Ensure Your Patients Are Wearing Healthy Summer Footwear

Discover More About Custom Flip-Flops By: Dr. Mark Charrette Warm weather has arrived, and more patients and more patients are coming into offices wearing sandals and flip-flops. This time of year presents both a challenge and opportunity for Chiropractors: patients’ shoes can either contribute to their health and whole body wellness, or to greater pain 

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How Foot Abnormalities Contribute to Low Back Pain

William M. Austin, DC, CCSP, CCRD Most chronic low back pain is the result of some form of structural weakness or failure.1–2 The cause of chronic lumbar spine breakdown is microtrauma, which is produced by biomechanical errors, structural asymmetries, tissue weaknesses and excessive external loads. The source of these conditions must be recognized and addressed 

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Research Confirms Effectiveness of Functional Orthotics

Foot Levelers, Inc. sponsored two research studies on the effectiveness of functional orthotics. These studies verified that orthotics are considered very effective by a large percentage of wearers, and appear to have a positive effect on the lower body-half injury profile of college football players. Custom-Made Orthotics as an Adjunct to Chiropractic Care: The Patient’s Perspective 

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Common Patterns of Lower Extremity Subluxations

By: Jeffrey D. Olsen, DC Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) suggests that, before proceeding to the pelvis or any portion of the axial skeleton, doctors must first clear the subluxations and remove any instability from the lower extremity.1 The Activator Adjusting Instrument, with the proper line of drive, is your tool for removing subluxations. Furthermore, 

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Nonossifying Fibroma

By: Terry R. Yochum, DC, DACBR, Fellow, ACCR and Michael S. Barry, DC, DACBR History A 10-year-old male gymnast presents with post-traumatic ankle pain following a fall from the platform bar. Radiographic examination reveals: Figure 1. Diagnosis: Nonossifying fibroma (fibrous xanthoma) of the distal tibial metaphysis with a spiral pathological fracture. Fibrous Xanthoma of Bone—Nonossifying 

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Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT)

By: Jeffrey D. Olsen, DC Among the options available, my low-force procedure of choice is Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT). From my earliest exposure to AMCT, while taking the elective as a student at Palmer College, I had the impression that this is the most systematic approach to Chiropractic care. In our training and too 

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Hangman’s Fracture

By: Terry Yochum, DC, DACBR, Fellow, ACCR and Michael S. Barry, DC, DACBR History This young adult male patient was in a motor vehicle accident, where he received a severe hyperextension-hyperflexion injury. A complete set of conventional radiographs was performed and an abnormality was detected on the lateral projection. Can you identify the pathology? Figure 

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Excessive Pronation and the Q-Angle

By: Mark N. Charrette, DC The Q-angle is a very important indicator of biomechanical function in the lower extremity. This measurement reflects the effect of the quadriceps mechanism on the knee (hence the “Q” angle). When assessed correctly, it supplies very useful information concerning the alignment of the pelvis, leg, and foot. Determination of the 

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Diagnosis and Adjustment of the Positive Derifield

By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Positive Derifield (+D) analysis is derived from observing the Leg Length Inequality (LLI) (Fig. 1), in that the short leg in extension comes even or crosses over to become longer when placed into flexion (Fig. 2). A +D indicates that the rotation of the ilium occurs at the acetabulum, therefore 

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