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Special issue on spinal manipulation to appear in JEK

Source Chiropractic Economics

The  prestigious Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (JEK) will publish an entire issue dedicated to research on the topic of Spinal Manipulation in a Special Issue appearing in October 2012.

Published by Elsevier, the JEK is the primary source for outstanding original articles on the study of muscle contraction and human motion through combined mechanical and electrical detection techniques. As the official publication of The International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, the journal is dedicated to publishing the best work in all areas of electromyography and kinesiology, including: control of movement, muscle fatigue, muscle and nerve properties, joint biomechanics, electrical stimulation, motion analysis, sports and exercise, measures of human performance, and rehabilitation.

At the invitation of the journal Editor-in-Chief Moshe Solomonow, PhD, MD, (Hon), three prominent individuals in the forefront of spinal manipulation research were selected to serve as guest editors for the Special Issue. Chris Colloca, DC; Joel Pickar, DC, PhD; and Malik Slosberg, DC, MSc, were invited to serve as guest editors and compile related papers from the worldwide spinal manipulation field for the issue.

Colloca is a graduate student in the PhD Kinesiology Program at Arizona State University and is also the CEO and founder of the medical device company, Neuromechanical Innovations that manufactures the Impulse Adjusting Instruments.

Pickar is a renowned neurophysiology researcher and professor from the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research who has received numerous federal grants for his work.

Slosberg is a noted postgraduate chiropractic lecturer from Life College of Chiropractic West. Together, they formulated an outline for paper submissions based upon general topics including the basis for spinal manipulation; epidemiology; clinical research; kinesiological research, and neurophysiological research.

Through their our own personal contacts within the research community and keyword searches of the Pubmed database using “spinal manipulation” together with relevant categorical terms researchers and research groups who had published on these topics were identified. Original and review paper submissions from 31 individuals representing 25 institutions who were identified as lead researchers or department heads throughout the world and who were considered authorities within a given topic on spinal manipulation.

Consistent with the professional diversity of spinal manipulation research, scientists with backgrounds in chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, manipulative physiotherapy, and rehabilitative medicine were sought. In addition to these professional associations, submissions were sought from individuals within the disciplines of anatomy, biomechanics, biomedical  sciences, education, epidemiology, engineering, kinesiology, medicine, neurology, and public health.

Eighteen paper submissions were received. Manuscripts went through the journal’s peer-review process ultimately yielding 17 papers included in the special issue.

The Special Issue on Spinal Manipulation can be viewed online at jelectromyographykinesiology.com and reprints of articles or the issue can be ordered by contacting Elsevier at webshop.elsevier.com.

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