March 30, 2020

New Study Examines Immediate Effects of Lumbar-Pelvic Manipulation on Knee Pain

In recent years, a number of chiropractic-related research studies have indicated that chiropractic care can improve various musculoskeletal conditions just as back and neck pain, and improve joint position sense. The latter is an interesting one: technically, joint position sense is an indicator of proprioception or an accurate sense of where our bodies are in space. Proprioception is important for coordination, falls prevention and even things like motion sickness. Recently, a study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies took a look at knee pain in patients with patellofemoral pain – or pain in and around the kneecap. […]
March 5, 2020

What Happens to Reflexes after Spinal Manipulation?

For quite some time now, research has been revealing that chiropractic care (sometimes referred to as spinal manipulative therapy) can do something other than assist with back and neck pain. We’ve been thrilled and delighted as we’ve seen research emerge indicating that chiropractic care could increase strength in leg muscles, decrease fatigue, change the structure and function of the brain, increase bite force, and increase our awareness of where we are in space (a sense called proprioception) thus decreasing falls risk in older adults. So, a recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that examined reflex […]
February 25, 2020

Remission of Anosmia in a patient receiving chiropractic care: a case report

Arguably, one of the most underappreciated senses is that of smell. Olfactory function (our ability to smell) also impacts our ability to taste. While this may not seem like such a big deal, it also impacts our ability to detect when food has gone bad, when we have been handed a bad burrito, or when we are walking into a room filled with dangerous gas or even smoke. Loss of the sense of smell (anosmia) happens for a variety of reasons, some of them short term (such as a cold or flu) and others involved with longer-term issues like age, […]
February 21, 2020

Study Examines Cervical Manipulation and Cerebrovascular Haemodynamics

In 2017, a piece of chiropractic research put to bed an oft-repeated misconception regarding chiropractic care and stroke. The study in question found no evidence for causation. That is, there was no convincing evidence to support the notion that chiropractic care could cause stroke. Earlier this year, Dr Kelly Holt and colleagues produced research indicating that chiropractic care after stroke could increase strength in weak plantar flexor muscles (affected by the stroke) in patients. This gives rise to a viable line of questioning regarding whether chiropractic care might actually assist stroke recovery. Only time will tell what arises there, but […]
February 3, 2020

Mental Health, Inflammation, and the Chiropractic Research

In the last article, we talked about depression as an inflammatory issue (as recent research has revealed). But obviously, it’s not that simple a story. Depression, anxiety, and indeed mental-emotional wellbeing is an issue spanning mindset, environmental triggers, personal resilience and much more. But what does the research say about psychological ramifications for the endocrine system and the possible role for chiropractic? Today we take a look. A 2008 study titled, “Depression comorbidity and the TNF Alpha system” provided some foundational understanding on how depression and elevated tumour necrosis factors (TNF) often exist side-by-side. Essentially, this pointed to elevated inflammatory […]
January 16, 2020

Spinal Manipulation, Oxidative​ Stress and Pain: New Research

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 possibly 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 11, 2019

Chiropractic and the Breastfeeding Baby: New case report explores cranial dysfunction link

Few things are as natural as breastfeeding. Paradoxically, few things can be as challenging and frustrating on a deeply personal level as struggling to breastfeed a baby that won’t latch properly.  While the World Health Organization recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of life, and increasingly health organizations rally to support mothers along this line, sometimes the challenges are too great and as that baby can’t tell us what’s wrong, we remain in the dark as to why. Breastfeeding is no small task. It is baby’s first act of multitasking – sucking, swallowing and breathing. We […]
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 […]