Month: June 2009

Lakers Magic Game 5 NBA Finals

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

NBA Finals Game 5 coverage begins tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern (6:30 PM Central) on ABC television and ABC HD. The Lakers Magic game begins at 8 PM in Orlando. The Magic are hosting their last game at home in this series. If there is a Game 6 it will be at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If the Lakers win tonight, a Laker Parade will most likely take place on Wednesday, June 17th, in downtown LA.

Update: The Los Angeles Lakers are 2009 NBA Champions! It is the Lakers 15th Title. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Magic a score of 99-86, in todays Game 5 in Orlando.

The 2009 LA Lakers Parade will begin Wednesday at 11 a.m. It will end at the Coliseum where players and coaches will be honored. See you there!

The 2009 NBA Finals - June 4 on ABC
Where will amazing happen this year? – NBA Finals on ABC

Across the street from the Staples Center in LA, a ginourmous LCD screen displays advertising information for The Finals on ABC. Where will amazing happen this year? Ask most basketball fans, especially Lakers fans, and they’ll tell you this NBA Finals has been quite amazing already. Aside from Game 1 in LA, the matchups have been thrilling, to say the least.

As of today, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the 2009 NBA Finals by 3-1 over the Orlando Magic. NBA Game 5 is huge, and it could be the most watched the game in the series yet. For those watching the game live on ABC, it’s an earlier start than Game 4, so be sure to tune in by 7:30 PM on the East Coast (4:30 PM on the West Coast) to watch pregame highlights.

An amazing amount of physical strength and stamina is required to play like these teams have been playing. The emotional and mental components manifest physically, increasing levels of pressure and stress on everyone in the game. I remember being in a hotel room with John Stockton of the Utah Jazz, along with his team chiropractor, talking about the physical and mental stresses endured during an NBA career. Game 5 in this year’s finals, turns up the pressure, to its maximal point.

Depending on your perspective, this is viewed as Lakers Game 5 or Magic Game 5, and you either want to finish it off tonight, or carry it on to Los Angeles for Game 6. While there are fans in LA that would be happy to see the finals closeout at home, I’m sure they would take an LA Lakers Parade over the risk of Orlando’s Magic making history with a come back.

In our coverage of previous NBA Finals games, we gave tips on following the games online, and interacting with others. Until this 2009 NBA Finals series is through, the info provided is still useful. In order from Game 4 to Game 1, here’s our list of previous posts. Lakers Vs Magic Game 4, Game 3 Lakers Vs Magic, Lakers Vs Magic Game 2 NBA Finals, and Lakers Magic Game 1 NBA Finals.

Derek Fisher was the superstar of Game 4, who will be the MVP of Game 5? Either way, they’ll be plenty of NBA video online after the game. Lakers fans can use these search queries to find those results quickly. Will Derek Fisher do it again? Will Kobe Bryant achieve Golden Ring number four? Will the 64-year-old Phil Jackson make history for the most NBA titles ever won?

While I’ve talked about the possibilities of an NBA Lakers Parade taking place in Los Angeles this week, I won’t count out the Magic. They could become the first team in finals history to overcome a 3 to 1 deficit. Time will tell. @ 3:34 pm | Article ID: 1245018902

Digital Transition Day – Digital Conversion Time For Your TV

By Daria Belov

After a four-month delay, the dtv countdown clock has expired, and the digital transition date is today — June 12, 2009. If you have an analog TV, it’s time to get a government coupon for a digital conversion box, so you can buy a converter and make the switch to digital. If you’ve gone online today searching to find out “what’s wrong with my TV” you certainly won’t be alone. While there’s been a coordinated nationwide effort taking place for months, to educate consumers about the switch from analog to digital TV, millions of Americans may still not have gotten the word that today is the day to flip the digital switch.

888-call-FCC - 888-CALL-FCC or

Use the phone number on the screen to the left to call the Federal Communications Commission’s help line for conversion to digital television. You can also visit the website at

Many people may have thought that the DTV transition deadline was on February 17, but Congress passed the DTV Delay Act, which extended the deadline for full power broadcast television stations to complete the conversion to digital transition on June 12. The change allowed more time for us to be prepared for digital transitions, but there’s a good chance that you or someone you know, still has not made the switch.

At ADIO Chiropractic in LA, I don’t think Dr. Michael Dorausch got the message, as we prepared for conversion day at the office by ordering a government coupon for a dtv conversion box. Before we bought the conversion box, Dr. Mike went and threw away the television. Actually, he left it outside and somebody happily took it. It was working just fine, but I suspect we’re now getting a fancy Digital LCD screen TV for entertaining our chiropractic patients and staff (hint hint).

Back in May, a record number of consumers called the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) national helpline, when a nationwide “soft test” was run to encourage people to take immediate action in preparing for today’s digital television (DTV) transition. The test resulted in a single day record of 55,000 calls to the FCC’s help line, a call center that had received approximately 15,000 calls a day since May 1. You’re probably better off searching for solutions online, versus calling a hotline.

The website has pages upon pages of information related to making the digital transition. They’ve got simple , easy-to-follow steps, that explain getting a box, buying a box, installing the box, and fixing any reception problems. Some of the most common questions being asked include the following…

Can I Still Use My Old Analog TV Set for DTV? — Your analog TV set will not be obsolete once the transition to DTV is completed, but to ensure continued use of your analog set, you must either use a digital-to-analog converter box or connect to a subscription service such as cable or satellite TV.

Can I Use My UHF/VHF Antenna to Receive DTV? — Yes. Television stations broadcasting in digital use both the VHF (channels 2-13) and UHF (channels 14-51) bands. Many indoor antennas use “rabbit ears” for the VHF band and a “loop” antenna for the UHF band. If you want to get more than channels 2 through 13, make sure your antenna covers both bands, and make sure you’re connected properly.

Does the DTV Transition Affect TV sets that are connected to cable services like DirecTV or Dish Network? — No. If you subscribe to cable service, the DTV transition should not affect any TV sets that are connected to your cable services. The DTV transition applies only to full-power broadcast television stations – stations that use the public airwaves to transmit their programming to viewers through a broadcast antenna.

To answers for lots of other digital transition questions, be sure to check out the FAQ section on the Government DTV website. There is also a troubleshooting guide, information about broadcasting television stations across the US, localized support centers, and do-it-yourself videos. Speaking of do-it-yourself videos, there are several videos on YouTube showing instructions on how to build HDTV antennas. This is something different than the digital conversion boxes, but if you’re looking to improve TV reception, you may want to check out some of these videos as well. The one shown here is how to build an HDTV antenna using coathangers.

Again, that video is for a do-it-yourself HDTV antenna, not a digital converter box. There’s lots of other videos like how to hack a digital converter box, but you can search around online and probably find plenty of videos for improving your televisions new digital reception.

Remember, if you’re going to be watching TV, make sure you’re maintaining good viewing posture. It will make your chiropractor (and your mom) happy. @ 2:55 am | Article ID: 1244800555

Indiana Chiropractors Volunteer Services at Statehouse


Indiana Chiropractors Volunteer their Services at the Statehouse as part of the Indiana State Chiropractic Association’s DC of the Day Program

INDIANAPLOIS, IN — Local Indiana chiropractors provided complimentary Chiropractic care to legislators, staff and policy makers as volunteers for the Indiana State Chiropractic Association’s (ISCA) Chiropractor of the Day program during the 2009 Legislative Session and was recently recognized by the Indiana State Senate.

Indiana State Chiropractic AssociationThe Indiana State Senate passed Senate Resolution Ninety-Seven to express their sincere appreciation for “the invaluable contribution of the Chiropractor of the Day Program and to the chiropractors who have volunteered their services.”

The volunteer chiropractors connected directly with legislators and gave them advice on their chiropractic needs and how to address them. This was also a great time for the chiropractors to educate legislators about issues that Chiropractors and patients across Indiana face everyday.

Wrapping up its 19th year in service, Chiropractor of the Day is a nationally recognized program that members of ISCA can take part in to meet legislators face to face and provide Chiropractic care free of charge. The doctors also get a chance to educate them about the cost-effectiveness and efficacy of chiropractic.

This service is offered every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the legislative session to all elected officials residing in the Statehouse, including: Supreme Court members, the Governor’s office, the Secretary of State’s office and many others.

The Indiana State Chiropractic Association thanks its many volunteers for making the ISCA DC of the Day program a success!

* Dr. Abraham Beaber – Hamilton County Chiropractic in Noblesville, IN
* Dr. Chris Bryan – Bryan Chiropractic Center in Mishawaka, IN
* Dr. Derek Dyer – Dyer Health & Wellness Center in Huntington, IN
* Dr. Jeremy Ferris – Health Connections in Fishers, IN
* Dr. Nathan Frasier – Frasier Chiropractic & Sports Clinic in Columbus, IN
* Dr. Richard Hilton – New Palestine Chiropractic in New Palestine, IN
* Dr. Mark Jones – Jones Chiropractic & Maximum Health Clinic in Westfield, IN
* Dr. Marcus McCray – Premier Sports Chiropractic in Carmel, IN
* Dr. Donna McVay – McVay Family Chiropractic in Rockville, IN
* Dr. Michael Phelps – Martinsville Chiropractic Center in Martinsville, IN
* Dr. Noel Taylor – Columbus Chiropractic Offices in Columbus, IN
* Dr. James Todd – Rushville Chiropractic Office in Rushville, IN
* Dr. Nathan Unterseher – Jackson County Chiropractic Center in Seymour, IN
* Dr. Diane Vuotto – Backpain Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis, IN
* Dr. Anthony Wolf – East Washington Chiropractic in Indianapolis, IN
* Dr. Jeffry Yoder – Meridian Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana State Chiropractic Association (ISCA) is a full-service membership association. ISCA provides its members the best government and public relations program, member benefits, education, and information services. More information about the association and its members can be found online at @ 8:04 pm | Article ID: 1244775910

Lakers Vs Magic Game 4 NBA Finals

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

NBA Finals Game 4 coverage begins tonight at 8:30pm Eastern time on ABC television. Game 4 of the series is played in Orlando and gametime is 9pm Eastern. This is the 2nd game of the NBA Finals played in Orlando, the 1st 2 were played in Los Angeles. Game 5 will be played in Florida as well, on Sunday June 14th, starting at 8pm Eastern (5pm in LA).

Game 4 Update: In a stunning overtime win, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in Game Number 4, by a score of 99 – 91. Veteran Laker Derek Fisher came through with a huge 3 pointer, that tied the game with 4.6 seconds left to play.

Wilt Chamberlain - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Shaquille O'Neal - Think Different
photo: Wilt Chamberlain #13, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33, Shaquille O’Neal #34 – Apple “Think Different” 2001 Ad

NBA Finals 2001 — In a crazy chiropractic stunt, I jumped out into the street to take the photo shown above while on South Figueroa Street in June of 2001. The building is the Hotel Figueroa, which is located directly across from the Staples Center. An advertisement for Apple, three exterior walls of the Figueroa Hotel were painted with ginourmous sized likenesses of 3 players. The photo features Wilt Chamberlain wearing Lakers jersey number 13, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wearing Lakers jersey number 33, and Shaquille O’Neal wearing Lakers jersey number 34.

Thinking Different — The Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers will be thinking differently about tonight’s game, now that Orlando has had their first win at home (their first NBA finals game win in franchise history), resulting in a significant change to the psychology of this series. Seconds after game three was over in Orlando, messaging site Twitter erupted with Magic tweets, many of them suggesting that “now we have a series.”

real-time results for magic - twitter search after game 3
real-time search results: magic

Following Game 4 — The above screenshot shows over 7000 messages sent including the term “magic”, which was captured moments after the end of game 3. In our NBA Finals Game 3 article I showed screen grabs for searches related to “lakers” at the end of game two. I figured it was only fair to show an Orlando Magic related screenshot this time around.

Throughout the series, I’m finding the Lakers are easy to follow using the search query lakers on twitter. In our first NBA Finals 2009 article, we provided details on following both teams throughout the finals. After three games it’s looking apparent that the following are amongst the four most popular search queries.

NBA FinalsLakersMagicOrlando

Besides query searches, hash tags are still really useful in following game related tweets, check game one article for suggestions on those. There is also more information on explaining the use of Twitter for following live sporting events. With the screenshots in the game three article, we showed that viewing tweets were not only an alternative for those who can’t watch the game live on television or online, it’s also a great way to interact with others during gametime.

There was some feedback on the graffiti photos shown in the game three post and the NBA Finals Game 2 article. One of the photos showed a close-up of purple spray-painted tagging that read Go Lakers. For the record, the artistic painting was done in an area of Venice Beach California that allows for spray painting by permit. It is a project that allows people to express their artistic talent without defacing public, private or commercial property.

For details on live game coverage (I’ve not located a streaming source for watching the NBA finals free online) and other related info, check out the NBA section of ESPN ( and the 2009 Finals ( pages for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

We’ll have an 2009 NBA Finals Champion by next week, who is ready for Tiger Woods and the 2009 U.S. Open championship beginning June 18th? This chiropractor is excited that summer is almost here! @ 2:05 pm | Article ID: 1244754352

Fabrizio Mancini Celebrates 10th Year as President of Parker College of Chiropractic

Parker News

June 10, 2009 (Dallas, Texas) — Parker College of Chiropractic is pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of its president, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. During his tenure as president, Dr. Mancini has made significant contributions to the advancement of chiropractic, wellness, and health care and has made a tremendous impact on communities locally, nationally, and abroad.

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Celebrates 10th Year as President of Parker College of Chiropractic(photo: Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Celebrates 10th Year as President of Parker College of Chiropractic)

Dr. Mancini was honored during a surprise celebration held on Parker College’s campus that followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the newly-renovated Dr. James W. Parker Museum. Parker alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends joined to congratulate Dr. Mancini on 10 years of service to the college.

Dr. Mancini assumed the role of president in 1999 when he was just 33 years old, which made him the youngest college president ever in the United States. Since that time, he has successfully carried out the vision of Parker College’s late founder, Dr. James W. Parker by progressing Parker into one of the foremost chiropractic colleges in the world as well as positioning Parker as the leader in chiropractic seminars, continuing education, and research. Dr. Mancini also oversees the thriving Parker College Chiropractic Wellness Clinics located in Dallas and Irving, Texas, as well as the Parker School of Massage Therapy and associated clinic, located on the Dallas campus.

“I was called to serve chiropractic in a much greater capacity,” said Dr. Mancini. “I knew that by becoming president, my level of service to others could expand exponentially.”

Dr. Mancini’s enthusiasm for wellness and spreading the chiropractic message to the world has earned him recognitions such as: Humanitarian Award, Heroes for Humanity Award, Chiropractic of the Year Award, CEO Award, Vision Award, High-Spirited Citizen Award, Rising Star Award, Crystal Apple Educators Award, Extra-Ordinary Speaker Award, Award of Honor, Who’s Who, American Chiropractic Association and Texas Chiropractic Association President’s Award, and more. Dr. Mancini has been recently inducted into the Wellness Revolutionaries Hall of Fame for his contributions in this field.

“Great leaders are decisive. They accept challenges and responsibilities and have vision, knowledge, and terrific judgment. They are creative, innovative, and dependable and have a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and integrity. They strive for excellence and value their success based on the success of the team around them,” said Bill Nardiello, chairman of the Parker College Board of Trustees. “All of these characteristics exist in Dr. Mancini.”

Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of health care professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor of science and doctor of chiropractic degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Parker College of Chiropractic. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321. Tel: 480.443.8877. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 12:30 pm | Article ID: 1244662272

Bing News Vs Google News for NBA Finals

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Who does online news results better, Microsoft’s Bing or Google News? Of the two, who indexes more articles? Who’s delivering the most current and relevant content? Who’s providing the best user experience? Branded as a “decision engine”, Microsoft’s new is seeking to grab market share from Google, in the battle of search engines. To see how the two matched up I performed the same search on each site. Here’s what I discovered.

About an hour after game 2 of the NBA finals, I grabbed screenshots from both news search and Google News search. I wanted to see how the two engines matched up for delivering results related to recent events. To ensure equal results, the same search phrase was used (NBA finals) for each of the search queries. The screen shots were cropped so they would fit here for viewing (even though they’re still kind of big for this blog theme). The first screenshot displays news search results from Bing.

First off I like the richness of the page Bing delivers. The screen shot doesn’t do it justice, as the background image and Bing logo are not shown here. Looking at the screen capture we see there are 124 news results indexed for this particular search phrase. I like that there is an option to sort by relevance versus most recent. In this case I’m searching by default which I suspect is by relevance.

The leading snippet and title tag pretty much sum up the information most people are seeking. We can see that the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the series, and the score was 101-96 over the Orlando Magic in overtime. The primary image result, featuring Kobe Bryant, is relevant to the topic. Four sources of “news media” are displayed for video results. Microsoft Bing allows users to mouse over the video thumbnails in order to watch a preview. From a user perspective, that’s a nice experience, but from someone wanting traffic to their own website for video results, I don’t feel too good about the preview feature. Anyways, I would assume most visitors performing a search for NBA finals on Bing would be happy with the results. Searchers received relevant content in a mixed form of text images and video.

The Google News engine has been around since early 2002, and it’s made significant advancements (including video and commenting to name two) during the past seven years. According to Google, selection and placement of stories on the page are determined automatically by computer algorithm. The screenshot above shows that algorithm at work when searching the term NBA Finals. How did they do?

When it comes to sheer volume of results, Google News has Microsoft Bing beat, with 1,649 related news articles indexed. Not all of those articles have been published post game time (on either of the two sites) but Google News also delivers relevant information (to the search query) directly in the news titles and snippets. From a user perspective, I can get the game score and information on who won simply by viewing the clustered results.

Which one is better? I can’t say there is a clear winner here. In the case of searching for this particular recent event key phrase, I think both sites do a good job in delivering results. Google gets points for volume of articles and Bing gets points for including relevant video directly in the news results. Both sides appear to be indexing content from major news outlets, at least from what is seen when viewing clustered news results on the search page.

While Microsoft’s Bing is fresh and new, and displays a background image on the search home page, the Google News website recently underwent some updates and modifications, featuring some changes in color, and grouping of news related search results returned. Video inclusion is increasing on Google News pages as well, and video can typically be watched directly from the Google News home page.

With a growing desire from users to find recent event results as fast as possible, I think Microsoft has an opportunity here to step up their game, and show the world they are a serious contender in the category of news search results. Still, it’s my opinion both Microsoft and Google are behind Twitter when it comes to getting really fast results on searches related to current events. Check to see for yourself.

NBA Finals Game 3 Lakers Vs Magic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

NBA Finals Game 3 coverage begins tonight at 8:30pm Eastern time on ABC television. The Lakers Vs Magic game today takes place in Orlando, the first away game for the Los Angeles Lakers, in the 2009 finals. The next three games are scheduled to take place at home for the Orlando Magic, with Game 3 being today, Game 4 scheduled for Thursday, and Game 5 (if necessary) scheduled for Sunday. I posted earlier how news search engines have the latest indexed coverage and I’ve got an update on following the games live online.

Game 3 Update: The Magic beat the Lakers, 108-104, in Orlando. Lakers lead NBA Finals 2-1. LA Lakers play Magic in Orlando Thursday, 6pm Eastern.

Go Lakers - Laker Themed Graffiti in Venice Beach 2009
LA Lakers Themed Graffiti in Venice Beach 2009

In our Game 2 NBA Finals I posted how local artists in Los Angeles were showing their support for the LA Lakers. Our article related to Lakers Magic Game 1 mentioned that I would close my LA chiropractic office if there was a 2009 Lakers Parade. Since then, plenty of clients I’ve spoken to have said they’d take the day off to go to a parade (if the opportunity was to present itself). We did close for the 2002 Los Angeles Lakers Parade as well as the 2001 LA Lakers Parade and had a great time celebrating in the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

ESPN ( and the National Basketball Association (NBA) website ( have the best coverage I’ve found related to this 2009 NBA Finals series. Those two sites are your best bet if you’re searching for a Lakers Vs Magic Live Stream. While you may not be able to watch the game live from your PC (it is on ABC and ABC HD), real-time Internet has undoubtedly changed the way we experience sporting events, like the NBA Finals.

The 3 screen shots shown below demonstrate how much conversation is taking place during real-time events like the NBA Finals. During Game 2 in LA, I had my firefox browser open to search twitter for lakers tweets and then stepped away from the computer for a few minutes. When I returned there had been over 6000 updates. Game 2 was just about to end.

twitter: realtime search results for lakers
realtime search results for lakers

I kept the browser tab open and within a matter of minutes the number jumped from a little over 6,000 to over 11,000 real-time results. Thousands of Lakers fans (and even Lakers haters) were posting sub 140 character messages. There were hundreds of tweets related to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and other players (for both Los Angeles and Orlando), but I was only refreshing the screen for Lakers tweets. Amazing.

11136 more search results for lakers
11136 more search results for lakers

In the time that I grabbed the 2nd screen capture and looked back at my browser the page had already updated. What was little more than 11,000 results was now nearing 16,000 results. That number continued to grow, and I guesstimate there were easily 100,000 tweets related to Lakers Vs Magic during and after the game.

15893 more search results for lakers
15893 more search results for lakers

It’s not the same as getting a live stream of the actual game, but real-time search is providing us with an opportunity to get updates on scores, schedules, game start times, and nearly anything you can think of related to a current sporting event. In our first article related to the NBA finals, we covered details on using hash tags and search queries for getting game related information quickly. That info still applies to Game 3 (and the rest of the finals). Following those tips, a frequently asked query like Lakers game time, can be answered in seconds. For someone’s who’s been using the Internet since the early 1990s, I think that’s pretty darn cool.

This phenomenon isn’t exclusive to pro basketball events, even events like local marathons are attracting a considerable amount of activity on twitter. I think it’s safe to say that if there is a sporting event taking place, that involves a large amount of people, you’re going to see people discussing it in real-time online.

Will the Lakers today take a three-game lead? I’m not here for predictions, but I’ll tweet the final score (chiropractic), long before get a chance to update this page. @ 1:53 pm | Article ID: 1244580822

Palmer Has Strong Presence at Recent Chiropractic Symposium

Palmer College of Chiropractic News

Palmer Has Strong Presence at Recent FICS Symposium, WFC Congress — In addition to its role as one of the primary sponsors, Palmer College had a strong presence and active participation in the 2009 FICS (International Federation of Sports Chiropractic) Symposium, held April 29, in conjunction with the World Federation of Chiropractic’s (WFC) 10th Biennial Congress April 30 – May 2, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The FICS program included six 20-minute lectures on sports chiropractic clinical subjects, and six 10-minute original research presentations on subjects relevant to sports chiropractic practice, selected from a Call for Papers.Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus alumnus Roland Noirat, D.C., is the president of FICS. Four other West Campus alumni were among the featured speakers, including: Ed Feinberg, D.C., (West Campus professor and West Campus Sports Council faculty advisor); Eduardo Bracher, D.C., Brazil; Greg Uchacz, D.C., Canada; and Saul Luengas, D.C., Mexico. In addition, Alex Steinbrenner, D.C., Germany, a graduate of Palmer’s Davenport Campus, is the FICS Secretary-General and gave a keynote presentation. Several current student members of the West Campus Sports Council also attended the symposium. Thomas Milus, D.C., Ph.D., West Campus clinical professor and alumni representative, hosted a special lunch for Palmer alumni, attended by approximately 60 guests.

sports chiropractic individuals(photo: chiropractic for sports)

“With (Palmer’s West Campus) being my alma matter, I was so proud to see such amazing student (and faculty) representation,” said Dr. Uchacz, president of The College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) and chiropractor for members of the Canadian teams at the Winter Olympic Games in 2002 and 2006.

“I was extremely impressed with the direction, focus and magnitude of the West Campus Sports Council. In talking with everyone, I was astounded at the sports-focused momentum taking place. I found the Palmer students to be particularly informed, knowledgeable and gracious. It is especially comforting to know that the next generation of sports-minded chiropractors is going to fall into the hands of individuals like them.”

The Symposium also included a “toast and roast” of Thomas Hyde, D.C., in honor of his distinguished career in the field of sports chiropractic, in which participants included West Campus alumni Richard Robinson, D.C., Canada, founding president of the West Sports Council (and chiropractor for the Canadian Summer and Winter Olympic teams), and Kate Hood, D.C., Canada, also a past president of the West Sports Council.

Florida Campus Faculty Take Top Research Prize at WFC Biennial Congress — Shawn He, M.D., associate professor, and Veronica Dishman, Ph.D., professor, both from Palmer’s Florida Campus in Port Orange, received the prestigious Scott Haldeman Award at the WFC congress. Scott Haldeman, D.C., M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the WFC Research Council, presented the award to Dr. He.

The WFC congress was well-attended, with more than 1,000 doctors of chiropractic and students from 38 countries, the largest ever in the history of the WFC. The title of Drs. He and Dishman’s paper was, “Motor Neuronal Degeneration Following Knee Joint Immobilization in the Guinea Pig: An Animal Model of Vertebral Subluxation Complex.”

Dr. He presented the study during the Thursday afternoon session, and was then selected as one of two keynote presenters on Saturday in front of more than 1,000 attendees, where he was awarded the first prize.

“I would like to thank Palmer College for supporting my participation in this conference, and in particular Dr. Martin (Florida Campus president) and Dr. Gran (Florida Campus dean of Academic Affairs) for their consistent encouragement,” said Dr. He. “But most importantly, all of the attendees now know the name of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus.” @ 8:14 pm | Article ID: 1244517319

Changes Coming Summer 2009

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Change is good. Were facing another summer here at the headquarters for Planet Chiropractic and Chiropractic Blogs, and while there is plenty of activities scheduled, there’s going to be some summertime fun taking place as well. I like taking time off to rest, relax and recharge like anybody, and living at the beach, this is about the week prior before we begin to slow things down and enjoy the sunshine, versus spending time indoors.

sprite-arizona-biltmoreThe photo is of a “sprite” and was taken at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a peaceful image, and if you get a chance to visit the hotel, I think you’d be really pleased with the hotel grounds and scenery.

So change is coming, but most of what’s going on may not be too noticeable, if you’re visiting Planet Chiropractic for classifieds or chiropractic seminar information. On this blog, there are some changes taking place that involve technical stuff like doing 301 redirects for content being moving to new locations. Hopefully that change goes well and the site doesn’t suffer any hiccups.

If you been following the news, you’ve undoubtedly noticed there’s been a significant increase in content related to marathons and running, during the past several months. Locally, we’re done with marathons in Southern California, as the 2009 rock ‘n roll Marathon in San Diego recently completed, as did the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon (held on Memorial Day). There is a Marathon scheduled in San Francisco for the month of July, and while I won’t make it up to the bay area for that event, chiropractor Scott Swanson is going to assist with news coverage from the San Francisco area. I love when chiropractors volunteer to participate, it makes for a much more rich experience.

I went off on a tangent here. What I meant to get to was to say that there will not be many marathon related articles until the month of September, and they were going to have marathon coverage for about 10 months straight. I mentioned it somewhere, that I felt marathons are a perfect fit for the chiropractic profession. Actually, marathons are good fit for many industries in healthcare, since there’s so many different levels involved . When training for marathons and participating in long-distance running activities. I’m glad we’re moving more the direction of increased marathon coverage, and I’m even more happy for the relationships we’ve developed with cities putting on marathons, and professional elite long-distance runners.

Marathons won’t be the only sport getting attention. There’s going to be increased coverage for this year’s U.S. Open golf tournament, of the 2009 Tour de France, and some other sporting events occurring during the 2009 summer season. I won’t be handling coverage of most of these events, but we’ve made some arrangements with photographers in the field, as well as sports & fitness writers, to provide us with fresh content related to these events. The reality is every professional sport I know of involved chiropractors providing care for athletes. Publications in the industry like to cover the big stories, but we sometimes miss out on other stories taking place behind the scenes. With the increased transparency and socialization taking place on the Internet, we have very interestingly been increasingly in contact with amateur and professional athletes from all sorts of sport. Many want to share their stories. I’m looking forward to seeing those stories appear online.

There’s going to be more chiropractic content showing up on the blog pages, and I suspect there’s going to be more consumer oriented content appearing on the news pages. In our 10th year of delivering chiropractic news online, I think it’s important we move forward with change that better serves our mission of delivering chiropractic minded content worldwide.

Most importantly, have yourself a spectacular summer!

Lakers Vs Magic Game 2 NBA Finals

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It is game 2 in Los Angeles today, with the Orlando Magic trying to even up the series against the LA Lakers, in the 2009 NBA Finals. Tonight’s game is live on ABC television, beginning at 8pm Eastern time. That’s five o’clock for folks on the West Coast. Tonight’s game also features a performance from 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen, an event that’s become something of a tradition. Here in LA, Lakers flags are out on the streets, and the sports bars are decorated in purple and gold. Even local graffiti artists are showing some Laker pride.

Update — The Los Angeles Lakers won Game 2 over the Orlando Magic in overtime, with a final score of 101-96. The next three games are scheduled to be played in Orlando.

Go Lakers Purple Graffiti
Fresh Go Lakers Art in Venice Beach

A late Sunday afternoon Lakers game in Los Angeles decreases the amount of people visiting LA beaches, except for maybe those visiting the Baja Cantina in Venice (a local sports hangout where LA Lakers players are spotted regularly) and Marina del Rey. Locals are showing their LA Laker pride, with one example being fresh tagging with purple paint, at the infamous Venice graffiti art pit (painting is allowed on a permit basis).

Winner of American Idol 2009, Kris Allen, will sing the national anthem before tonight’s game two of the National Basketball Association finals being broadcast on ABC television. American Idol singers performing at the NBA finals has become something of a tradition, with nearly every Idol winner performing during the NBA finals.

In our Lakers Magic Game One coverage, we included some information on the playoff game schedule along with tips for finding information online during the series. Again, ABC is handling the broadcast for the NBA finals on TV, which is also available in HD. Check out the official NBA Finals pages (
for more details on scheduled game times and TV broadcasts.

Lakers Vs Magic Schedule — Game one of the NBA finals was on June 4, with the Lakers winning that game by a score of 100 to 75. Game two is today, June 7 in Los Angeles, California, at 8 PM Eastern time. Game three of the NBA finals is scheduled at 9pm Eastern time in Orlando, Florida (on Tuesday, June 9). Game 4 of the series is Thursday, June 11, also in Orlando. That game broadcasts at 9pm Eastern. If necessary, game #5 will be played in Orlando at 8pm ET (5 PM locally in LA). If game six and game seven information become a reality, we’ll update this schedule.

For those of you that twitter, it is a great way to interact with others and share your excitement before, during, and after the games. Twitter has been explosive with NBA finals related tweets, with 140 character messages numbering into the thousands during gametime. Check out the list of selected hash tags and search queries if you want to follow others tweeting information during the finals.

Purple and Gold Artistic Graffiti With Lakers Theme
Even the graffiti in Los Angeles is themed in Lakers colors.

A much larger view of the artistic expression spray-painted on the walls along the Venice Shoreline. Some people put flags on their cars, others wear official NBA jerseys, and some prefer to show their Laker love by spray painting in gold and purple.

Chiropractic basketball fans may want to check out this archived article on John Stockton of the Utah Jazz, attributing his career longevity to care received by his chiropractor, during his years with the NBA. @ 3:46 pm | Article ID: 1244414784