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Evaluating the Relationship Among Cavitation, Zygapophyseal Joint Gapping, and Spinal Manipulation: An Exploratory Case Series

Chiro.Org Blog: This project determined the feasibility of conducting larger studies assessing the relationship between cavitation and zygapophyseal (Z) joint gapping following spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). […]

Concussion study: UBC’s Thunderbirds use their heads to advance science

Chiro.Org Blog: UBC football players are helping advance the science around concussions — using their own heads. When the Thunderbirds take to the field for the national semi-finals today a number of them will be wearing head sensors that take measurements to help researchers unravel the impact of concussions on athletes. […]

Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Responses to Specific Diversified Adjustments to Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxations of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine

Chiro.Org Blog: Diastolic pressure (indicating a sympathetic response) dropped significantly postadjustment among those receiving cervical adjustments, accompanied by a moderate clinical effect (0.50). Pulse pressure increased significantly among those receiving cervical adjustments, accompanied by a large effect size (0.82). Although the decrease in pulse pressure for those receiving thoracic adjustments was not statistically significant, the decrease was accompanied by a moderate effect size (0.66). […]

Chiropractic Scoliosis Rehabilitation Treatment

Chiro.Org Blog: Identical twin girls who were evaluated two years after skeletal maturity showed clinically significant improvements in Cobb angle measurements. Controlled, prospective study design for future patients treated in this manner will provide greater insight into how the treatment may have impacted the observed changes. […]

Happy ThanksGiving! (2015)

Chiro.Org Blog: Happy ThanksGiving To All Our Friends! […]

Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Migraine

Chiro.Org Blog: Migraine affects 15% of the population, and has substantial health and socioeconomic costs. Pharmacological management is first-line treatment. However, acute and/or prophylactic medicine might not be tolerated due to side effects or contraindications. Thus, we aim to assess the efficacy of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) for migraineurs in a single-blinded placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial (RCT). […]

Natural anti-inflammatory agents for pain relief

Chiro.Org Blog: The use of both over-the-counter and prescription nonsteroidal medications is frequently recommended in a typical neurosurgical practice. But persistent long-term use safety concerns must be considered when prescribing these medications for chronic and degenerative pain conditions. This article is a literature review of the biochemical pathways of inflammatory pain, the potentially serious side effects of nonsteroidal drugs and commonly used and clinically studied natural alternative anti-inflammatory supplements. Although nonsteroidal medications can be effective, herbs and dietary supplements may offer a safer, and often an effective, alternative treatment for pain relief, especially for long-term use. […]

Prediction of Pain Outcomes in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Dose-response of Spinal Manipulation for the Care of Chronic Low Back Pain

Chiro.Org Blog: Internal validation of prediction models showed that participant characteristics preceding the start of care were poor predictors of at least 50% improvement and the individual’s future pain intensity. Pain collected shortly after completion of 6 weeks of study intervention predicted future pain the best. […]

Chronicles of Health Creation: RAND Report Begs New Look at Integrative Medicine and Health Professionals in the Triple Aim Era

Chiro.Org Blog: A recent report from the RAND Corporation describes how regular medicine reduced complementary and alternative medicine professionals to “thing” status — as “modalities” — in the first years of the integrative medicine era. […]

Breast Cancer and Chiropractic

Chiro.Org Blog: In looking at this proposed model of whole-person QoL integrative therapy for breast cancer patients, there are several facets in which chiropractic intervention can positively influence pain reduction and improved function. Although chiropractic scope of practice varies by state, the application of chiropractic adjustments and some modalities offered by chiropractic physicians has been reported by patients to alleviate pain and discomfort, stress and anxiety and improve areas of diminished function. […]

Resolution of Recurrent Acute Otitis Media in a Child

Chiro.Org Blog: 23-month-old female presenting with 6 acute otitis media episodes since the age of 6 months. Parents are alerted to otitis media symptoms when the child pulls on the ear and cries. Current allopathic treatment consists of antibiotic therapy but episodes of otitis media are still recurrent. […]

Developmental Advancements Following Chiropractic Care
in a Four-year-old Child

Chiro.Org Blog: The child experienced a number of developmental advancements over the duration of chiropractic care, specifically in speech, fine motor control and coordination. After 8 visits the patient learned 20 new words in one week, after 12 visits all primitive reflexes were tested to be within normal limits and after 15 visits their vocabulary consisted of hundreds of words and continued to expand. […]

Immediate Effects on Pressure Pain Threshold Following a Single Cervical Spine Manipulation in Healthy Subjects

Chiro.Org Blog: The application of a manipulative intervention directed at the posterior joint of the C5-6 vertebral level produced an immediate increase in pressure pain threshold (PPT) over the lateral epicondyle of both elbows in healthy subjects. Effect sizes for the HVLA thrust manipulation were large, suggesting a strong effect of unknown clinical importance at this stage, whereas effect sizes for both placebo and control procedures were small, suggesting no significant effect. […]

Wellness-related Use of Common Complementary Health Approaches Among Adults

Chiro.Org Blog: This report presents national estimates of selected wellness-related reasons for the use of natural product supplements, yoga, and spinal manipulation among U.S. adults in 2012. Self-reported perceived health outcomes were also examined. […]

Immediate Effects of Spinal Manipulative Therapy on
Myofascial Trigger Points

Chiro.Org Blog: Chronic myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is one of the most commonly encountered pain conditions and represents a significant burden to our health care system. Population-based studies report that chronic regional pain, such as MPS, impacts up to 25% of the population at any given time. [1] The prevalence of MPS among the middle-aged population (30-60 years) is reported at 37% and 65% in men and women, respectively, [2] and increases to 85% in the elderly (>65 years). […]