Month: January 2010

Chiropractic Care for Children and for the Pregnant Mom

By Drew Rubin, D.C.

Patients often walk into our office and stare in amazement at the huge cork board by the front door. What are they looking at? They see dozens of pictures of children on our Chiro-Kid wall, ranging in age from 10 hours old through elementary and high school. Even the UPS person and other delivery people are taken aback the first time they come in when they see the pictures of happy kids around our front entrance.

Why adjust children? Even newborns? We want to make sure they are as healthy as they can be. Imagine the forces working against their little spines during pregnancy, all jammed up waiting for their time. Then picture the stress of giving birth, sometimes even prolonged labor, or c-sections in which they are literally pulled out (c-sections, contrary to popular belief, are not easier on the child). Now think of how many times a child falls as he/she learns how to walk, run, ride a bike, plays with his friends? It is rare for a child these days to escape their early years without spinal misalignments. And these misalignments won’t cause them pain like they might in you and me. They will more likely effect their immune or respiratory system (creating asthma, allergies, ear infections, and chronic illness), or their digestive system (causing colic, constipation, and other stomach issues). Most of the pictures on our walls come with a story, about one childhood ailment after another disappearing under chiropractic care.

Rubin Chiropractic Family
Drew Rubin Chiropractic Family – Photo taken at LIFEforce Jan 2010
What about pregnant women? Why adjust them? Think back to your pregnancy, when you were at 8 months. Your center of gravity was way out in front of you, causing you to be totally off balance. That’s the last thing you need as you reach the end of term and go into labor. We’ve seen remarkably healthy pregnancy’s and deliveries with women under chiropractic care. Less back pain during pregnancy, healthier, quicker labors, and an under 10% c-section rate (the national average is 25-30%). Plus many women have come in whose baby’s were in a difficult position (breech, transverse, facial), and with the famous gentle chiropractic technique known as Webster’s, we’ve watched 87% of women end up with baby being head down. They go on to have the natural childbirth that they thought they’d miss out on.

Chiropractic changed my life in 1984 when I watched 15 years of Asthma and Allergies finally disappear after 3 months of care. That’s why I became a chiropractor.
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Dr. Drew Rubin, BS, DC, CCSP, DACCP is a board certified pediatric chiropractor and certified sports chiropractor. He is on the faculty of Life University College of Chiropractic and has been in private practice since 1989. @ 9:07 am | Article ID: 1264698482

Cambodian Chiropractic Mission Trip Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Last week there was news regarding Life Chiropractic College West and a Mission Trip to Cambodia. The trip featured Life West faculty, alumni, and college interns traveling to provide chiropractic care in Cambodia. Iris J. Murillo, public relations manager for Life Chiropractic College West, emailed a few photos that were taken during the trip. I wanted to share them here.

cambodia chiropractic mission trip 2009Chiropractors, Chiropractic Interns, and lot’s of smiles

I love that people take the time to get photos during mission trips, we get so consumed in providing care that often times some of the little things (like stopping to take pics) get overlooked.

cambodia chiropractor mission trip 2009Hands On Chiropractic Care

Imagine being able to get that Life Giving Adjustment for the very first time? Awesome stuff! Depending on the groups organizing the mission trips, chiropractors may be providing full spine care, cervical spine only care, or a combination of cervical seated care and table full spine care (perhaps depends on ratio of chiropractors to people being served). In past trips I’ve participated in (like Costa Rica) much of the adjusting was seated cervical care. I like the idea of having people on a table but that can be a long day when serving on missions.

mission trip 2009 chiropractic cambodiaSmiling Faces

Chiropractors that participated in this mission will remember their experiences forever, and they’ll have fond memories of the smiles shared by people they met during their journey. If you want to get out of your head space and serve for the sake of serving, there’s nothing quite like a mission trip to motivate you. Congrats to all that invested the time and energy to make the trip a success.

LifeForce 2010 Chiropractic Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m sitting in a classroom at Life University in Marrietta, Georgia and the WiFi here is rocking. Thought I’d post some photos from the weekend before I get back to the office. The campus looks fantastic and I plan to post quite a few pics in the weeks to come.

life running eaglesLife Running Eagles

A view from inside the gymnasium at Life University. The Running Eagles are the official Life University Rugby team and one of the only competing clubs in the United States fortunate enough to have the full support of a university athletic department offering rugby scholarships.

Adam Cantor and Josh HandtChiropractors Adam Cantor and Josh Handt

I’ve known both Adam and Josh for several years now. Dr. Adam Cantor practices in California and Dr. Josh Handt practices on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY. The office is nearby what used to be the location for the Manhattan Chiropractic College.

life chiropractic wellness centerLife Fitness Wellness Center

The fitness facility at Life University was impressive to say the least. Huge bonus for those choosing to attend chiropractic school at Life or attend one of the other health sciences programs. I would have loved to have something like this available when I was in chiropractic school.

ian grassam treehouseThe Ian Grassam Treehouse

Above is an inside view of one of the rooms in the Ian Grassam Treehouse. There’s a lot of history behind this place, dating back to the early 1800’s. Chiropractor Ian Grassam was one of my all time favorite motivators. You can still get audio from talks he did while visiting California in the 1990s (I was a chiropractic student at the time recordings were made).

joe lupo hank cousineauLifeForce Chiropractors Joe Lupo and Hank Cousineau

While attending the LifeForce sessions, Drs. Joe Lupo and Hank Cousineau showed other LifeForce chiropractors how they educate their communities and get people excited about becoming chiropractors. They have both been major forces in promoting chiropractic and chiropractic principles across the planet.

Life Chiropractic College West Provides Chiropractic Care During Cambodian Mission Trip

Life West News

Hayward, California — Kim Khauv, a doctor of chiropractic and faculty member and alumnus from Life Chiropractic College West, led a team of twelve college interns who traveled to rural parts of Cambodia to provide chiropractic care. Over the course of two weeks in December 2009 they provided care to over 1500 patients, many of whom where children in orphanages and the sick and elderly in local villages.

This marks the first chiropractic mission trip to Cambodia from Life West. Arrangements were made with cooperation from government officials, village leaders and orphanage directors. The Life West team was joined by volunteer organizer, Aireen Navarro, and volunteer doctors, Amy Vevoda, D.C., and Nathan Clem, D.C., both from Seattle, Washington.

Life Chiropractic College West Cambodia Mission Trip

The trip had been a long-held dream by Dr. Khauv, whose family fled Cambodia in 1981 after the Khmer Rouge, a faction of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, began an agricultural reform leading to widespread famine and genocide between 1975 and 1979. After earning his graduate degree as a doctor of chiropractic and a master’s degree in public health, he began a non-profit organization, Well-Balanced World, with the sole intention of returning to his homeland and bringing chiropractic to his fellow countrymen.

Dr. Khauv is very grateful to have the opportunity to go back to Cambodia and offer healing to many who have little or no access to any health care. He states, “I sincerely appreciate Life West for their support. The devoted doctors and dedicated interns who came along allowed me to live out my dream of bringing chiropractic to Cambodia.” He is planning the next mission trip for December 2010 with the intention of increasing the number of locations and the number of patients served.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Currently over 400 students from across the United States and abroad are enrolled, and over 3,700 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,500 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. The college and Health Center maintain a Web site at @ 8:49 pm | Article ID: 1263963014

Former NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice Reveals Secrets to Long, Healthy Career

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

(Las Vegas) — Legendary NFL wide-receiver and three-time Super Bowl champ Jerry Rice scored a touchdown among attendees at Parker Seminars Las Vegas — the world’s largest chiropractic seminar — by sharing all the ways he is being a champion for chiropractic. He was joined onstage by fellow chiropractic supporter Linda Cohn, veteran sportscaster and one of the first women to report for ESPN. Both Rice and Cohn are spokespeople for the Foundation for Chiropractic, an organization dedicated to generating positive press for the chiropractic profession, and traveled to Parker Seminars to encourage chiropractors and their assistants to continue delivering natural, quality health care to patients around the globe.

Thinking back to his football career, Rice credits his success on the field largely in part to chiropractic care. “If I had everything in alignment, I knew I could play my best football,” said Rice. His training routine included twice-weekly chiropractic adjustments which helped his body recover from all the hard hits and countless tackles. Because Rice firmly believed in the benefits of chiropractic, his teammates began to favor this natural care over the medications that trainers traditionally give. “I wanted to set the standard within football,” said Rice. “I knew if chiropractic helped me put up outstanding numbers, it could help my teammates do the same.”

NFL Superstar Jerry RiceFormer NFL superstar Jerry Rice – photo credit kinetic
And Rice’s accomplishments are indeed a testament to chiropractic: he was twice named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, won three Super Bowls, and still holds nearly every record as a receiver. He retired as the league’s career receiving leader. Rice was recently announced as a 2010 NFL Hall of Fame candidate.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (FCP) made its own version of a “Hall of Fame” induction by presenting Rice with a medal for his commitment to chiropractic. “The Foundation for Chiropractic is getting the word out there, and [being a spokesperson] is a way for me to give back,” said Rice. “Chiropractic made football great for me. I was at my best and was always at 100 percent.”

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Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at

Source: Parker Seminars @ 9:51 pm | Article ID: 1263621112

Palmer College and University of Iowa team up for TMD study

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research Begins Study with University of Iowa for Conservative Treatment of Patients with Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Davenport, Iowa — Researchers at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, are working in collaboration with the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry and Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences in Iowa City, to explore the feasibility of using chiropractic care to treat people with chronic pain in their face and jaw, classified as temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

The TMD study is one of three projects that are part of a four-year, $2.8 million grant awarded to the PCCR in 2008 from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to establish a multidisciplinary Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic. The TMD study is directed by project co-leaders James DeVocht, D.C., Ph.D., from Palmer, and Clark Stanford, D.D.S., Ph.D., from the University of Iowa.

“More than 10 million Americans suffer from head and neck pain related to TMD, with a lifetime prevalence of 45 percent and a direct care cost of $2 billion,” said Dr. DeVocht. “This makes it one of the most common forms of chronic debilitating pain in the United States. Although many medical and dental treatments for TMD are available, few if any have shown any sustained efficacy.”

One approach to relieving TMD pain is for Chiropractors to provide a specific form of treatment, Activator Methods technique, using a hand-held mechanical device to deliver a quick, gentle adjustment in a precise manner to areas of the head and neck. The TMD component of the Activator approach was developed by Wally Schaeffer, D.C., Coralville, Iowa, and has shown promise in an earlier case series.

For the current TMD study, potential participants will be interviewed by phone and given a dental examination at the Dental Clinical Research Center at the University of Iowa to determine if they qualify. A total of 80 participants will be enrolled and randomly assigned to one of four different treatment groups, all of which will include an intensive self-care program for TMD pain management.

Participants will be equally assigned to either: 1) Activator chiropractic care; 2) a conventional dental splint used for TMD management; 3) a placebo treatment; or 4) the intensive self care program alone. All participants will receive examinations and treatment at the Dental Clinical Research Center in Iowa City and patients assigned to chiropractic care will be referred to a private practice in Coralville, Iowa. Examinations and treatment are provided at no charge to participants. Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact the Dental Clinical Research Center at the University of Iowa at (319) 335-7414.

The Palmer Center of Chiropractic Research will serve as the Data Coordinating Center for this study. Patients will be treated for two months and their progress followed for an additional four months. “The concept that manipulation of the upper cervical spine with the Activator Method can reduce head and neck pain and reduce the potential need for prescription pain medications and improve quality of life are very important issues to understand,” said Dr. Stanford of the University of Iowa. “A novel feature of this study design is that the effects of each form of treatment will be evaluated in a masked or blinded fashion. This unique research design allows us to use the expert clinicians for each TMD method and therefore gives us the best chance to understand differences in efficacy of response to this innovative chiropractic method.”

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the largest institutional chiropractic research effort in the world, supplemented increasingly by federal grant funding. These funds, totaling more than $28 million in the last 10 years, have been instrumental in expanding PCCR programs in research education, clinical science, translational research, experimental biomechanics, neurosciences and health services and policy research.

Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic @ 8:40 am | Article ID: 1262882469