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Written by Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC)   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:45

Ensuring the success of students and making a lasting impact on the future of chiropractic are the driving forces behind several positive developments being carried out at both the Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses of Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC). Highlighting these developments are the relocation of the Kansas City campus, facilities improvements in Los Angeles, as well as a number of multidisciplinary affiliation agreements with prominent medical establishments in both cities.

In February, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, the college’s third president and grandson of the founder, announced that CCCKC would move its educational programs to two structures on thirty-four acres at 108th and Lowell Avenue in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, KS. The structures total 176,000 square feet that will be used for classrooms, laboratories, a library, cafeteria, offices and other facilities, including planned fitness and day-care centers.

"Part of this $29-million acquisition and expansion plan includes a $10-million retrofit to construct a state-of-the-science chiropractic health center and educational facility," Cleveland said. "With the expansive acreage, this site will accommodate the college’s needs through the next fifty years. Prior to the acquisition, the college explored numerous Kansas City area sites with local economic development agencies to help identify an accessible, large and expandable location. More space is required to educate the men and women who will meet the growing national demand for chiropractic care."

Remodeling at the new campus began April 1, and the college plans to relocate its instructional program by spring 2008. The college continues to seek proposals to establish tenant relationships for a fitness center and a day-care center in one of the buildings.

On the Los Angeles campus, providing expanded amenities and a more nurturing educational environment for students was the impetus for a multi-stage facilities improvement plan approved by the college’s board of directors in late 2004. Exterior work began in mid-2005 and included the building being painted, the installation of new awnings and landscaping and other improvements to the grounds. Later stages included interior renovations of the Media Resource Center, cafeteria and rotunda area. This consisted of new paint, carpet, vertical blinds, computer stations, furniture and other enhancements, all of which give the building a whole new look and a more retro feel.

Offering innovative educational opportunities outside of the college’s curriculum is also part of Cleveland’s commitment to its chiropractic students and the profession as a whole. During the past three years, in an effort to integrate chiropractic care in multidisciplinary settings, officials at both campuses have worked tirelessly to negotiate agreements and promote ongoing relationships within the mainstream medical community.

In Kansas City, the college operates a chiropractic wellness center through an affiliation agreement with one of the metropolitan area’s premiere hospitals, Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, in suburban Lee’s Summit, Missouri. CCCKC’s presence includes several faculty members and a group of student interns selected each trimester. A similar program that also includes faculty and students is being facilitated at Kansas City Veteran’s Administration Hospital. A Cleveland contingent also provides chiropractic care at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic.

Los Angeles’ prestigious Venice Family Clinic, the largest free health clinic in the United States, is the site of CCCLA’s newest multidisciplinary venture. Last spring, the college joined forces with the clinic’s new Simms/Man Chronic Pain Center, where chiropractic care is offered in concert with acupuncture services, osteopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine to provide various forms of pain relief for needy patients. The partnership allows regular chiropractic treatment to be provided free-of-charge by as many as eighteen supervised student interns from CCCLA. Another affiliation agreement is in place between CCCLA and the University of Southern California (USC). Clinicians and student interns from CCCLA are on rotation at USC’s University Park Health Center, which provides health care services to students enrolled at that campus. Finally, CCCLA has a presence at the Los Angeles Mission, where chiropractic care has been added as part of the multidisciplinary services offered to the city’s homeless population.

Providing state-of-the-art educational facilities, as well as unprecedented, innovative opportunities to provide hands-on care in a variety of multidisciplinary settings, are two primary examples of Cleveland’s ongoing commitment to training tomorrow’s top doctors of chiropractic. And, it further solidifies the college’s status as a pioneering leader for the profession.


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New York Chiropractic College
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Written by Peter Van Tyle, D.C.   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:36

nyccNew York Chiropractic College has gone to great lengths to create the country’s top healthcare professionals, providing them with an unparalleled education and offering exciting clinical opportunities. Its coursework accommodates a rapidly evolving healthcare market. NYCC students consistently score well on both the National Board Examinations and on Canada’s Chiropractic Board Exams, signifying that the College’s efforts are paying off.

"Hands On" Training

NYCC’s integrated health centers, located in Seneca Falls, Buffalo, and Long Island, offer students real-world experiences and diverse clinical outreach opportunities. During their final trimester, students may participate in internship programs at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, or undertake externships with chiropractic and acupuncture practitioners throughout the nation.

Students learn the latest in evidence-based concepts, often finding that a dual degree—for example, pairing chiropractic with a masters degree in acupuncture or nutrition—produces a powerfully effective combination that attracts America’s increasingly astute patients. Faculty members pride themselves on their hands-on approach to healthcare, often conducting independent research in clinical and the basic sciences. In fact, NYCC was recently awarded a federal grant of over one million dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services to study modalities that are proving most effective in the treatment of lower back pain. The trials will be performed in conjunction with the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and in private practices throughout the Rochester area.

Preparation for Exciting Careers

NYCC’s Career Development Center helps students make the successful transition from academia to the "real world" of practice. Career resources include a state-of-the-art "Chiromap" that displays demographic information enabling students to find the best places in the United States and in Canada to practice. The office maintains a database of over 2,000 associateships, partnerships, and office-coverage opportunities, as well as available equipment for rent or sale. There is no shortage of resource materials in the center; videos and computer software help students conduct a successful job search, explore state licensure information and learn practice management techniques.

The College’s Center for Postgraduate and Continuing Education seminars keep practitioners abreast of current clinical concepts and new techniques. Relevant offerings are conveniently offered through classrooms, online, within home study packets, and through teleseminars.

Many "Masters"

NYCC’s Masters Degree offerings are for those students who want to specialize in particular areas of healthcare. For example, NYCC’s School of Applied Clinical Nutrition, offered one weekend each month, enables professionals to meet patients’ critical requirements for nutritional information. A Masters Degree in Diagnostic Imaging is a four-year, full-time residency devoted to chiropractic radiology and qualifies successful candidates to sit for the examinations that lead to a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) certification. A Masters of Clinical Anatomy is perfect for those people seeking to enter careers in secondary educational settings. The Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as various fellowship opportunities, provide licensed students and graduates, alike, with the opportunity to expand both their knowledge and their marketability.

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Innovative Education
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Written by National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:34

National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) prides itself on providing students with the most complete academic and professional education for a career in the health sciences. For over 100 years, the university has led the chiropractic profession with academic excellence, dynamic faculty members and innovative leadership.

Integrative Medicine

Since 2000, when National changed from The National College of Chiropractic to National University of Health Sciences and adopted its university name and structure, the institution has become an academic home for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Today, students with different interests (e.g., chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and oriental medicine) can receive their education in shared classes, so they can become true colleagues, and so that integrated medicine can truly become a reality. Furthermore, students of one discipline can extend their study and obtain a second doctoral or master’s degree, thus expanding their practice opportunities.

"We are taking the best natural health care professions and bringing them together on one campus so that we can forge dialogue, integrated care opportunities, and new research collaborations," says James Winterstein, D.C., president of National University of Health Sciences.

Practice Management

Not only are NUHS students fully educated in the academic aspects of their chosen careers but the professional side as well. National has developed a unique Ethical Practice Management Program (EPMP) that prepares graduates for the realities of their future practices and helps them be proactive in laying this groundwork while they are still students. Each of National’s academic programs incorporates business classes into the curriculum.

Just a few of the courses and topics covered in the program include preparing a curriculum vitae, developing criteria for selecting a practice type and location, financing a practice, promoting and marketing an ethical practice, establishing and maintaining professional boundaries, developing successful office management and staff procedures, and creating a personal financial plan.

Student Organizations

National University has over 25 student organizations that enable students to develop professional skills and cultural awareness or explore political and religious issues. Many student groups have been formed to develop knowledge of various technique systems, such as Applied Kinesiology, Therapeutic Massage, Activator or Motion Palpation. Others, such as the Sports Rehab Club, Student Association for Internal Disorders, and Chiropractic Case Club, meet to discuss in-depth medical topics with faculty and visiting lecturers. A new campus club, "Vis," intends to explore emerging applications in natural medicinal therapies, bringing together chiropractic, naturopathic and oriental medicine students.

Research Opportunities

Since its inception in 1906, National has been at the forefront of research related to the practice of chiropractic. Students may enhance their professional knowledge by serving as research assistants in one of National’s current research endeavors and becoming involved in projects that may have an impact on how chiropractic will be practiced in the years to come.

Currently, students have the opportunity to participate in a mentored research project in conjunction with the NUHS Department of Research and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students can work with a UIC faculty research mentor on a current project in the areas of basic and clinical science, clinical trials, or epidemiological studies. In addition to approximately 15 to 20 hours of laboratory, study or trial interaction per week, participating students attend two UIC courses, attend a professional conference with mentoring faculty related to the research project and research interests, and have the opportunity to professionally present and possibly publish research. A three-year Research Residency is also available at National and requires completion of the Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) as part of the residency.

Continuing Education

National University of Health Sciences offers a variety of options for continuing education and postgraduate studies through the Lincoln College of Postprofessional, Graduate and Continuing Education. Students and practicing professionals can choose from a wide array of certificate programs, diplomate programs, and specialty seminars on campus and at various regional facilities. Programs are offered primarily during weekend hours for attendees’ convenience.

Almost all of the postgraduate classes are open to students who meet specific trimester requirements so they can gain the most benefit from the courses they wish to take. While most doctors take postgraduate courses to meet continuing education requirements, students do not receive credit for the courses and take them to expand their own professional knowledge. The courses are also made available to students at a discounted price.

After graduation, students also have the option of applying for one of National’s three residency programs. The three-year programs enable DC’s to gain specialty training in advanced practice, diagnostic imaging, or clinical research. Upon completion of the residencies in Advanced Practice and Diagnostic Imaging, the resident receives the Master of Science (MS) degree in Advanced Practice and Diagnostic Imaging. The residency in Research requires completion of the Masters in Public Health.

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The Piezoelectric Sensor The Heart of the ProAdjuster Patient Care System
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Written by Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.   
Friday, 04 May 2007 13:54

Technique + Business = Results.

Within this simple equation is the formula to business success.

If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after.

In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our doctors, alongside the ProAdjuster, have undoubtedly been recognized throughout the chiropractic profession and helped thousands of doctors achieve the results and freedom they are after.

As a brief overview of the ProAdjuster patient care system, I would like to discuss the basic patient encounter that occurs on a day-to-day visit, which is the chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT). When a patient, say for example, a Medicare patient on a medically necessary treatment plan with pain, asymmetry, ROM, tissue/tone (P.A.R.T.) examination findings, etc., presents for care in your office, the CMT should have a somewhat standardized sequence for an uncomplicated encounter.

The ProAdjuster office visit sequence after, of course, updating the history, chief complaints, etc., consists of five basic steps:

1. Analyze

2. Adjust

3. Re-analyze

4. Educate

5. Recommend

This sequence is standardized in the hope of delivering a consistent level of patient service that leaves no stone unturned in terms of communication and education of the patient, as well as, delivering the appropriate care.

The Piezoelectric Sensor—The Heart of the ProAdjuster

In the analysis mode, the ProAdjuster head contains a technology called the piezoelectric sensor. When the ProAdjuster instrument delivers a measured percussion over the motor unit in a region—say, the cervical or thoracic spine—a six-pound pre-load is required from the DC to initiate the test. The motor unit consists of the joint complex and the overlying soft tissues, etc. The concept of tapping "the bone" is outdated.

The sensor, which has been used for years in industries like aerospace, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering to evaluate the motion characteristics of materials, gives us a very accurate depiction of the state of the motor unit in terms of oscillatory characteristics. The sine wave displayed on the screen as a result of the test percussion contains, within it, many pieces of information that the DC will find helpful in allowing him/her to determine which segments are of interest today.

For example, the sine wave that is produced as a result of a fixation or a resistant motor unit will be higher in amplitude or height (see "A" in Graph 1 and Graph 2). If hypomobility related to hysteresis exists in a motor unit, the apex or peak of the wave will be located to the left of the midline of the sine wave (see "B" in Graph 1 and Graph 2). The frequency of oscillation (Hz) is displayed by the length of the sine wave along the X-axis (see "C" in Graph 1 and Graph 2). The characteristic of articular gliding (termed motoricity) is best illustrated by the smoothness or grouping of the sine wave (see "D" in Graph 1 and Graph 2).

When the doctor takes these readings into account, along with other physical findings as part of the normal evaluation, the DC can then determine which segment he or she is going to adjust. The beauty of the piezoelectric sensor is this: Since it measures the resonant frequency of the motor unit, the computer software uses this data to determine an appropriate sub harmonic impact rate to most efficiently oscillate the joint and cause the optimal effect. The sensor continues to function during the chiropractic adjustment. It measures the similarity of the percussions as the adjusting tip interfaces with the motor unit. When a predetermined number of impacts (actually, ten) are measured to have 95 percent similarity, the adjustment is terminated.

After the segments in the region are addressed by the DC, the re-analysis phase is initiated. This lets the DC know, with certainty, about the effect of the treatment. This is very important because the patient is also able to see the results objectively on the computer screen. This helps tremendously when you are trying to educate your patient about objective findings beyond the topic of symptoms.

During the education step, you will be able to show the patient that their wellness care is effective or if they have had a measurable degree of segmental dysfunction subsequent to a flare-up.

Finally, recommendations can be made with this knowledge that allow the patients to become more compliant with the prescribed treatment plan because they are more informed about their conditions.

So, along with the DC’s analytical skills, the piezoelectric sensor of the ProAdjuster helps gather objective date that would otherwise be unattainable and lets the doctor make more informed treatment decisions and deliver precise, controlled adjustments. This is one of the most beneficial aspects of having this type technology.

I’m confident that, if you utilize this system, your patient care and your patient results will reach another level. A wonderful byproduct is that your practice, your business and your life will also reach another level.

This winning combination, patient care along with strong business results are simply one more step toward achieving our goal and mission of making chiropractic the number one health care choice on planet Earth!


Dr. Maurice A. Pisciottano is the President and CEO of The ProAdjuster Group. He is a 1989 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year award as given by Ernst and Young in 2006® for Professional Services. He may be contacted at 724-916-0400.

Still Going Strong
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Written by L. John Faye, DC   
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 12:24

Dr. L. John Faye graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1960, having completed both chiropractic and naturopathic undergraduate courses. He has practiced as a chiropractor ever since. The first fourteen years, he was in Southampton, England, and then returned to Canada for ten years.

After nine years in Canada, Dr. Faye was the first chiropractor ever appointed by the Canadian government to accompany the 1984 Canadian Track and Field Olympic team to Los Angeles. This six-week assignment led to the whole Faye family immigrating to Los Angeles, where Dr. Faye has practiced to this day.

Within that forty-five year period, Dr. Faye was on the original committees that started the Anglo-European Chiropractic College (AECC) in Bournemouth, England. He taught Motion Palpation and chiropractic technique of the spine, pelvis and extremities and developed the heuristic model of the "Subluxation Complex" as the core of the clinical sciences and clinical application of the dynamic principles of chiropractic at AECC. In the early stages of the AECC, he was able to maintain a practice and fill in as the Clinic Director.

On returning to Canada, in 1975, Dr. Faye taught full time for one year at CMCC, until he and his family settled in Ottawa. He was appointed by the Canadian Council on Chiropractic Education to observe the accreditation process of an American chiropractic college. It was through this experience that Dr. Faye perceived that the United States colleges were "stuck in the static model of chiropractic and had not made a move toward a more rational approach to the benefits of spinal adjusting the literature calls manipulation." He formed Motion Palpation Institute to "help remedy the situation."

Dr. Faye was awarded the Henri Gillet award by the Belgium Chiropractic Association and is an honorary member of the Canadian Chiropractic Sports Sciences Council. He has lectured to the Directors of the Rand Corporation while they were doing research projects for the chiropractic profession. He has never received an award by any American organization.

In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Faye reflects on the concepts he presented so many years ago that began a revolution for the chiropractic profession and redefined the subluxation complex.


TAC: Tell us about how you developed Motion Palpation. What inspired you?

Faye: In 1962, I was a very busy young chiropractor, practicing in Southampton, England. I did an in-house research study comparing the before and after X-rays of the patients that got well. I had a 300/500 unit and used fast screens and a 72-inch distance technique that reduced the radiation exposure to the patient by eighty-five percent. I discovered that these patients that got well had worse listings in sixty-seven percent of the cases. I had 120 patients in this study and I was shocked!


Soon after, early in 1963 in Belgium, I heard two great chiropractors speak for a half day each. Dr. Fred Illi ran 16mm film showing how the spine moved abnormally when patients had symptoms and how the function was normalized after they were adjusted and specifically exercised. Dr. Henri Gillet demonstrated how to palpate spinal motion dysfunction by using what he called Motion Palpation to discover joint fixations.

On returning to England, I did a literature search and purchased any books that dealt with spinal and extremity biomechanics.

We were preparing to open the Anglo European Chiropractic College and, to prepare technique classes, I classified what we did as addressing the five components of the "Subluxation Complex." The "Subluxation Complex" is really a heuristic model to help chiropractors organize their study categories, develop a diagnostic work up on a patient that leads to multiple diagnoses that will drive the treatment procedures and treatment schedules and provide a realistic patient anticipation of the expected outcome. It is not a single situation, like the old fashioned, misaligned vertebra. In the new model, we can rationally explain how the irritated, facilitated sympathetic nerves can affect organ dysfunction and lead to disease. More people are unhealthy because of facilitated nerves than from "pinched" nerves.

Thus, the classic static model was replaced with a dynamic, rational, functional model that was based on biomechanics, the neurobiological mechanisms, inflammation, muscle physiology and the effects of stress, as described by Hans Selye, MD. The model expands as new knowledge is discovered and the excitement to be a chiropractor never disappears. It is fun to swim in a sea of relativity and not follow a system that is guru-driven to be believed like a religion.


TAC: Can you tell us a bit more about facilitated nerves? What are they?

Faye: Our autonomic nervous system controls subconscious body function, like breathing and blood pressure, etc. The parasympathetics, normally, are in control until we come under noxious stress factors and then the sympathetic nervous system over-rides the parasympathetics to deal with the stress factors. Certain spinal joint dysfunctions irritate the sympathetic nervous system and cause it to be activated when there is really no need. Thus, the term facilitated nerves. Normal physiology switches into the "fight or flight mode" of physiology that can, in chronic situations, lead to tissue changes called pathology.


It is the opposite of the old model of "pinching" or shutting off nerve supply.


TAC: Have you noticed a lot of resistance to your ideas from certain segments in the profession?

Faye: To say I have had a lot of resistance in America is putting it mildly. The system promoters and their followers were very threatened by the logic and very large bibliography I was quoting. Bones don’t misalign unless there is degenerative pathology of the holding elements. Young patients’ nerves don’t get pinched or shut off; otherwise, they would all complain of numbness. Dogma was, and still is, rampant. I believe in free discussion to educate our profession. The solution many colleges had was to ban me from their campuses and continue to teach listings from X-rays.


I was considered out of order and a heretic by most American chiropractors in the 1980’s when I first started to lecture in the USA. I have mellowed in my desire to rescue the system followers and I keep contact with those that are in the dynamic paradigm that are used to discussing a topic of interest.


TAC: So, has the resistance changed much over the years? What is the current attitude of the profession toward your work?

Faye: Much of the literature and concepts that I introduced, through over four hundred seminars I, personally, presented, has been integrated into college programs and appears in questions on the National Board Exams. Doctors I helped make the paradigm shift have teaching jobs in many of our colleges. Many of these doctors specialized in one component of the model and ended up knowing much more than I do about that topic. That was always my goal. I envisaged we would have chiropractors with Ph. D. degrees in biomechanics, neurology, nutrition, epidemiology, etc., and we now do have these doctors that know our specific needs in these fields.


Many doctors, who did all the hard work I asked of them, occasionally let me know how successful they have become in their communities. Rational chiropractors, who keep up with the literature, never get bored and communicate well with other professionals, which has many practice benefits.

College lecturers that have not shifted, tell students of the failure of Motion Palpation to show excellent inter-examiner reliability and their students don’t realize Motion Palpation is only the tip of the iceberg of what I teach.


TAC: What do you use X-rays for?

Faye: Radiographs establish the level of degenerative changes that influence the establishment of treatment schedules and the prognosis, including the need for supportive, maintenance care. Static views cannot reveal joint dysfunction; but a series of flexion, extension, and lateral bending views will uncover hypo or hyper mobility and any translation defects. There are new technologies to record spinal joint dysfunction.


I X-ray all patients with no incident to report as the cause of their symptoms. Over the years, I have caught many pathologies, from cancer to Padgets’ Disease.


TAC: Do you use nutritional counseling to affect the patient?

Faye: Yes, I get my patients to go online and answer a long questionnaire that is sensitive to their specific answers and prescribes the necessary supplements based on scientific evidence. They get packets with their specific prescription for morning and evening consumption. If doctors email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , I can get them enrolled. It is sort of a doctors-only multilevel marketing situation.



TAC: Is the only thing you use to affect the patient based on functional information?

Faye: I believe in the healing power of Nature, if the host is supplied with all the normal conditions. Sometimes, a broad, nonspecific approach is necessary, so I can be quite eclectic with some patients. I teach some a form of meditation or I arrange for psychosocial counseling as two examples.


TAC: What other therapeutic modalities do you include when treating a patient? Why?

Faye: In chronic muscle spasm and atrophy areas where there is no inflammation, I use mostly heat packs for fifteen minutes to literally soften the soft tissues. That makes manipulation easier.


In chronic cases, I like to use the Ghua Sha or Graston instruments, to see if any adhesions have organized a capillary bed that needs to be disturbed and removed by the body.

I check for Trigger Points, as described by Travell, and spray and stretch when indicated.

I have found Active Release Technique to be effective when the adjustments don’t cause the muscle to normalize, especially with the very active muscles, like the calf , psoas and scalenius and shoulder muscles, to name a few.

For the inflamed tissues, I use Interferential Electro Therapy and instruct the patients to ice for twelve minutes every hour possible.

I use wobble boards and other low-tech rehab when the inflammation has cleared and add exercises at this stage.

Recently, I added a low level infrared laser to modulate pain and promote healing.

Many patients get a form of intermittent traction that is motorized by my Leader table. I often adjust patients prone when the table has the spine most distracted, if I am not treating a disc syndrome with the continuous passive motion traction.

I try to influence all the components of the "subluxation complex".

TAC: Tell us about The Motion Palpitation Institute which you co-founded.

Faye: While in the United States for the Canadian CCE in 1978, I contacted a classmate living in Los Angeles and was introduced to Dr. Don Petersen Sr., who was a promoter of chiropractic seminars and the founder of Dynamic Chiropractic newspaper.


I hired Dr. Petersen’s company and started the Motion Palpation Institute by creating a program that was presented over five weekends that taught a doctor and students how to transition from the static to the dynamic, functional model. It was a huge undertaking because it involved a paradigm shift, and hundreds of hours of study to learn biomechanics, motion palpation, about four hundred manipulations of the spine, pelvis and extremities, not to mention shedding the guru-driven dogma many believed without questioning. MPI, in a few years, had doctors at a level of expertise in clinical practice and over three hundred seminars were presented worldwide in the early eighties.

In 1986, I resigned from MPI and continued to lecture independently. Dr. Don Petersen Sr. died soon after and MPI was disassociated from the Dynamic Chiropractic publication.

I have given a few MPI seminars since the company’s reorganization, and am still accepting invitations to speak at conventions and present seminars worldwide

TAC: What is the most common problem you see among chiropractors today?

Faye: Many chiropractors want the "subluxation" to be the old "nerve interference" iron filing, rheostat, light-bulb concept, because it is easy for a patient to understand.


The problem is, it isn’t the truth, and educated, influential members of our society think we are ill informed for saying so.

The paradigm shift is on, but it has taken forty years to get this far. The rest of the world is much further into the shift from the static to the functional model. Structure isn’t the only thing that governs function.

Part of the paradigm shift is the development of companies that can invent supportive diagnostic equipment, like surface EMG, computerized muscle testing, and Range of Motion computerized analysis. Now that the model is rational, scientists can help us.

TAC: If the entire profession embraced your findings, what action steps would need to follow to create this more scientifically acceptable model? What time frames would this take?

Faye: Surprisingly, not very long. A paradigm shift is about looking at the same information from a different point of view. The adjustments don’t change, but how you determine the when, where, why, how, and how often to adjust changes.


Our promotion literature changes and we stop mis-informing the public about mis-alignments and repositioning vertebra for health. We are about drugless health care and the old model is reductionistic and far too simplistic. Disease is multicausuistic and we need a complex model of sophisticated natural healers. The information is available right now and the public is receptive. The irony is, we are not growing with this information. Our majority wants to remain in the static model. New companies understand the need to change and are producing products that reveal dynamic dysfunction.

For many of us, it is already happening as a result of the last forty years of new information. How much longer it will take all of our colleges to declare the "subluxated bone" to be a part of our history and get on with the new model is anybody’s guesstimate. I won’t see it happen, that’s for sure.


TAC: Using this "newer" model, what kind of benefits and changes in patient care could we look forward to? How would the chiropractic treatment change?

Faye: With the new model, patient care is based on more objective findings and re-evaluations and our care becomes much more standardized. This leads to validated treatment goals and treatment schedules that can be substantiated by studies. In other words, medical necessity is validated by the studies’ comparing patient groups with like conditions and complications. For example, some back pains are four- to ten-day affairs and others need to be managed for life. Groups on nutritional supplements and modalities can be compared to those treated with adjustments only. All kinds of ailments can be studied and compared to patients under medication.


We will be recognized for our management of conditions as well as our cure of some conditions. Right now, we want to give the impression we cure people instead of managing their healthful passage through life. Preventing degenerative arthritis by maintaining joint mobility is a huge undertaking that present research deems very likely, and only needs clinical studies to be set up in order that prospective observation can be recorded.


TAC: What is the biggest problem or challenge you see in the chiropractic profession today?

Faye: The fact that chiropractors are accepting really reduced fees from insurance companies is draining our profession of monetarily successful doctors that can afford to give back to the colleges and research organizations.



TAC: What single piece of advice would you give a new chiropractor just starting out?

Faye: Learn to detect dysfunction and know the adjustments that restore that function. Once a doctor realizes that it takes a series of treatments to get a specific adaptation to the imposed demand of the adjustment, then he/she will have patients that stick with them long enough to get a normal functional spine and extremities and not just pain relief. The homeostasis achieved will lead to many different health benefits.



TAC: What general advice would you give an established chiropractor whose practice might be struggling?

Faye: Older unsuccessful doctors need to realize there is a paradigm shift occurring. Many very intelligent chiropractors fail because, down deep, they don’t believe the old dogma but they haven’t replaced it with a rational, functional, dynamic model.


In this new model you have to keep reading and learning more knowledge all the time. Chiropractic needs to change, like other professions do, all the time.


TAC: Where do you see the future of chiropractic headed?

Faye: If we don’t establish our own scientific database and modernize, we won’t remain autonomous as the political pressure increases and our practitioners fail to earn professional incomes.



TAC: Any final words for our readers?

Faye: We have never known more about how we help our patients and, yet, we are still bickering over what B. J. said. The colleges have to teach generic chiropractic by picking the best of the techniques that are rationally explained and stop forcing our students to pick a system. Our societies need to open up and demonstrate free discussion. We have to stop protecting the irrational procedures done in the guise of chiropractic.


Motion Palpation is not a system. It becomes part of the decision making to determine when, where, why, how, and how often one should adjust this patient.

Dr. Faye has created a teaching website,, that is a very reasonably priced technique resource for students and doctors that wish to become masters of spinal and extremity manipulation. It has ten hours of video demonstrations available 24/7 for members. Dr. Faye can be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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