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10 Changes for the Better in Chiropractic History

Driven by rising health care costs, the constant barrage of new research knowledge and the increasing integration of technology, the way in which all health care providers take care of patients in this country--in this world--is changing rapidly. This evolving health care environment means that, while we remain steadfast at the core of who we are and what we do stand for as a chiropractic profession, expectations regarding some of the ways in which we practice are beginning to change.

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#DCMeToo: One Female Chiropractor’s Perspective on Gender Bias

The #MeToo stories that have flooded social media in recent weeks have initiated a much-needed conversation across the country, a conversation that illustrates the very different experiences that men and women can have in male-dominated professions. In her latest blog post, ACA Senior Scientific Advisor Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, notes that, as one of a very small handful of women who has served in chiropractic leadership roles since she was a student, she has had a great deal of experience navigating the awkward and sometimes very uncomfortable waters generated by gender bias. 

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Gallup Event Explores Non-drug Approaches to Pain

It’s pretty difficult to open up a newspaper these days without seeing an article on the devastating public health impact of the opioid epidemic in the United States. While there appears to be general agreement on the scope of the problem, there is less consensus regarding what can be done to solve it. Policy-makers and professional associations taking on this challenge have tended to focus on mortality statistics and/or expert opinion. These are obviously critically important pieces of the puzzle but it is also important to take a patient-centered approach. To facilitate discussion on this important topic, Gallup held a research release event on Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C., titled “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic With Drug-Free Pain Management.”
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Physical and Cognitive Decline: When Should We Stop Practicing?

*Member-Exclusive Content* There’s no doubt most all of us will develop some degree of decline in physical and cognitive capacity as we age. As America’s population matures, the need for health and wellness facilities and services will continue to increase. Researchers are studying the mechanisms and resolutions for this decline in mental, physical and cognitive health with growing age. In respect to healthcare providers, the concerning question is: How do we ensure older doctors are competent to treat patients? 

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Author: John Stump
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Talking to People About Chiropractic Safety

*Member-Exclusive Content* It’s the issue that seems to dog the chiropractic profession—can chiropractic neck adjustments cause strokes? In episodes that range from a badly biased and ambiguous report from an otherwise respected organization like the American Stroke Society, to the news media blaming a chiropractic neck adjustment for the tragic death of an internet celebrity, our profession must frequently establish the safety of chiropractic care of cervical spine conditions.  If asked about the possibility of a chiropractic neck adjustment causing a stroke, face the issue head-on in a compassionate and professional way. The science is on our side. The challenge is how to communicate the science effectively.

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Joining the Big League: Chiropractic and Professional Baseball

Professional baseball organizations have come a long way in providing chiropractic to their players. Chiropractic care has been a vital component of helping many of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball (MLB) to play and avoid injuries, but also enhance their performance throughout the long and tedious MLB season. Currently, 28 teams in the MLB utilize chiropractic services at home during the season as well as during spring training. Not only do the large majority of MLB teams recognize chiropractic, but many teams in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) do, as well. 
Author: Rick Bishop
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The Diagnostic Domino Effect

A Texas county district court judge's controversial ruling last year that all diagnostic rights exceed the chiropractic scope of practice could result in the state's chiropractors losing their ability to diagnose patients who need their care. 
Author: Adam Stewart
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