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Our Annual Research Donation
The Board of Chiro.Org held their annual Board meeting in November and unanimously approved a $3000 donation to Chiropractic Research to the ICPA. This will be the twelfth year in a row that Chiro.org has made a research tithe. Our total contribution to date is $24,000.
This year also marks our 10th year supporting the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s research projects, always aimed at demonstrating the benefits of chiropractic care for children.
A big ‘thank you‘ to our sponsors because, without them we wouldn’t have been able to donate so much back to Chiropractic.
“Basic physiology books describe the spinal cord as a relay system, but it’s part of the central nervous system and processes information just like parts of the brain do,” explains Dr. Stroman, director of the Queen’s MRI Facility and Canada Research Chair in Imaging Physics.
The technique involves capturing multiple images of the spinal cord using a conventional MRI system. The image capturing is repeated every few seconds over several minutes. During the imaging temperature sensations on the skin are varied allowing areas of the spinal cord that respond to the temperature changes to be detected in the MRI.
During their research, Dr. Stroman’s team was also surprised to discover that levels of attention impact information processing in the spinal cord. By examining the differences in spinal cord functioning in people who were either alert or distracted by a task they were able to see changes in the level of cord activity picked up by the MRI scanner.
“The effect of attention is one of the reasons that when you’re playing sports and you get hurt, you often don’t become aware of the injury until after the game when your attention and focus changes,” says Dr. Stroman. “We already knew that a person’s level of attention affects information processing in the brain, but this finding has made us aware that level of attention has to be properly controlled in research that aims to accurately map spinal cord function.”
I am starting a new “blog” at chiro.org, specifically as an interactive forum for chiropractic students to both learn from someone in the field and share their ideas and questions. If there is sufficient interest, I will continue to post entries. The focus of this discussion will be on the practical application of treating the patient – adjusting techniques, case management, patient communication, philosophy, etc. rather than the business/marketing side of being a chiropractor, since i believe there are more than enough people out there who can handle that aspect of the business.
Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Bob Swiryn, D.C., a 1992 graduate of Life Chiropractic College, West. I worked in the San Francisco bay area before moving to Kauai in 2000. Believe me, there are big differences working as a chiropractor between the two. Social and cultural differences make you alter your style a bit. But the one thing which I have always been solid with is my personal philosophy of chiropractic – that has never changed. In addition, adjusting techniques are effective on anyone – as long as you can deliver the goods.
With that said, I would like to start off by saying that one of the most important things a student must become grounded in on becoming a chiropractor is his or her philosophy. (more…)