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Vertebral Subluxation and Systems Biology: Mammoth new paper takes on neuroendocrine and immune interface through chiropractic lens

How far can the effects of subluxation-based chiropractic care reach? It’s a question that goes to the heart of chiropractic as well as its philosophy, art, and science. It’s also been a highly political question, with some chiropractic peak bodies making controversial statements about whether chiropractic could support better immune function. It was a statement…

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Chiropractic and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: New Case Report

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly defined as a “functional bowel condition” diagnosed based on various criteria, including the presence of abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits, with either predominantly diarrhoea (IBS-D), constipation (IBS-C), or a combination of both (IBS-M)both (IBS-M)M Currently, definitive biomarkers for diagnosis haven’t been identified, so diagnosis relies on clinical…

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Case Reports Examine Meniere’s Disease

Dizzy spells, hearing loss, ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or whistling sounds in your ear, vertigo, or aural fullness – this is Meniere’s Disease. It usually starts between the ages of 40 and 60, and most of the time, it only affects one ear. The intensity and severity of the symptoms vary, and some treatments may…

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Case Reports Examine Chronic Pain and Mental Health

The world of medical research is not unfamiliar with the pattern: chronic pain and presentations of poor mental health often go together. It’s a well-established comorbidity. This often brings with it a sensible question – which came first? Did the chronic pain trigger the presentation of mental illness, or did the mental illness increase the…

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ASRF-Funded projects approved in 2023

As the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, our core business is to serve the chiropractic profession through all things vertebral subluxation research. So it is with great pleasure that we announce the results of the latest funding round. This group of studies will, of course, take time. But as they emerge, they will enrich our understanding of…

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The Big C: Post Chemo Neurological Deficits and Chiropractic Care

We know that the Big C – cancer – is a life-interrupting event. While medical research advances the ways in which cancer can be treated, it remains a daunting diagnosis and usually an arduous treatment regimen. While cancer is definitely one of those situations in which usual medical care is a life-saving or life-prolonging necessity,…

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Listening to the Nervous System When It Talks

When discussing the significance of case reports and larger studies, we often return to the impact of the intervention on the nervous system. Usually, we are referring to things like sympathetic activity, parasympathetic activity, stress, and adaptability. So, we thought it was time to take a step back from individual studies and refresh our knowledge…

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Retrospective Study Looks at Zygomatic Range of Motion Testing

The Sacro Occipital Technique is a popular chiropractic technique deployed to check and adjust subluxations from the occiput (the next area) to the sacrum (at the base of the spine). Right from pregnancy and infancy, this technique can be delivered across the lifespan and altered to suit the age and strength of the individual under…

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Paper Examines Chiropractic, Concussion and Salivary Biomarkers

In recent years, research and some high-profile cases of athletes developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (thought to be related to repeated head injuries) have advanced our understanding of just how serious concussions can be. No longer is it a case of “take a painkiller and sleep it off under observation. We are now aware of the…

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