Month: December 2010

Warning Repetitive Stress Injuries

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s no wonder people are still suffering from Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI), which are primarily caused by overuse of computer keyboards, computer mice, and other electronic gadgetry. Sadly, I don’t see the situation getting any better, regardless how hard chiropractors and other healthcare professionals work to educate consumers, on proper work environment ergonomics.

Earlier this year, in preparing for a patient education class on proper computer ergonomics, I flipped over a PC keyboard at my chiropractic office to take a photo of the RSI warning label. Nearly every keyboard I have checked (computer mice may not have a sticker, but some sort of health information is usually included with the packaging) has had some type of health warning posted on the keyboard bottom. First, I doubt many people take the time to read the information posted. Of those that do read the health warnings information, likely only a small percentage follow the recommendations. Then, if you’re as lucky as I am, perhaps your computer keyboard had this finely worded repetitive stress injury warning label. If that’s the case, I guess you cannot be to blame, since the information may be rather difficult to understand. Note, I didn’t make this up, it’s the real deal.

repetitive stress injuries computer keyboard warning
repetitive stress injuries computer keyboard warning

For those of you that can’t see it, the label reads…

Warning — Feeling the discomfort, Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI), caused by the long periods had habits & repetitive motion at improper working environment, please cease to use consult your professional immediately.

I imagine it was intended to say something like… use of a keyboard or mouse may be linked to serious injuries or disorders. When using a computer keyboard like this one, you may experience occasional discomfort in your hands, arms, wrists, shoulders, neck, or other parts of your body. If you’re feeling discomfort after using this keyboard for long (or even short) periods of time, you may be developing a repetitive stress injury. If that is the case, please cease to use this item and consult your healthcare professional immediately.

Perhaps keyboard warning labels should convey something more clear like… When considering using this device, or a similar device like a computer mouse and/or mobile phone, consult a Chiropractor for expert evaluation of spinal posture, biomechanics, ergonomics, and levels of subluxation. Follow your chiropractors recommend guidelines, avoid overuse of these items, and be sure to counterbalance your forward head bearing postural activities, with recommended exercise and relaxation. @ 4:32 pm | Article ID: 1292718765

Parker College of Chiropractic Students Receive Scholarships

Parker Chiropractic News

DALLAS — Parker College of Chiropractic presented sponsor scholarships to four students during an all-school assembly. The student recipients were awarded for their leadership and contributions to the college.

Jarrett Browning, tri-three, was awarded with a three thousand dollar memorial scholarship in memory of the late Dr. Matthew Cacka. Dr. Cacka graduated from Parker in 2007. After graduation, he established a practice in Oregon. Dr. Cacka’s family and several of his classmates were in attendance during the scholarship presentation where they watched a special video tribute to Dr. Cacka.

“Matthew appreciated the training and preparation that Parker had given him,” said his mother, Dawn Cacka. “He was always so enthusiastic and passionate about anything that he did. He was so happy to be a chiropractor, making a difference in his patients’ lives. He would be pleased to know we are supporting a fellow Parker student’s journey, so his passion can live on in others.”

Parker Student Scholarship Photo
Parker Student Scholarship Photo 2010

Browning, elected as student body vice president, has served as president on the student senate for tri’s one and two. He was also a delegate for the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) conference. He participates as a member of both Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) and the Student Texas Chiropractic Association (STCA). He serves as a tour guide at Parker and volunteers during Parker Seminars as a session monitor.

Standard Process Inc., a nutritional food supplement manufacturer, presented the two thousand dollar Standard Process Student Scholarship to tri-three student, Lauren Jessup. Involved in numerous clubs and organizations at Parker, Jessup created a student body committee that provides awareness about developments at Parker.

A standout student, Jessup was awarded with a second scholarship, receiving an additional one thousand dollars from the Drucker Labs Student Scholarship.

“The scholarships will further my education by allowing me to attend several seminars that I’ve wanted to attend for a while now,” said Jessup. “I registered for a 100 hour certification program in August and had to withdraw because I did not have the funds to attend. Now I have the means to follow through with my commitment. The scholarships are a blessing that will last throughout my career because technique is something I can use forever.”

Matt Rayner, tri-six, was presented with the Dr. Gilles Lamarche Student Scholarship awarding him one thousand dollars. Rayner is a dedicated member of the Pediatric Club and the Carrick Neurology Diplomate program. He serves as captain for Parker’s intramural volleyball. Rayner also volunteers with hockey teams in the North Texas area.

Jonnathan Camacho, tri-seven, received a one thousand dollar scholarship from Chiro One Wellness Centers. Camacho is active in the Parker Military Association and Parker’s Puerto Rico Recruiting Team. He’s also a member of SACA.

“This scholarship is a huge relief at the end of this trimester when scholarship funds start to dwindle,” said Camacho.

About Parker College of Chiropractic Located in Dallas, Parker College of Chiropractic is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 10:22 pm | Article ID: 1292653389

Life Chiropractic College West Graduates 56 Doctors of Chiropractic

Life Chiropractic College West News

Hayward, CA — Life Chiropractic College West presented doctor of chiropractic degrees to 56 candidates during its 57th graduation celebration on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center in Hayward. The doctor of chiropractic degree represents a four-academic-year program of study and clinical internship. At the ceremony, valedictorian honors went to Susan Wang of San Jose, California, for the graduating class of Summer 2010 and Julie Gray of Orangevale, California, for the graduating class of Fall 2010.

Brian Kelly, D.C., the current president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and the president-designee of Life Chiropractic College West, delivered the commencement address. Dr. Kelly enjoyed a successful and vibrant chiropractic practice in Melbourne for over a decade before being selected to serve as the president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in Auckland, New Zealand. As President, he guided the New Zealand College of Chiropractic through recognition by the Ministry of Education of New Zealand and then by the Commission on Accreditation of the Australasian Council on Chiropractic Education. During his tenure as president, he was responsible for dramatically increasing the international enrollment at the College while relocating the institution to a larger campus location in Auckland.

“I am very excited about Brian following me as president of Life West,” remarked Dr. Gerard Clum, current president of Life West. “He is one of the shining stars of the chiropractic profession, bringing a superb blend of experience, talent, enthusiasm and dedication to the future of the College–I couldn’t be happier for Brian, for the Board, for the College or for the profession!”

Life Chiropractic College West Names Dr. Matthew Hubbard 2010 Alumnus of the Year

On Saturday, October 23, Dr. Matt Hubbard from San Diego, California, was honored as 2010 Alumnus of the Year by the Life Chiropractic College West Alumni Association. Given to him at Life West’s annual gala dinner and dance, the award recognized Dr. Hubbard’s outstanding service to the chiropractic profession and his community.

Matt-Hubbard-Chiropractor-San-DiegoDr. Hubbard served on the Board of Directors of the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) since 2001, and was given the Outstanding Service Award by the WCA in 2006. In 2003, Dr. Hubbard, along with Drs. Timothy Gay, and Kerry Keiser, founded Chiropractors on the Road to Excellence (CORE), which brings together local chiropractors for monthly meetings.

Dr. Michelle Arietta, President-Elect of the Life West Alumni Association, stated, “Dr. Matt is a 24/7 living expression of lasting purpose, giving, doing, loving and serving. It’s exciting to see a great leader in our profession, a product of Life West!”

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 website at @ 8:12 pm | Article ID: 1292472769

Worlds Most Awesome Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Who is the world’s most awesome chiropractor? If you’re a doctor of chiropractic, hopefully you’re telling yourself that the world’s most awesome remover of subluxation interference is you. For if you exude that in your presence of being, non-chiropractors are more likely to refer to you as the world’s most awesome chiropractor, when asked their opinion. Today’s great chiropractors aren’t born, they are made. They dedicate their lives to serving chiropractic patients, serving the chiropractic community, and serving mankind simply for the sake of serving. Great chiropractors set goals and they work on accomplishing those goals daily. Days ago, I received a letter in the mail from a great chiropractor, Dr. Fred Scofield, which contained a list of goals I had set for 2010.

Worlds Most Awesome Chiropractor
World’s Most Awesome Chiropractor
Goal Setting, is something chiropractor Fred Scofield has been teaching for years, and it’s a process any successful individual will tell you they work on regularly. Without goals, how do we measure our performance, how do we assess our weaknesses, how we move forward in life? The late Ian Grassam often talked about leadership and greatness in chiropractic, with statements like… “What is the price of greatness in your world? Or, worse than that, are you willing to live without greatness? Will you acquiesce to mediocrity? No one will know whether you have been here or not.”

In my case, the opening of the envelope confirmed things I have thought about (and actions I failed to take) throughout 2010. In areas of fitness, my 2010 goals were well accomplished, much part in thanks to the 25 hour work week I have in chiropractic practice (plus living at the beach), allowing me to enjoy my passion of long distance running.

Office related achievements were good, but not great, with some areas of 2010 being in our “best ever” categories, and other accomplishments not even initiated, due in large to procrastination. We all know procrastination can be a killer in any category, burrowing into our minds, and paralyzing our actions. Reviewing what was written on paper to be done in 2010, I can surely tell you, that I have nobody but myself to blame for the inaction.

What’s the point of making goals if you’re not going to act on them? I’ve asked myself that question before, but I’ve also been writing goals to paper each December, since 1983. Something I’ve learned along the way is that insanity (the process of doing things over and over again, each time expecting a different result) doesn’t quite make its grip, and those goals are revised for the next year’s list, providing the opportunity to continue moving forward into a fresh year.

What’s on your 2011 goal list? Will you walk on fire? Will you see 100 a day (or 500 a day)? We’ll you become a chiropractic college president? Will you serve your community?

Whether your goal is to be the world’s most awesome chiropractor, the world’s most terrific dad, the world’s greatest spouse, planet earths greatest schoolteacher, or a hard-working chiropractic student, there’s still time to lay out plans for the year ahead. Don’t let 2011 began without putting to writing at least one thing you intend to accomplish in the new year. New Year’s resolutions are overrated, but yearly goal setting with commitment and discipline to accomplishing those goals, is one of the world’s most underrated activities. @ 2:32 pm | Article ID: 1292193175

Chiropractic Office Holiday Spirit

Chiropractic Office Holiday Spirit
By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

December holidays can be a stressful time. Drivers are distracted, people are running all about town buying gifts, workers are handling longer hours than usual, and folks are generally stressed. As a Los Angeles doctor of chiropractic, I think we see that stress on the streets (and on the adjusting table) as much as any metro area chiropractor does. We do our best to make the holiday season bright and stress-free as possible. Having awesome weather in Los Angeles helps (no snow, ice and road salt on the ground) but it feels at times everyone’s rushing to LAX International Airport, on their way to see family, and perhaps getting their last chiropractic adjustment of the year.

Rather than run around like a chiropractor with his head cut off (it’s easier said than done), I try to make December calm, peaceful, and festive. Not crazy party festive, but “we appreciate the opportunity of serving you” festive. If we can put more joy in our adjustments, and make the office just a little bit brighter, adding greater calm to the community, our job will be done.

Chiropractic Christmas lights
Chiropractic Christmas Lights – Photo taken w/my Droid X Mobile Phone

Year after year, we’ve been adding more and more decorations to the office. This year we added a couple hundred feet of Christmas lighting (which forced us to have to run the air conditioning) strung around adjusting rooms and throughout the front office. We’ve had our now famous Chiropractic Christmas Tree getting set up over the Thanksgiving weekend, so that we start the December holiday season early, so that all patients visiting during the month can enjoy it.

Christmas Wallpaper Decorating
Christmas Wallpaper Decorating – Photo taken w/my iPhone

I anticipated lots of photos to be taken in the office this year, so instead of having the walls be yellow (see the Christmas tree photo article), we decided to cover the walls in holiday wrapping paper, and then ran strings of garland along the edges. It’s making for a much better photographic background, and it looks terrific with the glow of Christmas lights reflecting from the tree. It was an economical way to brighten up the front office. We used about $10 in holiday wrapping paper, and we applied it to the walls in a way that can be removed and reused next year (my attempt to be green after running all those lights).

Red Elf Rhinoceros Christmas
Red Elf Riding a Rhinoceros – Photo taken w/my iPhone

Putting the holiday wrapping paper on the wall behind the Christmas tree worked out so well we did it on other walls as well. In the photo shown above, we ran a role of colored Christmas lights wrapping paper across about 15 feet of wall, and then are using that wall to display holiday cards we receive from patients, and other chiropractors. My mom has been sending the office Annalee Elves every year since we’ve opened, and we now have quite a collection throughout the office.

Annalee Christmas Elf
Annalee Christmas Elf – Photo taken w/my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

We’ve nicked named the elf above, Oskar, he’s quite photogenic. When the Annalee elves are not making gifts for Santa, they are doing marketing for ADIO Chiropractic (thanks to those plastic chiropractic spines). Getting a chiropractic office ready for the holiday season takes preparation, some attention to detail, and you also have to plan a few days in the new year, for putting all the holiday decorations away. But the smiles on peoples faces has been well worth all the effort. Imagine a world where you can get people smiling and get them adjusted chiropracticly, that’s a happy place to live in.

So as the song goes, have a Holly Jolly Christmas. Don’t forget to slow things down a bit, share some appreciation, and enjoy this final month of the calendar year. May you and your loved ones be blessed, and find peace and joy in this month of December. Here’s to your holiday season being bright. @ 10:11 am | Article ID: 1291745519

Parker Chiropractors Serve in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Parker Chiropractic News

Parker’s Dr. Fabrizio Mancini and Dr. Gilles Lamarche Serve in Haiti and Dominican Republic

DALLAS, Texas — Parker leaders, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, and Dr. Gilles Lamarche, vice president of Parker Seminars traveled to Haiti where they served the people in the earthquake devastated country. Demonstrating Parker’s dedication in spreading chiropractic worldwide, the two provided much needed care for the people in the destitute country.

Chiropractor Mancini Chiropractic Haiti
Chiropractor Fabrizio Mancini in Haiti

The trip was led by ChiroMission (CM) co-founders, Dr. Todd Herold, vice president and cultural liaison of CM, and Dr. JC Doornick, president of CM. The group included a team of 68 chiropractors, students, and volunteers. Dr. Doornick assembled a team of 11 and headed across the border from their entry point of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and began serving in Haiti.

“There is just no way to explain what the situation in Haiti is like at this time,” said Dr. Doornick. “It’s overpopulated, unsanitary, dangerous, desperate, and an overall mistreatment of human beings. However, still full of life and courage, I was so proud to be a human being and chiropractic servant and I know our presence and mission played an essential role in providing hope and better health.”

Meanwhile in Puerto Plata, Dr. Herold announced the coming aid through television and radio to prepare the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Over the course of one week, the teams gave nearly 70,000 chiropractic adjustments.

During the trip, nearly $55,000 was raised by the doctors, their patients, and volunteers. Dr. Lamarche spearheaded 90 percent of the effort after visiting a dilapidated mosquito infested orphanage housing 25 children. Dr. Lamarche learned of the effort to move the children to safety and accommodate another 50 abandoned children with $30,000. Within three hours, Dr. Lamarche raised more than $30,000 and the construction had already begun. The team will see the completion of the safe house on their next trip in March 2010.

Chiropractor Lamarche Haiti
Chiropractor Gilles Lamarche in Haiti

“Dr. Gilles Lamarche walked the talk and primed the pump with a generous donation and about 15 ChiroMissionaries followed his shining example and chipped in from their own pockets and generosity,” said Dr. Herold.

The group also raised funds for food, clothing, and toy donations to people in the communities. In addition, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies were distributed to local schools. Teachers that have been working for free will also now receive a monthly donated salary.

About ChiroMission: ChiroMission’s goal is to promote chiropractic and adjust people throughout the world, especially in third world countries where resources are so limited. They also cultivate students of chiropractic from those deprived areas so they may return to their countries and work in offices established by ChiroMission. They also raise necessary funds to help those in need reclaim their lives and gain a satisfactory standard of living.

About Parker College of Chiropractic Located in Dallas, Parker College of Chiropractic is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 5:32 pm | Article ID: 1291599180

Rachae Bell Life Chiropractic College West Student of the Year

Life West Chiropractic News

Hayward, California — The Alumni Association of Life Chiropractic College West named Rachae Bell, a third quarter junior from Davenport, Washington as its 2010 Student of the Year. During the annual gala dinner and dance on October 23, Bell was honored for her exceptional contributions to Life West and the chiropractic profession.

(Left to right), Dr. Gerard Clum, President of Life Chiropractic College West, Rachae Bell, Dr. Kim Khauv, Faculty Senate President

Since the day she arrived to Life West, Rachae Bell has been a significant contributor in a variety of clubs and organizations on campus. For the last two years, she has served on the Strategic Planning Committee & the Curriculum Committee. She also helped launch the Life West Mentoring Program and organized the Life West clinic entrance reviews and Irene Gold Board Reviews. Bell has been Student Council Representative for several quarters and is currently serving as her class representative. In addition, she has been involved in the Upper Cervical Club, Pediatrics Club and Neurology Club, and is an active member of Mission Trip America (MTA). MTA is a program sponsored by Life West where students and faculty provide complimentary chiropractic care to underprivileged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bell states, “I am so thankful for the chiropractic profession for allowing me to learn, study, understand, and marvel at the intricacies of the human body and its healing capacities. My goal as a chiropractor is to help people get well, to give, to love, and to serve… and to have fun!”

Dr. Kim Khauv, Faculty Senate President and faculty member, said, “As an accomplished student leader and athlete, Rachae Bell is the type of student we are all proud to have at Life West.”

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 @ 11:33 am | Article ID: 1291491217

The Rock of Faith 1927

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I am an odd fellow when it comes to numbers and dates. I’ll find a coffee can from 1895, and think about how it was made the same year DD Palmer discovered chiropractic. I will see a stone marked 1897 on the front of a building, and be reminded that was the year Palmer Chiropractic College was founded in Davenport Iowa. A magazine from 1911 reminds me of the year a Chiropractic College was established in Los Angeles. So it was only natural, that while hiking in the middle of nowhere (actually among 865,000+ acres of Joshua Tree National Park land) I’d come across this rock, the rock of faith.

Rock of FaithThe Rock of Faith – John Samuelson 1927

The rock reads (with spelling corrections)…

The Rock of Faith

And Truth

Nature is God

The Key to Life is Contact

Evolution is the Mother and Father of Mankind

Without Them We Be Nothing

John Samuelson 1927

While photographing the rock, I noticed the 1927 date, and my selectively historic memory reminded me that it was the same year Stephensen’s Chiropractic Textbook was published. Philosophical chiropractors know the text I’m speaking of, it’s the one that talks about universal intelligence in all matter, and the maintenance of that matters existence.

Perhaps it’s just me, but had that statement been introduced as a chiropractic principle, I don’t think I would’ve questioned it. It seems as much a truth today as it was when chiseled into the granite back in 1927. Samuelson wasn’t a chiropractor, he was a miner from Sweden, working a gold claim (on behalf of William Keys) in the Little San Bernardino Mountains, now part of Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP).

Likely beginning in 1927, John chiseled the flat surfaces of eight rocks in total, on land he was attempting to homestead, in the Quail Springs valley (now also part of JTNP). Samuelsson had built a home on top of the rocks (he never did get deed to the land) but the wood and canvas structure burned to the ground sometime in the 1930s. Thanks to laws regarding artifacts, historical trash, and other items of interest, the rusted folding spring mattress frame still sits where the house once stood.

John Samuelson boxspring bedframeThe Subluxation Maker

I can’t confirm that the folding mattress frame shown here is from the 1920s, but it’s more likely than the possibility that it was brought into the desert years later, since Joshua Tree became a national monument in the 1930s, and the house had already burned by then, and Samuelson was long gone.