April 16, 2021

Mitigating the Opioid Crisis – What can chiropractors do?

The opioid crisis has been a topic of concern for health practitioners for a number of years now. While the USA is the most affected country with 70% of all overdose deaths in 2018 involving opioids, many of the same issues exist in Australia and other countries, prompting calls for proactive intervention from health professionals. What then is the chiropractic role in this? Two papers have dropped over at the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, tackling this very important topic. Here’s the scoop. Opioid’s effectiveness in treating a variety of chronic pain conditions, as well as acute pain and cancer pain, […]
April 8, 2021

Spinal Manipulation Alters Brain Activity in Chronic Low Back Pain Sufferers – Longitudinal Study

Chronic low back pain is an issue contributing significantly to the burden of disease around the world. This fact isn’t a new or surprising one. But as the study of pain and its impact on the brain moves forward, we are discovering increasingly that pain alters the brain in many different ways. It is no surprise that many of these changes are pain related but that’s not where the story ends. We have also seen literature that indicates diminished activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain (the area responsible for executive function) and the cerebellum (which controls movement and […]
April 2, 2021

Restoring Sagittal Balance: Does it Improve Cervicogenic Headache Pain and Disability?

One of the things we tend to take for granted in life is the balance of the curves of the spine. From the first months in utero, to learning to hold our heads up, crawl and then walk, the body is ever so intelligently working towards a spinal shape that will carry us through the rest of our lives – upright, balanced, and with optimal neurological flow. Of course, life tends to complicate this by stress, injury and of course looking down at our technological devices (to mention a few complicating factors). These provide just a few reasons why chiropractic […]
March 23, 2021

Case Report Examines Asperger’s Symptoms under Chiropractic Care

Few conditions inspire the type of passion and debate that follows Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research is giving us increasing understanding when it comes to the different ways in which Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) can present, and campaigns around inclusivity and neurodiversity are (hopefully) making it a kinder world into which people on the Autism Spectrum are born. Still, ASD’s do present a range of challenges for these neurodiverse people, their families and carers. So, what does all of this have to do with chiropractic? There have been a number of case reports looking at Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or […]
March 15, 2021

Case Report Examines Neurological Atrophy

It has often been said that chiropractors are doctors of the nervous system. The brain and spinal cord are what we care for, and this very brain and spinal cord connect via the peripheral nervous system to every muscle and fibre in the body. So, if this is true, then it logically follows that we should be about more than back and neck care. The effects of a nervous system that is running at its best should result in many other manifestations of improved health. Including neurological factors (where there is no outstanding pathology like a cancer or brain injury). […]
March 4, 2021

Flipping the Evidence Hierarchy – Why Case Reports Matter for Chiropractic

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, case reports have been taking up an increasing amount of space in journals of late, and our very own Foundation is moving to do some exciting work in this space, too. But with traditional thinking arguing that randomised controlled trials are the gold standard in evidence, it’s a good time to talk about why case reports matter. This just so happens to coincide with a thought-provoking piece authored by chiropractors Rome and Waterhouse, which appeared in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research just last month. In it, they present a well-cited, well-argued point that […]
February 25, 2021

When Back Pain isn’t Just Back Pain: Case Report

A thorough history and examination is always an important aspect of the chiropractic experience. We know what we are looking for, and we know the red flags. But a case report appearing in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association presents a very compelling case for taking note when the symptoms change, or when something just doesn’t feel right. It covers the case of a 53-year-old man who presented to a chiropractor with lower back pain. This in itself was unremarkable. He was an avid golfer, and lower back pain is not uncommon in this group. What makes this case […]
February 17, 2021

Chiropractic, Kids and Quality of Life

When we hear the term “quality of life” it is usually used to describe someone who is aging, frail or in the grip of illness that affects their ability to engage with life in a healthy and vital way. Rarely do we think about quality of life outside of that construct. But perhaps we should, when the tools used to measure quality of life within a research context are actually measuring things like physical and mental wellbeing, social connectedness, daily activities, personal development or personal fulfillment and more. Thus, when some notable chiropractic research names decided to do a little […]
February 11, 2021

Chiropractic care and Arthritis – Case Reports Show Improvement

Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the most common chronic autoinflammatory conditions observed in the human population. It is characterised by joint swelling, pain, and gradual degradation of the joint leading to decreased mobility and quality of life, making it a significant concern for sufferers. As Rheumatoid Arthritis is a complex disease, the genetic background determining the development of the illness is not well understood. Medical and pharmaceutical management of the condition is common, but what role can chiropractic play in its management? At least two case reports indicate this is a possibility. The first case, published in the Chiropractic Journal […]
February 3, 2021

Case Report: Chiropractic Care of a Mixed Martial Art Fighter

To a professional or elite athlete, it is vital to have a body that is well-tuned and operating in peak condition. We have read anecdotal accounts of professional athletes, sports teams, and even the odd musical group who have chiropractic care as a part of their pre-event rituals. But do these people turn to chiropractic care in the wake of injury, or only use chiropractic as a pregame pep-up? The Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic recently published a fascinating case report of a mixed martial art practitioner who presented at a chiropractic clinic with a six-month-old injury that wasn’t quite resolving […]
January 27, 2021

Can Spinal Manipulative Therapy Be Effective Beyond Muscle and Joint Pain? New Systematic Review

For some years now, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation has been interested in research examining how the brain and nervous system responds when you remove subluxations. In many ways, this is the simplest of causes and yet somehow it is incredibly bold. Research has revealed many exciting possibilities tied up with chiropractic care. Still, debate rages inside and outside the chiropractic profession as to whether chiropractic is more than back and neck pain and the only thing that will put this question to bed for good is further research. To this end, a new study has appeared in the Asia […]
January 20, 2021

RCT examines Spinal Manipulation for Subacute and Chronic Lumbar Radiculopathy

RCT examines Spinal Manipulation for Subacute and Chronic Lumbar Radiculopathy As research advances and as great chiropractic minds delve into the possibilities offered by the adjustment beyond musculoskeletal pain alone, we are discovering more and more about the possibilities tied up in chiropractic care. We now know that chiropractic care can and does have a significant impact on the brain and not just the spinal aspect of the nervous system. Yet it is still true that many people think of chiropractors when they think of back pain. Thus, a recent study looking at lumbar radiculopathy is still very relevant for […]
December 16, 2020

Adios 2020! Looking Forward to 2021

Here we are at the end of what may seem like the longest year in modern memory. While it will go down in the history books as the year of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it has been a time of incredible and almost unprecedented activity here at the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. So here, in the last blog post of the year, it seemed like a good time to celebrate this year’s wins and let you know what is to come for us in 2021. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be an exciting year! As our members know, the Australia Spinal […]
December 9, 2020

Trapezius fibre muscle analysis: An examiner reliability pilot study

A recent study appearing in the newly minted “Asia Pacific Chiropractic Journal” has examined the reliability of a particular muscle analysis used in a common chiropractic technique – the Sacro Occipital Technique. The pilot study took a hard look at the evidence-base around work pioneered by chiropractor, Major Bertrand DeJarnette, as far back as 1962. The sacro-occipital technique (SOT) is defined as “a chiropractic technique developed to restore a functional relationship between the head, the pelvis, and the spine – a structure that envelopes and protects our central nervous system [1].” It is known as being gentle method of checking and adjusting the […]
November 30, 2020

Randomised Controlled Trial looks at cortisol levels in factory workers

The clothing manufacturing industry is known for its repetitive, time-sensitive nature. Not only are workers responsible for a high amount of product turnover in a small amount of time, it is often repetitive work. Previous research has indicated that this group of people have been “associated with higher salivary cortisol levels.” The level of cortisol picked up in someone’s saliva is actually very telling, as it can indicate stress levels and adrenal-gland activity. Chiropractors have long been interested in how chiropractic care may impact the human stress response, but results have been mixed as have the various study methods looking […]
November 23, 2020

New study looks at 178 cases of infant shoulder dysfunction

Chiropractic care across the lifespan is a concept that, to some, is a given but to others is highly controversial. After all, “Why would an infant need chiropractic care?” While research has examined the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care and exposed an incredible safety record, and other research has looked at the ways in which we adapt our techniques to ensure the gentlest, most effective care for our tiniest patients, new research emerging from the desks of chiropractors Braden Keil and Christian Fludder has taken a look at something very specific and apparently not uncommon: glenohumeral (shoulder) joint dysfunction. […]
November 16, 2020

New Meta-Analysis on Migraine Pain and Disability and Spinal Manipulation

It is estimated that migraine affects around one in seven people worldwide, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma and ranking as the seventh most disabling disease “among all diseases.” [1]. While types of migraine differ, this isn’t a regular headache but rather a neurological event that can create a significant amount of impairment during attacks. The causes of migraine remain somewhat mysterious (apart from solid indications that there is likely to be a genetic component), and most people treat their migraines at onset. Research indicates though, that “approximately 40% of those with episodic migraine have unmet treatment […]
November 9, 2020

Spinal Manipulation May Decrease Neurologic Pain Signature

The study of pain is a complex area, as pain isn’t just about injury. It’s also about the brain’s response to it. Thus, there is a lot we don’t yet know about things like pain sensitivity, pain habituation and the signals flying around in our brains that relate to all of it. While research continues to make advancements in this area, there is still a lot of work yet to be done. That is why a 2019 piece of research appearing in a journal dedicated to Clinical Neuroimaging is particularly interesting: it found evidence for decreased neurologic pain signature activation […]