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Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence

Chiro.Org Blog: After controlling for demographic factors and multiple severity indicators, patients suffering nonspecific work-related LBP who received health services mostly or only from a chiropractor had a lower risk of recurrent disability than the risk of any other provider type. Even without an improvement in days until recurrent disability, our findings seem to support the use of chiropractor services, as chiropractor services generally cost less than services from other providers. […]

Prevention and Health Promotion by Chiropractors

Chiro.Org Blog: Chiropractic is currently in transition, steadily moving toward a more mainstream status. Chiropractors can play a meaningful role in both treatment and prevention, complementing the efforts of other healing arts. Recent changes in the public health curricula of chiropractic colleges, with strong support from the Council on Chiropractic Education, demonstrate a dramatic upgrading of evidence-based prevention approaches in chiropractic educational settings. As students with greatly enhanced prevention training graduate and begin their careers, this should ripple across the mainstream of chiropractic. […]

Do Participants with Low Back Pain who Respond to Spinal Manipulative Therapy Differ Biomechanically From Nonresponders, Untreated Controls or Asymptomatic Controls?

Chiro.Org Blog: Our results demonstrate that those reporting post-SMT improvement in disability have coherent changes in multiple, objective measures of spinal biomechanics. This same coherence does not exist for asymptomatic controls or no-treatment symptomatic controls. Our data further support a differential effect of SMT on a specific constellation of biomechanical outcomes that are not responsive in all patients with LBP. This work provides a foundation from which to investigate the heterogeneous nature of LBP, the mechanisms underlying differential therapeutic response, and the biomechanical characteristics defining the responders at baseline. […]

Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for Chronic Tension-type Headache

Chiro.Org Blog: We performed a pragmatic, randomised clinical trial to evaluate the effect of manual therapy compared to usual care by the general practitioner. Based on this trial, we conclude that manual therapy provides an effective intervention for patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) and, thereby, an effective option for referral for the general practitioner. […]

Essential Literature for the Chiropractic Profession

Chiro.Org Blog: A systematic approach to surveying educators in all international chiropractic institutions was accomplished. The results of this survey provide a cursory list of essential literature for the chiropractic profession. An interesting follow-up or related study would be an examination of the scientific literature used in chiropractic program syllabi. We recommend establishment of a chiropractic faculty registry for ease of communication and collaboration. This could be done under a current established organization, such as the WFC, or alternatively as an international entity affiliated with the ACC. […]

International Web Survey of Chiropractic Students About Evidence-based Practice

Chiro.Org Blog: The results of this survey indicate that although it appears feasible to conduct a web-based survey with chiropractic students, significant stakeholder participation is crucial to improve response rates. Students had relatively positive attitudes toward EBP. However, they felt they needed more training in EBP and based on the knowledge questions they may need further training about basic research concepts. […]

Older Adults Who Use Vitamin/Mineral Supplements Differ from Nonusers in Nutrient Intake Adequacy and Dietary Attitudes

Chiro.Org Blog: Supplements had a positive influence on nutrient adequacy for men and women aged 51 years and older. Whereas dietary modifications to improve intake are paramount, the use of supplements by older adults appears beneficial to attain nutrient adequacy. To avoid exceeding the UL, this population should avoid the routine supplemental intake of certain nutrients including vitamin A in the form of retinol and iron. […]