Archive for April 2010

Chiropractor Lends a Healing Hand in Haiti

April 30, 2010

[originally published in KCN, April 2010]

On January 12, 2010, the world reached out to the people of Haiti following their catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that reduced the entire capital city of Port-au-Prince to  rubble and ruin.  Unfortunately much of the relief aid was slow to arrive due to damaged transportation facilities and chaos.  But that didn’t stop chiropractor Rennie Statler of Danbury, CT.  Within nine days of the devastating event, he, along with a handful of colleagues, was on a jet plane heading south — leaving his comfortable office and familiar surroundings to hand-deliver supplies of food, water, and of course, chiropractic care to the hurting Haitian country.

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Growing Pains

April 23, 2010

[originally published in KCN, Febuary 2002]

If the mere mention of “Growing Pains” reminds you of the popular 80’s Alan Thicke and Kirk Cameron sitcom, then you probably weren’t one of the select 10-20% that were tagged with this misleading medical diagnosis when you were a child.  Misleading in that, from a physical sense, it doesn’t hurt to grow.  But then, why do children experience this reoccurring “vague leg pain”? — with pain so intense at times that it actually causes some to cry themselves to sleep.

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Low Back Pain…yeah we do that.

April 16, 2010

[originally published in KCN, January 2002]

It may come as a surprise, but after authoring some 46 Spinal Column articles over the past 5 years, I have yet to dedicate one to the condition that we chiropractors most often see — low back pain.  Sure, I’ve made reference to it many times, but I’ve never given it the spotlight.  Perhaps, that’s exactly what I have been afraid of — giving it the “spotlight.”  Much of the media and scientific journals have made lower back pain and chiropractic one and same.  And while we are grateful for the validation and coverage, many in our profession, and rightfully so, are afraid that we might get pigeon-holed into becoming known as “low back doctors” when chiropractic really has so much more to offer.

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Give Your Chiropractor a Hand!…or an ankle, or a knee, or an elbow…

April 9, 2010

[originally published in KCN, December 2001]

It may come as a surprise to some, but we chiropractors aren’t just for spines —  some of us are pretty adept at treating other joints of the body as well.

In chiropractic college, we were taught how to adjust every joint of the human frame — every joint.  I remember sitting in an auditorium at the chiropractic college I was about to attend, some ten years ago, watching a clinical demonstration . The chiropractor on stage was treating a patient, and we, as potential students got to observe.  Towards the end of her demonstration, she announced that chiropractors were trained to adjust every joint in the body.  She then asked if there were any requests for her to show us an adjustment of a particular joint.  I sat there in disbelief.  “Every joint?” I wondered.  I racked my brain for a joint in the body that I was sure would stump her.  I raised my hand.  “What about the joints inside the ears, between the small ear bones?” I asked with a sense of smugness.  Fellow chiropractor-to-be audience members glanced at me with a “I think you got her”-look.  Well, within moments we were all greeted with a Auditory Ossicle “J” Maneuver.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I learned a lesson that day — every joint.

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Navigating the Chiropractic Technique Jungle

April 2, 2010

[originally published in KCN, September 2001 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Technique Jungle TomLamarCartoon.com  SpinalColumnBlog.com Dr.Thomas Lamar

Diversified, Gonstead, Cox Flexion Distraction, Activator, Thompson, Sacro Occipital Technique, NIMMO Receptor Tonus, Applied Kinesiology, Logan Basic, Cranial, Pierce-Stillwagon, Pettibon, Directional Non-Force, Toftness, Chiropractic Spinal Biophysics, Toggle Recoil, Neuro Emotional Technique — the list goes on, and on, and on, easily surpassing the 100 mark.  To the average chiropractic patient, or non-patient for that matter, these names probably seem like some sort of cryptic chiropractic jargon.  But to the chiropractor, these names parallel a walk down the tool aisle at Sears — these names represent chiropractic adjustive techniques.

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