April 8, 2020

New Case Report Shows Improvement in Anxiety and Cortisol Levels

Measuring cortisol levels in saliva has long been used as a measure for adrenal function (which is an indicator of long term stress on the endocrine system). A recent case report published in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic has followed an interesting case – when a patient presented with neck pain and headaches but left with an improvement in other, non-musculoskeletal symptoms. The premise behind chiropractic is simple: when we nurture the nervous system and ensure it is operating optimally, free of subluxations, then we are setting up the body so that it can adapt, heal and express life as […]
March 13, 2020

Towards a Contemporary Chiropractic Professional Identity

New Zealand Chiropractic researcher and PhD Candidate, Tanja Glucina, caught up with the Australian Spinal Research Foundation this week to discuss her recent paper – the first piece of research to come out of her PhD investigation. The paper, titled “Moving towards a contemporary chiropractic professional identity,” covers some important territory when it comes to the paradigms we work in as chiropractors. We spent a few minutes talking about the papers significant findings and how it might impact our practices and practice members.   You can check out the full paper, including the full data breakdown, at the reference below. […]
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 23, 2020

The Brain and the Immune System: Can Chiropractic Really Impact Them?

Since the inception of the profession itself, chiropractors have claimed to be doctors of the Central Nervous System, masters of connecting the brain and body and removing interferences so that health can be expressed to a higher level. This is all well and good, but in a world where research is currency, how do we back up our claims that chiropractic may indeed help the body immunologically? Better still, how do we help our practice members to understand it? Psychoneuroimmunology is a word with enough syllables to make someone switch right off, but in fact it is something that impacts […]
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 19, 2019

Funding Announcement: Chiropractic, Heart Rate Variability and Colon Cancer Patients

At the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, we exist to fund, facilitate and disseminate chiropractic research – specifically research into the vertebral subluxation. We caught up with Dr Adrian Wenban who had recently applied to have his study funded through the ASRF. The study, titled “Effects of Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments on Heart Rate Variability, Quality of Life, and Tumor Markers of Colon Cancer Patients”, is an exciting area of investigation. Our President surprised him by letting him know that his project has been funded in full, thanks to a collaboration between the United Chiropractic Association and the ASRF. Watch our video […]
November 8, 2019

Good News for a PhD Candidate

This week, we thought we’d throw you something different. For an organisation that funds and disseminates research, there’s no greater treat than breaking the good news. We caught up with Tanja Glucina (Chiropractor and PhD candidate) for what she thought was a run-of-the-mill interview. Check out her reaction and hang around to hear about the fascinating topic she is investigating. It’s a great time to be supporting chiropractic research!
November 4, 2019

Case Reports in Research: an interview with Dr Phillip Ebrall

  At this year’s Spinal Research Gathering we had the good fortune of interviewing Dr Phillip Ebrall, a reputable veteran in the world of chiropractic and research, on the topic of case reports. As an academic with one PhD completed, one in progress and one in planning, his perspective on chiropractic research is a notable one that throws new light on the importance of case reports in research.  We hope this interview will highlight the importance of case reports and the ease with which they can be created. Enjoy! Thank you Dr Ebrall for taking the time to step in […]
October 25, 2019

Posture and neck proprioception: does it influence asymptomatic patients?

A new study published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association has presented some interesting considerations for both healthy, young patients and researchers. It looked at the topic of postural influences on neck proprioception and head/neck stabilisation and found “a significant effect of both posture and vision for both vertical and horizontal head movements during the head-still task [1].” Proprioception, or the sense of where we are in space, is a sixth sense of sorts. Generally speaking, it is known to “play a major role in the control of posture and gait in humans,” and “when neuromuscular function at the […]
October 18, 2019

The Effect of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation on Tonic Pain: Study Released

A new study emerging from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic has examined the effect of chiropractic spinal manipulation on central processing of tonic pain. Published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, the study is the latest in a long line of research examining the effect of chiropractic on the brain. We caught up with one of the study’s authors, Dr Imran Khan Niazi to talk about it. The study of pain is a complex area, with pain sensitivity and pain habituation all coming into play when it comes to our experience of it. We know that chiropractic aims to remove […]
October 11, 2019

Restoring the Thoracic Curve in Straight Back Syndrome: Case Reports

We often hear about cases of increased thoracic kyphosis – that of forward head posture due to lifestyle or other factors. But straight back syndrome (SBS) is somewhat lesser known. 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 thought […]
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 […]