Current Trends in Chiropractic Research
An Interview with Malik Slosberg, DC
SOURCE: Health Insights Today ~ March 2014 ~ FULL TEXT
Interview by Daniel Redwood, DC
Malik Slosberg, DC, lectures throughout the United States and internationally. A professor at Life Chiropractic College West who has received many awards as an outstanding instructor, including “Teacher of the Year,” he has also served on the postgraduate faculty of ten chiropractic colleges and was named “Chiropractor of the Year” by the Parker Resource Foundation.
Dr. Slosberg has been in private practice for thirty years, has published numerous articles in chiropractic journals and is currently a columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic. In addition, he has produced educational materials including videos, wall charts, and patient handouts used by many chiropractic colleges and thousands of chiropractors worldwide.
Slosberg holds a Masters of Science degree from California State University in clinical counseling and a Physicians’ Assistant degree from Dartmouth College.
Those who attended Dr. Slosberg’s lecture at Cleveland Chiropractic College’s Homecoming in 2013 know that he is an excellent communicator with a strong grasp of chiropractic-related research. Along these lines, he has recently (1) given a presentation to the clinic directors of all of the chiropractic colleges in the world at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges 2013 meeting, on “Integrating Exercise Training in the Chiropractic Curriculum and Clinical Experience; (2) served as guest editor of a peer-reviewed Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology special issue on spinal manipulation; and been the first chiropractor invited to be a guest faculty member at the Annual Integrative Holistic Medicine Conference.
Tell us about your background in chiropractic practice and teaching, and as an analyst and interpreter of chiropractic-related research?
Before I was a chiropractor, I was a physician’s assistant. I was trained at Dartmouth Medical School and practiced for three years with an internist-gastroenterologist who was chief of staff at the Naples, Florida hospital. Eventually, I just got sick of prescribing medications so I looked for an alternative that was more natural. Someone recommended chiropractic and I went to school without knowing much about chiropractic. After graduating, I started teaching a course titled “Subluxation Pathology.” I started reading a great deal of the peer-reviewed research, since I hadn’t really been exposed to the scientific literature as a student. Reading the data that was out there, I soon realized that this was information that chiropractors should really know. But I didn’t see that it was well disseminated. So I began to teach this course and then the seminars. I also had a chiropractic practice for just under 30 years. Throughout that time, I was always a faculty member at a chiropractic college, first at Life in Georgia and then at Life-West, out in California.
What do you consider the most significant current trends in chiropractic-related research?
There are several that I think are quite significant. There are the recent high quality randomized trials evaluating the relative efficacy of chiropractic or spinal manipulation versus medical care, that is, versus anti-inflammatories, versus facet joint injections, and versus discectomies. This research has demonstrated that chiropractic is as effective or more effective, and often more cost-effective, than these more widely accepted medical interventions. This is important evidence and is being published in the areas of management of low back pain, neck pain, and also for headaches. Another area that I find really fascinating is the research on the impact of chiropractic on brain, including its influence on the sensory cortex, the motor cortex, and the cerebellum.