Category: Chiropractic Photos

Life West Presidential Inauguration Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

This was a historic event in chiropractic and I wasn’t going to miss it. On Friday, August 5th, 2011, the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly (as the 2nd president in history of Life Chiropractic College West) took place.

inauguration dr brian kelly life westInauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly – Life Chiropractic College West

It was a gala event, with chiropractic presidents, organization presidents, chiropractors, students, staff, and other dignitaries, all dressed to the nines. It’s not everyday I get to photograph chiropractors dressed formally, so my camera was flashing like a paparazzi’s. It brought back memories of when I photographed the dedication of the Life West Campus more than 11 years ago.

Frank Sovinsky Cathy Sovinsky Gilles LamarcheFrank Sovinsky, Cathy Sovinsky, and Gilles Lamarche

Always looking sharp, I snapped a shot of Frank and Cathy Sovinsky (photo from earlier in the day) with equally well dressed Gilles Lamarche, of Parker Seminars.

Bill DeMoss Mary Jane Matt HubbardSoCal Chiropractic Represents

I wasn’t the only SoCal Chiropractor visiting the bay area on this occasion, as I saw Drs. Darrell Crain, Phil Yamamoto, Howard Fleischer, and others, as I made my way towards being seating for the grand event. Mary Jane and Dr. Bill DeMoss (from DCS in Orange County) were in fine fashion for the evening, but Billy didn’t wear his top hat. Also looking sharp, San Diego Chiropractor, Matt Hubbard, did a great job as MC during the weekend events.

Brian Kelly Inauguration Chiropractic PresidentChiropractor Brian Kelly Presidential Inuaguration

The event proved to be a great experience for chiropractors gathering in fellowship and celebrating the welcoming of Dr. Kelly as new president at Life Chiropractic College West. In the above photo, Dr. Gerry Clum can be seen to the right (in gray), with Dr. Guy Riekeman (president at Life University in Marietta, Georgia). That’s Dr. Brian Kelly (delivering his inaugural address) at the podium.

Chiropractors Eric Plasker Life WestChiropractors Post Ceremony

After the inauguration, chiropractors gathered on the 2nd floor at the Oakland Marriott for food, drink and more celebration. Dr. Eric Plasker (center) visits California regularly as his 100 Year Lifestyle program is closely associated with continuing education programs put on by CCA.

Ruth Ribley Chuck Ribley John HofmannRuth Ribley (Sunshine Ruth) and Chiropractors Chuck Ribley and John Hofmann

For me, one of the highlights of attending events like these is getting to spend quality time with your mentors. Pictured above are 3 amazing chiropractic individuals, Ruth (Sunshine) Ribley, Chuck (River) Ribley, and John Hofmann. Dr. Hofmann was one of the first chiropractors I’d ever here speak. He left a lasting impression.

The words Service, Giving, Loving (and other feel goods) were spoken throughout the weekend, not only from podiums, but while at lunch and other meetings. I recall hearing Dr. Jay Handt at three times using the phrase “You cannot out give the giver.” It’s no coincidental accident that that’s been the foundation of Planet Chiropractic since it launched in the 1990s.

Jay Handt Liam Schubel Kathi HandtChiropractors Jay Handt and Liam Schubel, with Kathi Handt

More on mentors and amazing people, Kathi Handt is an amazing individual, and I had a great time seeing her and Jay (the Luau was fun, thank you) while in Oakland. And Jay, I was at New Beginnings in October 2010, so not a year yet (but almost).

Dr. Liam got to experience the Planet Chiropractic paparazzi as well, as he ended up in lots of photographs from the weekend, but not as many as for the Sharon Gorman fan club.

well dressed chiropractorsWell Dressed Chiropractors

I’m about to board a flight to Los Angeles (blogging in the OAK Airport), so I’ll update names and details on this post when I’m back online, I another set or 3 coming later in the week as well.

Presidents from other chiropractic colleges attended the event, and like I said earlier, it was great to have so many mentors and positive influentials in one place.

More to come.

Life West Wave Photos 2011

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I ran around all day with my camera (and had fun doing it) taking photos at the 2011 Life West Wave event which was held at the Oakland Marriott hotel in historic downtown Oakland (love the local architecture). Here’s a quick set of photos from yesterday, plenty more to come.

Life West Wave Science TrackLife Wave West Science Track

The day began with continuing education from Chiropractic Science Master Dr. Dan Murphy. The room was packed. Dr. Murphy speaks across the globe on the science of chiropractic and he is a presenter not to be missed. Always loaded with energy and highly recommended for chiropractors (and other health care professionals) seeking advanced knowledge of the human nervous system.

Dan Murphy Packed BallroomDr. Dan Murphy Chiropractic Science Track

It was early Friday morning in August and Dr. Dan Murphy was speaking to a full house gathered for a weekend of chiropractic education and fellowship. Seeing so many excited people so early in the day I knew it would be a terrific weekend. Day one did not disappoint.

Chiropractors Sharon Gorman and Jay HandtChiropractors Sharon Gorman and Jay Handt

Two of my favorite chiropractors, doctors Sharon Gorman and Jay Handt, found me following them around most of the day like chiropractic paparazzi (they are worthy). Sharon Gorman has written many articles for Planet Chiropractic and the two of us use to put on Chiropractic Seminars in the early 2000’s. Sharon still hosts Focus Chiropractic events in both Atlanta and Pennsylvania. She currently practices in the state of Georgia and she is very active promoting Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, GA.

Dr. Jay Handt practices in New York City (Central Park West) and he loves referring his celebrity chiropractic clients to me when they visit Los Angeles (thanks Jay!). Dr. Handt is amazing, he’s got a great practice, great family, rock solid philosophy and superior business skills. He’s very passionate about his role in life and chiropractic.

Dr. Handt is also very active promoting Life University and he is a board member of the New Beginnings Chiropractic Movement in New Jersey. Every chiropractor should attend New Beginnings at least one time, there is little in the profession that even comes close to the experience, love, and energy found at NB.

Pediatric ChiropracticPediatric Chiropractic by Drs. Claudia Anrig and Gregory Plaugher

I love seeing chiropractors publishing books and Pediatric Chiropractic by chiropractors Claudia Anrig and Gregory Plaugher looks like a great read. I am a huge supporter of chiropractic care for children of all ages and I do feel every chiropractor (myself included) would benefit from continuing our education on the subject. Kids need chiropractic too (and so do adults, and parents, and grandparents, and pregnant moms, and even my yellow labradors).

Patti Giuliani Matt Hubbard Jeanne OhmChiropractors Patti Giuliani, Matt Hubbard and Jeanne Ohm

Three more great chiropractors. Dr. Patti Giuliani is a regular speaker at New Beginnings in New Jersey. Dr. Matt Hubbard serves patients at Convoy Chiropractic in Kearny Mesa (San Diego), California. Here’s a video of him at work in the office. Jeanne Ohm is a chiropractor near and dear to my heart. Like Sharon, her energy is enormous, and along with an amazing team at the ICPA, she gets an incredible amount of work done for the profession and future of chiropractic. Jeanne Ohm has also contributed a number of articles to Planet Chiropractic over the years.

Cathy Sovinsky and Frank Sovinsky

I want to be more like Dr. Frank Sovinsky when I grow up. Frank is one of a kind and is always inspirational. He has authored two books that I know of, Life, the Manual and The E-Myth Chiropractor (I’ve got to get an autographed copy). Both books are available via Amazon (I do not get referral commission, just get them both). Dr. Sovinsky is also an advanced Activator Methods practitioner, guest lecturer, and coach of chiropractors and people that want to better their lives. An amazing human spirit. Cathy is just lovely, undoubtedly an inspirational source of Franks awesomeness.

Chiropractors Brian Kelly and Timothy GayChiropractors Brian Kelly and Timothy Gay

Two powerhouse chiropractors in the state of California. Dr. Brian Kelly is the man of the hour, as yesterday was his official Life Chiropractic College West Presidential Inauguration (which was a spectacular event highlighted by Dr. Kelly surprising us with a jazz trombone performance). Dr. Gay is a Chiropractor in Solana Beach, CA and he is very active in the state. Dr. Gay is on the Life West Board of Regents and he’s also active with the California Chiropractic Association (CCA).

OK gang, more photos to come!

Photos Increase Classified Ad Views

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Did you know that photographs placed in classified advertising posts results in far greater views of those posts? Imagine shopping for a preowned car on a classified ad site, and not getting to see any photos, those advertisements don’t get much action. The same goes for major auction sites. I can’t even recall the last time I visited an auction site that didn’t include at least one photograph related to the item being sold.

The same rule applies for chiropractic classified ads, if you include photographs, you’re going to increase significantly the amount of viewers looking at what you are selling. Let me show you some examples, starting with this Elite Chiropractic Table recently listed for sale in Boise Idaho.

elite chiropractic table

This Elite Chiropractic Table gets more views than similar adjusting tables listed that do not include a photo. The picture you see above is a screenshot from the actual ad. When a user browses the ad page, they get a thumbnail of the image that they can click on. The expanded size image appears directly over the advertisement without taking the user off the page. That’s a new feature recently added.

Not only did the seller of the above chiropractic table include a good quality photograph (you can tell it’s Burgundy by looking at the picture), they provided a fairly good description of the table being sold. We’re told it has manual flexion, electric traction, and both lumbar and cervical drops.

Lets take a look at this Tytron C-3000 scanner being sold. What I like is that the individual selling this unit is showing a picture of it in what appears to be the chiropractic office.

Tytron C-3000 Scanner

This tytron scanner is located in Vista California (always include the location) and the seller explains that the item includes manuals, software, a carrying case, and instructional DVDs. I am unclear as to whether that laptop is included, which brings me to the reminder that if you’re going to list items for sale, include as much detail as possible.

It may seem silly, but we see it in commercials on television and in print, oftentimes we’re told about things that are not included. In the case of this advertisement, I’d state clearly “laptop not included” or “laptop included” just to be safe. If the laptop were included, there should be a lot more detail in the post.

Let’s take a look at this 16 x 18″ x-ray viewbox, it’s a great example of something people may not think to take the time to take a photo of. Personally, I appreciate it.

16x18 viewbox

This 16×18 inch x-ray viewbox was listed for sale by a chiropractor in Canada. Even though that is mentioned in the location, I would clearly mention in the advertisement that the viewbox is in Canada. It’s a good idea to mention a location more than once within the post.

I like that the chiropractor selling this viewbox took the time to unplug it and take a photo. I would go one step further by neatly rolling up the power cord so that it can be seen in the photograph. If I was buying a viewbox for my office, I’d actually like to know how long that cord is, since some of my power outlets are quite a ways from each other.

I’m not certain if this was made of metal or wood or a combination of both. If it’s wood framed, be sure to mention it. If it’s white aluminum framed, tell us. Basically, share a little bit more detail, and you’ll likely increase the odds someone’s going to purchase your item for sale.

Including photographs of items for sale probably makes sense to you, but in my opinion it’s critically important when selling practices as well. As an example let’s take a look at this just advertised chiropractic practice for sale in Utah.

Utah all-cash practice for sale

This Utah all cash practice for sale has a photograph included in the advertisement. First off, the ad is terrific, as it includes great detail about the practice being sold. You may even notice that he formatted his e-mail address so that it wouldn’t be stripped. Read my thoughts on that.

What I really like is that the photo shows pretty much what to expect from this chiropractic office. I can see the plate glass window and traffic right out on the street. I can see that chiropractic poster peeling off the wall too. That happens in my office, especially when it gets hot, so we use a blue sticky substance to keep posters firmly mounted.

My point is that if you’re selling a chiropractic practice, I’d strongly advise you include a photo (of either the outside or the inside) so we can get a good visual.

What about hiring associates? That is a category where you may not think a photograph would be important. Personally, I think it would be a great idea to include a photo from inside the office, so that your potential new hires could see what kind of chiropractic practice they’d be working in.

If the chiropractic seminars I’ve been to during the past year are any indication, I’d say it’s pretty clear nearly every chiropractor I know, owns either an iPhone, a Blackberry, or an Android phone. It’s quite easy to use those devices to get good quality photos of items you’re selling, or of your practice environment. You don’t need to hire a professional photographer for classified advertising.

If you’ve got any thoughts or suggestions please let me know.

Mexican University New Library Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Planet Chiropractic News today had an article about Parker College of Chiropractic president Fabrizio Mancini and a university library in Mexico opening and being dedicated in his honor. I was sent 3 photos related to the news but only included one in the article so I wanted to share all 3 here.

dedication ceremony UNEVE bibliotecaPhoto 1: Biblioteca Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. The outside of the building looks great, very cool to see Dr. Fabrizio Mancini on the outside wall in large golden lettering.

Fabrizio Mancini Jose Angel Fernandez GarciaPhoto 2: Dr. Fabrizio Mancini unveils UNEVE’s new library plaque as UNEVE’s rector, Jose Angel Fernandez Garcia observes. Again, Dr. Fabs name is on the wall, and he’s smiling in his traditional fashion.

UNEVE library chiropractic studentsPhoto 3: Dr. Fabrizio Mancini speaks about the library with some of UNEVE’s chiropractic students. Great looking place and I LOVE those Quiropractica shirts. Good excuse as any to make a trip to Mexico and visit.

Grouse Grind Hike at Grouse Mountain Vancouver

A 2.9 km (1.8 miles) trail length with a 933 m (2800 feet) vertical rise makes Grouse Grind in Vancouver BC a perfect one hour (ish) cardio workout.

When mentioning to a client, that I was traveling to Vancouver for Canada Day and some hiking, he said “you’ve gotta do the Grouse Grind hike at Grouse Mountain.” I’m glad I listened to him as it was the perfect start to my Vancouver hiking weekend. Hop on bus 236 to Grouse Mountain and join me…

Grouse Mountain Bus Route236 Grouse Mountain Bus to Grouse Grind from downtown Vancouver was a good choice. I opted to use the Metro transit system (Translink <- site has lots of maps) while staying in Vancouver, versus renting a car. I’m glad I did. The transportation system in Metro Vancouver was spectacular for getting to all my destinations. To hike Grouse Mountain, I boarded an early morning bus near the Marriott Hotel in the Coal Harbor area, with the 236 dropping me off within a few hundred yards of the Grouse Grind trailhead.

Grouse Grind Trail Baden Powell TrailThe Baden Powell Trail and Grouse Grind trail signs are nearby the trailhead. Once you’ve reached the Grouse Mountain parking lot, it’s easy to locate the Grouse Grind Trailhead, since lots of people seem to be heading in that direction. If you don’t see it at first glance just ask around or visit guest services.

Grouse Grind Trail Posted SignsAttention Hikers – New closing and opening times for the Grouse Grind trail will be posted and take effect (see photo). I am sharing the above photo because I discovered (unfortunately later) it’s really important to pause before heading up on the trail and go over your hiking plans (especially when traveling as a group).

I am an avid and active hiker, and living in Los Angeles, I most frequently hike Mojave/Colorado desert (like hiking to the rock of faith) and mountain terrain over long distances. Don’t let the seemingly short distance of the Grouse Grind fool you, it can be extremely dangerous, if proper preparations are not made and precautions not taken.

Hiker Responsibility Code Grouse MountainFollow the Hiker Responsibility Code and know your limits. On the day that I hiked, the weather on the mountain had changed dramatically for the worse (and it was July!). By the time I had reached my return to the parking lot, there were several paramedic vehicles at the trailhead, with emergency teams racing up to make rescues. Stay safe and have a plan.

Notice to Hikers Grouse MountainThe Notice to Hikers regarding exclusion of liability and assumption of risk appears at the main fence and along the trail (once that I noticed). This sign alone should be enough reminder for people to review their safety essentials and hiking plans and to take the climb seriously. I put my camera away at this point, and didn’t take it back out, until I reached the top.

Downhill Travel Prohibited Grouse GrindDownhill Travel Prohibited was the first thing I saw when I reached the top and that was where my disappointment set in. My intention was to return the way I came, but that apparently wasn’t permitted (although I saw people doing so), so I decided to explore the Grouse Mountain area (it was raining) before returning to the parking lot on the sky tram.

Grouse Mountain Grouse Grind SkyrideThe Grouse Mountain Grouse Grind Skyride will return you back to the parking lot, but there is a fee, I believe it’s $10 one-way. I encountered numerous people at the top of the trail that didn’t know downhill travel was not permitted and also didn’t know there would be a fee to use transportation back down the mountain. I don’t mind that there is a fee, but hopefully there is now some sort of sign clearly posted, near the beginning of the trail.

Grizzly Bear British ColumbiaWatch out for grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain. You won’t see any grizzly bears along the trail (at least I don’t think you will) but if you have the time while up on the mountain you can take a walk over to the grizzly bear habitat (it’s fenced in). There is also a lumberjack show in the summer time, which is nearby the grizzly bear area.

Grind Timer Program Grouse MountainThe Grind Timer Program on a Grouse Mountain TV screen was a very cool sighting for us techies. I noticed a marker at the trailhead where it looked like people were activating timer chips. When I got to the top and saw this display I discovered what the purpose was for. What an excellent way to measure one’s performance for hiking the Grouse Grind. Notice the posted times are from about 43 minutes to 52 minutes. Depending on your endurance and your pace (and the amount of people ahead of you) you could finish in under 30 minutes (extremely fit) or take more than an hour and a half to complete the near two-mile all uphill hike.

Canadian Flag Grouse MountainCanadian Flag at Grouse Mountain underneath where the aerial tram boards to take you back down to the parking area. Look for the huge flag on your exit and take the tramway back down (don’t forget anybody from your party up on the mountain).

Hope you enjoyed the trip. In my next hiking post (it may be a while) we will visit Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and a trip through a Vancouver rainforest to Norvan Falls.

Vancouver Canada Travels

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Back in July of last year, I was in Vancouver for Canada Day, along with a few days of hiking and visiting chiropractors. One of the photos from the trip appeared in my 2010 iPhone review photos and a few appeared on my Michael Dorausch blog related to beer drinking (some great microbreweries in Vancouver). I found a bunch recently still on my phone.

4wd mitsubishi delica4WD Mitsubishi Delica

I’m posting this photo of a Mitsubishi Delica four-wheel drive vehicle since I think they’re really cool. I saw a few in the Vancouver area and I only recall ever seeing one in the US. Not a common vehicle here, I guess they’re a lot more popular in Canada, and in Asia.

No idea why we don’t have these in the US market but they appeared to be a perfect camping vehicle to me. The crystal lite roof on top was a bonus. Only thing I can think of in the US that comes close to these are modified conversions of Ford vans (think they’re referred to as Sportsmobiles). I imagine they’re way more expensive than getting one of these imported four-wheel-drive camping vans. For now, I’ll stick to 4×4 adventures in my Jeep.

Granville Bridge Plaque VancouverGranville Bridge Plaque – City of Vancouver

The Granville Bridge Plaque is showing signs of weather, but the views from this point are pretty magnificent, it’s worth visiting the area on foot. We put in about 30 miles of walking around the city of Vancouver, and it was a really enjoyable experience, especially since there were so many great places to eat and drink at.

The names on the plaque are showing quite a bit of wear from the weather (especially the names in smaller fonts at the bottom) but I love finding signs like these when traveling. Thousands of cars cross that bridge daily but few people probably know who designed and supervised its construction. Bridges are just cool in general (bridges in New York City are among my favorites).

custom foot orthotics signCustom Foot Orthotics sign

I forgot the name of the district where I saw this custom foot orthotics sign in a chiropractor’s window. It was really close to where the torches were for the Olympics in Vancouver and I was in the neighborhood on Canada Day so the office was closed. I can’t recall seeing an office in the US advertising foot orthotics in the window, but I don’t doubt their existence.

Other than those two signs (I noticed later that chiropractor sign is separate) I don’t think there was anything else on the windows as far as advertising went. Looked like a clean office in a business district. I would definitely go back to visit since pretty much everything we experienced in Vancouver was lots of fun. Oh, I just remembered the neighborhood, it’s Coal Harbor. Go visit the chiropractor there before you go walking all over the city.

Cheers!

LA Marathon Photos 2011

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Everybody loves a marathon (except maybe preachers and priests because people can’t get to Sunday church service) and the city of Los Angeles is a perfect place to run one.

road closed la marathonRoad Closed LA Marathon

The LA Marathon (as well as other city marathons) often results in massive road closures. It takes huge effort and coordination to organize an event like this. Congratulations to Marathon organizers and volunteers for their dedication to putting on this annual event.

Honda LA Marathon 2011 finish lineHonda LA Marathon 2011 Finish Line

It was a huddled mass of medics, TV crews, media personnel, and marathon volunteers waiting for the first runner to cross the finish line. My camera was getting soaked, and I hadn’t brought along any towels or plastic to cover it, so I feared my photography would be done before the first runner broke the tape. In the city of sunshine, the rain was pouring down hard.

Markos Geneti Finish Line LA MarathonMarkos Geneti crosses the Finish Line at LA Marathon

I was watching the big digital clock, while I love LA played through the loudspeakers in the downpour, and at two minutes and 6 seconds the huddled mass broke from the shelter of the photo bridge, to get a closer look at runner number one coming down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

It was two minutes earlier than I had expected to see someone and it wasn’t Wesley Korir. By the time I wiped my rainsoaked lens with a Starbucks napkin (not recommended), Markos Geneti was blazing through the finish line tape.

Markos GenetiMarkos Geneti Wins LA Marathon

26-year-old Markos Geneti of Ethiopia set a new course record by crossing the finish line with a time of 2:06:35. It was the fastest marathon time ever run in California and it was his first marathon. Geneti won $125,000 plus a 2011 Honda Insight EX Sedan. His fastest mile recorded was a 4:44 for mile 23.

Nicholas KamakyaNicholas Kamakya of Kenya (photo left) had crossed the finish line by the time I had turned my attention from Geneti. With his right hand to the asphalt of Ocean Avenue, Nicholas Kamakya paused for several moments.

Kamakya (also age 26) completed the LA Marathon with a time of 2:09:26. It was a fast marathon time, but nearly 3 minutes shy of the record-setting time of Markos Geneti.

In planet chiropractic’s LA Marathon Guide it was mentioned that runners should be prepared for wet weather. With rain already falling in the early hours, few seem prepared (including myself) for the mass downpour and driving winds that persisted throughout the day.

It was as if the elite runners were racing against the storm, with weather and winds increasingly growing stronger, as each of the elites crossed the finish line. The worst of the rain and wind came for those not making the two hour and 30 minute mark.

With a time of 2:29:59, 29-year-old Los Angeles resident Brian Whitehead, made it with a second to spare (the LA resident finished 20th overall). Then the sky opened wide, unleashing rain and heavy winds, forcing hundreds of runners into hyperthermia, while they battled on to the finish. 23,542 runners had registered for the 2011 race, making it the 6th largest total in LA Marathon history.

Several of California’s top runners train in Mammoth Lakes. Taking second place in the women’s division, 27-year-old Amy Hastings finished her first marathon with a time of 2:27:03.

Amy Hastings LA MarathonAmy Hastings of Mammoth Lakes at LA Marathon

Hastings marathon debut has qualified her for the 2012 US Olympics Trials Marathon. She finished 31 seconds after the women’s division runner, Buzunesh Deba, who passed her on mile 21. Twenty three year old Buzunesh Deba finished with a time of 2:26:34, also winning cash, and a Honda sedan.

2011 LA Marathon results for all runners should be available via this link. Congratulations to all the finishers, organizers, and volunteers!

9 Tattoo Designs on Women

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Tattoo designs for women? What? On this blog? Hold on a minute, yes, and let me explain why.

I was looking through some searches the other day and noticed lots of visitors were looking at the sacral spine tattoo in this post. Apparently, there’s quite an interest and I was kinda surprised I hadn’t posted more tattoo related photos, but guess I never got around to it. I had some time over the weekend, so I gathered up a selection. If tattoos on women turn you off, you way want to not bother scrolling down. For the rest of you, hope you enjoy them.

tattoo designsI started going through my photo archives and noticed I have dozens of photos I’ve taken (mostly at Expos) of girls and their tattoos. Remember (I know you don’t) that I often do photography on weekends so I have a massive photo archive I’ve not even posted online. I’m posting this set for those seeking women’s tattoo designs. Hope you enjoy them.

bowtie tattoo girls legsThis girls bowtie tattoos went down her entire thighs to her ankles. I cropped the image so it would fit for this set. I would imagine back of the thigh tattoos would be painful, especially going down the back of the knees.

dragon tattoo girlLook at that, it’s the girl with the dragon tattoo, literally. This girls entire back was tattooed with flower art and writing (you can see a peak under her bikini strap). Stunningly beautiful woman too.

lower leg tattoo flowersWhen it comes to tattoos for girls, this one is kind of classy. She was posing for photos hence the red shoes and lace, it didn’t just happen that way. I’d call this an ankle tattoo but it’s a bit too high for that technically. Lower leg tattoo?

tattoo flowers stars tattooThis girls flowers and stars tattoo goes right across her external obliques. Great color but I imagine this would be a painful spot for getting a tattoo. Popular though on both men and women. I live in Venice Beach California and nearly everyone here under 30 has several tattoos.

tattoo designs womans heartThis womans tattoo of a flaming heart is right over her heart. She had quite a few others but they wouldn’t work for showing in this set. I may do another one, likely on my personal blog though. I like the colors, it’s a big tattoo but doesn’t stand out (imo).

so it goes tattooDo you know who’s celebrity tattoo this is? I’m not telling but she has several of them. She posed for a few different shots but I took this one from the side since I wanted a good view of the “So it Goes” tattoo on her left shoulder.

flower tattoos womenI think the above tattoo was on the same girl, fairly certain but I cropped images a ways back and would have to check originals. Love the colors on this one, especially the deep yellows. Speaking of color…

tattoo designs female chest shoulderThis is the same as the first image but it’s a close up photo. Quite intricate artwork, with hearts, and clouds, and what looks to be rays of light. Wonder if she customized her wardrobe to highlight her skin art?

girls belly tattoo flowersOne closeup on the tattoo of flowers on this girls belly. Star tattoos appear to be in fashion but I like these starred shaped flowers, and the mini stars surrounding them.

expo press passMy expo press pass. Not certain that all of these came from the same expo (I doubt they did) since I’ve been to many over the years. I don’t make a habit of taking tattoo related pictures but I did find quite a bunch besides these. If there’s interest, I may post another set.

Funny thing about tattoos and being a chiropractor is that I see them often. I suppose much of that has to do with the fact that I’m in LA, which seems to be a popular area for tattoos. I did ask some patients and they said other cities are even more known for their tattoo galleries than Los Angeles is. Learning something new each day.

Photo iPhone Review 2010 Chiropractic Edition

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s been raining in Los Angeles, which has kept me indoors, so I’ve been reviewing photos taken throughout 2010. I have three different cameras I typically travel with, and after looking at photographs in December, I discovered I shot around 2000 images with my iPhone alone. I guess it’s true, chiropractors love their iPhones. Most photographs taken with a mobile device like an iPhone include location data when the image is saved as a JPEG file. I’ve talked about this quite a bit at chiropractic conferences, Internet conferences, and search engine optimization conferences. More so in 2010 than ever before. There’s nothing particularly special about the photos in this set, except they were all taken with my iPhone, and somehow related to chiropractic. Here we go…

VZ Navigator: taken in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 9, 2010 using an Apple iPhone 3GS.

Location is more important now than ever. On the weekend of January 9, I was in Las Vegas for a conference, where I was doing social media and photography for internet marketing friends. I was back the following weekend for Las Vegas Parker Seminars and an affiliate convention at the Rio. The above photo was a shot from my iPhone navigation search on a Verizon LG Voyager, while in Vegas. The phrase “find businesses near me” was entered into the phone by default. I had fun seeking out local chiropractors, using the device, something I recommend all chiropractors try when they’re traveling (discover who comes up and why).

Dunkin Donuts: Taken on January 21, 2010 in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, GA

What does Dunkin’ Donuts have to do with chiropractic? Nothing, except there are no Dunkin’ Donuts that I know of in California, so when I visit Life Chiropractic College, my first stop in the airport is at my favorite donut place. Notice the information below the photograph. According to geo-data, it was taken at the airport in Atlanta (I was in Marietta for LifeForce 2010), that information is accurate. I talked about the use of photographs like this in detail when speaking at New Beginnings in Long Branch New Jersey.

Super Bowl XLV Tickets: taken on February 7, 2010 in Aventura, Miami, FL

What does Super Bowl XLIV (or any other Super Bowl) have to do with chiropractic? Quite a bit. First, and perhaps most important for me personally, is that my chiropractic lifestyle has provided me opportunities like traveling to the Super Bowl. So many students and potential chiropractors ask about chiropractic salaries, but lifestyle is often not considered. Many of us make our own hours, we can travel when we want to, with an opportunity to live life to its fullest. When it comes to health and performance, nearly every chiropractor could share a story about pro athletes like players in the NFL. Emmitt Smith, John Stockton, Jerry Rice, Lance Armstrong, and many other professional sports figures come to mind.

Jtech Activator Device: taken on February 23, 2010 in Venice, CA, using an Apple iPhone 3GS.

In my home neighborhood of Venice California, this chiropractic related photograph was taken on February 23, 2010. When it comes to adjusting, there are as many different methods as there are chiropractors. Some people ask whether chiropractic technique matters, others swear that hands-on is the only way to go, with some saying only upper cervical adjustments matter, and then there’s those that prefer instrument-based adjusting. This line of thinking isn’t limited to chiropractors. Those who seek chiropractic care, also have their preferences, with some preferring hands-on, others preferring instrument only, still others preferring a combination, and those that really want to here their bones move.

Movie Filming: taken on May 1, 2010 in Culver West, Los Angeles, CA.

May 1 was a Saturday in 2010. A film crew was visiting ADIO Chiropractic Los Angeles creating footage for part of an online web series. The series is real popular, and the film crew takes their work seriously, with several getting adjusted regularly to maintain their good health. Like New York City, LA provides unique opportunities for chiropractic offices, however with growing popularity of user created video, chiropractors anywhere could have their offices featured in photo shoots, movies, web series, TV shows, commercials, and other projects.

BarCamp T-Shirt: taken on May 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA

Look at all the tech companies advertised on that T-shirt? Over the years, we have supported the local tech community in Los Angeles, San Diego, and other nearby cities. Geek activities are things I’m fond of, so support comes as a no-brainer, but we’ve developed some great relationships with tech folks throughout Southern California as a result. Not only does our brand continue to appear on T-shirts, we made lots of friends that have become patients, and we’ve received valuable advice from our friends in local social media and SEO communities.

Las Vegas Phonebook: taken on May 8, 2010 in South Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

When traveling and staying in hotels, chiropractors should always check local phone books to see what kind of advertisements are being placed. By the time I’m posting this image, it’s likely a lot more hotel establishments are not putting phonebooks in their guestrooms, but if they are, you should be taking a look. Since this photograph was taken in Las Vegas, it was expected the largest advertisements would be for personal-injury clinics.

Custom Foot Orthotics Sign: taken on July 1, 2010 in Coal Harbor, Vancouver, BC.

While visiting Vancouver Canada, I came across a chiropractic office in Coal Harbor that had this custom orthotics sign in their window. I like taking photos of chiropractic offices when traveling, and having a phone that save geographic data makes the task easier. You can get lots of ideas from visiting others chiropractic offices, and I recommend every chiropractic practitioner, and chiropractic student make it part of their regular travel plans. Discover how chiropractic is being practiced in other parts the world, you may even make new friends in the process.

Occipital Bone Atlas Axis Cervical Vertebra

What a great way to make use of your plastic spine models that you likely have in your chiropractic office. This image of a human occipital bone, first cervical vertebrae, and second cervical vertebrae, was made by placing a plastic spine model on a solid color surface (blue or green works well) and converting the surrounding colors to black to produce the image shown here.

From top to bottom (viewing from the posterior) is the occipital bone, atlas vertebra (commonly referred to as C1), and the axis (commonly referred to as C2). Three sets of nerves exiting between the bones are also shown.

occipital bone atlas 2nd cervical vertebrae

occipital bone – atlas cervical vertebrae – C2 – spinal nerves

Images like the ones shown here can come in real handy for use on a chiropractic, orthopedic, or neurological website or blog. There are many image editing programs where you can easily add arrows, annotations, and other information. It makes it easier in explaining bone structure, nerve function or whatever it is you’re trying to get across. Plus you won’t have to rely on those 15th-century images scanned from an anatomy textbook. As an example I have posted this one I created in about a few minutes.

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Atlas Lateral Mass – Axis Spinous Process

It’s real easy to add arrows like the ones shown above so that you can label different parts of the spinal anatomy. I’m reminded of when we were in chiropractic college and had to memorize every individual bump and ridge on every bone of the human body. You can’t see the dens (an important structure) of the second cervical vertebra (C2) on this image, but the lateral masses of the atlas vertebra (C1) appear very nicely.

Nearly every chiropractor knows the atlanto-occipital area features predominately in symptoms of tension like headaches, often a result of prolonged inappropriate posture, like sitting all day at your computer. There are no ligaments shown in the above images but the model being used showing bone and nerve should be enough to get educational material across. Unnecessary pressure on those nerves is not a good thing.

If you think you’d like to use images like this on your blog or website let me know, I may post an entire set with and without labeling.