I just got back from Las Vegas where I attended the 2011 ProSport Las Vegas Chiropractic Continuing Education Seminar. There were a lot of great speakers down there, and I learned a lot of new things that I am implementing into our practice. I am not going to bore all of you with all of the details of the seminar, but I do feel that you should know about some of the continuing education that I have been undertaking. Chiropractors in the State Of Washington are required to complete at least 25 hours of Continuing Education each year. In most years, I double that amount. This seminar alone contained 21 hours of Continuing Education. In addition to great speakers, I also had access to several vendors that had some great products that I want to introduce to all of you. I will try to feature some of those products on the website in the next few months, and for those of you who are coming into the office, you can get an up close look at them. So, here is a brief run down of who spoke at the seminar and what that means for you as a patient:
Lindsay J. Rowe, M.APP.SC, DC, MD, DACBR, FRANZCR
That is a lot of initials, I know. Dr. Rowe is both an MD and a DC, amd he is one of the top Radiologists in the world. He is the guy who wrote the Radiology textbooks that are required reading at all of the chiropractic schools. Dr. Rowe usually only comes to the United States about once per year. This was the third time that I have had the opportunity to sit in on one of Dr. Rowe’s lectures. Dr. Rowe covered topics on various conditions and how they present on both plain film radiographs (X-Rays) and MRI’s as well as various other special imaging studies.
Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO
Dr. Murphy is one of the leading experts on the biomechanics of motor vehicle accidents, and nutrition. Dr. Murphy speaks on a variety of topics at various seminars, but his main focus at this seminar was to discuss the latest literature on nutrition. I will be posting a separate blog post with Dr. Murphy’s reading list, shortly. As a result of attending this lecture, I plan to bring in more nutritional guidance to our practice. I have given many of you advice on nutrition before and simply told you to go down to the local store and pick up various vitamin and mineral supplements. Many of you have said that you would rather just buy these directly from me at the office. I have been hesitant to do this before, because I really don’t like to push products, but I realize that the simplicity of being able to purchase those products NOW will result in more of you getting the nutritional help that you need. So, we will be bringing in a few dietary supplements in the near future.
Laney Nelson, DC, DACBSP
Dr. Nelson has been involved with sports chiropractic for many years. He is currently the director for the BIOFREEZE Sports and Rehabilitation Center at Logan College of Chiropractic. He has served as the team chiropractor for the Utah Grizzlies Hockey Team, the Salt Lake Stingers, and the Brigham Young University athletic program. Dr. Nelson provided us with several new techniques to aid in the rehabilitation of our patients. Most of you know that we like to give out a lot of “home work” here at the office, and I’m happy to say that I have learned a few new tricks from Dr. Nelson to help you on your way.
Dan McClure, DC, CCSP, CCEP
You can ask any chiropractor who has ever been to a Dan McClure adjusting seminar, and they will tell you that he is THE best extremity adjuster out there. That is all that I really need to say about Dr. McCLure. I have been instructed by Dr. McClure at least 10 different times, and I learn something new every time.
Thomas Hyde, DC, DACBSP, CKTP, FRCCSS (Hon), FICC
Dr. Hyde was the chiropractic consultant for the Miami Dolphins from 1990 through 1997. He has traveled all over the US and many countries teaching treatment of athletic injuries and soft tissue injuries. He just completed the second edition of Conservative Management of Sports Injuries. Dr. Hyde served as president and executive director of the ACA Sports Council for eight years and served as the secretary general for the Federation International de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS). He is currently the liaison between FICS and the World Olympians Association, serves on the FCER Board and is an advisor to the ACA Sports Council. The focus of Dr. Hyde’s lecture was primarily on techniques to deal with scar tissue and fascia. Those of you who have been treated with “the shark” at the office are familiar with the techniques that I have learned from Dr. Hyde. We have upgraded from “the shark” to a new stainless steel version, and plan to use it much more often than in the past.
Mark Charrette, DC
Dr. Charrette is also a very well known extremity adjuster. His true expertise lies with the foot and disorders of the foot, but he also covered most of the lower extremities.
Jerome Rerucha, DC
Dr. Rerucha covered the latest research and techniques involving Low Level Laser Therapy. We have had a “cold laser” at the office for a few years, but have been hesitant to use it because the research had not caught up the the results that were being found on a clinical level. The research is now, however, starting to catch up. We will be offering cold laser treatment very soon. Unfortunately, the insurance companies are still not paying for the service, so it will be a cash only treatment option. I plan on posting a bit more about how it works and the research behind it soon, so stay tuned.
Jeff Lease, DC, CKTI
Dr. Lease covered topics in clinical and functional taping. I have attended several courses in clinical taping, but I am still trying to find an effective way of bringing it into the practice. I hope to integrate this into the practice later in the year.
Anthony Mork, MD
Dr. Mork was a special guest brought to the seminar by Dr. Dan McClure. Dr. Mork is an endoscopic spine surgery specialist that practices in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Mork educated us on Endoscopic Spine Surgery, which is a much less invasive surgery than spinal fusions. I have already consulted with a few of you into checking this procedure out as an option other than fusion. For more info, you can check out his website at www.drtonymork.com.