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A New Generation of Adjusting Instruments
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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.

 
Interview with Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R. Chiropractic Radiologist & Author of The Essentials of Skeletal Radiology
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Written by Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.   
Tuesday, 08 June 2004 20:23

“This July will see the publication of the third edition of Dr. Terry Yochum's textbook, The Essentials of Skeletal Radiology.  It's hard to express the importance that this work has had in raising the profile of the chiropractic profession.   Before Dr. Yochum's text, there had never been a chiropractic textbook published by a major publisher.  The text is now one of the best sellers for Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.  Not only is the new edition a mandatory text for all chiropractic students, over 100 medical colleges require it in their curriculum.”
Mark Sanna, D.C.

In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Terry R. Yochum shares with us more about himself and his book, which remains the primary radiology reference guide for chiropractors and medical doctors around the world. 

TAC:  First of all, Dr. Yochum, tell us a little bit about yourself?
Yochum:  I am originally from South St. Louis, MO, where I attended Cleveland High School, the same school that my sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, mother and father graduated from. I went to Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to play baseball and I did a pre-med course prior to entering the National College of Chiropractic (NCC), in September 1967.  I graduated Cum Laude in May 1972 and was President of my graduating class.  On June 4, 1972, I married my best friend, Inge, and we spent our honeymoon in Germany visiting her family and relatives.  On June 4, we will have been married 33 years and we have 3 children: Kimberley Ann (24), Philip Andrew (21), and Alicia Marie (19).

In September of 1972, I entered the Radiology Residency Program at NCC.  Then, after spending four years in radiology training in Chicago, I joined my father, Dr. Kenneth E. Yochum in the clinical practice of chiropractic in September of 1976.  Subsequently, I was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, Missouri.  A unique opportunity presented itself in the fall of 1977, so my wife and I traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to build the radiology department at the International College of Chiropractic (now known as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). 
In September of 1983, with a contract in hand to write a radiology textbook, I migrated back to the United States and landed in Denver, Colorado, where I now reside. 

TAC:  How did you pick radiology as a specialty?
Yochum:  My father was always very interested in radiology and I believe he initially sparked my interest.  During my study at National, Dr. Joseph Janse, President of NCC, and Drs. Donald B. Tomkins and James F. Winterstein, my radiology instructors at the college, fueled this interest. 

TAC:  What prompted you to write Essentials of Skeletal Radiology?
Yochum:  Having taught radiology at three institutions full time for twelve years, I knew that there was a need for a single reference source to encompass many areas of the technological aspects of radiology to include normal and pathological interpretation.  One day, I received a letter from Ms. Toni Tracy, then the Vice President of Williams and Wilkins Publishing House in Baltimore, Maryland, inviting me to consider the possibility of writing a textbook.  I remember how shocked I was when I got this letter and did not respond to it for almost two months.  The process of their offering me a contract, after the submission of sample chapters, table of contents and photos, took approximately two years.  It took five years to hand write the 1st edition of this textbook (10,000 pages of legal size paper), which converted into 5000 pages of computer printout.  It took one year to proofread it. 

TAC:  When was the first edition of your book published and what effect did this have on the profession?
Yochum:  The first edition of Essentials of Skeletal Radiology was published in January of 1987.  It represented the first textbook authored by a doctor of chiropractic and published by a legitimate Medical Publishing House.  I believe that this broke the ground and opened the door for many other chiropractic scholars to publish textbooks, many by Williams and Wilkins as well as by other publishing houses.  The book sold out its first printing of 5000 copies in three weeks, which is a record still holding at Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, as well as the six printings in the first year.  The book met with record success with over 45,000 copies sold for the first edition and over 30,000 copies of the second edition. 

TAC:  Your book’s 3rd edition will be coming out in July.  What’s new in this edition that can’t be found in the second edition?
Yochum:  The third edition contains a new chapter entitled Masqueraders of Skeletal Disease.  This chapter deals with the disorders of the head, and soft tissues of the neck, chest and abdomen that may masquerade as or mimic musculoskeletal complaints.  We have added approximately 500 new illustrations and over 1000 new references; all of the artwork and diagrams have been redesigned and updated.  Additional new plain film radiographs, bone scans, CT and MRI scans are scattered throughout all chapters.  The third edition has grown to almost 1900 pages, an increase of approximately 300 pages from the second edition. 

TAC:  I understand at the beginning of your new edition, you have a foreward by distinguished people from three different professions.  Can you tell us about this?
Yochum:  I am honored that Drs. Reed B. Phillips and Joseph W. Howe, Chiropractic Radiologists, have provided a foreword for this new edition.  Dr. Howe was my professor at NCC and I am forever indebted to him for his tutelage.  Dr. Phillips and I were residents together and have maintained a wonderful friendship for many years.  Both of these gentlemen have written forewords for previous editions of my text. 

Dr. M. Bruce Farkas, an Osteopathic Radiologist, who trained me at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital, also wrote forewords for both the first and second edition and has, again, rendered a foreword for this third edition. 

In addition, I am happy to inform the profession that Donald Resnick, M.D., (Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, and Chairman of the Musculoskeletal Division of the Veterans Hospital, also in San Diego, has written an outstanding foreword for this edition.  Dr. Resnick is the most well-known and published Musculoskeletal Radiologist in the world and has written his own 6000-page, six-volume encyclopedic textbook.  His kind words in the introduction strengthen the overall image of chiropractic, which is very pleasing to me. 

TAC:  Dr. Yochum, I know you have an active radiology practice, yourself.  Tell us about this. 
Yochum:  Yes, I interpret radiographs along with CT and MRI scans for chiropractors all over the United States.  Many chiropractors post us their films for interpretation and we provide a detailed report with treatment recommendations.  This is something that I have done for many years, along with my associate Michael S. Barry, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.

TAC:  How does one obtain the chiropractic radiology degree Diplomate in the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR)?
Yochum:  Years ago, this could be obtained by taking a three year post-graduate weekend course of approximately 300 hours.  These courses were put on through the post-graduate departments of CCE-accredited chiropractic colleges.  However, a number of years ago, those courses were phased out and, in order to be eligible to sit the DACBR examination now, one must participate in a three-year, full time radiology residency program.  Radiology Residency programs are offered at the following chiropractic institutions:

  1. Southern California Institute of Health Sciences (formerly LACC).
  2. National Health Sciences University (formerly National College of Chiropractic).
  3. Logan College of Chiropractic.
  4. Western States Chiropractic College.
  5. Anglo-European Chiropractic College (AECC), Bournemouth, England.
  6. Parker Chiropractic College.
  7. Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada.
  8. New York Chiropractic College is offering a Radiology Residency program and is currently receiving applicants, but this program has not commenced yet. 

TAC:  You’re on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, as well.  Tell us for how long and how did this come about?
Yochum:  I have been on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, since June 1991.  They were using my textbook as a teaching aid and had lost their Musculoskeletal Radiologist.  Dr. Michael Manco-Johnson called and asked me if I would consider giving some lectures at the University to the Department of Radiology and the residents.  I agreed to do so, and the lectures were well received.  Wanting to secure me as a faculty member to teach within the department and interact with the faculty and residents, he asked if I would consider applying for a faculty position.  I, of course, was elated to do so and he fought very hard for me for this appointment, which I am now very thankful for.  I am pleased to tell you that I have won the “Teacher of the Year” award seven times in the last thirteen years, which is an award given at the medical school graduation by the graduating radiology residents.  They vote on the teacher that they feel has given them the most throughout their final academic year.  I do believe that I am the only Chiropractic Radiologist in the world on the faculty of a University Medical School teaching Skeletal Radiology. 

TAC:  You also do a lot of consultant work for many companies inside and outside of the chiropractic profession, including many seminars where you often speak.  Can you give us a list of these companies and organizations with a brief description of what you do for each? 
Yochum:  I have been a Chiropractic Radiological Consultant to Foot Levelers, Inc., for many years.  My good friends, Dr. Monte Greenawalt and Kent Greenawalt, have supported me in lecture programs around the country.

I consulted with Bennett X-ray for many years before they were sold and, now, Healthcare Manufacturing (HCMI) has taken up the production and sale of 100 kh high-frequency X-ray machines.  I designed the Yochum signature series software to standardize X-ray techniques for chiropractors. 

For approximately ten years now, I have been the Chiropractic Radiology consultant to Medical Resources, Inc., an imaging company in Hackensack, NJ.  I read many MRI scans from their centers around the United States and have also given a number of lectures for them privately.  They have also sponsored me at numerous state association meetings. 

Approximately two years ago, I was appointed chairman of the continuing education arm of Dr. Mark Sanna’s company, Breakthrough Coaching.  This has been a wonderful experience and I have gotten to know Dr. Sanna on a personal level.  I support his vision for the profession and I am excited to be a part of the Breakthrough Coaching team. 

I have also consulted with Primal Pictures, LLC, of London, England.  This is a company, which sells anatomical computerized CD’s.  Their anatomical images are absolutely superb and I have used my influence with the company to have a sample CD offered for free with the third edition of my textbook.  They have also graciously donated their CD’s to 19 different chiropractic colleges. 

Most recently, I have taken a position on the board of advisors of a company entitled Diagnostic Testing Centers of America.  This is an outstanding company that does electrodiagnostic testing for medical and chiropractic physicians nationwide.  They have recently sponsored me as a guest speaker for various organizations and state association meetings. 

I have been one of the radiological consultants to the American Chiropractic Association Journal for over thirty years.  I wrote the question and answer section for the ACA Journal for many years and started the radiology quiz corner in their journal back in 1980. 

TAC:  Is there anything new on the horizon for imaging for chiropractors in the future that you could share with the profession?
Yochum:  Yes, I believe that the future for imaging in the private chiropractic marketplace will convert from standard radiography to digital imaging.  This will allow chiropractors to get rid of their dark rooms and the process will become filmless.  There are huge advantages to digital imaging, not the least of which are no repeat X-rays, reduced patient dosage, no storage problems, and no film and solution problems to deal with.  One of the unique opportunities this will provide for chiropractors is the opportunity to send their X-rays to DACBR’s around the country by the simple touch of a button over the internet for sophisticated chiropractic radiology reports.  Many of the chiropractic radiologists in this country will be expanding their computer terminals in order to receive images like this from practicing chiropractors nationwide.  I believe this will significantly speed up and enhance the quality of patient care for practicing chiropractors.  This technology will be cost effective and available to the chiropractic profession before this year is out. 

TAC:  Any closing remarks or advice for our readers?
Yochum:  I would like to thank the thousands of chiropractors who have attended my lectures over the years and particularly those who found my book worthy of their purchase.  The Essentials of Skeletal Radiology actually represents the fourth child within the Yochum family, three given birth by my wife and the fourth given birth by both my wife and myself.  I wish to thank my lovely wife, Inge, for all her support in my professional endeavors.  The time away from home and my family has been significant.

Yochum & Rowe's Essentials of Skeletal Radiology, 3rd Edition, can be purchased directly from Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins by calling 1-800-638-0672 or going to http://www.lww.com/product/0,0,0-7817-3946-2,00.html.  The textbook will also be available at all chiropractic college bookstores in the United States in July 2004. TAC

 
Interview with Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.
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Written by Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.   
Wednesday, 30 July 2003 00:00

Fabrizio Mancini came to the United States in 1978 from Colombia, South America.  His dream was to become a doctor to help alleviate the suffering of others.  His journey began in Dallas as he studied pre-medicine at the prestigious University of Dallas where he was preparing to be a neurosurgeon.  He later discovered the chiropractic profession and enrolled at Parker College of Chiropractic  as a student in 1987, having recognized the potential in preventing disease and educating patients in a wellness lifestyle for optimum performance.  He opened the Mancini Chiropractic Center in 1993 in a Dallas suburb, where he has treated thousands of patients.

In 1999, at age 33, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini became one of the youngest college presidents in the nation when he was named fifth president of Parker College of Chiropractic.  He has been variously described as a family man; an internationally acclaimed professional speaker and educator; president of one of the leading chiropractic schools—and the largest chiropractic seminar series—in the world; healer; humanitarian and philanthropist.  Add to the list of credits his recent success in co-authoring Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, part of the bestselling series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, and what emerges is the budding profile of a chiropractic icon.

In an interview with The American Chiropractor, Dr. Mancini discusses his new book, as well as his vision for the future of Parker Chiropractic College, Parker Seminars, and the chiropractic profession.

TAC: Give us some background information on yourself and your family.
Mancini:  I was born in Colombia, South America, and moved to the US in 1978 at the age of thirteen.  I decided to become a doctor in high school.  As a result, I moved to Dallas and enrolled in Pre Med courses at the University of Dallas.  I wanted to specialize in neurosurgery. 
While there, I discovered chiropractic and enrolled at Parker College of Chiropractic in 1987.  I graduated in 1990 and opened practices in Miami and abroad.  I later moved back to the Dallas area and established a practice in Irving, Texas.  During part of that time, I also served as Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President, Dr. Jim Parker, at Parker College.
I’ve written several articles for magazines and newspapers and have spoken on radio shows about chiropractic in both English and Spanish languages.  I have also been a guest on many TV shows and have co-authored the newly released Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul®, with Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield. 
Now, as far as awards go, I have received many humanitarian, educator, speaker, and volunteer honors.  They’ve been awarded from various civic and professional organizations, including the World Chiropractic Association, the Texas Chiropractic Association, and Heroes for Humanity. 
I’ve been married to my love, Alicia, for seven years and have two boys, Gianni (6) and Luciano (3).

TAC: What influenced you to seek chiropractic as a career?
Mancini:  A Parker student at a party mentioned the word chiropractic in 1986.  It was the first time I had heard the word.  She told me her story as to why she left medical school to become a chiropractor, and I was sold.

Raising money for the Save Out Subluxation (SOS) campaign, a legal suit instigated by the ACA, Dr. Mancini is joined onstage by many of the leaders in the profession, who presented contributions to the fund totaling over $600,000. Las Vegas Seminar 2003.TAC: How does the fact that you are a practicing chiropractor help you in developing seminars and running a chiropractic college?
Mancini:  It keeps me connected to the patients.  Dr. Parker shared with me that we must always keep the patients in mind as we make decisions in chiropractic.  Practicing does that for me.  Also, it lets me know what patients are thinking about the field, what’s going on in the insurance world, etc.

TAC:  As a chiropractor, the president of the largest chiropractic seminar series, and college president, what motivated you to collaborate with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in the writing of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul?  How do you see it helping in the development of a chiropractic practice?
Mancini:  Since I have been in the role of President of Parker College, I have recognized that we, within chiropractic, know what we do and feel great about it.  But, when you look at the statistics and realize that we are not growing with the population, and that over 90% of the public has not experienced chiropractic, I am concerned.
Since I know Mark Victor Hansen, I asked him if he would help us share our miracles with the world through his best-selling book series.  His answer was, “Yes,” and we went to work.  Jack Canfield also agreed, and the publishers were thrilled. 
The genre of the series is a perfect match, as our stories are meant to touch the souls of the readers and inspire them to seek us out as their health care providers.  It is a great tool to help build a practice, as the book tells stories of the amazing healing power of the body through chiropractic.

TAC: As the president of Parker Seminars, how do you see the seminars’ relevance in helping today’s chiropractors and chiropractic assistants?
Mancini:  Our main goal is to fine-tune working procedures so that an office can manage a patient’s relationship from the time he makes that first call to the point where he sees the chiropractor on a regular basis.  We also have the best speakers on subjects like professional growth, personal growth, and the latest science supporting chiropractic.  Our team teachers are also founders of most techniques that keep our art on the cutting edge.  They are successful wellness experts who share their secrets for building and maintaining successful practices. 
A Parker Seminar is a total experience from personal to professional.  It elevates you to a higher level of performance, whether you are a student about to open a practice or a veteran of chiropractic.  We want to help chiropractors and assistants also create greater financial security so that more students will be attracted to chiropractic as a profession. 

TAC: What is the basis of Parker Seminars’ system for professional success?
Mancini: The system is based on the principles and procedures that Dr. Jim Parker taught for over fifty-one years.  Many believe this system is the foundation for some of the greatest successes we have seen in our profession.  We continue to u
evaluate and find ways to teach it more was the first time I had heard the word.  She told me her story as to why she left medical school to become a chiropractor, and I was sold.

TAC: How does the fact that you are a practicing chiropractor help you in developing seminars and running a chiropractic college?
Mancini:  It keeps me connected to the patients.  Dr. Parker shared with me that we must always keep the patients in mind as we make decisions in chiropractic.  Practicing does that for me.  Also, it lets me know what patients are thinking about the field, what’s going on in the insurance world, etc.

TAC:  As a chiropractor, the president of the largest chiropractic seminar series, and college president, what motivated you to collaborate with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in the writing of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul?  How do you see it helping in the development of a chiropractic practice?
Mancini:  Since I have been in the role of President of Parker College, I have recognized that we, within chiropractic, know what we do and feel great about it.  But, when you look at the statistics and realize that we are not growing with the population, and that over 90% of the public has not experienced chiropractic, I am concerned.
Since I know Mark Victor Hansen, I asked him if he would help us share our miracles with the world through his best-selling book series.  His answer was, “Yes,” and we went to work.  Jack Canfield also agreed, and the publishers were thrilled. 
The genre of the series is a perfect match, as our stories are meant to touch the souls of the readers and inspire them to seek us out as their health care providers.  It is a great tool to help build a practice, as the book tells stories of the amazing healing power of the body through chiropractic.

TAC: As the president of Parker Seminars, how do you see the seminars’ relevance in helping today’s chiropractors and chiropractic assistants?
Mancini:  Our main goal is to fine-tune working procedures so that an office can manage a patient’s relationship from the time he makes that first call to the point where he sees the chiropractor on a regular basis.  We also have the best speakers on subjects like professional growth, personal growth, and the latest science supporting chiropractic.  Our team teachers are also founders of most techniques that keep our art on the cutting edge.  They are successful wellness experts who share their secrets for building and maintaining successful practices. 
A Parker Seminar is a total experience from personal to professional.  It elevates you to a higher level of performance, whether you are a student about to open a practice or a veteran of chiropractic.  We want to help chiropractors and assistants also create greater financial security so that more students will be attracted to chiropractic as a profession. 

TAC: What is the basis of Parker Seminars’ system for professional success?
Mancini: The system is based on the principles and procedures that Dr. Jim Parker taught for over fifty-one years.  Many believe this system is the foundation for some of the greatest successes we have seen in our profession.  We continue to u
evaluate and find ways to teach it more effectively.

TAC:  You’ve been quoted as saying that you and Parker Seminars want to “move the profession forward.”  How do you see the seminars as the vehicle to accomplish this vision?
Mancini:  I believe that the profession, as a whole, is a reflection of where we are individually.  We, at the seminars, want to help individuals grow by teaching them ways to practice effectively.  This, in turn, helps the profession grow.  We want to double the patients that come to chiropractic within the next ten years.  We want to lead the wellness movement and demonstrate that, together, we can all help more people.  We want to bring patients to our seminars and have the best of the best give lay lectures so that those patients can become even more motivated to refer everyone they know.  We want to continue to raise funds for worthy causes.  We want to get our profession more fit (Parker Get Fit) and involve our children by having a program for them at every seminar (Parker Kids Club).  We want to continue to be the place where everyone  goes because they know everyone  benefits.

TAC: Parker has introduced some pretty innovative post-graduate programs. What are they, and how do they relate to “moving the profession forward”?
Mancini:  We have implemented many programs including neurology, acupuncture, and pediatrics.  This fall we will be starting the Parker Business Academy.  This program is designed and operated by some of the greatest business minds out there.  We joined forces with Dr. Nathan Jones and his team of experts to create a program that teaches basic business skills in managing an office.  We have realized that most chiropractors love being doctors, but they may not be the best CEO’s in their offices.  We now will have a program that will teach them.  This, in turn, will increase the financial u  welfare of the profession, allowing us to was the first time I had heard the word.  She told me her story as to why she left medical school to become a chiropractor, and I was sold.

TAC: How does the fact that you are a practicing chiropractor help you in developing seminars and running a chiropractic college?
Mancini:  It keeps me connected to the patients.  Dr. Parker shared with me that we must always keep the patients in mind as we make decisions in chiropractic.  Practicing does that for me.  Also, it lets me know what patients are thinking about the field, what’s going on in the insurance world, etc.

TAC:  As a chiropractor, the president of the largest chiropractic seminar series, and college president, what motivated you to collaborate with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in the writing of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul?  How do you see it helping in the development of a chiropractic practice?
Mancini:  Since I have been in the role of President of Parker College, I have recognized that we, within chiropractic, know what we do and feel great about it.  But, when you look at the statistics and realize that we are not growing with the population, and that over 90% of the public has not experienced chiropractic, I am concerned.
Since I know Mark Victor Hansen, I asked him if he would help us share our miracles with the world through his best-selling book series.  His answer was, “Yes,” and we went to work.  Jack Canfield also agreed, and the publishers were thrilled. 
The genre of the series is a perfect match, as our stories are meant to touch the souls of the readers and inspire them to seek us out as their health care providers.  It is a great tool to help build a practice, as the book tells stories of the amazing healing power of the body through chiropractic.

TAC: As the president of Parker Seminars, how do you see the seminars’ relevance in helping today’s chiropractors and chiropractic assistants?
Mancini:  Our main goal is to fine-tune working procedures so that an office can manage a patient’s relationship from the time he makes that first call to the point where he sees the chiropractor on a regular basis.  We also have the best speakers on subjects like professional growth, personal growth, and the latest science supporting chiropractic.  Our team teachers are also founders of most techniques that keep our art on the cutting edge.  They are successful wellness experts who share their secrets for building and maintaining successful practices. 
A Parker Seminar is a total experience from personal to professional.  It elevates you to a higher level of performance, whether you are a student about to open a practice or a veteran of chiropractic.  We want to help chiropractors and assistants also create greater financial security so that more students will be attracted to chiropractic as a profession. 

TAC: What is the basis of Parker Seminars’ system for professional success?
Mancini: The system is based on the principles and procedures that Dr. Jim Parker taught for over fifty-one years.  Many believe this system is the foundation for some of the greatest successes we have seen in our profession.  We continue to u
evaluate and find ways to teach it more effectively.

TAC:  You’ve been quoted as saying that you and Parker Seminars want to “move the profession forward.”  How do you see the seminars as the vehicle to accomplish this vision?
Mancini:  I believe that the profession, as a whole, is a reflection of where we are individually.  We, at the seminars, want to help individuals grow by teaching them ways to practice effectively.  This, in turn, helps the profession grow.  We want to double the patients that come to chiropractic within the next ten years.  We want to lead the wellness movement and demonstrate that, together, we can all help more people.  We want to bring patients to our seminars and have the best of the best give lay lectures so that those patients can become even more motivated to refer everyone they know.  We want to continue to raise funds for worthy causes.  We want to get our profession more fit (Parker Get Fit) and involve our children by having a program for them at every seminar (Parker Kids Club).  We want to continue to be the place where everyone  goes because they know everyone  benefits.

TAC: Parker has introduced some pretty innovative post-graduate programs. What are they, and how do they relate to “moving the profession forward”?
Mancini:  We have implemented many programs including neurology, acupuncture, and pediatrics.  This fall we will be starting the Parker Business Academy.  This program is designed and operated by some of the greatest business minds out there.  We joined forces with Dr. Nathan Jones and his team of experts to create a program that teaches basic business skills in managing an office.  We have realized that most chiropractors love being doctors, but they may not be the best CEO’s in their offices.  We now will have a program that will teach them.  This, in turn, will increase the financial u  welfare of the profession, allowing us to further  advance chiropractic.

Dr. Mancini presents Dr. Wayne Dyer with a special achievement award at the Las Vegas Parker Seminar 2003.TAC: What are your thoughts on the role of Parker Seminars in leading the way to the creation of a new paradigm in overall wellness?
Mancini:  I believe that Parker Seminars bring all parties together in recognizing that even though our opinions may differ, we still have common goals—and that we should work together in achieving our objectives.  We believe that we should be the ones to help define what wellness means and to lead the wellness movement (including patients).

TAC:  James W. Parker, the founder of Parker Seminars, developed the original Parker Principles. How do those principles relate to today’s chiropractic professionals and other wellness practitioners?
Mancini:  I believe the principles never change.  In order to give justice to Dr. Parker, each team teacher shares one principle and how it changed his/her life at each seminar.  This helps the audience consistently hear the message that the principles work and have many effects on people.

TAC: Parker Seminars Las Vegas has become THE event for the chiropractic profession.  What is your vision for Las Vegas in 2004?
Mancini:  Our vision for Vegas 2004 is to have more than 10,000 professionals registered.  We hope that all that came last January will come again and bring someone with them.  We have received a lot of feedback on what they loved in past seminars and what they would like to experience, so we are prepared to give them what they want. 
We also plan to have the largest gathering of patients ever—so they can be our champions in spreading the word in their respective communities.  We will be bringing in many celebrities from outside our profession and will continue to bring the best from within our profession.  We want all the associations and groups within chiropractic to learn, communicate, be inspired, and be entertained.  We plan to have the media involved so that it can spread a greater awareness as to who we are and what we do.

TAC: Any final words for our readers?
Mancini:  Dr. Jim Parker taught me one of the most profound lessons in my life.  He said, “Develop a compassion to serve that is greater than the compulsion to survive.”  My message to the profession is that we should not just survive—but be sensitive to the needs of humanity and become its greatest resource for health and wellness.  We need to grow from within and keep a vision that is greater than all of us individually.  This profession was not meant to be for a selective few; it was meant to be for ALL.

You may contact Dr. Fabrizio Mancini by telephone at 1-800-438-6932, or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . TAC

 
10 More Great Techniques Part III
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Friday, 30 May 2003 00:00

Here is what you can find in this article: 

  • Previous Techniques Featured
  • Introduction by Donald Epstein, D.C.
  • 10 More Great Techniques:
     
    1) Advanced Muscle Palpaption
    2) Blair Cervical Technique
    3) Directional Non-Force Technique
    4) The Graston Technique
    5) Logan Basic Methods
    6) Matrix Repatterning
    7) Dr. Mally's Extremity Adjusting Technique
    8) McTimoney Technique
    9) Neuro Emotional Technique
    10) The Toftness System of Chiropractic

    “10 More Great Techniques” is the third in an annual series of technique features presented by The American Chiropractor.  For your reference, below are alphabetized lists of techniques highlighted in previous years.  Still no info on your favorite technique or one your curious about?  Let us know what we’re missing!

2001
Advanced Biostructural Correction—Jesse Jutkowitz
Atlas Orthogonal Technique—Roy. W. Sweat
Bio-Geometric Integration—Sue Brown
Chiropractic Biophysics—Donald D. Harrison
Dynamic Spinal Analysis—Jerry Hochman
Network Spinal Analysis—Donald M. Epstein
Ortho-Spinology—Kirk Eriksen
Pettibon-Spinal Biomechanics—Burl R. Pettibon
Sacro-Occipital Technique—Marty Rosen and Major B. DeJarnette
Torque Release Technique—Jay M. Holder

2002
Access Technique—Dr. Robert Wiegand
Activator Technique—Dr. Arlan Fuhr
Applied Kinesiology—Dr. George Goodheart
Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique—Dr. M.T. Morter
Charrette Protocols—Dr. Mark Charrette
Diversified Technique—Dr. Tom Bergmann
Gonstead Technique—Dr- Clarence Gonstead
Thompson Technique—Dr. Wayne Zemelka
Toggle Recoil Technique—Dr. Steve Hoffman
Total Body Modification—Dr. Victor Frank.
10 More Great Techniques
The following article is the result of a cooperative effort among The American Chiropractor, Dr. Donald Epstein, and leading authorities on the techniques featured.

Chiropractic Technique:  Finding the Right Fit
 by Donald Epstein, D.C.

10 More Great Techniques Part IIIDr. Donald Epstein is the developer of the Network Spinal Analysis technique and a very active seminar speaker and technique instructor.

Chiropractors generally take their technique(s) personally.  A technique is a strategy to achieve specific objectives for the patient or practice member.  In choosing your techniques, it is wise to first investigate your true objective in caring for those you serve.  Finding the right technique fit is not so much about the technique, itself, as much as it is about knowing yourself, your values, beliefs, chiropractic culture and where you feel your future is pulling you.

In my opinion, we all get to the point where our future self requires more of us presently, and this is reflected in our personal and professional lives.  At this point, we may experience frustration and may question our selves and our treasured techniques.  When this happens we are ready for change—sometimes radical change—and it seems that we can’t wait one moment longer. 

At that point, a practitioner may ask, “What do I like, or what do I enjoy?”   Self-assessing from this perspective will often lead you to more frustration.  Instead, I suggest asking, “Which technique supports who I am becoming and how I can step up my commitment to humanity and to my profession?” Often, from this perspective, the direction in which you need to move will become more evident.

A segment of the profession plays technique roulette, rolling from one technique to another like the ball over the numbers on a roulette wheel, hoping for the magical win.  On the other hand, some merge their personal and professional identities with their technique.  Their commitment to their technique can resemble a religious fervor.  The former individuals may switch from a segmental high force approach to a low force approach, or from a palpation-based model to an X-ray based technique, or switch between anatomical regions.  Still others may choose a new method by finding something that is 180 degrees different from what they were doing to see how this impacts their patients or practice. 

Many practitioners choose their technique based upon their personal experience as a patient or based upon the health or wellness success achieved in care by a family member, friend or former patient.  Some choose their method based upon compatibility with their cultural, academic, or philosophic chiropractic models.

 A trend has occurred during the past two decades.  Diversified and regional spinal manipulation classes have replaced chiropractic systems or packages.  There has been a political movement in chiropractic to discredit “named” techniques or to relegate technique developers to a term such as entrepreneurs.  Unfortunately for the profession and for the schools, new thought, new approaches and new techniques have not, as a general rule, come from the schools.  These so-called technique “entrepreneurs” are the individuals keeping the profession and the vision of chiropractic alive.  They should be applauded for their efforts and contributions.  Those chiropractors who serve our profession by sharing their unique clinical wisdom at technique seminars deserve to be honored and financially rewarded for their help of humanity.  Similarly, those who have dedicated their lives to bringing forward and evolving these methods in our changing world should be rewarded and acknowledge by the profession.  Developing a technique, systematizing your concepts for reproducibility and conducting clinical trials or research, all without the support of the existing academic structures, is not an easy path to take.  However, this is the way it currently is in the profession.  Hopefully, in the future, the chiropractic colleges will nurture emerging models and encourage means of assessing effectiveness for stated objectives and strategies.  With greater diversity, we will all be enriched, and so will those we serve.

When I was first introduced to “diversified” technique at Columbia Institute of Chiropractic, almost thirty years ago, I was taught it as adjunctive force applications to be utilized after chiropractic spinal analysis was performed.  If the practitioner had already determined the primary or secondary subluxations through his or her chiropractic analysis, and the suggested force application did not appear sufficient, diversified offered alternative effective means of applying the forces.

Chiropractic technique includes an assessment strategy and a force application toward a specific goal or objective.  Before choosing a technique, the practitioner would do well to ask what his or her highest objective is for those coming to him for chiropractic care.  What is the chiropractor attempting to achieve?  Correction of subluxation, fixation, somatic anchors to emotional experiences, enhanced range of motion, change in spinal curves, etc., are part of the picture, but are strategic goals, not objectives.  The question, again, to be asked is, “Why am I practicing as a chiropractor?  What would I like to see happen for my patient in her spine and in her life, health and wellness?”

Once the practitioner has decided his short- and long-term objectives for correcting a subluxation, spinal distortion, nerve pressure or tension, etc, how does the practitioner really know if the technique chosen is the appropriate one to accomplish those objectives?  A closer look at technique may be of help.  In my opinion, the following elements compose a chiropractic technique:

A philosophy of health and or wellness and its relationship to structure, function, energy and elements of spinal and neural integrity.

A system of categorizing distortions or deviations from optimal structural, energetic, neurological states, and a priority system as to appropriateness of clinical focus.

A system of force application consistent with the above.

A systems of outcomes assessment to changes in the above, and the movement of the patient toward greater health, wellness, structural and energetic adaptability, function, wholeness, or integrity.

Some techniques seek to influence factors which promote, perpetuate, or initiate the causative pathophysiology, or subluxation.  Others may include exercises, lifestyle intervention, emotional or psychological or nutritional intervention, or physical applications to minimize the spinal/neural stress or structural or energetic distortion.

There are approaches, such as the one I developed, which predispose subluxations and mechanical spinal tension, leading to self correction of the same.  Some methods may include wellness or structural education programs, as well.  I see chiropractic techniques as falling into the two following categories:

Structural Causation:
The subluxation or spinal distortion is seen as the cause of the individual’s loss of health or a significant impediment to healing and recovery.

I classify the subluxation into two categories, into which most methods fit.

The Class A, or Structural subluxation, is associated with segmental distortion and IVF nerve pressure.  It is most commonly addressed with a high velocity adjustment or force to restore the segmental distortion/fixation/misalignment.  This is usually addressed to correct the posterior distortion, or rotation of the segment.

The  Class B, or Facilitated subluxation, is associated with stretching of the spinal cord and nerves due to lack of recovery from emotional or chemical stressors.  It is associated with tension within the vertebral-meningeal-postural relationships.  This is a central nervous system process with adaptive structural changes.  The forces applied to correct this are usually low force or a rapid oscillatory impulse, and are most commonly associated with the segmental levels of vertebral dural attachments

Structural Adaptation:
The spinal distortion is an adaptation to a culmination of stressors which have exceeded the structural, energetic, emotional integrity of the system.

Techniques of this nature intervene to minimize the ongoing adaptive stress response from past traumas, or develop more efficient adaptive strategies.  The subluxation is seen as a sign of an adaptive challenge, rather than the cause of this.

Beyond this simplification of techniques are the models in which they are practiced.  This gets back to the idea of WHY the practitioner is utilizing the technique.  A practitioner whose objective is to reduce or eliminate back pain may switch between various chiropractic techniques, yet still be frustrated that the technique of the moment is not always effective.  Perhaps, in this case, the objective of the chosen technique was not to remove pain but, instead, to enhance spinal function and structure.  Our assessment of success is dependent upon the objective.

In conclusion, I suggest that the inquiring practitioner first assess the “Why’s” of patient care before choosing a new technique to replace an existing one.  All techniques are applied within a particular culture and have specific outcomes.  Here are some questions for your personal consideration:

What is the highest good I wish to bring to my patients?

What style and culture, as a practitioner, will stretch me to be a more effective healer, healing facilitator, chiropractor and human being?

Which techniques allows me room to grow at least slightly beyond my current models and sensory motor and communication skills, so that the approach will not be too restrictive to my growth?

What type of force applications would I want to receive, and also deliver, with the least fear of harm, and to the widest range of the population?  Or, which force application matches the culture I wish to best serve?

What type of assessments for causation, for intervention, and for improvement will allow me to feel most professionally fulfilled, consistent with the chiropractic/health/wellness culture with which I wish to be identified?

Do I see myself as a technician, healer, healing facilitator, or a wellness educator or coach, and does this technique fit into my evolving self-image?

Do I enjoy being with others that practice this method?  In general, how would I personally assess the healing, growth, vitality, personalities, compassion, success and humanity of those doing this work?  Do those practicing and attracted to this method reflect the type of healer, chiropractor, professional I wish to be?

Can practicing this technique and living the subculture within the profession which it represents, assist me to reach a level of clinical and professional excellence, serving my practice members with greater loving service, compassion, humility, confidence, precision, artistry, reproducibility, and mastery?

The techniques described in this issue are diverse and involve therapeutic and non-therapeutic models.  They include the structural causation and structural adaptation models, as well as structural and facilitated subluxation approaches.

Don’t short change yourself.  Please sample many chiropractic models, applications, and cultures until you find the perfect fit. Perhaps it may be a bit stiff at first, but in time you will grow into the healing facilitator, chiropractor, or wellness educator that you always wanted to be.

For more information about Dr. Donald Epstein, Network Spinal Analisis 

The Following are alphabetized descriptions of several chiropractic techniques with brief discussions of their evolution, theories and applications.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III Advanced Muscle Palpation (AMP)
Nick Spano, DC, teaches AMP at various seminars nationwide.
Advanced Muscle Palpation is a method of analyzing the spine for vertebral subluxations.  AMP began as a logical outworking of chiropractic’s recognition that the body strives toward homeostasis and must, therefore, be capable of responding to the subluxation.  It is apparent that an inherent attempt by the body to correct the subluxation would be based on the system’s advanced knowledge of its own biomechanical needs. 

AMP recognizes that the body uses precise physiologic mechanisms to monitor and maintain proper joint position.  Uniquely invested with numerous muscle spindles, the intersegmental muscles are thought to be responsive to facet joint positioning.  The muscles of the spine are, consequently, highly sensitive to any difference between the intended and actual movement of the vertebrae because of these mechanoreceptors.  This results in activity within the transversospinal and suboccipital muscle groups when there is a slight mismatch between the spinal segments.  Thus, as a method of analysis, AMP relies on the body’s own homeostatic mechanisms to determine a specific level of subluxation and direction of force application for the adjustment. 

Chiropractors and chiropractic students are instructed in finding vertebral subluxations using static palpation of these deep stabilizing muscles.  AMP seminars are filled with hours of hands-on application demonstrating this guarding-muscle activity to analyze subluxations from Atlas to the Sacrum.

If your state organization or student club would like to sponsor an AMP seminar in your area., contact Nick Spano, DC, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , http://home.flash.net/~unsublx8/ (note the missing “u” in unsublx8) or call (570) 265-2225.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part IIIBlair Cervical Technique
William G. Blair, DC, PhC, FICA, was the developer of the Blair Cervical Technique.

William G. Blair, DC, PhC., FICA, graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic and established his practice in Lubbock, Texas, in 1949.  Practicing the classical Upper Cervical Specific (HIO) method, Dr. Blair soon noticed that osseous asymmetry seriously affected the accuracy of traditional spinographic X-ray analysis in many patients.  His clinical research led him to develop totally new concepts of the misalignment pathways of the cervical vertebrae, a radically different X-ray analysis to image cervical misalignments directly at the articulation, and a full-torque adjustive thrust (the Blair Toggle-Torque) which duplicated, finally, the adjustment given by Dr. B. J. Palmer.  Despite the proliferation of orthogonally-based upper cervical techniques, Blair Cervical Technique remains the only non-orthogonal precision spinographic and adjustive technique for the cervical spine in the chiropractic profession.

Blair Technique considers subluxations of Cl through C4, though many contemporary practitioners extend the analysis throughout the cervical spine.  Subluxated segments are analyzed as they displace the neural rings, thereby occluding the neural canal and compromising cord space.  The clinical objective of the technique is to restore maximum patency of the neural canal in the cervical region.

Cervical nerve interference is detected by the presence of both a persistent differential paraspinal thermographic pattern and a functional leg length deficiency (usually assessed prone).  The Blair Cervical Spinographic Series, comprised of Base Posterior, A-P Open Mouth, and Scout Lateral Cervical views, a Blair Oblique view of each atlanto-occipital articulation, and a Blair Lateral Cervical Stereoscopio view, allow assessment of vertebral misalignment at the articular margins, as the articulations are formed in each individual patient, eliminating asymmetry as a source of error in the analysis.  The Blair Protractoclamp, a patented positioning device, is used to take cervical radiographs at specific degrees of patient rotation.

The Blair Toggle-Torque adjustment is a distinctive toggle mechanism without recoil by the adjuster and incorporating a 180-degree torque (for most listings) with a “pisiform lead”.  One unique feature of Blair Technique is that the clinician has a choice of ipsilateral or contralateral segmental contacts for any adjustment.

See the Blair Society website at www.blairchiropracticsoc.org for more information.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT)
Christopher John, DC, currently teaches DNFT, a technique originally developed by Dr. Richard VanRumpt.
Directional Non-Force Technique is a low force method of chiropractic originally developed by the late Dr. Richard VanRumpt (1904-1987), and presently being taught by Dr. Christopher John of Beverly Hills, CA.  Known familiarly by its acronym, DNFT is unique in conception and has been the fountainhead for many other low force techniques in use today.

DNFT is a patient oriented technique, capable of resolving the most difficult of chiropractic problems in a swift manner and with long lasting results.  Philosophically, it is in line with the roots of traditional chiropractic:  analyze and correct subluxations wherever they occur, and allow the body to heal.

The diagnostic system for subluxation analysis consists of a gentle challenge and a unique leg check.  This testing allows the body, itself, to indicate the directions of misalignment of structures that are producing nerve interference.  A directionally specific thumb impulse provides a long lasting correction to bony and soft tissue structures.  DNFT is able to achieve structural corrections without torqueing, strong thrusts, and associated articular sounds that are most often associated with traditional chiropractic.

DNFT adjustments include: spine, pelvis, cranials, shoulder, upper and lower extremities, TMJ, and organ reflexes.  There are very few contraindications for Directional Non-Force Technique chiropractic, and it may be safely applied to babies, geriatrics, post surgical patients, and those who have disc herniations and osteoporosis.

Christopher John, DC, maintains a website containing extensive information at: www.nonforce.com.  Phone (310) 657-2338; Fax: 310-657-2279; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III The Graston Technique
Technique owner Michael Arnolt proudly displays the tools used by the chiropractor to reduce manual stress and "catch" on fibrotic tissue for performing the Graston Technique.

The Graston Technique is an innovative technique for treating soft tissue injuries.  It gives clinicians and patients something they want and need—relief.  This patented and researched technique is an advanced form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that incorporates the use of six stainless-steel instruments to identify, evaluate, diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries.  Use of the Graston Technique instruments reduces manual stress to the clinician’s hands and joints and allows the clinician to effectively comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, immediately identifying the areas of restriction.  Once the damaged/affected tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the fibrotic tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.  The result is better outcomes and greater patient satisfaction.

The Graston Technique is performed by skillfully trained and certified chiropractors, as well as other qualified clinicians, such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.  It is effective for acute and chronic soft tissue injuries, including cervical and lumbar sprains/strains, rotator cuff tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, patellofemoral disorders, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, scar tissue, shin splints and trigger points. 

Other benefits of the Technique include faster rehabilitation and recovery, a reduction in the need for anti-inflammatory medication and a decrease in the overall treatment time for patients.  The number of treatments to attain maximum resolution generally ranges from six-to-ten, with most patients attaining a noticeably favorable response within the first three visits, and treatment time is thirty-to-sixty seconds per area treated.  The Technique—used in outpatient clinics, industry and athletics since 1994—has been added to the core curriculum at National University of Health Sciences and Northwestern Health Sciences University.

For more information on the Graston Technique, visit www.grastontechnique.com or call toll-free 1-866-926-2828.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III Logan Basic Methods
Brian J. Snyder, DC, helps keep Hugh B. Logan’s work on the Logan Basic Methods alive through his work at Logan College of Chiropractic. (Dr. Logan's photo to the right)

Basic Technique is a chiropractic adjustment protocol that was developed by Dr. Hugh B. Logan in the mid 1920’s and continued throughout the early 1930’s, which led to the establishment of Logan College of Chiropractic in 1935.  Dr. Logan, a pioneer doctor of chiropractic, developed this specialized method of adjusting after extensive research and investigation of the body’s framework.  This low force adjusting procedure also became known as Logan Basic Methods that has become the title of the textbooks used in the teaching of this technique.

The use of low force techniques is not unusual in the chiropractic profession, however Dr. Logan’s approach to the human framework sets this procedure apart from the rest.  The examination of the patient includes a weight bearing postural analysis and full spine A-P and Lateral X-ray.  The adjustment utilizes a light pressure contact held in the lower sacral region in an effort to balance the sacrum and pelvis, which acts as the foundation of the spine.  This can be equated to any building or structure that relies on a strong foundation to achieve balance and integrity.  One of Dr. Logan’s premises about the spine states, “…as the sacrum goes, so goes the spine.”  Logan Basic Methods recognizes this unbalancing of the sacrum and pelvis to be a major cause of spinal distortion, which may lead to spinal curvatures.

This unique concept continues to be taught at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo, and is an integral part of the present day chiropractic student’s education.

For more information contact Brian J. Snyder, DC, by calling 636-227-2100, ext 250.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III Matrix Repatterning
George Roth, DC, developed the Matrix Repatterning technique based on the research of Ingber, Levin, & Wang and the structure of organic tissue referred to as "the matrix".

Matrix Repatterning was developed by Dr. George Roth as the result of his pursuit of a consistent and congruent system to assess and treat structural dysfunction at its most profound level.  It is a revolutionary, easily learned method to accurately locate primary restrictions anywhere in the body and release them gently and permanently.  Dr. Roth has been teaching this program since 1993 and it is currently co-sponsored by Logan College of Chiropractic.   

The matrix refers to the now well-established structure of organic tissue, based on the research of Ingber, Levin, Wang, etc.  This structure is composed of a lattice of protein filaments, held together in a continuous, prestressed framework defined by the term tensegrity (a combined word coined by Buckminster Fuller meaning tensional-integrity).  It has been shown that this structure exists at every level, right down to the cytoplasm and the DNA.

The tensegrity matrix explains the effects of injury not only on muscles, ligaments and joints, but also on bone, itself, and the deeper layers of fascia surrounding the internal organs.  Matrix Repatterning practitioners have found that these aspects of the injury complex, often ignored by most practitioners, are the keys to successful resolution of many painful and debilitating conditions.

Matrix Repatterning is now being used by practitioners on six continents and has been successful in treating a wide range of conditions previously thought beyond the reach of conventional therapy.  It is currently in use in the treatment of professional and Olympic athletes as well as in veterinary practice (see “If the Shoe Fits?” in the January 2003 issue of The International Thoroughbred Digest).

For more information on Matrix Repatterning please contact Wellness Systems, Inc., Toll Free: 1-877-905-7684; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Web Site: www.matrixrepatterning.com.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III Dr. Mally's Extremity Adjusting Techniques
Mitch Mally, DC, bases his extremity adjusting techniques on the link between spinal/vertebral subluxations and extremity subluxations.

In 1978, as a pre-med student turned chiropractic student, Dr. Mitch Mally found the early offerings of his chiropractic education to include many loopholes and cause for skepticism.  In particular, scholastically, Dr. Mally was being taught that the spine is the cause for most extremity problems and, by correcting the vertebral subluxation, this would resolve the extremity conditions.  While this may be somewhat true, Dr. Mally’s scientific mind questioned and has since proven, that based on the mathematics formula, if A=B then B=A, in fact, the spinal/vertebral subluxation may be the result of extremity subluxations.  Thus, began a diligent effort and since proven triumphant quest to learn peripheral joint biomechanics. 

The result was an exclusive discovery of Dr. Mally’s Extremity Adjusting Techniques for Sports and Occupational Injuries.  Years of research, trial and not much room for error, these techniques gained widespread acclaim by virtue of specificity, vectors, lines of application, forces and Dr. Mally’s remarkable speed with amazing accuracy.

Today, with nearly twenty-three years of clinical experience, Dr. Mally has been recognized as an icon in the field of treating Sports and Occupational Injuries.  Presently conducting seminars at the State Association and Convention levels, also a frequent speaker for Parker Seminars and numerous chiropractic colleges, Dr. Mally’s 5 Star Seminar Series includes:

  • Upper Extremities
  • Lower Extremities
  • TMJ
  • Cervical Spine
  • Low Back
  • Leg Length Seminar, and
  • The International Conference on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cumulative Trauma Disorders.
  • All seminars are license renewal, however the ultimate decision is predicated on State approval.

For inquiries, or to schedule, sponsor, or host Dr. Mally for your State Association, convention, chiropractic college, or independent group, contact Jules with Mally enterprises at (800) 779-HAND (4263).

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part IIIThe McTimoney Method
John McTimoney’s technique, the McTimoney Method, is used by one-quarter of all chiropractors in the United Kingdom.

The McTimoney Method is used by about one-quarter of all chiropractors in the United Kingdom.  It is based on a whole-body assessment of the individual, concentrating not only on the structure of the body, but also on their general well being and quality of life.  The aim is to stimulate the body’s own self-healing mechanism and facilitate a return to optimum health.  

John McTimoney (1914-1980) was trained in the UK in the early 1950’s and, once in practice, he soon started to develop the techniques he had learned using his engineering background.  He started formally teaching his method in 1972, and the college he founded has become the McTimoney College of Chiropractic today.

The method is characterized by an assessment of the whole body, including posture, followed by light force adjustment of the full spine and sacrum.  This is achieved largely through a series of fast, toggle-recoil adjustments, but with added torque for greater speed, leading to a very light touch.  The pelvis can also be corrected with a variety of techniques, and the cranium is adjusted using fast directional thrusts and light-to-firm pressure as required.  Extremities are routinely addressed at every treatment.  A wide range of adjustments can be selected and used as necessary, with over fifty-five different individual adjustive techniques available to the chiropractor to correct the structure of the body and restore function.

For more information contact The McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Abingdon, England +44-1235- 523336 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the following websites: College, www.mctimoney-college.ac.uk; Association, www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)
Scott Walker, DC, developed NET based on 7 scientifically validated foundations. He and his wife, Deborah Walker, DC, have taught NET to over 4000 practitioners.

Aside from the specific (and often remote-from-the-problem) vertebral adjustment correction, NET is based on seven scientifically validated foundations:

1.  Muscle Testing (MT).  More specifically semantic muscle testing.  Recently (1999) scientifically validated. 
2. The concept that emotions are physiologically based.  DC’s know first hand about this in effectively dealing with PMS for example.
3. Pavlovian Responses.  Humans, too, are conditioned—sometimes by one event (this is termed a one time trial). 
4. Emotions/meridian system correlations.  A 1,500-to-4,000-year old principle.  Example: “Anger” correlative—Liver meridian.
5.  Repetition Compulsion (RC).  A Freudian term.  Essentially, what has tramatized you earlier in your life will come back to do it again in like circumstances—if unresolved.  (See the works of Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD)
6.  The role of memory and physiology.  When we remember a traumatic event, the body tends to replicate the physiology which occurred at the time of the event. 
7.  Semantic Responses (and Stimulus Generalization).  The physiology of the body may not only be reactive to the sight of a spider, but also the word “spider”

NET was developed by Scott Walker, DC (Palmer Chiropractic College, 1965).  He and his wife, Deborah Walker, DC (Los Angeles Chiropractic College, 1978) have taught over 4000 practitioners worldwide how to eliminate the emotional component of the causes of the recurrent subluxation.  NET research projects are ongoing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia.

For more information about NET, call (800) 888-4638, or visit www.netmindbody.com.

 


 

 

10 More Great Techniques Part III The Toftness System of Chiropractic
After the technique developer Dr. I.N. Toftness’s death in 1990 , Dr. David Toftness became the president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Research that is the research arm of the Toftness System

With post-graduate training on-going from offices in Wisconsin, Missouri and, now, Japan, the Toftness Chiropractic technique celebrates its 50th anniversary with hundreds of practitioners across the country and around the world.  Practitioners, and students, in Europe, Central America, Australia, Japan and the U.S. are attracted to the technique because of its low-force, high precision, extensive documentation of benefits, and ongoing research into its efficacy.

The Toftness technique features the application of low-force pressure with high precision.  Practitioners first use noninvasive instrumentation to detect stress in the spine.  They then apply low measured force– 4-6 ounces – to specific locations along the spine or other off-spine areas.  The pressure is applied for  set lengths of time until the doctor has achieved his/her goal: removing the nerve interference and, thereby, restoring a healthy energy flow.

The gentleness of the technique makes it suitable for the youngest of infants as well as for adults coping with the pain of injury or illness.  Practitioners also report that the low force technique is less taxing on their own bodies and allows them to remain active practitioners longer.

Toftness practitioners from around the globe continue to contribute to one of the largest libraries of documentation in the field.  The collection currently comprises thousands of before and after X-rays and slides of skin pathologies which dramatically illustrate the benefits of the technique to patients of all ages and conditions.

For more information, contact Toftness Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Research, (715) 268-7500 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.toftness.org.

 

 
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