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). […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 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 7, 2020

Reconnecting the Brain with the Body in Chronic Pain Research

Research into pain and the effect it has on the brain has been greatly informative over recent years, and has deepened our understanding of how chronic pain works. While we have gained greater insight into the role the nervous system plays in pain perception, gaps still remain in other areas of understanding. Such gaps include the connection between the central nervous system and peripheral tissue pathology, especially in relation to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Integration of our current knowledge and findings is the aim of the game here. It is simpler to separate information into different categories and isolate single causes. […]
July 10, 2020

Manual Therapy and Occupational Health: how chiropractic and other modalities might impact workforce performance

A recent piece published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine has taken a novel look at the potential offerings when it comes to manual therapy modalities and the workforce. Specifically, the study looked at how manual therapy (including spinal manipulation) might impact upon absenteeism and presenteeism in the workforce. While chiropractic research is commonly focused on either the resolution of musculoskeletal disorders or the effects of subluxation on things like strength, balance, mental performance or other brain-based functions, this paper represents an interesting move into the broader potential applications of chiropractic care. Absenteeism is generally defined as employees calling […]
July 3, 2020

Favorable indicators for manual therapy and colic – new study

A new study has been released by the British Medical Journal, feeding into the seemingly endless quest for an answer on effective treatments for colic. In what is perhaps a telling move, the study was a systematic review of systematic reviews and national guidelines to “assess the effectiveness of four common treatment approaches.” Yes, you read that right, a review of the reviews – and still the news is this: manual therapies come out quite favorably in terms of effectiveness. Colic, or excessive and unexplained crying in the few first months of an infants life, is a remarkably common condition […]
June 26, 2020

Case Study: Cortisol, anxiety, neck pain and headache

Neck pain is hardly an unusual symptom in the life of an adult, or indeed in the practice of a chiropractor. We see it all the time, but the effects can be far broader than pain alone. Current research suggests that between one-third and two-thirds of people suffer (and usually recover) from neck pain every year [1]. We also know that neck pain, even subclinical (or below the point at which a person might seek medical or therapeutic help) can impact things like our sense of body position, our ability to integrate multisensory data from our bodies or our ability […]
June 19, 2020

Pulse Pressure Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

While the management of musculoskeletal pain has long been the undisputed domain of the chiropractor, research is taking a steady march into the non-musculoskeletal aspects of our offering. With new studies emerging over the last few years revealing the impacts of chiropractic care on the brain and the way it drives the muscles, as well as advancements into using objective measurements to assess nervous system function, it’s an exciting time to be involved in chiropractic and chiropractic research. A recent addition to the knowledge bank relating to chiropractic and cardiovascular health came from the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. […]
June 12, 2020

Inflammation, Low Back Pain and Chiropractic Care

The science of pain and inflammation is one in which there will always be more work to be done. While chiropractic care has become quite renowned for its benefits to musculoskeletal issues such as back and neck pain, research has been branching out into other areas for quite some time now. We now have a burgeoning understanding of how chiropractic care impacts the way the brain drives the muscles, or how it impacts autonomic function among other things. Sitting back in the research bank is a study that may have slipped through without ringing all the bells and whistles. It […]
May 29, 2020

Case Series: Chiropractic Care and Benign Joint Hypermobility

The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association has carried a noteworthy case series covering three instances of benign joint hypermobility syndrome [BJHS] in female patients in their twenties [1]. It proves an interesting read, as BJHS is a relatively common heritable connective tissue disorder that appears to affect more women than men. Being that many sufferers of BJHS present with joint pain, and being that proprioception (sensory feedback from the affected joints that tells you where you are in space) is also involved, the question of how these patients fare under chiropractic care is an important one. The authors of […]
May 15, 2020

Literature Review Reveals Spinal Manipulation Potential Positive for Parkinson’s

Among the myriad of concerns pertaining to an ageing population is the issue of neurogenerative disorders like Parkinson’s Disease. It is currently estimated that more than 82,000 people are living with Parkinson’s in Australia alone. That number increases exponentially when you include other countries with similar life expectancies and quality health care systems. This represents a huge burden of care and a massive shift in quality of life for sufferers. Alarmingly though, this isn’t something we can blame on an ageing population alone: 18% of Parkinson’s sufferers are of working age. A new study appearing in the Journal of Contemporary […]