Visceral Responses to Spinal Manipulation
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Friday, October 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Spinal manipulation is generally accepted as one reasonable treatment option in the management of musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain and neck pain. Some evidence also exists that certain visceral disorders benefit from spinal manipulation. However, the mechanisms by which spinal manipulation might alter visceral function, and so impact visceral disease, remain unclear. Therefore, in this paper, we review the currently available literature concerning visceral responses to the application of mechanical stimuli to the spine and paraspinal tissues.

While spinal manipulation is widely seen as a reasonable treatment option for biomechanical disorders of the spine, such as neck pain and low back pain, the use of spinal manipulation to treat non-musculoskeletal complaints remains controversial. This controversy is due in part to the perception that there is no robust neurobiological rationale to justify using a biomechanical treatment of the spine to address a disorder of visceral function.

The Backbone of Chiropractic’s Identity
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Monday, October 10, 2016 11:00 AM

Identity is that which defines us as individuals. The product of genetics, parenting, environment, social circumstances, and acquired attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, identity represents those intrinsic and extrinsic factors that make us exceptional. When we share parts of our identities with others, we form social groups, bonded by common features and recognizable by cultural traits such as language, gestures, customs, and rituals.

Professional identity presents an enigma where people from different social groups come together to deliver a service. Although they may exhibit a general commonality of purpose, their attitudes to the provision of that service are informed by myriad other factors. In addition to how a profession may see itself, the public will develop its own perceptions of professional identity informed by what it sees, hears, reads, and experiences. This may be creative or destructive, and any profession that is not mindful of its public persona may risk the ignominy of having an identity imposed on it.

The professional identity of chiropractic has been a constant source of controversy throughout its history. Attempts to establish a professional identity have been met with resistance from internal factions divided over linguistics, philosophy, technique, and chiropractic’s place in the health care framework. Consequently, the establishment of a clear identity has been challenging, and the chiropractic profession has failed to capitalize on its potential as the profession of spine care experts.

Chiropractic Professional's Association: Who is it
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Friday, October 07, 2016 12:00 AM

Who IS the state chiropractic association?

  • EVERY DC should be a state chiropractic association member. It is where the laws that license your profession are created and administered.  EVERY DC should have a hand in making sure that those laws are suitable for the profession.
  • EVERY staff member should be a state chiropractic association member.  Your livelihood also depends upon the beneficial outcomes of the state chiropractic association.
  • EVERY family member should support the state chiropractic association.  Be it through membership, financial or volunteer support every family member associated with a DC is dependent upon the successful outcome of the professional association's work. 
  • State chiropractic association members are professional doctors who are aware that in order to have a profession the members of the profession must band together to volunteer to do the necessary, must contribute together to pay for the work that is necessary, and must work together to protect the profession in the state in which they are licensed.  

With a state chiropractic association there is a profession seeking to influence the will of the state.  Without a state chiropractic association there are only licensed individuals practicing a trade subject to the will of the state.

Attitudes and Opinions of Doctors of Chiropractic Specializing in Pediatric Care
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016 12:00 AM

The purpose of this cross-sectional survey was to evaluate attitudes and opinions of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) specializing in pediatric care toward patient safety.  Compared with 2014 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality physician referent data from medical offices, pediatric DCs appear to have more positive patient safety attitudes and opinions. 

Talk About What You Love (Positive Self-Talk)
Monday, October 03, 2016 12:00 AM

By: Dr Charles Ward

When you talk about difficulties with money, a relationship, illness, or even lack of new patients, or patients not following through with care, you are not talking about love.  When you talk about a bad event in news, or a person or situation that annoyed or frustrated you, you are not talking about love.  Talking about the bad day you had, you are not talking about love.   

There are many things that happen each day; if you get caught up in talking about the things you don’t love, every one of those little things bring difficulty and struggle to your life.   

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