Posted tagged ‘vertebra’

A Grizzly Adjustment

November 2, 2009

Listen to Interview with the “Bear Chiropractor!”

Grizzly Bear[originally published in KCN, September 2000]

Now I’ve heard that neck pain can be a bear —but can a bear have neck pain?  Apparently so.  Just ask Fred.  Fred, by the way, is a long-time resident of Montana’s Grizzly Discovery Center — that’s right, Fred is a grizzly bear.

Dr. Gale Ford, veterinarian and executive director of the center, told Dynamic Chiropractic (one of our popular trade publications) that Fred’s neck was most likely injured rough housing with one or more of his playmates.  Much to Fred’s frustration, Dr. Ford’s initial treatment, which consisted mainly of antibiotics, offered no relief for his aching neck.  Not giving up on her 700 pound, hairy patient, Dr. Ford did what she considered to be the next “logical” step — she called a chiropractor.
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…But wait! There’s more!

August 14, 2009

[originally published in KCN, February 2000]

visceral-but-wait-guyToday it is becoming more and more accepted by the health care community and public at large that chiropractors are great back doctors.  I would agree.  The scientific literature certainly supports our primary method of treatment for back pain, and more insurance companies are covering our services for it.  Considering our history of long uphill battles to gain “acceptance”  as a viable health care profession,  it is understandable that we might be drawn to settle into this “comfortable chair” of being labeled as back pain specialists.  But to do so would really be undermining the true potential that the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic has to offer. (more…)

Is Your Table Set?

January 31, 2009

[originally published in KCN, February 2009]

Place SettingIt’s not uncommon — when I query someone who has come to my office, if they have any neck pain, headaches, or lower back pain —for them to say, “Yes but….”

“Yes, but… my neck pain is because I have a bad pillow.”

“Yes, but… my headaches are brought on by stress.”

“Yes, but… my lower back pain is because I drive a lot.”

And my response is, “That may be so, but….” (more…)

Sublu-What??

November 25, 2008

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[originally published in KCN, October 1997]

Subluxation (Sub•lux•a•tion).  It’s what we chiropractors treat.  We have been trained to detect them and are the most qualified at treating them.  So just what is a subluxation — besides just another $25 word that we doctors came up with?

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