October 11, 2019

Restoring the Thoracic Curve in Straight Back Syndrome: Case Reports

We often hear cases if increased thoracic kyphosis – that of forward head posture due to lifestyle or other factors. But straight back syndrome (SBS) is somewhat lesser know. 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 […]
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 […]
July 16, 2019

Headaches, Migraines a​nd Chiropractic: what the new research says

It would be a rare chiropractor who hasn’t witnessed an apparent correlation between chiropractic care and improvements in the frequency or severity of headaches and migraines. It may happen in one patient or several, but is there a connection, and if so what are the mechanisms behind it? While it is true that headaches and migraines can have a myriad of triggers and causes, it is also apparent from a range of recent case reports that chiropractic may have something to offer. In the past year, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research have carried four separate case reports involving improvements […]
July 4, 2019
Chiropractic and ADHD

Chiropractic and ADHD: Worth another look?

You’ve most likely read the line before: “We can’t generalize based on these findings, but…” It’s a common limitation of case reports. They are valid and valuable contributions to the evidence bank, but always carry a disclaimer that further research is necessary. A recent case report and literature review listed 18 separate cases in which an improvement in behavior was reported in a patient with ADHD under chiropractic care. We aren’t claiming that chiropractic is a cure – that would be far too simplistic for a complicated condition. But perhaps there is something to see here; something that may occur […]
March 7, 2019

Stroke Study Published

A long awaited study on the effect of chiropractic care for stroke patients has been released, with the journal ‘Scientific Reports’ carrying Dr Kelly Holts latest offering. The study examined whether or not chiropractic care “could increase strength in weak plantar flexor muscles in chronic stroke patients [1].” Results are in and they are encouraging. The topic of chiropractic and stroke risk has long been the topic of hot debate, but by and large, the focus of those conversations has been on the risk of stroke for chiropractic patients. While research found no evidence for causation when it comes to […]