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A Tribute to the Prague School of Rehab


Yes, you read that right. The theme for our 2016 Joint Rehab & Pediatrics Council Symposium which takes place at the New York-New York Casino/Hotel in Las Vegas on March 4th – 6th, 2016 is “A Tribute to the Prague School of Rehab”. And we have great speakers who are trained in the Prague School of Rehab as well as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). Speakers such as Drs. Craig Morris, Pamela Tunnell and Maria Perri will elaborate on the historical origins of the Prague School and DNS, clinical pearls gleaned from the research and publications of Vladimir Janda, Pavel Kolar, Karel Lewit and Frantisek Vele. Janda’s postural assessment will be discussed as well as clinical highlights from the Prague School including a neuromusculoskeletal and palpatory examination of the abdomen for the lower back pain patient, the difference between reflex vs. mechanical soft tissue techniques and the pathophysiological soft tissue barrier.

In addition, an optional Friday (3/4/16) 2 hour CEU program will focus on post (minimally invasive) surgical spine rehabilitation. Drs. Jerrold Simon. Anthony Gross and George Petruska will be examining the many therapies, both surgical and non-surgical, developed to combat back and neck pain. In particular, Dr. Gross will delineate common minimally invasive spine surgical procedures such as MISS-endoscopic (non-fusion) laminotomy, foraminotomy, discectomy and laser DTA as well as MISS-fusion procedures such as XLIF, TLIF, PLIF and Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion (ACDF). During the second hour, Drs. Jerrold Simon and George Petruska will discuss how to go about medically clearing the post-surgical patient for spinal rehabilitation. Common categorical drugs and their cardiovascular, pulmonary or hypertensive side effects will be enumerated. Finally, the post minimally invasive functional capacity exam for both the thoraco-lumbar as well as the cervico-dorsal surgical patient will be demonstrated with focus on how to then subsequently generate proper post-surgical rehab protocols.

On Sunday, March 6th, doctor attendees will be able to choose between a Rehab track vs. a Pediatrics track. During the first two hours of the Rehab track, Dr. William Morgan will discuss modic vertebral endplate changes as documented by MRI. This will included orientation and sequencing of the MRI images as well as defining modic changes while detailing their clinical significance. During the second two hours of the Rehab track Dr. Philip Palmer will then expound upon assessing symmetry of gait, power and dynamic stability using computer models. He will also cover gait and balance training for concussed patients using the vestibular-ocular reflex, smooth pursuit pathway and the visual vestibular system. In addition on Sunday, March 6th, the Pediatrics track will feature Dr. Michelle Stafford who will lecture on the ramifications, remedies and results of pediatric tongue tie therapies. She will define and classify oral labial and lingual frenulum and expound upon the benefits of early tongue tie therapy as well as the long-term effects of untreated tongue tie. Finally, during the last two hours of the Pediatrics track, Pediatrics Council President Dr. Elise Hewitt will discuss craniosacral therapy for infants. Instruction will include demonstration on a model of an infant as well as video footage of actual patient sessions.

As you can see, our first ever Joint Rehab and Pediatrics Symposium is shaping up to be a real winner. It’s easy to be a part of this event. Simply register online by clicking on:

See you in Las Vegas,

Jerrold J. Simon, DC, DACRB
President, ACA Rehab Council

Republish of Postpartum Osteitis Pubis Treated Successfully with Shockwave Therapy: A Case Report

The purpose of this case study was to demonstrate that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) could be an adjunctive therapy for patients with postpartum osteitis pubis. Osteitis pubis is a painful, inflammatory condition that is difficult to handle without a comprehensive treatment method. A 26-year-old female patient with a notable condition of postpartum osteitis pubis participated in this case study. The treatment involved ESWT as a therapy for the patient’s groin and pubic pain due to osteitis pubis. Read more

US Chiropractors’ Attitudes, Skills and Use of Evidence-Based Practice: A Cross-Sectional National Survey

Evidence based practice (EBP) is being increasingly utilized by health care professionals as a means of improving the quality of health care. The introduction of EBP principles into the chiropractic profession is a relatively recent phenomenon. There is currently a lack of information about the EBP literacy level of US chiropractors and the barriers/facilitators to the use of EBP in the chiropractic profession. Read more

The Effectiveness of Exercise for the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries of the Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, and Hand: A Systematic Review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration

The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of exercise compared to other interventions, placebo/sham intervention, or no intervention in improving self-rated recovery, functional recovery, clinical, and/or administrative outcomes in individuals with musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. Read more

Tongue Tie: Ramifications, Remedies and Results

Speaker: Michelle P. Stafford, DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
2 hours of lecture presentation given for:
ACA Pediatrics Council – ACA Rehab Council 2016 Joint Symposium
March 6, 2016


This workshop will teach the doctor of chiropractic a basic understanding of ankyloglossia (tongue tie) and upper lip tie. Information and current research will be discussed including diagnosis, treatment modalities, and benefits of frenulum revision. Utilizing various before and after photographs and videos, Dr. Stafford will demonstrate the frenectomy procedure. Emphasis will be on the diagnosis and treatment of infants to positively impact breastfeeding. Dr. Stafford will also review potential long term speech pathology, orthodontic malocclusion, and craniosacral consequences that ankyloglossia may contribute to in children, teenagers, and even into adulthood.

Course Objectives

  1. Understanding the mechanics of breastfeeding
  2. Looking at the impact of oral frenulum (both upper lip and tongue) on breastfeeding
  3. Diagnosing ankyloglossia (tongue tie) and upper lip tie
  4. Recommending treatment for ankyloglossia and upper lip tie and finding appropriate providers along with necessary follow up care

Hourly Outline

Hour One

  • Mother-child dyad and the benefits of breastfeeding
  • Mechanics of breastfeeding and potential physical limitations to overcome including severe ankyloglossia (tongue tie) and upper lip tie
  • Define and classify oral labial and lingual frenulum
  • Benefits of early treatment

Hour Two

  • Long-term effects of untreated tongue tie
  • Long-term effects of untreated upper lip tie
  • Various treatment modalities, complications, and unfavorable outcomes
  • Video of labial and lingual frenectomies completed utilizing soft tissue laser
  • Resources for additional information

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and the Prague School of Rehabilitation

The following gives details about the Thursday (3/3/16) and Friday (3/4/16) pre-2016 ACA Rehab Council Symposium 12 hour coursework covering “Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and the Prague School of Rehabilitation”. This 12 hour Pre-Annual Rehab Symposium Seminar is also going to held at the New York-New York Casino / Hotel in Las Vegas on the Thursday and Friday just prior to the 2016 Annual ACA Rehab Symposium.

View the complete course details here:

The doctors can also find full registration details on our website:—exercise-sports-course-1.html

Course Hours:

Thursday, March 3: 9am – 5pm (1 hour lunch break)
Friday, March 4: 9am – 5pm (1 hour lunch break)

Early Bird Registration:

June 17, 2015 – August 19, 2015 $400.00
August 20, 2015 – October 28, 2015 $500.00
October 29, 2015 – December 30, 2015 $600.00
December 31, 2015 – March 2, 2016 $700.00
At the door: $750.00

Instructor: Brett Winchester, DC

Brett Winchester received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic.

Brett is currently a member of the Logan College of Chiropractic faculty, developing and instructing Logan’s advanced biomechanics course. He also lectures across the globe on various manual medicine topics, including manipulation, mobilization and rehabilitation. Brett’s lectures have been well received by chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopaths. His instruction centers on integrating manual treatment with active self-care.

Brett’s private practice, Winchester Spine and Joint Center is located outside St. Louis, Missouri, established its reputation on evidence-based care for diverse patient populations including professional athletes, occupational athletes, pediatrics and geriatrics.

DNS has played an integral role in Dr. Winchester’s practice and treatment approach.

Here is the description of the course:

PART I: 2 day course

•Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
•Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood.
•Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, the biomechanics of motor function, the verticalization process & functional joint centration in postural development.
•Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
•Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.
•Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.
•Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.

Dynamic Warm-Up In The Workplace May Increase Workplace Productivity, Safety: A Call to Research Based On Results Of Implementation In The Athletic Community

Introduction: Virtually every company is looking for ways to make their employees safer, more effective, and protected from injury. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that hundreds of thousands of non-fatal injuries involving sprains, strains, tears, and back injuries affect the American workforce annually. While a push for pre-work stretching and designing of an ergonomic workstation have helped, an even greater decrease in work-related injuries could result from replacing static stretch routines with a dynamic warm-up, involving various, tailored exercises and proprioceptive tasks for employees to perform prior to the start of their work day. Read more

Familial Predisposition in Cervicogenic Disequilibrium, as it Relates to Functional Disturbances and Somatotype – A Case Study

Abstract: Dizziness is a nonspecific term that means various things to various people. It falls under a greater category of vertigo, but for our purposes we will concentrate on the subcategory of disequilibrium. This paper will review the origins, testing procedures and common disturbances of the physiologic and neurologic systems that affect balance and contribute to disequilibrium. This study will further concentrate on the familial link between structure and function of the cervical spine and the pathogenesis of cervical disequilibrium in a mother and daughter case study. Read more

Dr. Greg Rose Named Keynote Speaker for 2015 Rehab Symposium

Dr. Greg Rose, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), is the keynote speaker for our 2015 Rehab Symposium scheduled for March 20th – 22nd, 2015 at the Disney Swan Hotel in Orlando, FL. Greg is a chiropractic physician and an engineer.

The Titleist Performance Institute ( is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.

His topic title will be “The Body-Swing Connection – making the link between the body and the swing.”

To register for our Spring 2015 Rehab Symposium, click

2014 Rehab Symposium Photos

Some of you have asked to see photos taken at our 15th Annual Rehab Symposium which was held at the Paris Casino Hotel in Las Vegas this past Spring. The Rehab Council now has an official photographer, Dr. Amanda Fisher. To view photos taken at this our last Symposium please click on the below Shutterfly link:

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16th Annual ACA Rehab Symposium – Disney Swan Hotel in Orlando – Spring 2015

The 16th Annual ACA Rehab Council Educational Symposium is scheduled to take place at the Disney Swan Hotel in Orlando, Fl on Friday, March 20th, 2014 – Sunday, March 22nd, 2015. If you enjoyed our last Symposium this past Spring at the Paris Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, come prepared … for the best is yet to come in Orlando.

For starters, there will be a welcome reception for all ACA Rehab Council members and ACRB Diplomates on Friday evening, March 20th at the Disney Swan Hotel (further details to follow). Then, the 12 CEU hour educational weekend kicks off on Saturday, March 21st, and features our keynote speaker, Greg Rose, DC/Engineer, Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, who will be discussing how to evaluate and rehab golf injuries. Greg travels the globe teaching amateurs and professionals how to be a better golfers as well as teaching clinicians how to better take care of patients with golf injuries. Jon Mulholland, DC, CCSP, CSCS will follow up with a spcial two hour presentation on athletic performance enhancement with a unique focus on foot and ankle biomechanics. Jon has played an integral role in the training and rehab of multiple Olympic medal winner and professional athletes and is currently the Sports Medicine Consultant for the New Zealand Olympic Cycling Team while acting in the capacity as their Team Doctor during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

On Sunday, March 22nd, the educational excellence continues featuring Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, past Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who broke barriers by becoming the first female Head Athletic Trainer in Major American Professional Sports. She will lecture on common sports injuries incurred by professional athletes, how to treat and rehab them and, even more importantly, how to train the athlete in such as way as to prevent the injury from occurring in the first place. After Sue’s presentation, there will be three 2 hour breakout sessions. Brian Bachelder, PhD, from Aline Systems, will discuss movement efficiency, functional biomechanics and rehab as well as lower body biomechanics in the athlete, especially with respect to the foot and ankle. Paul Levy, from Human Scale, will give a 2 hour presentation on how to set up an ergonomic work station at home with a primary focus on improving the health and comfort of work life. Finally, both Luis Vera, DC, DIBCN, DIBE and Walt Engle, DC will lecture one hour each on “Electrodiagnosis and Rehab” and “Manipulation and Rehab” respectively to complete our 12 hour ACA Rehab Educational Symposium.

Although our 16th Annual ACA Rehab Symposium is still 8 months away, the Rehab Council website is already set up for you to register. To register, click here. You’re only a couple of clicks away from being a part of what might be our biggest, most educational and best Symposium the ACA Rehab Council has ever presented.

See you at the Disney Swan Hotel in 2015,

Jerrold J. Simon, DC, DACRB

Dr. Luis C. Vera to be inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame!

Dr. Luis C. Vera, Assistant Professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida and President of the American College of Clinical Electrodiagnosis (ACCE) of ACA Rehab Council, has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He is the recipient of 8 State Championships, 5 Regional Championships and is a former U.S. National Champion among other martial arts awards & titles.

Dr. Vera currently holds the rank of San Dan (Third Degree Black Belt) in Goju Ryu Karate and as a result of his accomplishments and contributions will be inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame this year with other well respected martial artists such as William “Superfoot” Wallace and Vic Moore.

Free Consumer Biofreeze Sample Program

“We are very excited to introduce the newest element of our Biofreeze sampling program,” stated Ethan Pochman, Vice President, US Clinical, Performance Health. “With this new online sampling application, we accept consumer requests for free Biofreeze samples and provide those requests to healthcare practitioner resellers in the consumer’s area. The local practitioner will mail the free Biofreeze sample to the consumer. This creates an opportunity for the consumer to be introduced to both Biofreeze and a place to purchase it.”

Consumers looking to trial Biofreeze can request a free sample at

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New Seminar by Craig Liebenson, DC

Craig Liebenson is coming to Philadelphia July 18-20th and December 5-7th for a 3 day course. 18 CE’s will be available through New York Chiropractic College for each seminar in PA, NY, NJ, DE, and MD.

He will be teaching two 3 day Workshops on “Prague School to Athletic Development”

(Mag 7 & Prague School assessments, rehabilitation exercises, pain matrix, upper quarter & lower quarter, functional training, and performance training.)
The rehabilitation world is changing and to keep up on all the changes seems impossible. Craig travels all over the world and interacts with many of the industry leaders in rehabilitation, sports, and fitness trainers. This is a great opportunity to check your skill-set and spend a 3 day weekend with like-minded clinicians. Typically, he does the west coast symposiums so for anyone who hasn’t seen him in 3-4 years he has updated his lecture courses. Check out what others have said about this course at Craig Liebenson, DC | Prague School to Athletic Development Series.

Craig wants to offer all ACRB members a special discount, ONLY to ACRB members. When you register, select the NON-CLINICIAN rate for the 36 hour series ONLY – which is the trainer/student price ($1350 versus $1800)! This only applies to early bird registration so don’t procrastinate, do it before May 7th . Please reserve your seat ASAP, there is limited enrollment.

In order for the discount to apply, you will need to become ISCRS/R2P member – R2P is basically a multidisciplinary version of ACRB with trainers, PTs & DCs who are bridging the gap. Below are some of the benefits. The free Back Letter & JMBT Journal easily pays for the initial fee.

· Phil Snell’s
· Free JMBT & The Back Letter Subscription
· Free access to my Self-Care Exercise Library

Chad Buohl and Jason Brown are ACRB diplomates and ISCRS/R2P members, if you have any questions please contact either one of them regarding these courses., or

Chad what you can offer which will be real sweet is any ACRB member can register at the NON-CLINICIAN rate for the 36 hour series ONLY – which is the trainer/student price! Remember they have until April 23rd.

ACA Rehab Symposium – Las Vegas – Spring 2014

The 15th Annual ACA Rehab Council Educational Symposium is scheduled to take place at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, Feb. 28th, 2014 – Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.

If you are interested in a captivating weekend filled with excellent instruction on Rehab techniques, exposure to the latest in Rehab supplies and equipment, an exotic and fun filled locale, camaraderie with doctors who share your same interest in spinal and extremity rehabilitative procedures as well as receive 12 hours of license renewal credits in most states, look no further.

Featured speakers include Stuart McGill, PhD, professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, presenting his program on Training Maximum Performance which teaches the mechanism and techniques used with the fastest and strongest athletes. In addition, Lee Burton, PhD and Gray Cook, PT will be expounding on their 4 X 4 Matrix which explains the exercise strategy used by the Functional Movement Systems and Selective Functional Movement Assessment programs.

The time to register is now. Book your room at the Paris Casino Hotel by calling (877) 796-2096 and be sure to ask for the “ACA Rehab Council” rate at $159.00/night.

To register for the symposium, just click here to buy your ticket.

See you there,

Jerrold J. Simon, D.C.

New eBook Out By James Brantingham, DC, PhD


Dr. James Brantingham just published a new e-book entitled Hip Osteoarthritis; Manipulative and Multimodal Therapy with Rehabilitation

Below is a statement about the eBook from the author to the ACA Rehab Council:

“I hope you saw my the recent article (in JACA) which discussed important and ground breaking research that I, and others have done – particularly on using HVLA grade 5 manipulation (& to a lesser degree mobilization) and exercise for Hip Osteoarthritis. Over 5 RCTs and many other studies have now demonstrated, that manipulative and multimodal therapy is effective in treatment of Hip Osteoarthritis.

Certainly this research could help you and other doctors who specialize in or take an Rehabilitation approach in treatment of many older patients, or younger patients (that have developed early Hip OA after trauma). This book also covers manual therapy research on Knee OA (particularly if it is co-morbid knee OA), and may help patients increase exercise or sports activity (for health or pleasure) but are seriously restricted because of lower extremity OA. Arthroscopic surgery is no longer recommended for common OA (with exceptions of course) so, this niche is not being offered and I believe we can help many of these suffering patients. I very much wish that chiropractic (my college when I was trained LACC now SCUHS) had taken rehabilitation more seriously (exercise and stretch among many other modalities are part and parcel of almost all of our lives).”

James W. Brantingham DC, PhD

The e-book can be purchased for $25.00 at Dr. Brantingham’s website:

Vote on the Proposed Colleges

The recent ACA Rehab Council membership vote on the proposed two new sub specialty Colleges and their respective Bylaws passed by a wide margin. Specifically, the American College of MUA (ACMUA) and the American College of Clinical Electrodiagnosis (ACCE) have met voter approval as specialty Colleges under the auspices of the ACA Rehab Council by its membership. The final vote and approval process now needs to be brought before the ACA HOD (House of Delegates). Thanks to the authors of the ACMUA Bylaws, namely Drs. John Cerf, Walt Engle, Alf Garbutt and Craig Morris. Thanks also to the authors of the ACCE Bylaws, namely Drs. Gary Smith, Jeff Ross, Mike Schneider and George Petruska.

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