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 […]
April 24, 2020

Study Examines Best Measurements for Flat Back Posture

While postural assessments are part of the everyday experience of the working chiropractor, posture is central to functional movement and much more. As the population adapts to changing worlds of work and technology, we have witnessed a significant increase in postural concerns such as forward head posture or cervical kyphosis. Another postural concern is flat back syndrome, and it is this that a recent study took aim at. When we think of an idea spine, we think of a spine with several gentle front to back curves. It’s almost like a lazily drawn “S”. It’s not just about aesthetics either […]
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 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 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 […]