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Predictors For Success Of Spinal Manipulation For Neck Pain

By |April 19, 2011|Neck Pain, Research, Spinal Manipulation|

Predictors For Success Of Spinal Manipulation
For Neck Pain

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SOURCE:   J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 (Mar); 34 (3): 144–152

Manuel Ssavedra-Hernández, PT, Adelaida M. Castro-Sánchez, PT, PhD, César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, PT, DO, PhD, Joshua A. Cleland, PT, PhD, Ricardo Ortega-Santiago, PT, MS, Manuel Arroyo-Morales, MD, PT, PhD

Department of Nursing and Physical Therapy,
Universidad de Almería, Spain.


This newly published JMPT study attempted to identify those prognostic clinical factors that may potentially identify, a priori, patients with mechanical neck pain who are likely to experience a rapid and successful response to spinal manipulation of the cervical and thoracic spine.

Data from 81 subjects were included in the analysis, of which 50 had experienced a successful outcome (61.7%). Five variables were found to be associated with a positive response:

  • Initial pain intensity greater than 4.5 points
  • Cervical extension less than 46°
  • Hypomobility at T1 vertebra (more…)

Chiropractic Physicians Meet with Congress

By |April 15, 2011|Legislation, News|

Chiropractic Physicians Meet with Congress

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SOURCE:   ACA News

As health care reform implementation begins, making the case for chiropractic inclusion on the federal and state levels remains a priority.

Nearly 500 chiropractic physicians, students and supporters converged on the nation’s capital Feb. 14-15 as part of the American Chiropractic Association’s 2011 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) with the Chiropractic Summit. Those in attendance listened to speeches from government leaders, received advocacy training and urged elected officials to support pro-chiropractic measures that seek to provide patients, veterans and active-duty military personnel with greater access to the essential services provided by chiropractic physicians.

While last year’s conference focused on the first phase of health care reform, congressional debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), this year’s meeting concentrated on the next phase, implementation of the law.

Among the speakers this year, Iowa State Sen. Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines), a member of the White House Legislative Working Group on Health Care Reform, stressed that While the work being done on Capitol Hill to expand patient access to chiropractic care is vital to improving health care for all Americans, at this stage important work is also being done in every state capital. “This is both a challenge and an opportunity,” he said.

The meeting’s keynote speakers were Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ret. Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. Harkin, who was instrumental in the inclusion of the provider non-discrimination language in PPACA emphasized chiropractic’s role in transforming the U. S. health care delivery system. (more…)

Just In Case You Don’t Believe Me

By |April 12, 2011|Announcement|

Just In Case You Don’t Believe Me

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SOURCE:   Texas Medicine Journal 2011 (Apr 1); 107 (4): 20-26

For those of you who want limited prescription rights, and believe that Organized Medicine wishes you well, please review this abstract from an Editorial in the Texas Medicine Journal.


Medicine Under Attack

The Texas Medical Association is fending off attacks on the practice of medicine by nonphysician practitioners who want to expand their scope of practice and diagnose and treat patients without going to medical school. Most recently, TMA went to court to protect patients, filing another lawsuit against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

That, my friend, is the sound of war drums beating.

Did you notice their (not so) subtle counter-attack? Not only do they want to deny you the right to prescribe, they also question your ability (and right) to diagnose. And the AMA is happy to fund State Associations who’d like to cause this kind of mischief.

But.. isn’t that a “normal reaction” against those who want to poach on their scope of practice? Wouldn’t you do the same thing, if YOU were in their shoes?

(more…)

Historic Grant for Palmer, Rand Corporation, and Samueli Institute To Study Chiropractic Care For Active-duty Military Personnel

By |April 8, 2011|News, Research|

Historic Grant for Palmer, Rand Corporation, and Samueli Institute To Study Chiropractic Care For Active-duty Military Personnel

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On Febuary 18, 2011 we reported that the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research received a $7.4 million Military Readiness Grant. Here’s an interesting update (4-09-2011) on the proposed study from Dynamic Chiropractic

On the Front Lines With Chiropractic Research

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program has awarded the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, the RAND Corporation and the Samueli Institute $7.4 million to conduct a four-year research project featuring members of the U.S. military as study subjects.

The primary area of study: the impact of chiropractic treatment on the military readiness of active-duty personnel. Dr. Christine Goertz, Palmer College of Chiropractic’s vice president for research and health policy, who serves as co-principal investigator of the project, summed up the importance of the award: “The three clinical trials to be conducted at six sites across the country under this grant represent the largest coordinated research effort to date within the chiropractic profession. In one of the trials, we will randomize 850 active-duty military personnel at four of the six sites. This represents the largest clinical trial effort to date evaluating chiropractic care.” (more…)

Chiropractic Treatment Tables Pose High Risk of Infection

By |April 6, 2011|Sanitation|

Source ChiroACCESS

Until 2006 there was virtually no mention of table sanitation in the chiropractic literature. That has dramatically changed in the last five years. While many doctors, both in private practice and in college clinics, used good sanitation measures, others did not. There are several studies that have cultured microbes from chiropractic colleges and identified a variety of pathogens including methicillin-resistant Staph aureus.

One of the first papers published was from National University of Health Sciences in 2006 and it was followed by three more studies in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by researchers at Parker University and Western States. The most recent study (Feb 2011) from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College took the treatment table microbe issue one step further and looked at private chiropractic clinics. Those clinics that do not adopt the standard for table sanitation risk not only spreading disease but also face the additional risk of their clinics being closed by authorities. Closures have already occurred in school systems, spas and other establishments in the U.S.

The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2009) 8,38–47 suggests an appropriate method of table disinfection that requires surface sanitizing with an acceptable wipe or solution. Although face paper should always be used, application of a CDC or Environmental Protection Agency–approved sanitizing wipe or solution should occur between each patient treatment at a minimum, on the table to face, chest, and hand pieces of the table surface. There is no acceptable way to adequately sanitize cloth-covered treatment table surfaces. The use of these coverings should be discontinued immediately.

Please go to the ChiroACCESS website for other abstracts and full text articles.

Don’t sit up straight

By |April 5, 2011|News, Uncategorized|

Source MSNBC

The longstanding advice to “sit up straight” has been turned on its head by a new study that suggests leaning back is a much better posture.

Researchers analyzed different postures and concluded that the strain of sitting upright for long hours is a perpetrator of chronic back problems.

Using a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers studied 22 volunteers with no back pain history. The subjects assumed three different positions: slouching; sitting up straight at 90 degrees; and sitting back with a 135-degree posture—all while their spines were scanned. (more…)