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Decompression, Deception and the Magic Machine
Techniques
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:17

 

It is important to recognize that as we approach nearly twenty years since the initial entrance into the Chiropractic market of Decompression systems, we are still faced with the marketing of magic decompression machines, being somehow different than traction devices based upon mechanisms and pull patterns. For many people, logic, reason and basic physics, though compelling, can’t really compete with marketing hyperbole and the longed for wish of magic stuff.  It is funny how at least 45% of PTs use TRACTION machines (NOT decompression systems)(Hartte et al 2005) for disc and nerve encroachment syndromes and NONE to my knowledge has EVER encountered proprioceptive “lockdown”.  Let’s not forget the thousands of chiropractors who utilize inexpensive traction/decompression who are somehow managing to get the same if not better results as well.

 
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Traction!
Techniques
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:04

 

After spending the better part of the last 6 years developing a seminar for Continuing Education Credits and speaking to over 2000 Chiropractors, Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists on “Axial Decompression and Core Rehab for the Lumbar Disc Patient”, I am still amazed and intrigued by the one question that mainly chiropractors ask me.  I am asked this one question at every seminar I teach. What is this magical question that haunts me you ask?

 
Protective Postures (Part 1)
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Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:10

Lot's of doctors don't incorporate postural rehab (or any other type of rehab for that matter)  into their care programs.  Possibly because postural chiropractic methods have been associated almost entirely with a particular technique in the past, many doctors view the concepts as somehow contradictory to what they do in their offices.  Strangely, many doctors  resistant to embracing postural rehab concepts, are already familiar with the many ways in which postural imbalance impacts patients, but for some reason just never made the connection as to why structural rehab is really necessary.  I thought I would take a stab at reviewing how some of the science is relevant to the importance of postural rehab in your practice.

 
Postural Alignment & Health Disorders: A Scientific Connection?
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Techniques
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:00

 

INTRODUCTION
Posture has probably been one of the longest studied aspects of humans. The correlation of posture and health has driven us to study our posture since at least the time of Hippocrates.1 Since Hippocrates’ time, many have attempted to categorize man into constitutional posture types.1-3  Before any possible consequences of abnormal posture can be addressed, normal posture must be defined and precise measurement methods developed.

 
What do you have to see before you know what to do? The Significance of Pottenger’s Saucer
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Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:00

 

Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) cannot be separated. A deviation from normal in one has consequences in the other. Beginning with my February 2010 column, I have been describing a five-minute Source of Stress examination that can be done in your office any time you need to determine when a visceral dysfunction may be responsible for perpetuating structural misalignments and subluxations. Neither expensive equipment nor changes in your office procedure are required. Regardless of how busy you may be, there are always times when a patient is not responding as they or you would like. It simply makes sense to run a “special” exam to reassure the patient and yourself that you are on the right track.

 
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