December 6, 2019

Spinal Manipulation, Oxidative Stress and Pain: New study offers up potential links

A recent study appearing in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has examined spinal manipulative therapy and tactile allodynia (or hypersensitivity to touch). The results present a possibility laden with meaning for chiropractic:  that “manually assisted lumbar spinal manipulation therapy modulates systemic oxidative stress, which possibility contributes to the analgesia and recovery of peripheral nerve functionality [1].” The study in question was a rat model (which is a common biological model for human-related studies). The study, which had all its animal ethics approved by the University Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, used 30 adult male rats. They […]
November 26, 2019

Study Examines Pulse Pressure Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

While heart rate variability has been stealing its share of headlines in terms of new research, another solid performer has been quietly waiting on the side lines: pulse pressure. This indicator of cardiovascular health is simply the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure and represents a measure of autonomic nervous system function. It is easily measured in everyday clinical practice and requires no major capital investment. But how does chiropractic care impact on this measurement? A recent observational study published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association took 130 patients undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care and put it […]
November 19, 2019

Funding Announcement: Chiropractic, Heart Rate Variability and Colon Cancer Patients

At the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, we exist to fund, facilitate and disseminate chiropractic research – specifically research into the vertebral subluxation. We caught up with Dr Adrian Wenban who had recently applied to have his study funded through the ASRF. The study, titled “Effects of Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments on Heart Rate Variability, Quality of Life, and Tumor Markers of Colon Cancer Patients”, is an exciting area of investigation. Our President surprised him by letting him know that his project has been funded in full, thanks to a collaboration between the United Chiropractic Association and the ASRF. Watch our video […]
November 8, 2019

Good News for a PhD Candidate

This week, we thought we’d throw you something different. For an organisation that funds and disseminates research, there’s no greater treat than breaking the good news. We caught up with Tanja Glucina (Chiropractor and PhD candidate) for what she thought was a run-of-the-mill interview. Check out her reaction and hang around to hear about the fascinating topic she is investigating. It’s a great time to be supporting chiropractic research!
November 4, 2019

Case Reports in Research: an interview with Dr Phillip Ebrall

  At this year’s Spinal Research Gathering we had the good fortune of interviewing Dr Phillip Ebrall, a reputable veteran in the world of chiropractic and research, on the topic of case reports. As an academic with one PhD completed, one in progress and one in planning, his perspective on chiropractic research is a notable one that throws new light on the importance of case reports in research.  We hope this interview will highlight the importance of case reports and the ease with which they can be created. Enjoy! Thank you Dr Ebrall for taking the time to step in […]
October 25, 2019

Posture and neck proprioception: does it influence asymptomatic patients?

A new study published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association has presented some interesting considerations for both healthy, young patients and researchers. It looked at the topic of postural influences on neck proprioception and head/neck stabilisation and found “a significant effect of both posture and vision for both vertical and horizontal head movements during the head-still task [1].” Proprioception, or the sense of where we are in space, is a sixth sense of sorts. Generally speaking, it is known to “play a major role in the control of posture and gait in humans,” and “when neuromuscular function at the […]
October 18, 2019

The Effect of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation on Tonic Pain: Study Released

A new study emerging from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic has examined the effect of chiropractic spinal manipulation on central processing of tonic pain. Published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, the study is the latest in a long line of research examining the effect of chiropractic on the brain. We caught up with one of the study’s authors, Dr Imran Khan Niazi to talk about it. The study of pain is a complex area, with pain sensitivity and pain habituation all coming into play when it comes to our experience of it. We know that chiropractic aims to remove […]
October 11, 2019

Restoring the Thoracic Curve in Straight Back Syndrome: Case Reports

We often hear about cases of increased thoracic kyphosis – that of forward head posture due to lifestyle or other factors. But straight back syndrome (SBS) is somewhat lesser known. A thoracic deformity characterized by “loss of the normal upper thoracic spinal kyphosis”, this condition can lead to reduced antero-posterior chest diameter, compression or displacement of the heart, cardiac murmurs, chest pain and tracheal compression [1]. It is an uncommon diagnosis, so there isn’t a wealth of chiropractic literature on it, but two case studies have revealed positive results when chiropractic is introduced into the mix. Differential diagnosis of SBS is thought […]
October 3, 2019

Case Report Reveals Long Term Reduction in Cervical Pseudo-Scoliosis

Chronic neck pain, headaches, involuntary neck muscle contractions, and a tremor on the right side: these were the presenting symptoms of the subject of a recent case report carried in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic. But behind the symptoms was a condition not unfamiliar to many chiropractors: a diagnosis of cervical scoliosis and cervical dystonia (or spasmodic torticollis).  What sets this case report apart is not necessarily the way the individual responded when subluxations were corrected, but the length of time the patient remained stable while under maintenance care. The case report, authored by Jason Haas, Paul Oakley and Deed […]
September 23, 2019

Is Chiropractic a Protective Factor Against Health-Related Decline?

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics posed an interesting question: how does chiropractic compare to medical treatments on 1-year changes in self-reported function, health and satisfaction with care measures? It was a representative sample of American Medicare beneficiaries, but it’s a study worth a second look as it examines a common comparison – chiropractic versus medical care. At first look, it’s an “apples and oranges” comparison. Chiropractic has been said to be a ‘care’ not a ‘treatment.’ We check for subluxations and adjust them, thus removing interference from the central nervous system. The body […]
September 11, 2019

Post-Concussion Case Series Suggests Cervical Spine Connection

Recent history has shown a renewed and revealing look at concussion. From movies that flagged public interest in the phenomena, to new research flagging concussions as a public health priority, it is now understood to be a potentially significant “mild traumatic brain injury” rather than simply a knock to the head. While prevention and early intervention are becoming increasingly popular topics for consideration, the question of chiropractic’s role in concussion management is less well researched. Thus, a new case series published in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic is a worthy consideration in the world of post-concussion care. The study in […]
September 4, 2019

Dr. Michael Hall: The importance of spinal and motor tone in children

Dr. Michael Hall (a chiropractor, and the man behind “Brain DC”) caught up with the Australian Spinal Research Foundation to talk about spinal and motor tone in children; its role, its importance in cognitive development, the existing measurement tools and where we need to go in terms of research. So for this week’s blog, clear yourself some time, grab yourself a cuppa and hit ‘play.’
August 30, 2019

Is Spinal Manipulation effective in improving psychological outcomes?

What exactly does chiropractic do if it isn’t a ‘treatment’ per se? It’s a question often asked, and there are countless potential answers. While we cannot claim to treat all and sundry, and we tend to rest our claims on removing interference from the nervous system and letting the body do the rest, research is beginning to illustrate the reaches of the removal of vertebral subluxations. We have seen impacts on cortical drive to the muscles, on the structure and function of the brain, and much more. But a trip through the archives of Complementary Therapies in Medicine brought up […]
August 22, 2019

Trigeminal Neuralgia and Chiropractic: A Case Study

What happens when surgery fails to solve the problem it was prescribed for? For many people, the answers to this question aren’t encouraging. But for a 65-year old female (and the topic of a recent case report), a failed surgical intervention was thankfully not the last resort in her quest for answers when it came to trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia isn’t a common ailment, affecting only “4-5 people per 100,000 people in the general adult population, with the incidence rising to 20 per 100,000 after the age of 60 [1]. It is a “severe, recurrent stabbing pain that primarily affects […]
August 13, 2019

Neck pain and Heart Rate Variability

It might seem that Heart Rate Variability (HRV) a bit of a hot topic in chiropractic circles right now, as practitioners and researchers alike begin to understand the many potential applications of this tool. We know that it is non-invasive in its nature, and an easy way to measure autonomic function and adaptability. But it isn’t just chiropractic science that is harnessing the insight HRV has on offer. A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has shown that HRV indices are significantly associated with neck pain.  It is a noteworthy study, given there is only […]
August 7, 2019

Movement and sensory deficits may compromise neurogenesis in the post-natal stage of brain development

Recent findings in the field of neurobiology have elucidated that nervous system development and brain growth may be linked with movement and sensory input. The findings suggest that “mobility restrictions or insufficient sensory stimuli impact the production of new brain cells and brain development… “ and that “By testing whether early deficits in sensory experience similarly restrict human brain growth, our findings offer a novel approach to combatting such deficits to maintain normal brain development[1].”  Below, we explore the potential relevance of these new findings to the location and correction of vertebral subluxation in the pediatric population. These two recent […]
August 1, 2019

Concussion and Brain Trauma: when science and lived experience meet

Dr. Amy Haas* is a chiropractor with a CV full of medical, biochemistry and enzymology qualifications. She is passionate about chiropractic, the brain, and adaptation. So what happens with a brain like hers gets put through the paces of concussion, brain trauma, and post-concussive syndrome? The result is an insightful look into how science, research, and the lived experience of recovery under chiropractic care combine. This first-hand account will take you deeper into an understanding of how our patients may be impacted by concussions. We caught up with Dr. Amy to talk about her experience of brain trauma and the […]
July 25, 2019

Interview with Dr. Otto Janke – HRV Post-Cancer Case Study

A recent case report published in the Journal of Medical Cases covered the improvement in vagal function, measured in Heart Rate Variability, in a post-cancer patient. While it is a single case, which means more research is required before we can generalize, it is an intriguing look into what may happen in terms of restoring adaptability in people who have just faced a major stressor like chemotherapy. We interviewed Dr. Otto Janke to talk about the case and the potential mechanisms behind the improvement in HRV under chiropractic care. See our interview below, and if you want to read the […]