Chiropractors Included in New Danish Muscle and Joint Health Research Team
SOURCE: WFC Quarterly World Report 2015 (Sep) (see page 5) ~ FULL TEXT
A team of leading researchers, including chiropractors, have founded a new research institute that aims to become a top centre for musculoskeletal health.
The researchers, from the University of Southern Denmark, have founded the
Center for Muscle and Joint Health.
With a stated aim of reducing the burden of musculoskeletal health, investigators will look at pain and functional loss in joints.
Research has previously shown that a Dane loses an average of seven years of good quality of life due to pain and functional problems related to the musculoskeletal system. Muscle and joint disorders now constitute the major cause of functional impairment of populations in Europe – larger than other common disorders like depression, dementia and heart disease.
The impact of musculoskeletal conditions has increased by 40% since 1990 and will continue to increase with an aging, overweight and inactive population.
Through its research, the center wishes to influence a paradigm shift from a focus on wait-and-see, disease and disability to a focus on evidence-based knowledge transfer and implementation related to prevention, early detection and effective treatment in the community, in the workplace and in the health care system.
This includes the promotion of physical activity to improve not only muscle and joint function, but also general health. This will not only enhance the quality of life of those individual Danes affected, but also help to contain Denmark’s spiralling healthcare costs.