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Avoid Being a Crash Test Dummy!


Plenty of us have been there, and more of us will go there. Sitting there in your vehicle minding your own business until WHAM! you get hit from behind or perhaps from the front, or maybe even worse… This article will hopefully give you a little insight and advice if you are ever involved in […]

January 20th, 2016|

Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas

Marc’s article published in Dynamic Chiropractic magazine starts by reminding doctors why low force non thrust techniques are useful. He then go over specific assessment methods for the occiput, and muscle energy mobilization for this joint. He also utilizes the Upper Cervical Side Bend exercise.

April 27th, 2015|

Flexion-intolerant lower back pain (Pt.3): Mobilization and soft-tissue treatment

This is the last of our three-part series on the flexion-intolerant lower back. In this article, we explore in depth, hands-on therapy with mobilization and soft tissue that can help the disc patient. We emphasize the area above and below the disc that can be fixated, including the hips and the thoracolumbar junction. We talk […]

May 10th, 2014|

Flexion-Intolerant Lower Back Pain (Part2): Exercise Rehab

Marc’s article is the second of a series on flexion-intolerant lower back pain.  We emphasize the basic things the patient has to learn or re-learn in their own movement patterns, in order to heal a disc or flexion-intolerant lower back.

I had a patient, who had moved away, and then came back for a short visit […]

March 25th, 2014|

Back Pain and Invasive Treatment Procedures

Yesterday, one of my patients, who has similar challenges to the ones I face with my back, asked me to write a blog about my own back pain issues.  I thought; really, I obsessed about my friend who recently died 5 years after a failed back surgery. One of my back surgeon friends has said, […]

March 18th, 2014|

Diagnosing Flexion-Intolerant Lower Back Pain (Part 1)

I have written several articles on this topic, but I keep learning more about this kind of back pain. This series, with help from Phillip Snell, DC, ( represent our current thinking on discogenic and/or flexion intolerant pain. We emphasize that you cannot recover from this without learning and using proper back mechanics in your […]

January 20th, 2014|

Effective rehabilitation includes manipulation and soft tissue therapies

This detailed article began as a presentation to our monthly study group by Dr. Craig Thorsen, DC of Grants Pass OR. Exercise rehabilitation is often more effective, if combined with manipulation and soft tissue therapies. We’ve focused on the lower back with our examples.

January 20th, 2014|

Upper trapezius and its effects on shoulder/neck pain

This is Marc’s insightful article dealing with the effect of a weak upper trapezius on the shoulder and neck. This particular muscular issue is among the most missed on a diagnosis, as everyone believes the upper trapezius is hypertonic. If the symptomatic side has a dropped shoulder, look for this problem.

November 21st, 2013|

Sciatica and Gluteal Pain Causes

Here is the first of  a 2 part article on sciatica and gluteal pain. Part 2 will be listed at the bottom of this blog. I want to thank many of my patients, who have helped me puzzle through all of the challenges associated with an ongoing “pain in the butt.” So many sufferers get […]

September 3rd, 2013|

A Clinical View of Discogenic Pain

This abbreviated extract article from National Center for Biotechnology Information of a clinical study done in China is simple and fascinating.
The goal of the study was to determine the natural path of proven discogenic pain, which in these patients was determined by discograms. This process is no longer routinely done in the US because of […]

February 4th, 2013|