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   Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research
          Principal Investigator: William C. Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

From NCCAM's website, the Director Stephen E. Straus, M.D. has released his "Comprehensive, National Research Strategy for Complementary and Alternative Medicine". This is the chiropractic program:

Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research - The faculty and administrators from five chiropractic institutions (the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa; University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Whittier, California; National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, Illinois; Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas; and Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, Minnesota) have formed the Center to provide an infrastructure to examine the potential effectiveness and validity of chiropractic healthcare and to provide the appropriate clinical, scientific, and technical assistance to chiropractic researchers in developing high-quality research projects.

The Center is investigating the:

  • load distribution during bilateral thoracic manipulation;
  • effectiveness of chiropractic for chronic pelvic pain (Phase I clinical trial)
  • effectiveness of chiropractic relative to conservative medical care for sciatica and neck pain;
  • effects of spinal manipulation on immune function;
  • utility of joint end-play assessment (palpation);
  • effect of spinal manipulation on muscle excitability;
  • effect of vertebral loads on sympathetic nerve regulation; and
  • facet capsule biomechanics


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