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Spinal Health: The Backbone of Chiropractic’s Identity

Chiro.Org Blog: Thanks to forward-thinking educators, researchers, clinicians, and politicians, the chiropractic profession faces unprecedented opportunities. Far from diluting its identity, its involvement in collaborative health care teams is consistently strengthening its identity as valued experts in spine care. Contrary to the proclamations of some, such involvement is not the medicalization of chiropractic, but the coming together of attitudes, beliefs, and science in the best interests of the patients we serve. […]

Chiropractic Turns 121, And Still Going Strong!

Chiro.Org Blog: Take a walk do0wn Memory Lane with Chiropractic […]

Neck Pain In Children

Chiro.Org Blog: Spinal pain is common amongst the paediatric population (including children and adolescents). It is a significant health issue [1, 2] where 52% of paediatric patients report musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms over a one-year period. [3] Neck pain is the most common spinal pain in paediatric patients [3, 4] with 60% reporting neck pain persisting at two years after this study began. […]

Factors Affecting Return To Work After Injury Or Illness

Chiro.Org Blog: Work disability is a major personal, financial and public health burden. [1] Annual productivity losses from missed workdays due to low back pain (LBP) are estimated at $28 billion in the United States alone [2] and LBP is now the leading cause of disability, affecting nearly 600 million people worldwide. […]

Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms in a 31-Year-Old Woman Using Cervical Manipulation and Acupuncture

Chiro.Org Blog: The patient was treated with chiropractic adjustments characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrusts directed to the cervical spine and local acupuncture points in the cervical and cranial regions. The patient received care for a total of 8 visits over 2.5 weeks with resolution of concussive symptoms. […]

Visceral Responses to Spinal Manipulation

Chiro.Org Blog: Spinal manipulation is generally accepted as one reasonable treatment option in the management of musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain and neck pain. Some evidence also exists that certain visceral disorders benefit from spinal manipulation (for example, see Bakris et al., 2007). However, the mechanisms by which spinal manipulation might alter visceral function, and so impact visceral disease, remain unclear. Therefore, in this paper, we review the currently available literature concerning visceral responses to the application of mechanical stimuli to the spine and paraspinal tissues. […]

Intertester Reliability and Diagnostic Validity of the
Cervical Flexion-Rotation Test

Chiro.Org Blog: Cervicogenic headache (CeH) has been classified by the International Headache Society (IHS) [1] and is said to account for 15% to 20% of all chronic and recurrent headaches. [2] Individuals report reduced quality of life [3] and experience considerable restriction of daily function and emotional distress. [4] There is encouraging evidence that CeH can be successfully managed by physical treatment. [5, 6] […]

Chiropractic Identity, Role and Future:
A Survey of North American Chiropractic Students

Chiro.Org Blog: The last thirty years in health care have brought about many changes in thoughts and practice ideologies. One of these recent trends is an emphasis on cost-effective treatments and interprofessional collaboration. [1–3] Additional changes in health care over this time have included an increase in medical specialization and sub-specialization, the concept and implementation of evidence-based practice, and a greater acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in mainstream medicine. Amid all of these transformations and shifts in the health care arena, a primary spine care specialist role has not been established. The current state of spinal care has been classified as a “supermarket approach” consisting of multiple practitioners including primary care providers, chiropractic physicians, acupuncturists, physical therapists, physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, massage therapists, and naturopathic physicians with multiple treatment philosophies, high salesmanship and little interprofessional communication. [4] Chiropractic physicians possess many attributes that would be required of a primary spine care practitioner, and with specific modifications in education and practice, chiropractors may be in a position to make a relatively lateral transition to occupy this role. [4] […]

Results of a National Survey and Examination of Mapping the Health Care Policy Landscape for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions Using Expert Panels and Literature Analysis

Chiro.Org Blog: Policies that define a profession only in terms of its therapeutic modalities, or reduce a profession’s scope to only a few of these modalities, have direct impacts on patient access and care. However, as pointed out by our panels, so do policies that limit the professions included in the health care workforce. The workforce policies identified earlier affect where members of particular CAM professions are allowed to practice (eg, CPOM laws, VHA and DoD restrictions) and influence their training (eg, loan repayment and residencies). […]

Comparing 2 Whiplash Grading Systems
To Predict Clinical Outcomes

Chiro.Org Blog: In 1993, a formal whiplash grading system was introduced by Croft, [5, 6] and in 1995, a modified version was published by the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-Associated Disorders (QTF-WAD). [7] These grading systems are compared in Table 1. Subsequent reports have indicated some correlation between outcome and grade of severity, [8-15] but most authors have studied only grade 1 and 2 injuries. […]