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A Randomised Controlled Trial of Preventive Spinal Manipulation With and Without a Home Exercise Program For Patients With Chronic Neck Pain

Chiro.Org Blog: This study hypothesised that participants in the combined intervention group would have less pain and disability and better function than participants from the 2 other groups during the preventive phase of the trial. This hypothesis was not supported by the study results. Lack of a treatment specific effect is discussed in relation to the placebo and patient provider interactions in manual therapies. Further research is needed to delineate the specific and non-specific effects of treatment modalities to prevent unnecessary disability and to minimise morbidity related to NCNP. Additional investigation is also required to identify the best strategies for secondary and tertiary prevention of NCNP. […]

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From All of Us To All of You

Chiro.Org Blog: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas! […]

Our Annual Research Donation

Chiro.Org Blog: The Board of Chiro.Org held their annual Board meeting in November and unanimously approved another $3000 donation to Chiropractic Research. This will be the twelfth year in a row that has made a research tithe. Our total contribution to date is $29,000. […]

Chiropractors as Primary Spine Care Providers:Precedents and Essential Measures

Chiro.Org Blog: Chiropractors have the potential to address a substantial portion of spinal disorders; however the utilization rate of chiropractic services has remained low and largely unchanged for decades. Other health care professions such as podiatry/chiropody, physiotherapy and naturopathy have successfully gained public and professional trust, increases in scope of practice and distinct niche positions within mainstream health care. […]

A Review of the Beneficial and Harmful Effects of Laughter

Chiro.Org Blog: WARNING: Laughter is no joke — dangers include syncope, cardiac and oesophageal rupture, and protrusion of abdominal hernias (from side splitting laughter or laughing fit to burst), asthma attacks, interlobular emphysema, cataplexy, headaches, jaw dislocation, and stress incontinence (from laughing like a drain). Infectious laughter can disseminate real infection, which is potentially preventable by laughing up your sleeve. As a side effect of our search for side effects, we also list pathological causes of laughter, among them epilepsy (gelastic seizures), cerebral tumours, Angelman’s syndrome, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neuron disease. […]

Nonconcussion Head Impacts in Contact Sports Linked to Brain Changes and Lower Test Scores

Chiro.Org Blog: Repeated blows to the head during a season of contact sports may cause changes in the brain’s white matter and affect cognitive abilities even if none of the impacts resulted in a concussion, according to a study published today in the journal Neurology. […]

The Coming Changes in Health Care:What DCs Need to Know

Chiro.Org Blog: The major components of the Affordable Care Act, which will change things on a broad scale in the United States, go into effect on January 1, 2014. So we’re in this ramp up, with several months to go, and it’s going to be fast and furious because there are many brand new structures that have never existed before. There’s no template for them so everything is being created out of whole cloth. It’s going to be bumpy and chaotic. […]

Healthcare Reform: Implications for Chiropractic

Chiro.Org Blog: What follows is information regarding healthcare reform and suggestions for those chiropractic physicians interested in joining the healthcare delivery systems of the 21st century as valuable members of healthcare teams within coordinated care organizations. […]

Central Hypersensitivity In Chronic Pain
After Whiplash Injury

Chiro.Org Blog: The authors found a hypersensitivity to peripheral stimulation in whiplash patients. Hypersensitivity was observed after cutaneous and muscular stimulation, at both neck and lower limb. Because hypersensitivity was observed in healthy tissues, it resulted from alterations in the central processing of sensory stimuli (central hypersensitivity). Central hypersensitivity was not dependent on a nociceptive input arising from the painful and tender muscles. […]