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The Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic For Neck and Back Musculoskeletal Problems

Chiropractic spinal adjustments (specific line-of-drive manipulations) are quite effective for the management of spinal musculoskeletal complaints and injuries. This is not controversial. Studies documenting the clinical effectiveness of chiropractic and spinal manipulation for the management of spinal musculoskeletal complaints and injuries have appeared in the literature for more than half a century (1, 2, 3, [..]

The Vertebral Artery and Whiplash Injuries

TerminologyDissection:A disruption or tearing of the inner layer of an artery.Embolus (singular) or emboli (plural):An arterial dissection may form a clot that is capable of lodging free and traveling down the source artery.Stroke:When a traveling embolus plugs and disrupts arterial blood flow, it is known as a stroke. Strokes result in a variety of neurological [..]

The Neck Curve: The Importance of Cervical Lordosis

When viewing the human spinal column from directly in front or directly behind, it should be straight and without lateral (sideways) deviation. The health and function of the human spinal column is optimum when there is no lateral (sideways) deviation into the coronal plane. This concept is well-noted by Joel Goldthwait, MD, and well-reviewed by [..]

Low Back Pain and Chiropractic Changing Attitudes

The RAND corporation is a well-known independent research organization located in Santa Monica, CA. The September-October 2017 issue of the Rand Review has an article titled Well-Adjusted (1). The article states:“Researchers led by Paul Shekelle, co-director of the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center at RAND, aggregated the results of more than two dozen prior studies on spinal manipulation.”“The study [..]

Headaches and the Neck “Cervicogenic Headaches” and Treatment with Spinal Manipulation

For decades, clinicians have realized that neck problems can cause headaches. For example, early whiplash expert and orthopedic surgeon, Ruth Jackson, MD (1902-1994), published a study in 1947 in the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association titled (1):The Cervical Syndrome As a Cause of MigraineIn this article, Dr. Jackson notes that at least half of patients suffering from [..]

Chiropractic Manipulation Influences on Work Performance

Health, Productivity,Absenteeism, Injury PreventionIn 2003, an important study was published in the journal Spine, titled (1):Chronic Spinal Pain:A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Medication,Acupuncture, and Spinal ManipulationIn this study, researchers from the National Unit for Multidisciplinary Studies of Spinal Pain at the University of Queensland, Australia, randomly assigned 115 chronic spine pain subjects into three treatment options:Medication: [..]

Upper Cervical Spine Alignment and the Skull

Chronic Headaches, Balance Problems, Brain Fog, and MoreChiropractic clinical practice acknowledges that there is a unique and important relationship between the alignment of the skull and the upper cervical spine. Nearly all chiropractic techniques (specific treatment approaches) treat alignment problems of the upper cervical spine, but many chiropractors only treat the upper cervical spine, a testament to [..]

Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain

The Evidence Continues to GrowThe American opiate crisis and its resulting heroin/fentanyl addiction epidemic began in 1980 when the prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, indicated that “less than one percent” of patients given opiate drugs for pain became addicted (1). Sadly, this statistic was not based on valid scientific data. It was [..]

The Kinetic Chain

The Foot, The Leg, The Pelvis, And Back PainFoot problems are a common cause of low back pain.Inequality of the length of the legs is a common cause of low back pain.A pelvis that is not level is a common cause of low back pain.The biomechanics of the low back are intimately linked to the [..]

Chiropractic Manipulation for Chronic Migraine Headache

The total sum of suffering caused by migraine is higher than any other kind of headache (1). “Migraine is often incapacitating, with considerable impact on social activities and work, and may lead to significant consumption of drugs.” (1)The diagnosis of migraine is made clinically. There are no blood tests, imaging, or electro-physiologic tests to establish [..]