Chiropractic Research for a Variety of Conditions
Our newest section details the impact of chiropractic on General Health. You can also review sections on Asthma, Attention Deficit, Blindness, Infertility, Otitis Media and a variety of other conditions.
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.
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.