2015 Masters Tournament Winner, Jordan Spieth, Credits Chiropractic Care for Good Health and Peak Performance

On April 12, 2015, Jordan Spieth became the second youngest golfer to ever win the Masters Tournament. Spieth did it by tying the Masters record with 18 under par.  After his win, Spieth thanked several people including his chiropractor.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress issued a release on May 4, 2015, with the headline above and and stated, “Following a record-breaking win at the 2015 Masters Tournament, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth recognized those who significantly contributed to his victory, including his doctor of chiropractic Troy Van Biezen, Dallas, Texas. Since the age of 14, Spieth has relied upon chiropractic care to prevent injuries as well as optimize overall health and athletic performance.”

The Star Tribune reported in an  article on April 13, 2015, that Spieth made a home video when he was just 14-years-old, stating that he would one day win the Masters. His boyhood proclamation would have to wait until he was 21 to become a reality.

In thanking his chiropractor, Spieth commented, “Dr. Van Biezen is an important member of my team and, thanks to his care, my all-time dream of winning the Masters Tournament has now become a reality.” Dr. Van Biezen currently travels full-time with Spieth and several other professional golfers, providing chiropractic care as regularly as once or twice per day. 

Dr. Van Biezen noted that 4 out of 5 golfers will experience some form of back pain from the repeated motion of the sport. Van Biezen commented on Spieth’s determination to win the Masters, “Since a very young age, Jordan has aspired to win the Masters and has since applied great discipline to achieve this goal. Many athletes, and especially golfers, understand the significance to spinal and pelvic motion to functional performance.” 

“Jordan finds that an individualized chiropractic care plan including prevention and recovery-focused techniques is essential for maintaining good health and a competitive edge,” stated Dr. Van Biezen. “Regular chiropractic care helps to alleviate back pain and greatly improve an athlete’s game.” Dr. Van Biezen, goes on to say “Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, but isn’t the only pain experienced. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are also common complaints among golfers of all ages. Regular chiropractic care offers an effective non-pharmacologic solution for golfers seeking to rid themselves of pain and properly prepare for a successful and enjoyable game.”


This Easy Exercise as Good For Heart as Heavy Aerobics

This Easy Exercise as Good For Heart as Heavy Aerobics






Posted by: Scott Davis

So let’s say you’re like majority of people who doesn’t get enough exercise to keep good cardiovascular health. And your doctor has gone the traditional route, and ordered “…40 minutes a day of a brisk walk or biking or swimming- something vigorous and aerobic…”

It is true that those forms of workout are good for your health. But did you know that there are easier, less painful and (thank goodness) less expensive exercises that reap the same (or better) results?

A new study out of Harvard University reveals how a specific, easy type of exercise (everyone can do) lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol and boost overall cardiovascular health as much as vigorous aerobics- even if only done twice a week.

There actually is a way to check the box your doctor wants you to check for exercise, and not pull a hammy or break a hip in the process- try yoga. Especially yoga for beginners.

Research, published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, reviewed more than 35 clinical trials and found that people who practice any form of yoga (from the easiest beginner moves to the most challenging levels) benefitted from doing the exercises as much as doing strenuous aerobic exercises.

Even if they only did the yoga twice a week!


The Internet, especially Youtube, is awash with easy to follow (and free) tutorials that can get you started with an introduction of what yoga is all about. Although for best (and safest) results, it is better to start with a certified trainer who can help you with your moves and create a plan that you can safely do.

Most people who do yoga regularly experience a drop in high blood pressure, increased flexibility, better balance, and sleeping better. And what’s likely the most important benefit of all- their emotional stress levels are improved greatly, eliminating one move at a time, the chronic nature of high blood pressure.

It’s not just for ‘hippies’ or ‘tree-huggers,’ either. Even if the idea sounds a little weird or ‘out there,’ you’re doing yourself a dis-service if you don’t at least give a beginner’s class a try. You may find the gentle moves and easy pace to be the most fun you’ve had in a long while.

Improvement Following Chiropractic Care in a Pediatric Patient Suffering from Priapism


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Robert Sinnott, DC & Peter J. Jenema, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 42-45


Objective: This case study describes the chiropractic care of a 3 year old male child with painful priapism who experienced improvement following specific chiropractic adjustment of vertebral subluxation.

Clinical Features:  The patient’s mother brought him in to receive chiropractic care in hopes of improving his physical condition. Treatment through the child’s pediatrician included the use of ice and antihistamine, with the next step being surgical options.  At the time chiropractic treatment began, the patient had been experiencing near constant, painful erections for a three and a half week period.

Interventions and Outcomes: The chiropractic care consisted of Gonstead methodology of analysis and adjustment aimed at reducing vertebral subluxation. Adjustments were made using a high velocity, low amplitude, specific thrust at C1 and S2.   The mother reported a significant decrease in episodes following treatment with frequency of erections decreasing steadily as care progressed.

Conclusions: Priapism is a rare condition in the pediatric population but it can affect a patient both physically and emotionally.  There are no examples of chiropractic helping this type of condition in the literature and more research needs to be performed in order for any evidence of a beneficial relationship to be established.

Key words: Priapism, Chiropractic, Gonstead, Subluxation, Pediatric

Utilization of Videofluoroscopy to Demonstrate Kinematic Changes to the Spine Following Chiropractic Care


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Casey N. D’Arcy, DC & Nathan Berner, DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 2, 2015 ~ Pages 9-13


Objective: To evaluate changes in intersegmental motion of the spine following chiropractic care with the utilization of video fluoroscopic studies.

Clinical Features: Four subjects were included in this study.  All patients presented to the chiropractic clinic seeking care for relief of symptoms.  The protocol used consisted of a combination of video fluoroscopy, plain film x-ray photographs, and infrared thermography scans.  Each of the four patients’ videofluoroscopy tapes were evaluated in order to identify the existence and location of vertebral locking within the spine.  Based upon the patient’s clinical presentation they were adjusted as indicated and underwent follow up videofluoroscopy analysis following chiropractic care.

Outcomes: All four subjects in the study had a significant degree of positive and measurable change with intersegmental motion following chiropractic intervention.  Three females and one male participated and each had immediate and positive reports on relief of symptoms.   Images were taken from the videos in maximal extension before and after chiropractic adjustment(s) were delivered to the segment(s) determined to have vertebral subluxation present.  On average, there were two adjustments to the segment(s) showing vertebral locking on the video fluoroscopy motion study and all demonstrated decreased vertebral locking on the post motion study.


Conclusion: With the utilization of video fluoroscopy the chiropractic profession is able to reliably demonstrate kinematic changes of the spine following chiropractic care.


Keywords: Subluxation, Pierce Results System, Chiropractic, Videofluoroscopy

Resolution of Nocturnal Enuresis Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxations



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Resolution of Nocturnal Enuresis Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report

Christine Hafer, DC & Joel Alcantara, BSc, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 5-8


Objective: To describe the successful chiropractic care of a child with nocturnal enuresis and vertebral subluxation.

Clinical Features: A 10-year-old female presented for chiropractic care with a history of nocturnal enuresis of 6 years duration that began after a urinary tract infection was treated with multiple courses of antibiotics.

Intervention and Outcomes: The framework of detection and removal of spinal subluxations using Activator Methods and Torque Release Technique was applied at twice per week for a total of 5 patient visits. Improvement in the patient’s nocturnal enuresis was observed following 2 visits that continued with follow-up care and observation.

Conclusions: This case report provides supporting evidence that patients with nocturnal enuresis may benefit from chiropractic care.

Key words: Chiropractic, nocturnal enuresis, vertebral subluxation, adjustment, spinal manipulation



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Resolution of Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care:  A Case Study
Jonathan Murphy, BS, Rod Floyd, DC, Christopher Varnum, DC, Joel Alcantara, DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ December 15, 2014 ~ Pages 206-210



Objective: To report on the successful care of an adult female with bilateral wrist pain along with numbness and tingling.


Clinical Features:  A 57-year-old Caucasian female presented with a chief complaint of bilateral hand pain and numbness of the first three digits that radiated towards her left arm. The hand pain was worse when sleeping and when performing repetitive motions. Ibuprofen, icing and rest mildly and temporarily alleviated her pain complaint. The patient’s numerical rating scale (NRS) for pain was 8/10 for both hands that affected her ability to use a mouse and keyboard and her ability to fall asleep or maintain her sleep.


Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with a combination of Diversified Technique adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxations in the cervical spine along with adjunctive therapies that included soft-tissue manipulation, cold laser, icing and exercise to strengthen her wrist extensors. The patient’s presenting symptoms improved based on subjective reports and the use of the Upper Extremity Functionality Index.


Conclusion: This study adds to the evidence on the salutary effects of chiropractic care (i.e., chiropractic adjustments and adjunctive therapy) for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.


Keywords: Chiropractic, carpal tunnel syndrome, subluxation, adjustment, manipulation 

Spinal Hardware Costs Climb 22% in Two Years

Spinal Hardware Costs Climb 22% in Two Years, CWCI SaysCalifornia’s employers are paying an extra $67.5 million a year in duplicate payments for the hardware used to treat injured workers with severe back injuries, according to a new analysis by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI). The estimated total spend in 2010 for implantable hardware is up 22% from the $55 million in payments made under the workers’ comp system just two years earlier.California is an outlier in that it reimburses hospitals directly for the cost of the spinal hardware used in cases covered by workers’ comp. This “pass-through” is in addition to payments under the official medical fee schedule that pay hospitals 120% of Medicare’s inpatient hospital fee schedule. Medicare’s rate already includes consideration for the cost of the hardware.For the average case where implantable hardware is used, CWCI says the pass-through adds $20,137 to the overall cost of each surgery. But the cost is higher in many cases. CWCI says that for 14 different categories of back surgeries, the average cost of the hardware ranges from a low of $13,044 up to $30,574 for the more intensive cases. CWCI says its $67.5 million estimate of system-wide costs should be considered a conservative estimate.The latest study was conducted at the behest of the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations as it considered the impact of SB 959 — a bill by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) that would end the pass-through payments. The bill passed the committee and the full Senate with strong support from employers and organized labor. The bill, which is opposed by medical groups and the hospital industry, is now pending in the Assembly.

(Filed by Brad Cain in San Francisco)

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