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Quote of the Century:

“Even more remarkable is the efficiency of chiropractic research.   When compared to the NIH budget of nearly $20 billion, the $10 million investment in federal funds is substantially less than a tenth of 1 percent, which makes it less than a rounding error.   Put another way, as a couple of wags have offered in the past, the federal government must believe in alternative medicine, because it has given chiropractic researchers homeopathic doses of money with which to work.”

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Please review his complete presentation to the Institute of Medicine.


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Chiropractic Research for a Variety of Conditions
Our newest section is titled:   “Maintenance Care, Wellness and Chiropractic”.   You may also review the impact oc chiropractic care on Asthma, Attention Deficit, Blindness, Infertility, Otitis Media and a variety of other conditions and disorders.

A Comprehensive Review of Chiropractic Research
By Anthony L. Rosner, Ph.D, Director of Research and Education for FCER

In the space of just 115 years from its inception, chiropractic has emerged as the third largest healthcare profession in the United States offering diagnostic as well as therapeutic services to patients. It has reached this lofty height driven by research which has made particularly dramatic strides over the past 30 years, supported by a budget which represents merely an infinitesimal fraction of that applied to medical and pharmaceutical research.

Chiropractic Research & Practice:   State of the Art
By Daniel Redwood, D.C., professor, Cleveland Chiropractic College

Since chiropractic’s breakthrough decade in the 1970s — when the U.S. federal government included chiropractic services in Medicare and federal workers’ compensation coverage, approved the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) as the accrediting body for chiropractic colleges, and sponsored a National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference on the research status of spinal manipulation—the profession has grown and matured into an essential part of the nation’s healthcare system.

When Research Challenges Our Assumptions
ACA News ~ Sept 2012

When new research, research reviews or practice guidelines support our current beliefs and practices, enthusiasm comes easily. When the 2007 medical practice guidelines on low back pain (LBP) jointly prepared by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recognized spinal manipulation as the only non-pharmacologic method providing “proven benefits” for acute LBP and as one of several methods (including exercise, rehabilitation, acupuncture and yoga) proven effective for chronic LBP, the American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) everywhere welcomed this as a long-overdue recognition of the value of our primary treatment methods.

Instrument Adjusting, a.k.a. Mechanically-assisted Adjustments
This page gathers articles discussing the use of mechanically-assisted instrument adjusting. If you find any other articles that discuss instrument or drop-table adjusting, would you please contact me?

The Problem with Placebo/Shams
A trial, looking for the effects of chiropractic care for asthma, "seemed" to reveal that chiropractic was "no better" than placebo or sham care. Strangely, both the chiropractic and sham treatment groups improved. This raises interesting questions about how inert the sham care actually was. This page addresses the difficulties of designing a "neutral" sham in a chiropractic (or CAM) trial.

The Spinal Allignment/Cervical Curve Page
Our spine is a “structural” unit. There are 4 curves to the spine. Loss of structural integrity and/or normal function of the spine is the basis for the evolution of the vertebral subluxation. Abnormal stresses occur in the facets, discs and supporting tissues when normal motion of the spine is impaired. Chiropractic analysis should be aimed at locating the specific segments which are subluxated, as well as providing the means to “free” those segments.

About Chiropractic Adjusting, a.k.a. Spinal Manipulation
The proper differential diagnosis of somatic vs. visceral dysfunction represents a challenge for both the medical and chiropractic physician. The afferent convergence mechanisms, which can create signs and symptoms that are virtually indistinguishable with respect to their somatic vs. visceral etiologies, need to be appreciated by all portal-of-entry health care providers, to insure timely referral of patients to the health specialist appropriate to their condition.

Research and the Bottom Line: Learn How Research Helps Overturn
Claim Denials and Reverses Insurance Policies

ACAnews May 2009

How often has this happened in your practice? You submit an insurance claim, only to receive a denial, labeling the treatment or diagnostic testing you conducted as "observational" or "investigational." It's a response familiar to many doctors of chiropractic. Organizations like CCGPP and FCER make it their business to stay on top of the latest research affecting chiropractic, and they frequently publish the types of reviews and syntheses that you need to make your case to third-party payers. Learn more here.


Articles About Chiropractic Research

Chiropractic Research for a Variety of Conditions
Our newest section is titled:   “Maintenance Care, Wellness and Chiropractic”.   You may also review the impact oc chiropractic care on Asthma, Attention Deficit, Blindness, Infertility, Otitis Media and a variety of other conditions and disorders.

Articles and News about Chiropractic Research
Explore popular and peer-reviewed commentaries about recent research.

Responses to Previously Published Research
Read published responses to chiropractic research.

New Research Projects
Read about newly funded projects.

The Opinion Department

Research @ the Chiropractic Colleges
Review (school by school) the research projects at our Chiropractic Colleges!

All About the Chiropractic Research Agenda
This section contains articles about the creation of Chiropractic's "Research Agenda", discriptions of the "Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research", and information about the "Research Agenda Conferences" (RAC I-X).

General Grants funded by FCER
Just think what it would be like if FCER had ten times their budget!

National Institute for Health (NIH) Grants
Read about NIH's support of the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research

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