CF 071: w/ Dr. Anthony Nicholson – Medical Referral, Chiropractic Specialization, Chiropractic Standardization (Part 2)

Today we continue with Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Anthony Nicholson all the way from Australia talking about medical referral, chiropractic specialization, and chiropractic standardization. I’ll tell you more about him in just a minute but Dr. Nicholson is a fountain of knowledge nuggets as I said last week. Don’t go anywhere. This is about to get good.  

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The DACO is all about chiropractic specialization. We won’t go in too deep on my latest DACO endeavors because we have Mr. DACO teacher with us again this week. Again, the DACO stands for Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. I will say quickly that I have completed the Pain In The Frame symposium part of the course and it was probably my favorite. 

Also, I’m only 29 hours away from finishing at this point. It’s all gravy now folks as I’m back onto the Communication Drills which go fairly quickly and easiy

I covered this in Part 1 last week but, for those that don’t know anything about this Aussie from down under or why we would be having him on the Chiropractic Forward Podcast, let me take a minute to introduce him again properly. 

Dr Anthony Nicholson is the CEO of Chiropractic Development International (CDI), a global continuing education organization for chiropractors that he co-founded in 2002.  CDI’s innovative online learning technology has led to formal accreditation in over 35 states in North America, along with a growing learner base in the UK, Europe and South East Asia.  CDI provides 250 hours of advanced online clinical training for the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Program offered by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and had developed an online board examination for the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics.

As a partner of Spine Partners Wahroonga in Sydney Australia, Dr Nicholson is also a full-time chiropractic physician in private practice, is a board certified chiropractic neurologist (DACNB) and is board certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics (FACO).   

In addition, he is an adjunct senior lecturer in Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis and Evidence-based Practice at Macquarie University ion Sydney’s north shore.  

He is outstanding and was put on this Earth to be an educator so sit back and get some education as we get into Part 2 of our interview all the way from Australia!

  1. Before we get into what your company, CDI, is….let’s talk about why you think it’s important to specialize or get credentialed. I know it’s important. You know it’s important but, you just might say something in the exact way that resonates with someone on it so I wanted to hear your thoughts on it rather than simply assuming.
  2. For those that don’t know what CDI is, can you give them a bit of a description and tell them what you do and maybe even what the mission is? What is the International Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine program
  3. I have told listeners there are different types of learning through the CDI platform. There are eLearning courses, Diagnostic Drills, Communication Drills, and then Pain in the Frame and another on Dizziness. What would you like to add as far as the courses you offer go?
  4. How did the idea of CDI get started and can you tell me a bit about your business partner in CDI, Dr. Matthew Long?
  5. How did it evolve into being a part of the DACO program globally?
  6. Have you done any of your own research or are you thinking about doing some of your own studies?
  7. What do you do with all of the DACO’s that you guys are building? Have we thought of some way to use them collectively?
  8. Do we know how many DACOs or DABCOs are running around out there in the world?
  9. What is next for CDI and what is the ?
  10. Do you feel that our profession’s standardization will ever be an attainable goal? I have a hard time seeing how the two sides of the profession can ever meet. What do you think our profession will look like in another 15-20 years?
  11. An interesting question I’ve seen 2 or 3 times recently online in different groups: since you and Dr. Long are so well-spoken, I’d love your thoughts on it. If evidence-based chiropractors are mostly focused on resolving musculoskeletal pain, what then makes us any different than a physical therapist?
  12. Where do people find you online?
  13. Do you ever travel to the US to do talks or seminars?

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to join us. I hope our listeners got as much use out of our talk as I did. It’s groups like the CDI and chiropractic specialization programs like the DACO that are helping put chiropractors where we should be. 

Thank you for everything you’re doing. 

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show that many patients get good or excellent results through chiropractic for headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, to name just a few.

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

That’s Chiropractic!


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