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.”


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

Impact of Chiropractic Services at an On-Site Health Center



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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
September 2014; Volume 56; No. 9; pp. 990–992

Sylvia L. Kindermann, MPH; Qingjiang Hou, MS; Ross M. Miller, MD, MPH
The objective of this study was to compare the influence of employer-sponsored,
on-site chiropractic care against community-obtained care on health care utilization.
It was a retrospective claims analysis study, using 876 on-site and 759 off-site
1) Musculoskeletal conditions are the primary cause of physical disability in the
United States.
2) About 50% of US adults have back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, or bodily
injury in excess of 3 months’ duration annually.
3) 17% of US workers have absenteeism as a result of musculoskeletal
conditions yearly.
4) Neck pain inhibits about 14% of workers from successfully completing their
5) In 2006, the average direct cost of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions
was $576 billion, and indirect costs added an additional $373 billion, primarily in
wage losses. [total = $949 billion]
6) “Doctors of chiropractic promote wellness and injury prevention.”
7) “Chiropractic care has been demonstrated to deliver effective treatment for
the symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions.”
8) “On-site chiropractic care has been shown to deliver substantial value through convenience of access, high quality of care and delivery, and lowered overall costs.”
9) On-site chiropractic care has “demonstrated significant improvements in
headache, neck pain, and low back pain functional status in patients utilizing on-site
services over a short time frame while still showing lower utilization and cost
outcomes than community-based care.”
10) Employer-sponsored worksite clinics could control costs and increase
workplace productivity while providing high quality and convenient care to their
11) “This study demonstrates that users of on-site chiropractic services have
lower health care utilization than those who obtain their care at off-site community
care centers.”
12) “Patients receiving chiropractic care on-site were significantly less likely to
have radiology [diagnostic imaging, including MRI, ultrasound, and x-rays] testing.”
13) The off-site group received more radiology services overall (55.5% vs 38.2%)
including magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and radiograph; had higher
outpatient and emergency department utilization; and demonstrated greater use of
chiropractic care and physical therapy.
14) “The mean number of chiropractic services and physical therapy visits per
member were both significantly higher in the off-site group.”
15) “The results of this study support the value of chiropractic services offered at
on-site health centers in comparison with chiropractic services provided off-site.
Future research into potential indirect and direct cost savings would supplement
this study and further demonstrate the advantages of on-site chiropractic care.”

16) “Compared with off-site care, on-site chiropractic services are associated with
lower health care utilization. These results support the value of chiropractic services
offered at on-site health centers.”
[numbers rounded] On-Site Chiropractic
Off-site Chiropractic
Diagnostic Imaging
(X-ray, MRI,
38% 56%
(X-ray) 27% 46%
(MRI) 12% 15%
(Ultrasound) 11% 16%
Repeated Diagnostic
19% 30%
Outpatient Utilization 30% 47%
Emergency Department
13% 19%

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

Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in a 6 Year Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report



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Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in a 6 Year Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report

Ryan Olsen, DC  & Joel Alcantara, DC


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 81-86



Objective:  To describe the chiropractic care of a child with chronic cervicogenic headaches.


Clinical Features: A 6-year-old male with chronic headaches of two years duration presented for chiropractic care. No organic cause was determined by extensive medical diagnostics. The medical care consisting of ibuprofen was ineffective.


Intervention and Outcome: The child was cared for with chiropractic characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrust-type adjustments directed to the cervical spine. The patient attended care for a total of 10 visits over a 2 month period with resolution of the patient’s headache complaints.


Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence towards evidence-informed practice in the care of patients with cervicogenic headaches.


Key Words:Vertebral subluxation, cervicogenic headache, pediatrics, chiropractic, adjustment, spinal manipulation

Improvement in Chronic Shoulder Pain & Vertebral Subluxation in an Adult Female Following Chiropractic Care


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Improvement in Chronic Shoulder Pain & Vertebral Subluxation in an Adult Female Following Chiropractic Care

James Valcarcel, BS, Christopher Varnum, DC, Rod Floyd, DC, Joel Alcantara, DC
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ December 29, 2014 ~ Pages 219-225



Objective: To report on the successful care of an adult female with left anterior shoulder pain.


Clinical Features: A 27-year-old Caucasian female presented with a chief complaint of left anterior shoulder pain. She reported that her shoulder pain  occurred as a result of her left arm being forced into extension, internally rotated with her elbow being flexed while behind her back and then forced into extreme extension. She characterized her shoulder pain as radiating to the hand and particularly to digits 4 and 5. Occasionally, she described her pain as sharp, deep, stabbing, knife-like, achy, and heavy.


Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with a combination of Diversified Technique involving high-velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxations along with adjunctive therapies applied to soft tissue elements of the left shoulder. 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 positive effects of chiropractic care for patients with shoulder pain.


Key Words: Chiropractic, shoulder pain, subluxation, adjustment, manipulation

Resolution of Colic in an Eight Week Old Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

Ron R. Castellucci, BS, ACP, DC Bio




Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 109-112


Objective: To report the outcome of chiropractic care using light impulse finger adjustments on an 8 week old infant who was diagnosed with infantile colic.


Clinical Features: An 8 week old female patient presented to the office with classic symptoms of colic. It was reported by the mother that the patient cried for up to 5 hours at a time and that she appeared to wince in pain upon making a bowel movement. The crying spells often lasted well into the night.


Interventions and Outcomes: The treatment protocol was limited to chiropractic spinal analysis using static, motion and muscle palpation followed by chiropractic care using light impulse finger adjustments in the supine and side posture positions. The segmental levels that were addressed were C1 and T11. Plan of care included 8 visits over 4 weeks. Improvements were seen after one visit and complete resolution of the symptoms were seen after 8 visits. After one year mom reports that the condition has not returned and the patient is a healthy, thriving one year old.


Conclusion: The case of an 8 week old infant with colic is presented. Significant improvement, followed by complete resolution of the condition was observed following the initiation of chiropractic care. More research is certainly warranted in the area of colic and the potential benefits of chiropractic care. The minimally invasive approach of chiropractic adjustments and results observed in the literature suggests that chiropractic could be included in the treatment protocols for infants who present with the condition of colic.


Key Words:  Chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, colic, infantile colic, adjustment, muscle palpation, somato-visceral, somato-autonomic, gastrointestinal