January 20, 2021

RCT examines Spinal Manipulation for Subacute and Chronic Lumbar Radiculopathy

RCT examines Spinal Manipulation for Subacute and Chronic Lumbar Radiculopathy As research advances and as great chiropractic minds delve into the possibilities offered by the adjustment beyond musculoskeletal pain alone, we are discovering more and more about the possibilities tied up in chiropractic care. We now know that chiropractic care can and does have a significant impact on the brain and not just the spinal aspect of the nervous system. Yet it is still true that many people think of chiropractors when they think of back pain. Thus, a recent study looking at lumbar radiculopathy is still very relevant for […]
November 16, 2020

New Meta-Analysis on Migraine Pain and Disability and Spinal Manipulation

It is estimated that migraine affects around one in seven people worldwide, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma and ranking as the seventh most disabling disease “among all diseases.” [1]. While types of migraine differ, this isn’t a regular headache but rather a neurological event that can create a significant amount of impairment during attacks. The causes of migraine remain somewhat mysterious (apart from solid indications that there is likely to be a genetic component), and most people treat their migraines at onset. Research indicates though, that “approximately 40% of those with episodic migraine have unmet treatment […]
July 24, 2020

The Impact of Spinal manipulation on Nitric Oxide, Substance P and Pain Perception

Regardless of your preferences in health care, pain management is a complicated topic that researchers remain invested in. Issues like sensitivity to pain, learned responses to pain and of course misuse of pain medication in many cases make it an important and complicated topic. That’s what makes the following study a particularly poignant one: it looked at the impact of spinal manipulation on two biomarkers associated with pain perception and sensitivity. The study of pain sensitivity and perception is an ongoing area and will likely remain so. Previous studies focussing on the effects spinal manipulation can have on pain sensitivity […]
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 5, 2020

Chiropractic for Breast Cancer Survivors 

Breast cancer is a life-interrupting event. This much is an obvious statement. However, a lesser-known fact is that the treatments for breast cancer involve an after-effect of chronic or persistent pain in 60% of cases. Thus, treating the cancer is concern number one. But after the fact, solving the problem of musculoskeletal pain becomes a common after-care issue. A study released in 2019 undertook the task of analyzing the available studies on this issue. After a massive database search the results are in: “current evidence suggests that manual therapy is considered effective for treating chronic musculoskeletal pain in female breast […]