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 […]
July 18, 2017
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Study Examines Impact of Patient Position & Procedure Selection on Spine Kinematics for the Low Back

Procedure selection is an important part of every chiropractic adjustment. Knowing which procedure will stabilise or mobilise more is a significant consideration, depending on the patient’s needs. But until now, no 3-dimensional angular kinematic analysis had been done for spinal manipulation applied to HVLA for the lumbar spine – only to the cervical spine. A recent study published in JMPT in the March/April edition represents the first important step in filling that knowledge gap.  The study saw 24 participants undergo a series of 6 HVLA (High velocity low amplitude) adjustment procedures directed toward the L4 vertebra. The procedures included 2 […]
June 29, 2017

The Role Of Research In The Protection And Preservation Of Chiropractic

At the recent Dynamic Growth Congress, we asked some leading voices in chiropractic why it is important to invest in quality research into the vertebral subluxation. Listen to Dr Patrick Sim, one of the key drivers behind the Australian Chiropractic College, talk about the significant crossroads chiropractic is at, and the role of research and philosophy in this historical time. Dr Sim paints a clear picture of the wide-reaching ripple effect that stems from the actions we take at this time. “What we are really talking here when we talk about the future, is your legacy,  your business, your earning […]
June 15, 2017

The Communicative Power Of Research

Good research is research that impacts the practitioner and the practice. At the recent Dynamic Growth Congress, we asked some leading voices in chiropractic why it is important to invest in quality research into the vertebral subluxation. Here Dr Dorte Bladt voices a practitioner’s perspective on the type of research we need. This isn’t about cherry picking studies on particular conditions and chiropractic. This is about understanding what chiropractic is, and what it isn’t. It’s about stepping back and asking congruent questions that get the answers that are useful to us. “Research is incredibly important for us as practitioners. We […]
June 15, 2017

Dr Michael Hall Part 2: We Need To Change Patient Assessments

“As much as we talk about diversity, we fail to embrace it in clinical practice,” says Dr Michael Hall. “We give the same questionnaires to the male and female. It’s got to change. We need to revamp the examination.” In part one of Spinal Research’s recent interview with Dr Hall, we discussed the sexual dimorphism of the human brain and how this impacts physiology, symptomology, and fundamental needs. (Read that interview here before getting into this one.) While it is certainly helpful to be across this subject, as it affects every patient that walks through our doors, Hall is keen […]
April 13, 2017

Listening Better – Enriching Communication In & Out Of The Clinic

“We are losing our ‘listening’,” says sound and communication expert, author Julian Treasure [1].  “The world is now so noisy, with this cacophony going on visually and auditorily, it’s just hard to listen; it’s tiring to listen. Many people take refuge in headphones, but they turn big, public spaces… shared soundscapes, into millions of tiny, little personal sound bubbles. In this scenario, nobody’s listening to anybody.” In a busy world, full of noise and clutter, it’s a valid concern. If we are losing the ability to be present and intentional in the way we listen, what is slipping through the […]
August 30, 2016

Extremity Adjusting: An Interview With Dr Mark Charrette

Dr Mark Charrette (chiropractor) has been a busy man. Over the course of his chiropractic career, he has notched up nearly 1,800 seminar speaking appearances. It’s an impressive number, all in service of an area of chiropractic that he is passionate about – extremity adjusting. According to Dr. Mark, it’s an area that shouldn’t be an add on or an extra. Rather, it should be part of the everyday protocol for chiropractors. Since the mid-1990’s, Dr. Mark Charrette has been immersed in the research, neurology and teaching of extremity adjusting. This has lead him to a firm, research-based conclusion on […]
June 30, 2016

Communication And Context: How They Impact Decision Making

Part 3: Influence literature series As thoroughly evolved humans with fully functioning prefrontal cortexes, we like to think we are in control of our decisions. We like to believe that, even when it comes to the minutiae of life, we’re thinking things through and coming to our own conclusions. Behavioral economist and researcher Dan Ariely has something to say about that though. Many factors, several of them subconscious, play into our financial, medical and purchasing decisions. In fact, he calls the human race ‘predictably irrational [1].’ Upon first reading that term, you might think ‘gee thanks.’ In truth, Ariely’s research […]
June 21, 2016

Social Proof: What Is It And How Can I Improve It? 

What does a new customer do when there is no standard measurement of quality for the service they are looking into? When there is no 18 carat or 24 carat chiropractic, no rating for the quality of a personal trainer, or no five star scale on a restaurants door?   When it comes to such conundrums, most of us are like the rest of us. We look for the socials cues that tell us whether or not this place or practitioner is trustworthy. These social cues can either make or break a first impression and lead a person to conclusions as […]
June 9, 2016

Just Published, Ground-Breaking Results: Chiropractic And Pelvic Floor Control

Story at a glance:  Adjusting pregnant women appears to relax the pelvic floor muscles at rest. This may mean that chiropractic care could be of benefit to pregnant women, as it may help them have a natural vaginal delivery. The pelvic floor muscles have active roles in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as in spinal stabilisation.  When the pelvic floor muscles are damaged or stressed over time, health issues like incontinence and vaginal prolapses can crop up, which are problems with massive emotional, physical, social and financial costs across the world and a significant cause of stress for these women. The primary findings […]
May 5, 2016

Communicating Chiropractic Through Research

Story at-a-glance  Social media and the internet is making it increasingly easy to access information, both good and bad. This is one reason why it’s more important than ever to pair quality chiropractic research with strong communication skills. Research is helping us understand the underlying mechanisms of chiropractic, so that we can confidently say why and how it works. Communicating these findings, and empowering chiropractors to do the same, is a key focus of newly established Haavik Research. On the day we first sent the Spinal Research blog live, we ran a piece on “Communicating Beyond Pain” with Brandi MacDonald. […]
May 3, 2016

Tech Advances: The FitBit 

Story at-a-glance  For the most part, we are blind to what happens after people leave our practice. Health practitioners are starting to see possibilities in the use of technology like the FitBit to fill this knowledge gap. The FitBit could have multiple possible research applications. The ability to gather and analyse health data may have potential to add insight to clinical practice. Ten years ago, the pedometer was the peak fitness device inspiring people to get moving. It had one function: to measure how many steps you took. This gave people a good, hard look at how much they were […]
April 28, 2016

The Role Of Technology In Chiropractic Care 

Story at-a-glance David Fletcher discusses the use of technology in chiropractic care, and its role in bringing certainty and objectivity to detection of vertebral subluxations Much of the currently available technology doesn’t just measure the spine itself – it also plays a role in demonstrating that the nervous system is involved further afield. Fletcher illustrates how we can use technology to communicate structure, function and the role of stress in the world we live in.. Following Parker Gold Coast, Spinal Research sat down with a number of our keynote speakers to discuss research, subluxations, and paradigms in practice. David Fletcher was […]
April 26, 2016
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Chiropractic Care And Falls Prevention In Older People  

Story at-a-glance This Randomized Controlled Trial showed that chiropractic can help improve function in older people, with a possible impact on their overall health and quality of life. We should encourage older adults to get checked! There was a really big improvement in one of the measures as a result of more than 4 weeks of chiropractic care, but not less. Sometimes the improvements in function that we’re looking for just take time Practical Application: 12 weeks of chiropractic care has resulted in improvements in some factors that are important for falls risk (sensory and motor function), as well as […]
April 14, 2016

A Snapshot Of The Practical Neurology Of The Subluxation

How many of us in our clinics have seen individuals become pregnant under chiropractic care, where they were never able to become pregnant before? How many of us have seen individuals with depressed immune systems suddenly become well by being adjusted? How many children have we seen whose immune or behaviour issues dramatically improved while under chiropractic care? How could this be possible? As Chiropractors, we have proclaimed to have a direct influence on a patient’s nervous system through the chiropractic adjustment, and further claim that patients who remain subluxated will have some form of neurological dysfunction. However, if we asked most […]
March 15, 2016

Ground-Breaking Study Approved For Publication: Chiropractic And Pelvic Floor Control

A couple of years ago, Spinal Research got an exciting funding application that we were all too keen to get behind. At the time, debate was raging around the use of chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy and infancy. Dr. Heidi Haavik and her co-investigators, Dr. Jenny Kruger and Professor Bernadette Murphy were keen to investigate whether adjusting vertebral subluxations would alter pelvic floor muscle function.   The results are in and the research report has been approved for publication, but as these things take time we thought you’d like the scoop. This is big news for women and chiropractors alike!  The study […]