (866) 585-9677; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Association: (800) 772-2586; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parker College of Chiropractic
Dallas, TX - Established: 1982

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Nine (9) techniques are offered, low force to high velocity and high force.  All nine techniques must be mastered prior to graduation
• Elective: Basic sciences in the Bachelor of Arts in Anatomy Degree program and BEST techniques in the DC degree program

One of the unique features of the education at Parker College is intensive training for students in the work of the late Dr. James W. Parker. Students learn his principles for success in business, life, healing and practice as chiropractic professionals. These principles are taught through the curriculum and through The Parker Seminars, which are available to students when the seminars are held each year in Dallas. With its state-of-the-art learning facilities, outstanding faculty and beautifully constructed and maintained campus, Parker College of Chiropractic offers excellent educational opportunities. Preparing professionals in the healing art of chiropractic and for success in business make Parker College an exceptional institution of higher learning.

President: Fabrizio Mancini, D.C., F.I.C.C, F.A.C.C
Current enrollment: 960 students
DC Curriculum duration: 9 trimesters
Other programs: Doctor of Chiropractic degree and Bachelor of Science in Anatomy degree
Technique instruments: Require Activator gun and various SOT Blocks
Diagnostic tools: Students are required to purchase a complete diagnostic kit prior to the fifth trimester.  Representatives from Welch Allyn are on campus to explain various benefits of the kit components.
Postgraduate courses: Acupuncture, Animal Chiropractic, Chiropractic Pediatric, Clinical Neurology, Scoliosis Correction, Extremity Adjusting, and Bone Health.
Changes in curriculum for 2006: Curriculum is dynamic.  Changes must be submitted to the Commission on Curriculum and Grades, a subcommittee of the Parker Faculty Senate.
Other associations affiliated: Accredited by the specialized professional accreditation agency, CCE; SACS also accredits Parker College to award the DC degree and the BS in Anatomy.
Contact info: 2500 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX  75229
Admissions: (800) GET-MYDC; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (800) 266-4723; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (888) 727-5338; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Spartanburg, SC - Established:1973

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Toggle Recoil, Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Pierce
• Elective: Atlas Orthogonal, Blair, Activator Methods, Pediatric

Founded in 1973, Sherman College is a private college offering the doctor of chiropractic degree and was named after Lyle Sherman, D.C., a pioneer in the development of modern chiropractic. The college is home to a growing and diverse population of approximately 375 students. The 80-acre campus is ideally located in Spartanburg, SC, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center provides more than 30,000 patient visits each year. In addition, Sherman College students are active in the Spartanburg community, participating in more than 200 events each year. The college’s annual Lyceum program brings more than 1,000 people to campus, and regularly scheduled continuing education courses attract doctors of chiropractic from across the country and around the world.

President: Jerry L. Hardee, Ed.D.
Current enrollment: 380 students
DC Curriculum duration: 3 years, 6 months
Technique instruments: Thermographic instrumentation for the determination of pattern, various tables and equipment necessary for proper application of adjusting techniques
Diagnostic tools/courses: Regular physical examination and X-ray equipment.  The didactic program includes microbiology and lab diagnosis laboratories.  Case History, Physical Exam I and II, Neuropathophysiology, NMS Diagnosis, Orthopedics, Cardio Diagnosis, Lab Diagnosis I and II, Clinical Reasoning, Tumors and Arthritis, Soft Tissue Pathology, Hard Tissue Pathology, Emergency Procedures and BBP, Diagnosis Review, Dermatology/Toxicology, OBGyn, X-ray Lab and X-ray Review, Pediatrics/Geriatrics
Postgraduate courses: Seminars offered in basic and clinical sciences as well as principles of practice and philosophy. The College offers a certification series in Atlas Orthogonal technique and UC Diplomate program, a yearly International Research and Philosophy Symposium and Lyceum
Changes in curriculum for 2006: The College has been phasing in a curriculum revision (course re-sequencing and additional courses) since January 2004.
Other associations affiliated: ACC, CCE, NAICU, SACS and more.
Contact info: P.O. Box 1452, 2020 Springfield Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29304; (800) 849-8771; Fax (864) 599-4860;
Admissions: (800) 849-8771, Ext. 1200; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (800) 849-8771, Ext. 1229; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (800) 849-8771, Ext. 1277; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Southern California University of Health Sciences
Whittier, CA - Established: 1911

Techniques offered:

The ADVANTAGE Program initiated in 1990, emphasizes professional competencies rather than academic subjects. Students participate in varied learning exercises, which focus upon the individual as a self-directed learner.

The new motto of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is “Healing, Evolved”—which describes the experience of SCU students—they start by thinking as a practitioner, then move on to acting like a practitioner…and complete the program by becoming a practitioner.

President: Reed B. Phillips, D.C., Ph.D., D.A.C.B.R.
Current enrollment: 750 students
DC Curriculum duration: 3 years
Other programs: Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM)
Technique instruments: Please refer to the Academic Programs/LACC section of the SCU Academic Catalog, posted on the SCU web site,
Diagnostic tools/courses: Please refer to the Academic Programs/LACC section of the SCU Academic Catalog, posted on the SCU web site,
Postgraduate courses: Please refer to the Postgraduate Education section of the SCU Academic Catalog, posted on the SCU web site,
Changes in curriculum for 2006: The ADVANTAGE Program has evolved into ADVANTAGE II, providing even more “hands-on” experience, starting within the first few weeks of a student’s program, with courses integrated and correlated with one another within each trimester and between trimesters to assure an even flow of sequenced learning experiences.
Other associations affiliated: WASC; CCA of the CCE; CBCE; NBCE
Contact info: 16200 E. Amber Valley Drive, Whittier, CA 90604;
Admissions: (562) 902-3309; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: (562) 902-3379
Alumni Assn: (562) 902-3339

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
Bridgeport, CT - Established: 1991

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Diversified - 738 Hours of Chiropractic Technique Skill

The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic is the first university-based college of chiropractic in the US and the only chiropractic program in metropolitan northeast.

President: Neil Albert Salonen
Dean: Frank A. Zolli
Current enrollment: 196 students
DC Curriculum duration: 8 Semesters/4 academic years
Other programs: UB-College of Naturopathic Medicine, UB-Acupuncture Institute, UB-MS. Human Nutrition
Diagnostic tools/courses: Standard physical examination equipment, 1950 hours of course/clinical work requiring DX equipment
Changes in curriculum for 2006: New curriculum to be introduced
Contact info: Michael B. Grandison, Director of Chiropractic Admissions, 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Admissions: (203) 576-4348; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education: Richard P. Saporito, Director of Chiropractic Continuing Education, (203) 576-4335; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (203) 576-4133; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Texas Chiropractic College
Pasadena, TX - Established: 1908

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Diversified
• Electives: Activator Methods I & Activator Methods II, Advanced Emergency Cardiac Care, Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology, Laboratory Technique, Minor Surgery, Research II

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the CCE, Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) Interns’ clinical experience takes place in TCC’s multidisciplinary, 18,000 sq. ft. outpatient clinic, the Moody Health Center. TCC offers rotations through almost 30 hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices throughout southeast Texas, including the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

With its 20-year history of placing interns in multidisciplinary rotations throughout the southeast region of Texas, TCC is a respected leader in chiropractic education. With the changes that are taking place within its curriculum, TCC will be on the leading edge of integrative healthcare and chiropractic education not only in this country but also in the world.

President: Richard G. Brassard, D.C.
Established: Third oldest chiropractic college in the nation, founded in 1908 in San Antonio, TX. Moved to its pre-sent location in Pasadena, TX, in 1965.
Current Enrollment: 517 students
DC Curriculum duration: 5 years accelerated to 3 1/3 years
Other programs: TCC offers accelerated undergraduate studies in order for students to meet the science prerequisites of the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program. The college also offers a Bachelor of Science degree with majors available in Human Biology or Public Health.
Special advanced studies in: Anatomy, Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology, Technique
Technique instruments: Standard instruments and tools used within chiropractic colleges
Diagnostic tools/courses: Usual instrumentation necessary for physical examination
Postgraduate courses: Approximately 200 Continuing Education courses ranging in topics as varied as Manipulation Under Anesthesia, Bone & Joint Health, Adv Nutritional Solutions, AK Certification, Acupuncture Certification, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Sports Injuries on the Field Emphasis–Lumbosacral Injuries.
Changes in curriculum for 2006: Texas Chiropractic College will be working closely with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston on curricular change/development as a “satellite” CAM educational institution. Basic Science Courses in Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Public Health will be co-taught with the UTMB faculty via teleconference. There also will be a revision in sequencing of courses, which will be shared with UTMB exchange students.  A capstone course, Mechanisms–Mechanics, will be shared with UTMB students, and a CAM capstone course will be taught through teleconference with UTMB. An evidence-based research course will be co-taught with UTMB as well. Additionally, UTMB students will rotate through TCC’s Moody Health Center for two-to-four weeks while TCC interns enter into a three-month UTMB family practice rotation.
Other associations affiliated: ACC, ACA, CCE, and more.
Contact info: Sandra Hughes, D.C., Director of Admissions, 5912 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505;
Continuing Education: (800) 533-9822; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Admissions: (800) 468-6839; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (800) 822-2586; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Western States Chiropractic College
Portland, OR - Established: 1904

Techniques offered:
• Primary: Diversified
• Elective: Gonstead

The mission of Western States Chiropractic College is to educate students in the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic; to cultivate those skills and attitudes that will foster clinical decision-making based on established chiropractic procedures, scientific knowledge, integrity, and a genuine concern for humankind; and to prepare its students for their role as primary care physicians, competent in diagnosis and in the chiropractic management of patients’ health-care needs.  The College is also committed to sponsoring active research, programs for post-graduate education, and training for ancillary personnel and services which benefit the general community.

President: Joseph Brimhall, D.C.
DC Curriculum duration: 12 Quarters
Other programs: Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
Diagnostic tools and courses: Stethoscope, otoopthalmoscope, sphyg, and other diagnostic instruments associated with physical examination procedures, clinical laboratory procedures, X-ray procedures, and PT procedures.
Other associations affiliated: Accredited by CCE and NWCCU; ACA
Contact info: 2900 NE 132nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97230
Office of Admissions: (800) 641-5641; (503) 251-5734; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Continuing Education Dept: (800) 215-3716; (503) 251-5719; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Assn: (800) 618-4533; (503) 251-5713; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A New Generation of Adjusting Instruments
Cover Stories
Written by Peter Gyrst, DC   
Tuesday, 15 March 2005 03:04

How 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 us who work with side posture adjusting on a traditional pelvic bench know that, when the patient is too close to the edge of the table, they often tend to tense up and have a feeling like, “I may fall off the edge of the table.”  The patient then, instinctively, moves back (away from the edge of the table), which then requires the doctor to lean forward and stress his/her own back.  In that position, you lose some of your contact and balance and create unnecessary stress on the back.

This made me think, why not apply a “special curve” to the table so you would be able to walk up to the patient; leaving the patient in a comfortable distance from the edge where their head and shoulder are.  Doctor’s adjusting position is now “optimal,” which yields an excellent adjusting stance, no back stress, a comfortable patient and a wonderful chiropractic adjustment experience for all. 

Gonstead Knee Chest Adjusting Instrument

That new improvement was the start and, soon after, I started designing the new Knee Chest instrument based on the same concept.  Basically, the old wooden knee chest was not suitable for a modern looking practice and many doctors were dissatisfied—as well as patients—thinking it was a praying bench, or worse. However, the Knee Chest is a wonderful adjusting instrument. It just had to be lifted to a higher standard in looks and function, and here it is, the new Knee Chest designed to enhance the wonderful chiropractic adjustment with elegance.

After that, I changed the Cervical Chair so it would be presentable with the other two instruments and also look good in the room with the Zenith Hylo, which I could not live without.  Adjusting and palpating on the same chair and being able to put the patient at the right height for the doctor were the major objectives.  Being able to relax ones shoulders gives the adjuster more control.

The Pediatric Table

For my small patients, I have designed a table that, basically, has the same purpose as the Hylo. It is used to adjust and palpate small patients, from ages 1½ to 4 years, in the prone position.  The foam construction in the table enhances the ability to open the disk like the tuck-away part on the Zenith Hylo.

All of this was born out of my love for the precise and elegant adjustment, the core value of chiropractic.  The Gonstead technique is one of the most elegant and precise adjustment techniques done by hand—by far my favorite. But other techniques, like Diversified, can be performed on this new line of adjustment instruments.

Someone once said that adjustment is like neurosurgery, just done from the outside. Thus, it has to be performed with the same respect and precision.

My intent was also to adjust the patient’s perception, before they got on the instrument—giving them a clear sign of professionalism when they enter the room.  On top of that, it helps giving a nice, comfortable adjustment, for both the patient and the doctor.

I am very proud that Williams Healthcare is the company that will handle these instruments in the United States.  First of all, because the Zenith is the highest standard of quality that you can get. And, also, because my grandfather, who graduated from Palmer in 1926, had a Zenith Hylo.

Dr. Peter Gyrst is a third generation chiropractor from Denmark, practicing in Denmark since 1981. He is also a Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern Denmark, and the designer and developer of a New Generation of Adjusting Instruments.

For more information, contact Williams Healthcare Systems at 847-741-3650 or toll free at 800-441-4967.


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