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MCA In Touch: September 2016
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You Spoke, and We Listened! Introducing the All New MCA Newsletter, MCA In Touch

Over the past year, the MCA has spent countless hours evaluating the MCA Journal, a quarterly Journal sent to all doctors in the state which included various articles detailing the happenings of MCA and the chiropractic world.

Communication is a large part of what we do here at MCA, and is highly valued by both members and non-members. Many depend on us for the latest news in insurance matters, legislative initiatives, continuing education, and more! We have come to the conclusion that sharing all of this information in a timely manner simply cannot be done effectively in quarterly issues. We also recognize that as chiropractors and business owners, you do not have all the time in the world to sit down and read a lengthy journal. So, we decided to shorten and reinvigorate our communications into a monthly newsletter. The newsletter will feature relevant chiropractic news, upcoming events, and association activities.

We hope you enjoy the new format! If you have suggestions or ideas for news you’d like to see or something you would like to share, please email Katie Wilkerson at

Expand your practice!

The beginning of a new school year provides an opportunity to educate parents on the benefits of chiropractic care for children of all ages. The following article from the ICPA provides a great explanation for you to share with your patients and community.

What Can Chiropractic Do For Your Child?

By Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine

Chiropractic’s purpose is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body. When that power is unleashed, the healing that results may be profound.

Today we find more parents bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health concerns we’re all familiar with: colds, sore throats, ear infections, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed-wetting, infections, pains, falls, stomach-aches, and the hundred and one little and big things children go through as they grow up.

Chiropractors Do Not Treat Disease

It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Its purpose is to reduce spinal nerve stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) have in their bodies. Spinal nerve stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system, can weaken internal organs and organ systems, lower resistance, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.

When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your child’s body functions more efficiently. Your child can respond to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature, humidity, toxins, pollen and all the other stresses he/she comes in contact with more efficiently.

So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating their diseases but is instead freeing them of spinal nerve stress, thus permitting their body’s natural healing potential to function at its best.

What Exactly Is Nerve Stress?

Spinal nerve stress (also referred to as vertebral subluxations, the subluxation complex, or “pinched nerves”) is a misalignment or distortion of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the proper function of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and outlying or peripheral nerves). Because the nervous system controls the function of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.

How Is Spinal Stress Caused?

Spinal nerve stress can be caused by physical, chemical and/or emotional stress. Physical stress may start in the womb, with the baby lying in a distorted or twisted manner. Spinal nerve stress in newborns is more common than previously realized. This may be caused by a traumatic or difficult birth which can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spinal column and pelvis. Throughout childhood, the normal childhood traumas every child experiences can be a source of spinal and cranial trauma. Most of the time, the pain from the initial injury “goes away,” however the damage incurred continues to affect the future function of the child’s nerve system.

How Does the Chiropractor Reduce Spinal Nerve Stress?

This is accomplished first by analyzing the spinal column and related structures for balance and proper function. Where the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly, the Doctor of Chiropractic performs precise corrective procedures called spinal adjustments.

Using his/her hands and/or specialized instruments to gently and specifically correct those abnormal areas, the spine and cranium regain their intended state of balance and the nerve system is freed from stress.

It’s All About Function!

Today’s parents are more concerned than ever about the adverse effects drugs have on their children. Parents are increasingly asking, when handed a prescription for a child’s recurrent problem, “Is this really all I can do for my child? Is there a safer alternative?”

Parents are hesitant to merely mask symptoms with drugs and are worried about side effects. Their desire to achieve a state of true health has led parents to seek health care options that support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy.

Chiropractic care is one such option. All children function better with 100% nerve function. All children deserve the right to express their fullest potential. Chiropractic care for children is safe, gentle and effective. It allows for the opportunity for maximum potential for well-being.

This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #04. Used with permission.

ACA Update: National Chiropractic Health Month Theme Announced

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, ACA will build on its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic with the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st. ACA will provide a toolkit with resources that DCs can use to promote NCHM locally and via social media. Learn more at

2017 Convention Highlights

Keynote Speaker Dr. Bill Moreau

Introducing MCA’s keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Convention, Dr. Bill Moreau, Managing Director of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sports Medicine Division. Dr. Moreau develops the USOC sports medicine strategy and oversees all Team USA sports medicine activities including; clinics, games and the National Medical Network. He has served as the Medical Director for Team USA at the London 2012 Summer and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He is the first doctor of chiropractic in the world to serve as a Games Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for a National Olympic Committee. He was the Team USA CMO for the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games and for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. Through these roles he manages the implementation of medical care to thousands of athletes as provided by hundreds of healthcare providers.

Dr. Moreau advances the application of integrated, multiple disciplinary musculoskeletal care through Fortis Cura, a healthcare company dedicated to advancing patient centered care through the utilization and development of evidence-based musculoskeletal care pathways. He has been featured in USA Today, Time, ESPN, NPR, NBC, GE Healthcare News, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Army Strategic Studies Group and the Allegany Healthcare Summit.

Dr. Moreau has a special interest in sports medicine research and he serves on the NFL International Think Tank on Concussion Research. He has successfully presented over 600 invited lectures throughout the United States and Internationally.

The 2017 MCA Annual Convention will be held on March 10-11, 2017. More information, including registration, will be available soon. We hope you will join us!

Dr. Robert Silverman

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Robert Silverman, nationally known speaker and best-selling author of Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body, will be one of the featured speakers at the MCA 2017 Annual Convention!

Dr. Silverman graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic, and is a post-graduate instructor at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic, and Northwestern Health Sciences University, College of Chiropractic. He travels throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, teaching other doctors, nutritionists, and practitioners about health, disease prevention, performance, and chiropractic treatments. In addition to Inside-Out Health, he has published numerous articles on treating and preventing sports injuries, joint pain, and nutrition, and gives seminars on the assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, treatments and nutrition.

Don’t Miss MCA Day at the Capitol! March 9, 2017

Join us at the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers about the critical issues that affect you and your patients, including:

  • The importance of the chiropractic profession in Minnesota’s healthcare workforce
  • Support for legislation expanding access for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare patients to the full scope of your clinical services
  • The discriminatory reimbursement practices and policies of Minnesota’s health insurers
  • Protecting the rights of injured patients in Minnesota’s no-fault automobile insurance system

Your voice at the Capitol is important — in fact, it’s vital for the success of your legislative agenda!

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