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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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Tunnel Vision

April 6, 2009

[originally published in KCN, October 1998]

tunnel-vision-1It’s been tagged as the surgery of the decade.  Its prevalence has nearly doubled in the past ten years.  Its gained  recognition as the most common peripheral nerve entrapment neuropathy in the United States.  And more and more workers’ compensation claims are being filed for it.

I’m talking about a condition that is well known to many people — carpal tunnel syndrome.

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