Clinical & Research
SMT Has an Immediate Effect on Thermal Pain Sensitivity in People With Low Back Pain
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:28 AM

Current evidence suggests that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is effective in the treatment of people with low back pain (LBP). The primary purpose of this study was to assess the immediate effects of SMT on thermal pain perception in people with LBP. A secondary purpose was to determine whether the resulting hypoalgesia was a local effect and whether psychological influences were associated with changes in pain perception.

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Sham Knee Surgery as Good as Knee Surgery?
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:20 AM

After 2 years of follow-up, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) was no better than sham surgery for patients with degenerative medial meniscal tears and no evidence of knee osteoarthritis, reported Finnish researchers in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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New Cervical Spine Guidelines Relevant for Chiropractic Practice
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Monday, May 29, 2017 09:14 PM

The mission of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) is to gather and evaluate existing evidence-based practice information; to facilitate the development of new information where existing evidence is lacking; and to distribute and assist in implementation of evidence-based practice information that is relevant to the chiropractic profession.

The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) has recently published a guideline on neck pain-associated disorders (NAD) and whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT). 

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Are Fitness Trackers Accurate?
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Monday, May 29, 2017 09:05 PM

Next-generation activity trackers are wrist-worn trackers measuring heart rate with light-emitting diode (LED) reflection from the skin, reflecting tiny changes in skin blood volume. It is easy to understand their convenience, but their accuracy is questionable.  The data supporting that use has been lacking.

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Reference Values for Human Posture Measurements
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:26 AM

This study looked at reference values for posture using Postural Assessment Software and concluded that they could be a help in clinical practice.

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Energy Drinks are Tied to Cardiac Changes
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:18 AM

Evidence continues to accumulate that caution should be utilized when regularly consuming high-volume energy drinks.

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A Qualitative Study of Expectations Over Time Among Chronic Low Back Pain Patients Seeking CAM Therapies
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Monday, May 01, 2017 07:41 AM

This study used qualitative data from a larger study to develop a valid expectancy questionnaire for use with participants starting new CAM therapies.  It examined how participants’ expectations of treatment changed over the course of a therapy. Expectations tended to shift over the course of treatment to be more inclusive of broader lifestyle factors, the need for long-term pain management strategies and attention to long-term quality of life and wellness. 

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Manipulation Peak Forces Across Spinal Regions for Children
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Monday, May 01, 2017 07:38 AM
This study created a database of manipulation treatment force variability as a function of the intent of an experienced clinician.
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Scientific Research Needs Oversight
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:38 PM

A recent report encourages improved management of scientific research. It is necessary for all involved in performing, managing, funding, and communicating research to commit to improving practices.

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