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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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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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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Lower Extremity Abnormalities and Paraspinal Muscle Function

By: Christopher Kent, DC Objective Assessment of the Relationship Between Lower Extremity Abnormalities and Paraspinal Muscle Function Using Surface Electromyography Physical, chemical, and emotional stress may result in spinal problems, including vertebral subluxation. A common cause of physical stress is aberrant posture due to structural asymmetry in the lower extremity. Chronic physical stress caused by leg length 

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Correcting the Anterior Thoracic and a “View on Pain”

By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Keeping the record straight: The anterior thoracic is the loss of curvature in the dorsal region which gives the appearance that the vertebrae have moved anterior-ward, which in turn gives the appearance of flattening of the kyphotic curvature of the Dorsal vertebrae (Fig. 1). Therefore the name, ‘Anterior Thoracic.’ Analysis 

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Making Documentation Simple Yet Effective

By: Gerald T. Lalla, DC and Diane Lalla, CW, CA Plan Your Work—Work Your Plan Regardless of the type of practice you pursue, every practitioner should be well aware of the need for proper documentation of all aspects of patient care. Not only do regulatory licensing boards and agencies require proper record keeping, but other 

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Patient Compliance Relies on Communication and Education

By: William D. Esteb “Not Invented Here” Personality, tableside manner, a sense of humor and millions of other subtle details affect patient compliance. In the midst of this complex equation is the importance of patient education. Making sure patients appreciate the value of their orthotics is more than a marketing overture. It is an essential 

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Adjusting Protocol for Patients with Orthotics

By: Dale Heil, DC Doctors of Chiropractic have always strived for a delineated adjusting protocol that makes sense to both the patient and themselves. When using functional orthotics in combination with an appropriate adjusting technique, the doctor can intelligently demonstrate the need for continuing corrective care and establish an effective maintenance program. Patients and doctors 

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