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The Latest in DC's Legislation
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Written by Jeff Cronk, D.C.   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 11:32

In case you have not heard, S. 1955, which would have had a potentially devastating effect on the profession of chiropractic, has been stopped in the senate!  In the process of stopping it, some monumental organization occurred.  A potentially devastating threat began an alignment process, and the profession went under acute care.  A profession which for years has been in the state of chronic dis-ease of disorganization and dis-unification, unified and organized!  Doctors from different backgrounds— straights, mixers, philosophical based, evidenced based, doctors from all techniques, doctors from all of the various schools—united!  At least 20 or more State Associations participated in weekly teleconference calls to organize and effectively direct this acute unified force. National organizations, for the first time, had something on which they could agree and for which they could unify.

The result was that a symptom went away—though none of us should think for a moment that an actual cure took place—as the adjustment was administered, but now the process of alignment needs to occur. Chiropractic must now continue in corrective care so that it may experience optimal health.

Chiropractic, as a body, has been anything but in a state of optimal health.  Our dis-organization and lack of unity has lead to many misalignments, with little or no organized feedback and regulation.  Our schools are not booming and many of them are in real conflict; our regulatory boards have had scandals and have given the field reason for upset; our national organizations quibble; special interest groups and individuals within our profession have crossed over and aided the external environment to weaken us further.  Yet, despite all of this, we are surviving—though perhaps less optimally than we can—and will continue to survive, if we live what the majority of us teach and demand that our leaders further the process of organization and unity so that we may begin corrective care.

S. 1955 was a wake-up call and its best attribute was that it united us. We must now stay both united and organized in order to develop great internal body feedback and regulation, so that we can experience optimal health. We must, as a profession, continue to clean up—putting aside our individual interests for that which is for the greatest good of our profession as a whole, so that we are not always at the mercy of a hostile external environment.  If you do not think the external environment is hostile, realize that Medicare has interpreted that care beyond twelve visits may be fraudulent, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau has estimated that $100 billion dollars each year is paid in fraudulent medical bills (http://www.statefarm.com/media/insback.htm).

I can think of no better place to strengthen both our intra-professional feedback and regulation than the  Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) “Best Practices Document,” a document not to be taken lightly as we all must live with it, and be judged by it.  Most of us know that “Best Practice Documents,” like the earlier Mercy Document, can cause further dis-unity and dis-organization to our body.
In perhaps a month or so, the first chapter will be released, “The Low Back Best Practices Draft.”  This will be followed by drafts on the neck, extremities, etc. You must individually read this document, which can be downloaded at www.ccgpp.org.

If you, like me, believe that this document does not fulfill its intent, then you must do something about it.  It is not time to be emotional; it is time to be effective and our example is S. 1955.

We must demand that our political leadership provide feedback and regulate what our body is allowed to put out as representing us as a whole.

Do not sit back and think that this does not involve you, read the document and decide, and do it quickly.  You matter and so does your opinion. If you do not like the CCGPP Low Back Document, immediately call your state and national political leaders and find out what they are going to do about it?  Do not let emotion enter in; instead, organize! Let’s once again just be effective, and continue on our profession´s corrective care program—if not for ourselves, for the benefit of the millions of patients that rely on our care.

Jeffrey A Cronk, DC, is a licensed chiropractor since 1988, and is the president of National Injury Diagnostics. Dr. Cronk can be reached for questions or comment at 715-833-8533 or e-mail at:
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Initial Draft of CCGPP Best Practice Document is Released

The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) has released the long-awaited initial draft of their Best Practice document. The culmination of more than two years of work, the draft is intended to provide clinicians, patients, payors, regulators and others with a tool to incorporate careful analysis of the current state of the scientific literature with clinical expertise and patient care options. We value input into the process from all stakeholders and hope you will assist us with getting word out that the document is available for comment.

Production of this document has followed a carefully designed, scientifically based set of procedures intended to comply with the most rigorous and up-to-date international standards of best practice document development. Part of that process involves a carefully designed, pre-established search strategy of the scientific literature, with papers rated for scientific validity and utility. Areas of inconclusive or contradictory evidence were subjected to accepted consensus methodology, and the entire document is intended to be as transparent as possible, allowing users to determine the bases of recommendations and relevant source data for conclusions.

Stakeholders, including chiropractic providers, patients, third party payers, students, and others, are being asked to provide feedback regarding the draft document through a survey mechanism on the CCGPP or Spine.com websites.  The draft can be accessed at www.CCGPP.org, and lay users can access an abbreviated version at www.spine-health.com. Stakeholder organizations, including state associations, national associations, chiropractic colleges, and other interested organizations, are invited to provide specific comments, preferably by organizing a committee of interested members to review and comment on the document. Comments should be sent electronically to the organization’s CCGPP representative as noted below or directly to the CCGPP office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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At a minimum, comments should address the same issues as those in the survey being used by individuals. This document is a draft and subject to revision based on specific criteria. While one important standard of best practice development is transparency, another equally important trait is editorial independence. Any substantive changes in conclusions or recommendations will be made solely by the independent CCGPP Commission based only on submission of relevant documentation sufficient to support a change in conclusion. All organizations and individuals should submit relevant supporting literature (electronically as a WORD or PDF file) with their comments.

The CCGPP appreciates your patience and generous support of the Council’s important work, and look forward to your participation in this worthwhile and historic effort. Comments will be accepted through July 10, 2006.

 

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Expand Military Access to Chiropractic

Measure calls for analysis of extending chiropractic care to reservists, retirees and dependents

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved pro-chiropractic language that would require the Department of Defense to ensure that chiropractic care is available to all members of the armed services through U.S. military treatment facilities worldwide. The language, backed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), was passed on May 11 as part of HR 5122, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007.

“The passage of this language is a victory for our men and women in uniform, as they are one step closer to accessing the chiropractic care they need and deserve,” said ACA President Richard G. Brassard, DC.

The bill, as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, would require the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan for providing chiropractic health care services to all members of the uniformed services, as mandated by Public Law 106-398, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001. In addition, HR 5122 would require the Pentagon to study the cost and feasibility of expanding the chiropractic benefit to military dependents, retirees and reservists.

According to ACC President Frank Zolli, DC, “The progress that has been achieved to date with the inclusion of doctors of chiropractic in both the DoD and Veterans’ health care systems could not have been achieved without the grassroots assistance of chiropractic state associations, colleges, doctors and chiropractic students. Thank you for this critical support.”

To view HR 5122, go to http://thomas.loc.gov. Within the text of HR 5122, section 712 deals specifically with the chiropractic benefit.

 
Chiropractic '06 - All Rave Reviews!
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Written by TAC Staff   
Monday, 27 February 2006 01:15

Sponsored by The American Chiropractor magazine and co-sponsored by the World Federation of Chiropractic, this seminar brought technique developers, experts, college authorities and other chiropractic leaders into the Republic of Panama, offering attendees an unsurpassable opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in chiropractic, natural health care and cutting edge technologies.

CHIROPRACTIC ’06’s academic program began on Monday, Feb. 12th, with brief introductions from TAC’s editor, Jaclyn Busch Touzard, and WFC correspondent’s Drs. J. Michael Flynn and Rand Baird, followed by a half hour overview on the history of chiropractic by Palmer’s Dr. Mickey Burt (in place of Palmer President, Dr. Donald Kern, who was unable to attend due to the flu).  Dr. Thomas Bergmann, from Northwestern Chiropractic College, then delivered a talk on the background of chiropractic techniques to better prepare the attendees for evaluating the potential efficacy of the techniques that they’d be exploring during the 3-day symposium ahead.

The rest of the morning and the mornings to come consisted of introductory capsules from the speakers present to familiarize the general assembly with the topic each would be discussing in-depth in a breakout session that afternoon. This unique format fostered camaraderie and mutual respect among the attendees, which permeated the entire symposium.

Attendees Say...

“It was a pleasure to meet such wonderful people spreading the good news about chiropractic.  The topics of the meeting were interesting and the hospitality was second to none.  I only wish I had more than three days to stay.”
Dr. David Tyggum, Guatemala

“My favorite thing about Chiropractic ’06 was the variety of leading edge information presented and available. I would definitely recommend this show to my friends!”
Dr. Terri Hamilton, USA

Social Events

CHIROPRACTIC ’06 drew attendees to the Republic of Panama from all around the world—the US, Canada, South & Central America and even Australia. Social events offered to compliment the academic program were kicked off with a Welcoming Cocktail Party on Sunday evening, by the pool of the host hotel. On Monday evening, a special Appreciation Dinner was held at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks for all of the speakers and exhibitors, giving them an up-close look at ships passing through the Panama Canal.  And, on the last evening of the 3 day program, a Closing Gala Dinner for all attendees provided entertainment that left everyone dancing, celebrating, and making merry!

Speaker Says...

“In my 34 years of practice and 22 years of teaching, I have been exposed to literally hundreds of seminars and conventions around the world.  With Chiropractic ’06, I can say, with no reservations whatsoever, that this was one of the most educational, inspirational and exciting conferences I have ever attended or been a part of.  Don’t miss Chiropractic ’07; it is an experience you will never forget!”
Dr. George LeBeau, USA

Exhibitor Area

Twenty-eight vendors of chiropractic products and services, including 8 corporate associate members of the WFC, staffed booths in the exhibit hall.  Many of the vendors also made brief lecture presentations to the enthusiastic audience.

Exhibitors Say...

“Thanks for the first class seminar; you and your team should be commended!”
Dr. Tom Preston
Life & Chiropractic Success Coach, USA

“The entire event was well-planned and nicely executed.  It sets a high-water mark for other symposium’s to measure by.”
Thomas J. Kenny, President
Williams Healthcare Systems, LLC

College Representatives

“I was very excited to see such vibrant attendance at this congress and to be a part of the many opportunities chiropractic has to expand around the world.”           
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars

See photos at http://www.chiropractic06.com or register for next year's Chiropractic '07 at http://www.chiropractic07.com.

 
Table Company Directory
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Monday, 27 February 2006 01:13

Access Equipment Corporation
175 Cora Lane
Sylacauga, Al 35150
Phone: 888-463-1381 |  Fax: 256-245-3838
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Websites: www.chirocity.com, www.chirodirect.com

We sell new and refurbished tables.  Our refurbished tables are custom built, foam density, color, etc.  All of our used tables come with a one-year parts warranty.  We have been in the chiropractic profession since 1990 and have thirteen networking offices across the US.  We lease, do some in-house leasing, take trade-ins and buy used equipment.  We normally stock 350-to-400 used pieces of equipment within our thirteen offices.  We carry almost every MFG brand of table as well as private label brands designed by us built by the MFG’s.  We also help with design changes with companies like US Tables, Hill Labs, Omni and Zenith. We have discounted shipping and ship worldwide.

American Back Solutions
8208 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: 800-515-8227 | Fax: 317-577-5444
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Website: www.americanbacksolutions.com

The ABS decompression system involves the application of distraction forces to spinal structures in a graduated manner, offset by cycles of partial relaxation.  The ABS decompression system treats degenerative disc disease and disc herniation by creating a vacuum within the disc, which, over time, induces the regression of disc herniation and promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the disc.

AquaMED
15395 Roosevelt Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33760
Phone: 800-699-1008 | Fax: 727-536-6633
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Website: www.aquamed.com

AquaMED Dry Hydrotherapy combines water, heat and massage into a single system that allows patients to remain dry. The AquaMED TouchScreen allows patients to operate their massage while listening to CD’s, watching DVD’s or accessing the internet.

Astra-lite, Inc.
120 Manfre Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 800-368-5483 or 831-763-0397
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Website: www.astra-lite.com

Chiropractic students and professionals benefit from our lightweight and strong portable chiropractic tables.  These welded aircraft aluminum 16-17 lb tables set up in seconds.  A simple push-button system effortlessly adjusts the tables working height.  The tables are 17.5” or 22.5” wide and 53” long.  Our attached Five Position Headpiece adds 12” of length and folds easily into the table, allowing convenient storage in an airline overhead compartment.

Austin Medical Equipment, Inc.
1900 S. Mannheim Rd.
Westchester, Illinois 60154
Phone: 800-382-0388 | Fax: 800-422-0515
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Website: www.austinmedical.com

Austin Medical Equipment has established itself as an authority on the selection and purchase of both consumables and capital equipment, and offers a large selection and variety of tables in the chiropractic field.  AME owes much of its success to the fact that the company offers its customers the best quality products at very affordable prices.  AME also offers outstanding and knowledgeable customer service. Please visit www.austinmedical.com to view our full line catalog as well as product specific information.

Chattanooga Group
4717 Adams Road
Hixson, TN 37343
Phone: 800-592-7329 | Fax: 800-242-8329
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Website: www.chattgroup.com

Chattanooga Group began as the Chattanooga Pharmacal Company in 1947.  Founded by a local athletic trainer, Lee Jensen, and his business partner, Jack Walker, today, Chattanooga Group, is a world leader in the manufacture of physical rehabilitation equipment, producing and marketing some of the most outstanding brands in the industry, including ErgostyleR, AdaptaR and TritonR Treatment tables, the OptiFlexR CPM and the Vectra, Forte, and Intelect Electrotherapy systems.

ChiroTables.com
Iowa: Consignment Sales Corporation (CSC)
2008 Fuller Road, Suite B
West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
Phone: 800-553-0057 | Fax: 515-225-8280
Florida: 2950 59th Ave. Dr. E.
Bradenton, FL. 34203
Phone: 941-720-2098
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Website: www.chirotables.com

With over 200 new and reconditioned tables in stock, CSC, with 25 years of service to the profession, can provide the doctor with almost any brand or model of adjusting table, including Omni Bio-physics, Lloyd, Zenith, Cox, Healthcare, Hill Haberer, and others.  Check out our website, www.chirotables.com, for pictures and prices.

Dynasty Chiropractic Equipment Corp.
2 - 2 Hillyard St.
Hamilton,  ON   L8L 8J9
Phone: 800-849-9547 | Fax:  905-527-4536
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Website: www.dynastytables.com
Manufacturer of the two most powerful chiropractic tables, Executive Hi-Lo and Esprit activator tables.  Capable of lifting a 545-lb. man.

Elite Manufacturing
22 John St.
Hagersville, ON N0A-1H0
Canada
Phone: 800-689-4730 | Fax: 905-768-0822
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Website: www.elite-chiropractictables.com

“The workhorse of the industry”.  Over 25 years of Quality and Service.

Eurotech Tables & MFG
4960 Wilson Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065-2972
Phone: 573-348-5982 | Fax: 1-573-348-1083
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Website: www.pet-eurotech.com

Eurotech Tables has grown into one of the largest volume chiropractic table companies in the world due to excellent quality, wide selection, and the best prices to be found anywhere.  New tables, such as the Emerald Elite and Platinum Flexion Elite, now have R.A.D. or Remote Access Distraction, which allows you to electrically distract, spinal decompress and traction at the same time the table flexes.

HCMI, Inc.
2146 East Pythian
Springfield, MO 65802 USA
Phone: 800-641-4107 | Fax:  417-864-7394
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Website: www.HCMI4Chiros.com

HCMI, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of diagnostic radiographic systems, physical therapy equipment, and adjusting and traction tables for chiropractic clinics worldwide.

Hessco
PO Box 80170 
Saukville WI 53080
Phone: 800-237-5652
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Website: www.hessco.com

Hessco is the world’s largest table company and the number one dealer for Zenith, Lloyd, Chattanooga, and Aquathermassage tables. 12 locations across the nation to serve you.

Hill Laboratories Company
PO Box 2028
Frazer, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2867 | Fax: 610-647-6297
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Website: www.hilllabs.com

Hill Laboratories manufactures a full line of chiropractic treatment tables starting at $1750, from the Hill Anatomotor Massage/Traction Table, to the adjustable height HA90C (optional drops), to the Air-Flex (pneumatic flexion distraction) from $3995. Many other models and options available as well as attractive leasing.  All Hill tables come with one year warranty.  See www.hilllabs.com for more details.

In-Line Tables
PO Box 618
Magalia, CA 95954
Phone: 530-873-3928 or 800-545-9206
Fax: 530-873-3685
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Website: www.inlineproducts.com

Since 1989, Inline Tables has manufactured portable chiropractic tables.  Their Deluxe Tony’s Table and T2000 Drop Table are dependable, strong, easy-to-use, and affordable.  Backed by their Limited Lifetime Warranty and their great service, Inline Tables are ideal for students and doctors.

Inspiration Pediatric Tables
210- 12C Street North
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1H 2M7
Phone: 403-329-0922
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Website: www.kidschirotables.com

Our all-Canadian design team has developed beautiful and affordable pediatric tables that are individually handcrafted and painted with love and care.  They are designed to appear friendly and non-threatening to your younger patients, with gentle expressions on the animals’ faces and rounded corners to help prevent injuries to little heads.  Each table’s cushion and paint colors can be custom ordered to match the decour or color scheme of your office.  Visit our website to view our designs and more details about our pediatric tables.

Kamed Tables
4645 Westervill Rd.
Columbus, OH 43231
Phone: 800-792-9926 | Fax: 614-882-1014
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Website: www.kamedmedical.com

Used Equipment and Supplies.

Kyro Manufacturing Co.
2601 Weisenberger St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-336-1319 | Fax: 817-338-0027
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Website: www.kyromanufacturing.com

Manufacture of Gemini & KyroFlex Tables.

Leader International/Leander Health Technologies
1525 Vivian Court,
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Phone: 800-635-8188 or 360-895-1184
Fax: 360-895-1284
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Website: www.chiropractictables.com

Leader/Leander Health Technologies invented the original Motorized CPM Adjusting table in the early 1980’s.  We are the leader in manufacturing motorized CPM adjusting tables worldwide.

LifeTimer International
8454 North Interstate Place, Ste. D
Portland, OR 97217-6723
Phone: 503-283-7000 | Fax: 503-283-9176
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Website: www.lifetimerint.com

Lifetimer, where everyday products take on a whole new appeal and the ordinary becomes extraordinary.  We manufacture chiropractic portable tables along with a line of accessories.  All products are backed by a lifetime guarantee—thus the name LifeTimer.  You can find us at A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques) and other professional seminars or call and speak with a representative.  Find all about products at www.lifetimerint.com.

Lloyd Table Company
102 West Main Street
PO Box 899. Lisbon, IA 52253
Phone: 800-553-7297 | Fax: 319-455-2166
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Website: www.Lloydtable.com

Lloyd Table Company has over 40 years of experience manufacturing adjusting tables for doctors of chiropractic.  Founded by Dr. Lloyd Steffensmeier, we build tables with versatility and quality for any chiropractic technique.  Manual or automatic, hylo or elevation we have an adjusting table that will serve your adjusting needs.

LSI International, Inc.
Phone: 800-832-0053 | Fax: 913-894-1980
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Website: www.Lsiinternational.com

LSI International manufactures the Quantum 400 and Quantum 400P Intersegmental Traction Tables.  The Quantum line of IST tables feature several unique design characteristics, such as the Quiet Glide rail system. There are no squeaky wheels under the roller mechanism.  The Quiet Glide system is smooth, quiet, dependable and needs no lubrication.  Quantum tables are also available with the control box mounted atop two sturdy patient assist bars that allow the operator to set the timer and roller height without bending.

Mastercare
The Swedish Back Care System
Back-A-Traction
Plaza South-Suite 106
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: 904-797-BACK (2255)
Fax: 904-797-7222
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Website: www.mastercare.com

For rehabilitation and prevention of back, neck, shoulder and knee problems, Back-A-Traction’s patented moving backrest utilizes body motion and weight to create a traction effect on crucial muscles and joints of the back, and realigns the pelvis.  For treatments in 15- & 30-inversion, supine or prone position. Excellent for massage or adjustments in 15-degree!

Medexpert
A division of Koch Service Laboratories, Inc.
1614 MacDade Blvd.
Folsom, PA 19033
Phone: 610-461-7060 | Fax: 610-461-7061

The latest in Dry-Hydro Therapy!  One-third the size of bulky hydro beds, yet truly effective therapy with continuous massage of cervical, thoracic, lumbar areas.  We invented a system to make water stand up!  Easy to get in and out!  Provide therapy in your lobby while patients wait!

Meyer Distributing Company
1810 Summit Commerce Park
Twinsburg, OH  44087
Phone: 800-472-4221 | Fax: 800-577-4632
Website: www.meyerdist.com

“Quality Health Care Supplies to Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Other Health Care Professionals for Over 50 years.” Ask for our 336-page catalogue for 2006!  You will see what we mean when we say, “You need it? We can get it! Just ask us!”

Narson Portable Table Company
2788 NW 120th Way
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone: 954-752-2299 | Fax: 954-752-4002
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The absolute best portable table in the world, completely handcrafted, and custom built in the USA, using only the highest quality materials available.  From your local Little League to the Olympic games, you will never find a more professional looking, stronger or better built table anywhere.  The Narson Table is 27 pounds of pure muscle.  Completely custom built to your specific needs.  Tables can be customized with your team, office or personal logo.  All drops available.  Narson Portable Tables are definitely the Rolls Royce of portable tables.

Oakworks, Inc.
PO Box 238
Shrewsbury, PA 17361
Phone: 800-558-8850 | Fax: 877-562-4787
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Website: www.oakworks.com

Oakworks is your source for high quality therapeutic equipment.  We carry a full line of tables, including stationary and automatic lift models, as well as wooden and aluminum portable tables.  Our Portal Pro 3 massage chair is an industry bestseller. We also have a wide range of accessories,
such as adjustable bolsters and pillows, that help ensure client comfort and support during treatment.

Phillips Chiropractic Tables and Supplies
15259 Kingman Circle
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: 877-426-6111 or 636-536-5055
Fax: 636-536-5054
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Website: www.phillipschirotables.com

The Saunders Group, Inc.
4250 Norex Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 800-966-3140
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Website: www.thesaundersgroup.com

With the 3D ActiveTrac, you can distinguish your practice from the competition & effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders.

Techniques Table Ltd.
350 John Street, Unit 4
Thornhill, On L3T 5W6
Phone: 1-866-618-2253 or 905-889-6817
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Website: www.techniquestables.com

Thera-Plus Doctors Supply, LLC.
6315 Canyon Dr.
Amarillo, TX 79110
Phone: 800-458-5458
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Website: www.drsupply.com

We offer wholesale prices on all major brands of tables, electrotherapy, electrodes, accessories. headrest paper & supplies. We GUARANTEE you the LOWEST PRICES! Call us after you have the prices of the others and we will save you money. You will like the convenience of our Online Store and will Save Big at drsupply.com.

Thomas Tables
Phone: 800-322-2162
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Website: www.thomastables.com

Makers of Fine Chiropractic and Therapy Equipment Since 1984.  Featuring beautiful handcrafted and custom built equipment by skilled craftsmen.  Our precision engineering along with the highest quality materials and fine woodworking have made Thomas Tables the clear choice of chiropractic practitioners worldwide.

Touch America, Inc.
P.O. Box 1304
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 800-678-6824 | Fax: 919-732-1173
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Website: www.touchamerica.com

Manufacturers of high quality massage and spa equipment.

Thuli Tables, Inc.
4160 Rohowetz Rd.,
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Phone: 608-935-9300 or 800-458-4854
Fax: 608-935-9192
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Chiropractic Expansion Trip to Russia
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Written by Sherry Durret, D.C.   
Friday, 27 January 2006 00:48

The future of Chiropractic in Russia is getting closer with each trip. The September 2005 trip was a return to St. Petersburg to further coordinate the details of the first Chiropractic Clinic to be established in St. Petersburg, Russia.  This clinic will be located in the outpatient clinic at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, one of the largest and most prominent hospitals in the northwest region of Russia.

The delegates in attendance at this meeting included Sherry Durrett, D.C., Texas; Jill Howe  D.C. and Mr. Larry Berg, Illinois; Alex Konovalov, D.C., Moldova; Lynne Auerbach, D.C., Texas; and Elena Kroutovskja, translator, representative and coordinator from the government of St. Petersburg.

Our meeting began at the conference table in the office of the chief doctor with all the delegates and the appropriate hospital staff, including Dr. Boris Taits, Chief Doctor of St. Elizabeth Hospital, along with the hospital's Chief of Radiology, Chief of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Alexandre Taits, Director of the Outpatient Clinic. Also called into the meeting later was the Chief Financial Officer of the hospital.

The meeting reviewed some of the details regarding the exact way that we could operate a separate Chiropractic Clinic there in the facility as well as the commitment by the hospital staff to the development of the Chiropractic program as part of the outpatient clinic offerings.  The interest and support of Chiropractic on behalf of all members of the medical staff continues to be incredibly positive. The hospital will be providing ample space in their newly built outpatient clinic for the Chiropractic facility.  Dr. Taits' level of commitment and excitement about bringing Chiropractic to his hospital is demonstrated by his attitude, willingness to provide initial financial support, and clinic space dedicated to the startup of this program.

At the completion of the meeting, we toured the outpatient clinic where the Chiropractic Clinic will be located.

We also toured the radiology department and the physical therapy areas of the hospital.  During the tour of the PT department, we noticed some unusual equipment that we were not familiar with in the U.S., which included an ultraviolet light therapy that was used to treat ear, nose and throat infections.  We observed a woman in the PT clinic getting a facial bone massage that looked completely relaxing and not typically any treatment you would see in a U.S. hospital that would be considered therapy.

At the conclusion of the clinic tour, our excitement was high and we were all looking forward to the selection of the doctor that will be the first Chiropractor to practice in St. Petersburg. Dr. Alex Konovalov, 2004 Palmer grad, has been selected and after careful discussion with his family has accepted the opportunity. He is a native of Moldova, a former state in the USSR.  He speaks Russian, has a great personality and ability to communicate, and has a passion to bring and help develop Chiropractic in Russia.  He also understands that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of making history and is very excited.

After our five hour meeting, we departed the hospital and headed to a downtown cafe for a much needed lunch and recap of the direction and next steps needed to open the clinic.

Following lunch, we then accompanied Dr. Jill Howe and Larry Berg to the train station for their trip to Moscow to finalize their adoption of seven year old Russian, Dimitri.  They will return in one month to bring him back to the United States.

The following two days were dedicated to sightseeing inside St. Petersburg and the countryside outside of town.  Dr. Konovalov and the rest of the delegation had the opportunity to have a private tour of many the most important historical buildings by our guide and translator, Gennady Chentsov.  We toured St. Isaac's Cathedral that was restored like so many of the buildings and palaces after WWII , the Hermitage, and the Peter and Paul Fortress with walls that were approximately 20 feet thick. We finished the evening by attending a performance of the Russian Ballet at the world renowned Mariisky Theater.

The countryside included a tour of Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great, with the magnificent gardens and gold leaf fountains that all culminated into the Gulf of Finland.

It was Fall in St. Petersburg and the leaves were beautiful gold and red colors.  One activity for the locals is collecting large Maple leafs to fashion a headdress that resembled a crown of leaves atop their head.  We also toured St. Catherine's Palace.

The private collections and paintings inside the Palaces were incredible and the expansive ballrooms with magnificent chandeliers and gold leaf moldings were simply elegant.  All that was needed was a live orchestra with gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in their evening gowns to complete the picture.

The future of this project is very bright with the opening of the first Chiropractic Clinic in St. Petersburg in the coming months.  The project also entails the establishment of a Chiropractic College or Institute  Today Dr. Sherry Durrett, project coordinator, is working on recruiting doctors for the Chiropractic Faculty and other successful practitioners interested in practicing there on a short term (6-12 months) as well as longer term (12+ months) basis.

The scope of this project is immense and any and all interest in helping making a difference in the success of the project is welcome.  Anyone interested in participating in any way should contact Dr. Durrett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via toll-free fax at (866) 831-6755 and visit http://chiropracticdiplomatic.com/schools/russia.html and register for foreign service, even if you are not sure how you can help or are just interested in helping in a very limited way.

 
A Journey to Doctorhood
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Written by Jaime Hunt   
Friday, 27 January 2006 00:46

Tom Spicer stared at the 9-year-old boy lying on his table. It was his first patient at La Clinica de Mariposa in Costa Rica and the only thing he could think was, “Oh, no.”

Contorted with cerebral palsy and mentally retarded, Phillip was a far cry from the patients Dr. Spicer, a November 2004 chiropractic graduate from Northwestern Health Sciences University, had seen during his internships. Nothing in his training prepared him for the feeling of abject helplessness he felt as he looked at Phillip. There would be no gradual wading into chiropractic. No, Dr. Tom Spicer was thrust into his professional career — his doctorhood — by a boy who couldn’t even sit up.

Phillip’s retardation combined with the language barrier created a difficult situation that had to be overcome before Dr. Spicer could begin working on joints that hadn’t moved since Phillip’s birth. He began where he could. He gently stroked the boy’s hair. He looked in his eyes and smiled softly. He murmured reassurances. The boy moaned and looked away, his fear evident. Dr. Spicer felt helpless. In frustration he thought, “This is not what I signed up for… this helpless boy writhing on my table while I don’t have a clue how to help him.”

Eventually a trust was formed and Dr. Spicer was able to begin moving the boy’s thumb. Over two appointments spread out over two days, that was all he was able to accomplish — but for the first time in his life, Phillip could move his thumb.

It wasn’t the miracle Dr. Spicer was hoping for when he decided to go to Costa Rica. But what he didn’t know when he planned his journey was that the miracles would not happen to his patients, but to him.

From Intern to Doctor

It began in September. Tom Davis, DC, a lecturer at Northwestern, brought four chiropractic students and a massage therapy student to Costa Rica for a month-long experience treating the poor at La Clinica de Mariposa. Dr. Spicer — then a T10 student at Northwestern — was one of those students.

Before he left, Dr. Spicer imagined he would learn to be compassionate, to expect the unexpected, to broaden his diagnosis and treatment skills, and to learn to work in “less-than-perfect environmental conditions.” He journaled in the days before he left, pondering how he would be perceived and what he would encounter. But nothing prepared him for the reality of the La Clinica de Mariposa experience.

Several times a year, Dr. Davis brings a handful of students from Northwestern to La Clinica de Mariposa, a traveling clinic that is part of a missionary organization. Doctors from across the globe journey to Costa Rica to provide health care to those in desperate need. The doctors trek from town to town, setting up primitive clinics in churches and schools. Although the doctors are housed in apartments in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, the working conditions are rough. The weather is a study in extremes as temperatures reach the upper 90s and stunning downpours rattle the roofs. Biting insects — including tarantulas and ants — are a constant torment. And equipment is limited to adjusting tables and the doctors’ hands, making diagnosis reliant on touch alone.

Dr. Spicer was prepared for the adversity — he knew the trip would be an adventure — but he wasn’t ready for the trusting gazes of his patients; gazes that told him they considered Tom Spicer an experienced doctor.

Although he felt fairly confident in his skills, Dr. Spicer hit sharp reality when his first two patients were plopped on his table, their limbs twisted with cerebral palsy. Sweat beaded on his brow as he realized he had no answers. But as the steady stream of patients flowed in and out of the makeshift examining rooms, he went from uncertain intern to full-fledged doctor. He had no choice — many of the hundreds of patients who flock to La Clinica de Mariposa hadn’t seen a doctor in years, if ever. They were eager for attention and willing to trust the band of chiropractors from the North to ease their pains and help them regain their bodies’ normal functionality.

Dr. Spicer developed a bond with many of his patients, including Michael, a teenager who worked in the fields of San Miguel. He suffered from knee and ankle pain that limited his ability to work. Although he was concerned that the American doctors couldn’t do anything to eliminate the pain, he approached Dr. Spicer. Dr. Spicer adjusted him and sent him home with instructions to come back the next day. Michael said he doubted he would return, but the next day, he was back grinning from ear to ear. For the first time in months he was free of the pain that crippled him. By his third visit to Dr. Spicer, the young man had opened his heart to him, offering the hospitality of his home should Dr. Spicer ever visit Costa Rica again.

The scenario was repeated again and again over the four weeks Dr. Spicer spent in Costa Rica. Suffering, yet trusting, people came looking for healing — and found it from a man who hadn’t yet earned his doctorate.

Witnessing his own healing abilities shocked and amazed Dr. Spicer. In the midst of oppressive heat, venomous insects, limiting language barriers and primitive working conditions, Dr. Spicer learned to trust the only thing he could — himself.

“I now trust my hands and my heart and my head,” says Dr. Spicer. “I now trust how I feel. It’s nice to have X-rays, MRIs and advanced imaging, but for me, I’m now OK with just using my hands.”

Today Dr. Tom Spicer is a different person from the man who traveled to Costa Rica in late September. His experience — which, in the best of circumstances, could be described as an adventure — taught him more about compassion, about diagnosis, and about himself than any number of classes or internships.

“I began each day in Costa Rica nervous and scared. I had no idea what each day would bring — downpours, language barriers, conditions I had never seen. But by the end, I was able to tell myself that it’s going to be OK. I was able to know that I would do OK.

“I went to Costa Rica an intern. I came back a doctor.”

 
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