This article by Dr. Tucker appears in the March 15, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic.
his is part 2 of a three-part series on creating a healthy aging practice to better serve the aging baby boomer population, which likely will comprise an increasing percentage of your patient base in the coming years. Part 1 appeared in the March 1 issue.
Teaching postgraduate seminars has given me the opportunity to travel around the country and see what is happening in our field. It’s great seeing what the chiropractic profession is up to nationwide. I am seeing students shift away from making X-ray markings to learning advanced exercises for whole-body movement. Some of the key differences I see in young doctors today is that they use modern technology and keep evolving. Patients want to have a much more active role, a more consistent relationship with good, caring doctors. That’s why I believe there’s a need for much greater action by chiropractors today in the healthy aging specialty. Read more: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=56408&aoid=dcnu_20130312_chirotouch
Assessments are undeniably important to reduce compensatory movement patterns that can increase the risk of injury when engaging in remedial exercise or athletic activities. I have many different techniques for assessing my patients.
I prefer to begin with a static postural assessment, looking from the front, side and back view.
I begin at the feet and look for any eversion of the foot in relation to the tibia. I also look for ankle pronation or supination, as well as excessive ankle dorsiflexion or plantarflexion.
At the knees, I look for valgus or varus stress, tibial torsion in relationship to the femur, internal or external femur rotation, and any excessive knee flexion or hyperextension. At the hips, I look for any abnormal elevation, anterior or posterior pelvic tilt, pelvic rotation or lateral flexion. When assessing the upper body, I look for any thoracic offset, rotation or flexion. I also check the shoulders for rounding or unusual elevation discrepancy. When assessing the head position, I check to see if the ear is in line with the shoulder, noting if there is a forward head posture.1-2 In addition, I will check to see if the load-bearing joints appear forward of the lateral malleolus or if the person appears to have a side lean.
Read More… http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=56277
As treating doctors, we need a strategy to deal with two of the major health problems of our time: obesity and diabetes. It will be critical for chiropractors to integrate their artistic dimension into the perspectives of food science, diet, nutrition, exercise, sustainability and philosophy.
It has always been my personal philosophy as a chiropractor to help patients connect or reconnect to a more natural mind set. We live in a culture that extols processed foods. From sunrise to sunset, we move at a fast pace eating “fast foods.” All we really need to do with any food plan is ask yourself, “How do you look, how do you feel, and how do you perform?” Our ancestors were lean and muscular and had to perform vigorous tasks to survive, therefore, I have turned to our ancestral eating style or Paleolithic diet (Paleo Diet) to help guide my patients out of being overweight, obese, pre-diabetic/Type 2 diabetic and to develop lean and muscular bodies.
Here is my weight loss program (you can call it an “anti-aging” program, “therapeutic lifestyle changes,” or whatever fits you).
To read more…
Thoracic spine article I wrote in Dynamic Chiropractic magazine
Here’s a link to an article on golfing I wrote in Dynamic Chiropractic magazine:
Here’s the link to a recent article I wrote on Plantar fasciitis in Dynamic Chiropractic magazine
An article I wrote on posture published in To Your Health magazine: