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 […]
November 2, 2020

Forward Head Posture and Anterior Thoracic Adjusting: New Case Report

Forward head posture, or Cervical Forward Flexion, has emerged as a significant postural concern over recent years with many people attributing the increase (at least in part) to the uptick in smart phone and device usage, and the subsequent hours spent looking down. However, the increases appear to hark back as early as 2002-2009 during which time “cervical spine procedures increased” alongside associated costs.  A case report recently published in the Asia Pacific Chiropractic Journal has released details of a 24-person retrospective case series which casts light on the potential relationship between anterior thoracic adjusting and forward head posture. The […]
October 23, 2020

Australian Spinal Research Foundation Welcomes New President

The Australian Spinal Research Foundation has announced the appointment of the new President of the Foundation following the completion of Dr Craig Foote’s service on the board. Dr Craig shepherded the foundation through an incredible season of change and his are indeed big shoes to fill. We caught up with long-time board member and new president, Dr Ryan Seaman to talk about the exciting new chapter the foundation is entering – including how we fared through the COVID-19 pandemic and look to the future.
October 16, 2020

Case Report: Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebra as a potential contributing factor to scoliosis

The Asia Pacific Chiropractic Journal has carried an intriguing dual case report in which lumbosacral transitional vertebra are discussed as a potential contributing factor to scoliosis. Scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine, is thought to affect 2-3% of the population and the age of onset ranges from 10-15 years of age. While the severity and implications of scoliosis can vary from patient to patient and hypotheses relating to potential causes abound, no specific cause for scoliosis has been identified. Enter the Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebra (LSTV), which refers to the partial or complete fusion of the transverse processes of the […]
October 9, 2020

Neck Pain and Movement: ASRF-funded study published

In last weeks’ interview, we caught up with Professor Suzanne Snodgrass from the University of Newcastle. She was talking about a recent study, funded by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, in which three-dimensional head and neck movements in people with neck pain were examined. The study involved chiropractic care and exercise as the interventions in order to determine whether there is a relationship between pain and movement in individuals who suffer from idiopathic neck pain (which occurs spontaneously and has no obvious cause). Here are more details from that study. Studies like this make important contributions to our understanding of […]
October 2, 2020

Neck Pain and Movement Habits – New Study

A new study undertaken by the University of Newcastle and funded by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation has been published. The study reveals insights into the impacts of neck pain on movement, offering important insights for clinicians. We caught up with Professor Suzanne Snodgrass to talk about it.  The full study, including a full statistical breakdown of findings, can be found here. 
September 25, 2020

Resolution of Pruritis Under Chiropractic Care

Imagine itching constantly for no reason. Imagine consulting several physicians trying a litany of creams, diets and antihistamines only to continue to suffer from discomfort, sleep deprivation and continue scratching until you bled. This is chronic, severe pruritis and it is the primary complaint that a 36-year old male presented with when he sought help from a chiropractor who authored a recent case report on the topic. Here’s the spoiler though: the condition that had eluded other primary care practitioners resolved concomitant with chiropractic care. The case report in question appeared in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and […]
September 18, 2020

Low Back Pain & Opioid Use Reduce Under Care: Case Study

Opioid overuse (or the misuse of certain strong painkillers and other drugs) has long been a public health concern. In fact, in 2018, it was reported that 128 people died every day in the United States because of opioid misuse. Misuse, addiction, healthcare and other associated issues present a massive cost not only in the United States but in other countries across the world. Currently, there isn’t a strong dataset telling us about the prognosis when moving to conservative care after long-term opioid (painkiller) use for the management of a condition. That’s what makes this case report very interesting. The […]
September 11, 2020

Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Myasthenia Gravis and Vertebral Subluxations

When you think of the term “autoimmune conditions”, there is most likely a long list of ailments that springs to mind. Rarely, though, would the term “Myasthenia Gravis” make that list. Affecting about 20 people per 100,000 worldwide, the condition occurs when the body’s own antibodies attack the neural receptors on muscle cells. Thus, a person finds themselves becoming increasingly stricken with  muscle fatigue issues such as double vision, muscle weakness in limbs, and potentially difficulty speaking and swallowing accompanying an increased need for rest toward the end of the day. It occurs mostly in women under the age of […]
September 4, 2020

Case Study Reveals Remission of Headache Associated with Sexual Activity in a Woman After Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation

A recent study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine has taken on a type of headache thought to affect only 1-1.6% of the population. Rare though it may be, Primary Headache Associated with Sexual Activity (PHASA) is recognised by the International Classification of Headache Disorders and remains poorly understood. There are a few pharmacological interventions that have been suggested for the management of PHASA. In the recent case study, however, the 19-year-old female patient presented at a chiropractic clinic for care after pharmaceutical interventions had yielded little or no relief. The headline could indeed because for a giggle, but […]
August 28, 2020

Thoracic Spinal Manipulation and Pulmonary Function in Stroke Patients

Not so long ago, the rumour mill was alive with talk that chiropractic care was bad news for stroke potential. A few short years on and not only has that rumour been put to rest, but we are beginning to see evidence that chiropractic care may even be good for stroke recovery! Not only have researchers found that there is no evidence that chiropractic care causes cervical artery dissection, but there is now evidence that chiropractic care may increase muscle strength, spinal excitability and even pulmonary function post-stroke [1-3].  These findings are significant, as stroke is a “major cause of […]