Chiropractic Research

Interested in finding out more about chiropractic?

Here you will find links to the latest research into the benefits of chiropractic.

Adverse Events Due to Chiropractic and Other Manual Therapies for Infants and Children: A Review of the Literature

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to review the literature for cases of adverse events in infants and children treated by chiropractors or other manual therapists, identifying treatment type and if a preexisting pathology was present.

– Paul Stinson, Todd et al 2015 literature review

Ankle Sprains Management

Early diagnosis and appropriate management of ankle injuries is important to decrease the probability of sequelae such as chronic instability which is reported to result in as many as 60% of patients.

Chiropractors and Exercise Are Better than Drugs Says New Study

Medication is typically not the best option for treating neck pain. According to a new study, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication

– Mercola

Exercise interventions for cognitive function in adults older than 50: a systematic review with meta-analysis

Physical exercise shows promise as a modifiable risk factor to reduce the risk of dementia and related neurodegenerative diseases. As cognitive function declines with advancing age, a physically active lifestyle has an important role in reducing such declines, as well as the incidence of dementia.

– British Journal of Sports Medicine

Neuroendocrine Response Following a Thoracic Spinal Manipulation in Healthy Men

Study Design Controlled laboratory study. Background Spinal manipulation (SM) can trigger a cascade of responses involving multiple systems, including the sympathetic nervous system and the endocrine system, specifically, the hypothalamic-pituitary axis.

–  Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

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Effectiveness of dry needling versus a classical physiotherapy program in patients with chronic low-back pain

We compared the effectiveness of dry needling with a classical physiotherapy program in patients with chronic low-back pain caused by lumbar disc hernia (LHNP). [Subjects and Methods] In total, 34 subjects were allocated randomly to the study (n=18) and control groups (n=16). In the study group, dry needling was applied using acupuncture needles.

–  Journal of Physical Therapy Science

Chiropractic Care For Plagiocephaly Cohort Study Released

“Plagiocephaly has been called “The most common craniofacial problem today,” by the Royal Children’s Hospital. The disorder is that of a misshapen or asymmetrical head shape often seen in newborns and infants as the thin, flexible bones of their heads are affected by lying on one side more than the other. A newly released cohort Research on chiropractic care for the condition has something to say on the issue.”

– Australian Spinal Research Foundation

Chiropractic Care and Cervical Artery Dissection: No Evidence for Causation

“Recently, a group of researchers took the issue of Cervical Artery Dissection, a key cause of strokes, and put it through the rigors of academia in a systematic review and meta-analysis.”

– Australian Spinal Research Foundation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

Browse guidance by topic, including conditions and diseases as well as health protection and lifestyle and wellbeing.

A critical review of manual therapy use for headache disorders: prevalence, profiles, motivations, communication and self-reported effectiveness

“Despite the expansion of conventional medical treatments for headache, many sufferers of common recurrent headache disorders seek help outside of medical settings.”

– BMC Neurology

Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis

“Motor vehicle accidents (MVA) are a major cause of spinal injuries treated by chiropractors research. In this study the files of one chiropractor were reviewed retrospectively to generate a data base on the MVA cases”

– The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association

A slouched body posture decreases arm mobility and changes muscle recruitment in the neck and shoulder region.

“An increased thoracic kyphosis was found associated with marked increased physical costs when performing arm movements. Hence, patients suffering from neck-shoulder pain and disability should be investigated and treated for defective thoracic curvature issues.”

– Eva-Maj Malmström

Early Rehab Accelerates Return to Sport After Muscle Injury

Among athletes who experience severe muscle injuries, initiating rehabilitation earlier rather than later leads to quicker recovery from pain and return to sports, a study has found. Monika L. Bayer, PhD; S. Peter Magnusson, PT, DMSc; and Michael Kjaer, MD, DMSc, all from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, published the results of their randomized controlled trial online September 28 in a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Here’s something completely different for low back pain

“It’s a question that has challenged generations of patients and their doctors. The answer has changed over the years. When I was in medical school in the early 1980s, bedrest for a week or more was often recommended for severe back pain. This sometimes included hospital admission. Then, research demonstrated that prolonged bedrest was actually a bad idea. It was no better (and often worse) than taking it easy for a day or two followed by slowly increasing activity, including stretching and strengthening the back.”

– Harvard Medical School

Yes chiropractic is ‘neurological’, but what does that actually mean?

“Whenever chiropractors are asked about the benefits of spinal manipulation, and how it works, they will usually answer that the effect is ‘neurological’. But what does this actually mean? What is the neurological effect that we claim to create, and does it work the same way for everyone?”

– The Clinical Clarity Blog

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

“The American College of Physicians (ACP) developed this guideline to present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations on noninvasive treatment of low back pain.”

– Annals of Internal Medicine

The drugs don’t work, say back pain researchers

“Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.”

– The George Institute for Global Health

New Study Reveals Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Cortical Drive to Limb Muscles

“A new study looking at whether chiropractic adjustments lead to changes in the way the brain controls muscles was recently accepted for publication in the Journal ‘Brain Sciences.’”

– Australian Spinal Research

Greater Strength, Muscle Function And Less Fatigue

A study by the Spinal Research Partnership into the effect of chiropractic on the way the brain and muscle interact.The Chiropractic Report

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