Pediatric Chiropractic

Spinal Manipulative Therapy Effectiveness & Chiropractic For Colic

CF 177: Spinal Manipulative Therapy Effectiveness & Chiropractic For Colic

Today we’re going to talk about manipulation effectiveness and we’ll talk about working on babies with colic. What’s the research say?

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

 

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Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about car wreck research. It was part two of a two part little thing we did. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I have set the book launch date. It will be Tuesday, June the 8th. We will be releasing The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research on that date and I’ll be hoping that as many of you as want to, will consider being on my launch team. 

That means you download the book for free on launch day and you leave a great review on Amazon to help boost it’s exposure so that when I start charging for it, it’s up the relevant charts and I have a chance to get the message of evidence-based, patient-centered care to more and more people. Which is what it’s always been about in the first place. 

If you have connections with influencers, podcast hosts, TV hosts, radio, bloggers, or anyone like that, let me know and let me know if they’d be interested in an interview about the book. We want as much exposure as humanly possible on this deal. It’s not every day you get to release a book, now is it?

So, send me an email at [email protected] and tell me you want to be on the launch team. It’s that simple. 

As we have discussed, I am still going through the medical integration and hiring a nurse practitioner process. And it is now beginning to proceed a little more rapidly in the last week or so. Which is excellent news because I like to get things done and move to the next thing. I just got all of the paperwork and forward it over to our medical Director for his review and then we will proceed from there. 

While I am the first in my area to form one of these entities, I am hearing Word on the street that there are several others in the process as well so I need to put the foot down on the gas pedal. I know of two other chiropractors that are in the process right now in my area. One of them is a vitalist. 

So I’m trying to figure out how a chiropractic vitalist is offering medical services but whatever. Anyway it’s time to get this done and move on and be the first. There’s value to being the first one to do something. That’s what I plan on being

We have been taking this time of transition to get more familiar with our nurse practitioner. And fortunately I am more and more convinced that we have made the right decision. Outside of all of that rigmarole, we are just trying to get patients back in the door now that things are starting to cool off with the pandemic. It’s still a little odd. 

For example last week I I only saw approximately 130 patient for the whole week. Those numbers are down fairly significantly for me. However, we had around 23 new patients if I remember right. And this week is starting to look pretty good. It’s hard right now.

One week is up in the next week is down. I can’t quite explain it but we’re nowhere near where we were before the pandemic came along. If I’m being honest, it’s pretty damn frustrating. I’m not a patient person. I feel like I’ve waited over a year to get back to normal and now it’s time. Maybe I just need to take some Valium or something like that.

Since I don’t really have a lot more to share from the personal side of things, let’s just keep it short and jump right into the research.

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Item #1

This first one is called “Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations” by Santilli et. al. [1] and published in Spine Journal in the March/April edition from 2006. Not hot at all. But still interesting when you have randomized, double-blind research.

Why They Did It

Acute back pain and sciatica are major sources of disability. Many medical interventions are available, including manipulations, with conflicting results. So the purpose was to assess the short- and long-term effects of spinal manipulations on acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion.

How They Did It

  • Randomized double-blind trial comparing active and simulated manipulations in rehabilitation medical centers in Rome and suburbs.
  • 102 ambulatory patients with at least moderate pain on a visual analog scale for local pain (VAS1) and/or radiating pain (VAS2).
  • Outcome measures took into account pain-free patients following treatment, quality of life, number of days on anti-inflammatories, drug prescriptions, pain scores, and disc protrusion reduction on follow up MRI
  • Manipulations or simulated manipulations were done 5 days per week by experienced chiropractors, with a number of sessions which depended on pain relief or up to a maximum of 20, using a rapid thrust technique.
  • Patients were assessed at admission and at 15, 30, 45, 90, and 180 days
  • A total of 64 men and 38 women aged 19-63 years were randomized to manipulations (53) or simulated manipulations (49). 

What They Found

  • Manipulations appeared more effective on the basis of the percentage of pain-free cases, number of days with pain, and number of days with moderate or severe pain
  • Patients receiving manipulations had lower mean VAS1
  • A significant interaction was found between therapeutic arm and time
  • There were no significant differences in quality of life and psychosocial scores

Wrap It Up

Active manipulations have more effect than simulated manipulations on pain relief for acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion.

Now, why include a paper from way back 15 years ago?? First, because it’s a solid paper and still has value and is still relevant. 

Secondly, because I’m seeing more and more chiropractors starting to diss or completely poo poo spinal manipulative therapy. We have the Airossti crew and then we have the exercise/rehab only crew. Which….shouldn’t they just have become PTs?? Seems more fitting to me. I didn’t want to be strictly an exercise coach. 

As with anything in life, there are extremes, aren’t there?? You have the vitalistic/philosophic extreme that embarrasses those of us in the profession trying to drag it forward and change it for the better. Then you have the evidence-based faction’s extreme aspect that are so evidence-based and evidence woke that they basically discount their own profession all together. The whole damn kit and caboodle!

So, let’s talk about it shall we?

I’ve beat up on vitalism quite a bit. Because it deserves it. You have the ones that are just embarrassing and then you have the ones like Nepute that have some legal challenges from what I hear. Then you have the fools talking about 99 patients and 9 new patients by himself all in 3 hours. Garbage. That’s stuff clowns do, folks. So, that end of it all goes without saying to most sensible people. 

But what about the extreme evidence-based crew? We’ve never talked about them before. Most because there’s been no reason until recently. 

Lately, they’ve gotten particularly vocal. There is a saying, “There is an art to disagreeing without being disagreeable.” Well, the extreme evidence-based people are, for me personally, becoming very disagreeable and extremely unlikable. 

Most are fresh out of school with little to zero experience in using spinal manipulative therapy so to turn around and bash those using SMT as their biggest tool in the toolbox is a little dumb. Is SMT everything? Of course not. But neither is exercise. Neither is only worrying about the cognitive aspect. Neither is acupuncture or massage or laser by themselves. Yet, while he makes fun of all of these, the American College of Physicians recommends them for low back pain. 

A good chiropractor should know when to mobilize and when to stabilize. I agree that chiropractors shouldn’t just use SMT all of the time no matter what. Ehlers-Danlos folks don’t need much SMT if any at all. Those having spinal instability, why would you use SMT on them when they need stabilization? I think you get my point. 

But again, it is not all about exercise either my friends. It is a multimodal approach. So to say that SMT doesn’t do all that much and all people need is to be moving is not accurate. 

And it falls on deaf ears and gets people riled up when done in a smartass, smug, and denigrating manner. When they’re making up cute little terms to label SMT docs into some sort of laughable crew, you’ve overstepped and have some things to learn. 

There are more and more of them lately but, the one particular person I have in mind with regard to the labeling, the kid….which is what he is….the kid is an online, virtual doc that has been out of school only a year or two. So, if he’s virtual only, makes sense that he is going to be an advocate of no SMT right? You can’t be an advocate of SMT but expect to make your living online only. 

So, even knowing his extreme business bias, he makes fun of people, pisses his colleagues off right and left, and seems to be trying to burn down the profession with all of us evidence-based SMT docs inside the building. 

For example, he has a video making fun of chiropractors in the instance that someone on a plane would ask if there are any doctors on the plane and a chiropractor would stand up. Making fun of his colleagues because they consider themselves doctors I guess. There’s no point to it other than being a smartass, getting clicks, and pissing off everyone in your profession. Making fun of the activator. No, I’m not an activator guy but is that really who you want to be?

Making fun of the idea of maintenance care while completely discounting anything that Andres Eklund has done over the past few years. 

Question #1 is why even be a chiropractor? Honestly. 

Look, I’ve been trying to change the profession for years. But not burn down the house. Let’s get more specialized Fellowships and Diplomates. Let’s get active in our state and national associations. Let’s follow researched guides. Let’s consume more and more research every day and every week. Basically, raise the damn game, folks. 

But to be out of school briefly, just to develop your online only bias, and then turn around and trash SMT while grouping them and labeling them with derogatory names…..

Big nope here. Not a fan. The fans say he’s a good dude… Blah blah blah.”

Tigers have stripes and I’ve seen these. Not just on him but others just like him. I don’t like the pattern. It’s not just one person. There are more and more of them lately. As if our profession doesn’t have a hard enough time moving past the vitalistic, philosophy part of the profession. 

Now we have these evidence woke knuckleheads on the complete other end. This kid is no better in my mind than the fools out in Oakland that we covered some time ago telling people they can reduce spinal degenerative bone spurs through 3 times per day for 3 weeks of adjusting. He’s no better. He’s certainly equally as arrogant. That’s a certainty. 

To be fair, and honest, and transparent, I haven’t watched all of his videos. Mostly because I can’t stomach that whole scene beyond the ten or so that I did watch. From what I watched though, I didn’t completely disagree with what he was saying. I really didn’t. Hell, I disagree with just about anything a vitalist says. I actually agreed with some of his sentiments.  

He’s completely wrong in some videos. He’s completely right in some videos. I think it’s OK to beat up on vitalists. Lol. But when you cherry pick and trash your entire profession collectively like is being done on a weekly basis, even when there is plenty of solid research to the contrary of what you are saying……well, you don’t look so smart. 

He’s disagreeing but he’s doing it in a way that is 100% disagreeable. For me anyway.

I guess I just don’t like feeling like I’m being made fun of. Not after the education I have gone through to do everything I can to be at the top of my game. And I don’t like my friends being made fun of either. Certainly not by a kid that cherry picks his research to confirm his bias while thinking he’s the smartest guy in the room. 

Some of the smartest people on the planet that I call friends are getting trashed almost weekly by people like this and it’s a shame. I have such a high amount of respect for some of my fellow Diplomates and I just don’t think it’s necessary to effect change. That’s it in a nutshell. 

Can you imagine being 20 something or early 30’s something and already having everything all figured out. How amazing that would truly be. What power he must have. Lol. 

He could spread a good message and move his profession in a positive direction in so many other ways. But he’s got those very specific stripes. He is who he is, the smartest guy in the room. There will be no changing these folks. Just like I don’t ever see the vitalistic side ever changing either. 

OK, enough

Item #2

Our second paper is called “The effect of chiropractic care on infantile colic: results from a single-blind randomised controlled trial” by Holm et. al. [2] and published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies on April 19th 2021 sizzling…..foggin up my spectacles. 

Why They Did It

Chiropractic care is commonly used to treat infantile colic. However large trials with parental blinding are missing. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of chiropractic care on infantile colic.

How They Did It

  • It was a multicenter, single-blind randomized controlled trial conducted in four Danish chiropractic clinics, 2015–2019
  • Information was distributed in the maternity wards and by maternal and child health nurses. 
  • Children aged 2–14 weeks with unexplained excessive crying were recruited through home visits and randomized (1:1) to either chiropractic care or control group
  • Both groups attended the chiropractic clinic twice a week for 2 weeks.
  • The intervention group received chiropractic care, while the control group was not treated. 
  • The parents were not present in the treatment room and unaware of their child’s allocation.
  • The primary outcome was change in daily hours of crying before and after treatment.
  • Secondary outcomes were changes in hours of sleep, hours being awake and content, gastrointestinal symptoms, colic status and satisfaction.
  • All outcomes were based on parental diaries and a final questionnaire.

What They Found

  • Of 200 recruited children, 185 completed the trial
  • Duration of crying in the treatment group was reduced by 1.5 h compared with 1 h in the control group but when adjusted for baseline hours of crying, age and chiropractic clinic, the difference was not significant
  • The proportion obtaining a clinically important reduction of 1 h of crying was 63% in the treatment group and 47% in the control group

Wrap It Up

“Excessive crying was reduced by half an hour in favor of the group receiving chiropractic care compared with the control group, but not at a statistically significant level after adjustments. From a clinical perspective, the mean difference between the groups was small, but there were large individual differences, which emphasizes the need to investigate if subgroups of children, e.g. those with musculoskeletal problems, benefit more than others from chiropractic care.”

Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing our profession from your little corner of the world. Keep taking care of yourselves and everyone around you. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it.

Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient.

And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….

That’s Chiropractic!

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Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes. 

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Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & VloggerBibliography

1. Santilli V, B.E., Finucci S,, Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. Spine J, 2006. 6(2): p. 131-7.

2. Holm LV, J.D., Christensen HW, Sondergaard J, Hestbaek L,, The effect of chiropractic care on infantile colic: results from a single-blind randomised controlled trial. Chiropr Man Therap, 2021. 29.

Chiropractors Working On Kids

CF 165: Chiropractors Working On Kids

Today we’re going to talk about  chiropractors working on kids. Pediatric chiropractic. What’s the most current information and thinking. We’ll dive in a bit.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #165  Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about the use of breathing for pain, we talked about the need for rehab, and we talked about forward head posture and its impact on shoulder function and/or pain.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Well, the Chiefs lost the Super Bowl and Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay defense won it last night as of the time of me typing this episode out. It was all interesting.  One of my buddies said that I need to find out Brady’s regimen for staying active at that level so that I could sell it at my practice. I looked into it.

Yeah….that’s not happening because only a person making $25 million a year would go to that extent. Lol.

Nobody is buying anything close to what he does in the real world.  But kudos to him. There’s no denying what he’s accomplished and how special of a QB he is. I want to hate the guy but dangit…..he’s just so damn nice. How can you? As we watch the COVID numbers steadily declining, as a result, I see my appointment numbers beginning to steadily rise. It’s exactly what I saw back in August and September when the number fell from the July spike. Then October came around with the second spike and said, “Whoa wait a minute…..not so damn fast.”

But this time, I feel good about the positive numbers coming back to stay. Maybe we don’t reach pre-COVID numbers in the next month or two but I can see this Summer patients starting to lose some of their fears and starting to venture back out into the world.  That’s all good for us, my friends. It’s alright alright alright.  I don’t have a lot of personal stuff to share this week so let’s don’t talk just to fill up space, let’s get right to it. 

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Item #1 This first one is called “Pediatric Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: A Scoping Review” by DeMarsh, et. al. (1) and published in Pediatrics in February of 2021 and holy roasted marshmallows that’s sticky hot. 

Why They Did It

A common reproach precluding the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) in pediatrics is a lack of evidence regarding its safety, feasibility, and effectiveness. They say, “We conducted a systematic, scoping review of pediatric osteopathic medicine to identify gaps in the literature and make recommendations for future research.”

How They Did It

  • 10 databases were searched using 6 key words and medical subject heading terms for any primary articles reporting osteopathic manipulation use in children published from database inception until initiation of the study.
  • Articles were selected if they reported primary data on osteopathic manipulation conducted in the United States on patient(s) 0 to 18 years old.
  • Baseline study characteristics were collected from each article and the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluations system was used to critically appraise each study.
  • 315 unique articles with 30 studies fulfilling inclusion and exclusion criteria

What They Found

  • Of these, 13 reported the data required to demonstrate statistically significant results, and no significant adverse events were reported
  • The majority of studies were graded as providing weak clinical evidence because of significant methodologic flaws and biases.

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded, “There is little strong, scientific, evidence-based literature demonstrating the therapeutic benefit of osteopathic manipulative medicine for pediatric care. No strong clinical recommendations can be made, but it can be medically tolerated given its low risk profile. High-quality, scientifically rigorous osteopathic manipulative medicine research is required to evaluate safety, feasibility, and efficacy in pediatrics.

Here is what I think about this; we need more research and not just because this papers says we need it. All research paper say that because the researchers like to keep themselves in a job. And who the hell can blame them? The DOs are in the complex. They’re in. They’re not outside looking in like us. We’re like the cold kids on the cold street shivering and looking in the windows at the family all toasty and warm eating an elaborate dinner. 

We always get attacked for using SMT on kids. It’s normal. Especially when there’s no real indication for using it. But, when the osteopaths and the medical field are saying there’s no research. There’s not enough to go on for osteopathic manipulation…..that goes for us too. I know of some doing research on the pediatric end of things but, the point is, if chiropractors want to normalize and validate SMT in pediatric patients, we need to be hitting the research hard on it. 

Item #2

This one is called “Maternal Report of Outcomes of Chiropractic Care for Infants” by Miller et. al. (2) and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in March of 2019 not hot but still a bit steamy. 

Why They Did It

The authors say they wanted “to investigate the report by mothers of their infants’ condition before and after a trial of care provided by registered chiropractic clinicians in addition to ratings of satisfaction, cost of care, and reports of any adverse events or side effects. A second purpose was to report the demographic profile of infants who presented for care to 16 chiropractic clinics in the United Kingdom.”

How They Did It

  • Observational study
  • Collected reports by mothers of their infants’ demographic profiles and outcomes across several domains of infant behavior and their own mental state using the United Kingdom Infant Questionnaire.
  • Participating registered chiropractors were recruited through the Royal College of Chiropractors annual meeting in January 2016, and 15 clinics and the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic University College teaching clinic volunteered to participate.

What They Found

  • 2001 mothers completed intake questionnaires and 1092 completed follow-up forms
  • Statistically significant ( P < .05) improvements were reported across all aspects of infant behavior studied, including feeding problems, sleep issues, excessive crying, problems with supine sleep position, infant pain, restricted cervical range of motion, and time performing prone positioning
  • Maternal ratings of depression, anxiety, and satisfaction with motherhood also demonstrated statistically significant improvement 
  • In total, 82% reported definite improvement of their infants on a global impression of change scale.
  • 95% reported feeling that the care was cost-effective
  • 90.9% rated their satisfaction 8 or higher on an 11-point scale.
  • Minor self-limiting side effects were reported but no adverse events.

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded, “mothers reported that chiropractic care for their infants was effective, safe, and cost-effective. Although the observational design makes it impossible to determine efficacy, the study’s findings indicate that, on average, the changes observed by mothers were positive and may be clinically relevant.”

Item #3

Our last one today is called “Effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation versus sham manipulation for recurrent headaches in children aged 7-14 years – a randomised clinical trial” by Lynge et. al. (3) and published in Chiropractic Manual Therapy in January of 2021….Oh, that’s a lot hot!!

Why They Did It

The authors stated objective here was to “investigate the effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation versus sham manipulation in children aged 7-14 with recurrent headaches.”

How They Did It

  • It was a two-arm, single-blind, superiority randomized controlled trial.
  • It was performed at one chiropractic clinic with one pediatric specialty practice in Denmark, November 2015 to August 2020.
  • It included 199 children aged 7 to 14 years, with at least one episode of headache per week for the previous 6 months and at least one musculoskeletal dysfunction identified.
  • All participants received standard oral and written advice to reduce headaches
  • Children in the active treatment group received chiropractic spinal manipulation and children in the control group received sham manipulation for a period of 4 months
  • For outcome measures they used ‘Number of days with headache’, ‘pain intensity’ and ‘medication’ were reported weekly by text messages, and global perceived effect by text message after 4 months

What They Found

  • Chiropractic spinal manipulation resulted in significantly fewer days with headaches and better global perceived effect compared with a sham manipulation procedure.
  • There was no difference between groups for pain intensity during headache episodes.
  • Due to methodological shortcomings, no conclusions could be drawn about medication use.

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded “Chiropractic spinal manipulation resulted in fewer headaches and higher global perceived effect, with only minor side effects. It did not lower the intensity of the headaches. Since the treatment is easily applicable, of low cost and minor side effects, chiropractic spinal manipulation might be considered as a valuable treatment option for children with recurrent headaches.”

Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe.

Keep changing our profession from your little corner of the world. Keep taking care of yourselves and everyone around you.

Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store  Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com. 

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The Message 

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point: 

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!

Contact 

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

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We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward.

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Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger

Bibliography

1. Pediatric Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: A Scoping Review. Samantha DeMarsh, Anneliese Huntzinger, Alison Gehred, Joseph R. Stanek, Kathi J. Kemper, Jennifer A. Belsky

Pediatrics Feb 2021, 147 (2) e2020016162; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-016162

2. Joyce E. Miller, Heather A. Hanson, Mandy Hiew, Derek S. Lo Tiap Kwong, Zicheng Mok, Yun-Han Tee, “Maternal Report of Outcomes of Chiropractic Care for Infants”, J Man Physio Ther(42), 3, 2019, 167-176, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2018.10.005.

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161475418301453)

3. Lynge S, Dissing KB, Vach W, Christensen HW, Hestbaek L. Effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation versus sham manipulation for recurrent headaches in children aged 7-14 years – a randomised clinical trial. Chiropr Man Therap. 2021 Jan 7;29(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s12998-020-00360-3. PMID: 33413519; PMCID: PMC7792176.

w/ Dr. Katie Pohlman – New Research, Upcoming Research, And the Need For It All

CF 147 w/ Dr. Katie Pohlman – New Research, Upcoming Research, And the Need For It All

Today we’re going to be joined by the one and only, research extraordinaire , Dr. Katie Pohlman. We’re going to talk about all kinds of research-related shenanigans so just you know that you are in the right place at the right time my friend.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how chiropractic helped the VA cut opioid use among veterans and then we talked about diagnosing lumbar stenosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

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On the personal end of things…..

This week we have a guest you’ve heard me talk about plenty of times and I’m excited to have her with us so we won’t dwell on the my personal happenings too long here.   

First, we see numbers rising fairly significantly around my neck of the woods. Here in Texas, you can’t get anyone to take it seriously so we have folks walking around everywhere without a mask on. That tends to limit my interaction with people I don’t know. Of course, they’re required here in my clinic but going into a convenience store, that’s a different story. 

The last time I did that the clerk and myself were the only ones wearing them out of about 10 people. That’s a little distressing. To say the least. But, it is what it is. Darwinism is a real thing. Of course I don’t wish it on anyone and every loss is tragic. But there’s also the natural progression of Darwinism. Those that go by ‘heart’ and ‘opinion’ rather than science and self-preservation…..well, that’s a more dangerous course and I wish them all luck. In the end, regardless of how many get it, we’re looking at 98% of them coming through alright. No percentage guess on how many survive but suffer ongoing issues though. I haven’t heard numbers on that. 

Anyway, as far as the practice goes, we are clicking along and doing well. The new patient count is staying up there where it needs to be and the weekly visits will follow. Still around 145 last week though. I want to see that up around the 185 per week mark. Minimally. 

Then we can get back to paying down debt (aka school loans) and investing rather than paying the bills and surviving. Lol. lt’s good to pay the bills and survive but we should have bigger plans shouldn’t we? Investing and being debt free is key to the later part of life and it’s hard to do so when you’re down. 

Speaking of, I want to pass along some info to you guys and gals. I just finished up a book and decided I’d order 2 more off of Amazon to give out as gifts. The only other book I’ve ever done that with was one called The Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Alan Carr. I ordered several to loan out to my patients that are smokers. 

This book though was about investing. I have read financial books before but, if I’m being honest, getting into symbols and specifics and all…..it’s just not my forte. My wheelhouse exists elsewhere. Which sucks because being financially sound is key to all of our lives. 

Anyway, the book is called Quit Like A Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung. They’re a married couple with different last names. I don’t know. Young people these days do stuff different. Lol. Anyway, I am always skeptical about titles like that. Sure sure….quit like a millionaire. Riggghhhtttt. This book is different. When I said young people do things differently, these two really do. There are real, actionable steps here and I have to admit, even at 48 years old, I’m pretty jazzed about getting my numbers back up so I can jump in head first on some of these suggestions. 

They retired at 32 years old. She’s got the research and the numbers behind her and I’m impressed. If I can get started on it soon, I’ll talk about it and share my experiences with you as I go along. Until then, you might check her website at https://www.millennial-revolution.com/start-here/

Introduction

Enough of that, let’s get going with our guest today.  Welcome to the show, Dr. Pohlman. I appreciate you joining us today.

How are things at Parker University today?

Tell me why you became a chiropractor and then what it was that led you into the research side rather than the treatment side of the profession. 

Congratulations on being the ACA Researcher of the Year. Tell me, with all of the amazing researchers doing work in the profession right now, in your opinion, what made you the pick for the award this year. 

Let’s talk about your post at Parker University. Can you tell us about your day-to-day? For the research-minded listener out there in podcast land, what does the head of research at Parker do every day when you go into work?

I have a paper here that you were the lead author on called “Assessing Adverse Events After Chiropractic Care at a Chiropractic Teaching Clinic: An Active-Survellance Pilot Study” and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in August of 2020 so brand new stuff here(Pohlman K 2020). While unfamiliar with the other authors on the paper, I do recognize Dr. Greg Kawchuk. I got to see him speak last September in St. Louis at the Forward ’19 conference and wow….he’s an effective speaker to say the least. He’s a heavy hitter for sure. The stated objective here was to assess the feasibility of implementing an active-surveillance reporting system within a chiropractic teaching clinic and subsequently determining the frequency of adverse events after treatment is administered. Now pilot studies are basically the research before the research, right? So, what is down the road along these lines and why is this paper important to us?

Here is a quote from the conclusion of the paper that I think our listeners would find educational. You say, “Our preliminary findings identified that over 50% of patients had improved symptoms after a chiropractic encounter, whereas 8.9% of patients reported worsening symptoms and 5.0% reported new symptoms. Additionally, results from this study suggest that although most symptoms improve with care, there are symptoms that worsen or are new after care, which may not have been previously known to interns or practitioners.”

Another project you were an author on is called “Chiropractic Care of Adults With Postpartum-Related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review,” by yourself and Carol Ann Weiss et. al(Weiss C 2020). published again in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in again, August of 2020. It was a really busy August for you apparently! The objective of this one was to conduct a systematic review assessing the effectiveness of specific chiropractic care options commonly used for postpartum low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, or a combination of the two.  Can you lead us through the paper a little and talk about the abstract’s conclusion which says, “No treatment option was identified as having sufficient evidence to make a clear recommendation.”

The last paper I want to ask you about is one you were on that we covered way back in episode #68 and the paper was called “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada.” It’s amazing how much wonderful research goes on in Canada, BTW. Anyway, it was published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in March of 2019(Manansala C 2019). This one was interesting to me because it highlighted the fact that spinal pain in young people has been established as a risk factor for pain later in their life. Basically, you all wanted to see how kids respond to chiropractic. I think most chiropractors find this to be obvious given our clinical observations but the conclusion of the paper was “the findings of th epresent study provide evidence that a pragmatic course of chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, and other modalities within the chiropractic scope of practice are a viable conservative pain management treatment option for young people.” What can you tell me about this paper? Did you learn anything new that you didn’t already know going into it?

Do you ever get tired of having a new paper come out? Is it exciting every time?

When I was at Forward ’19, I heard about a program for the first time. I had never heard of CARL before. It turns out that you are very involved. Can you tell us what it is and why it’s important?

What are you and your crew working on now? What’s coming down the line and what big questions are you hoping to get answers to?

Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing our profession from your little corner of the world. Keep taking care of yourselves and everyone around you. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it.

Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

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Bibliography

  • Manansala C, P. S., Pohlman K, (2019). “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada.” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
  • Pohlman K, F. M., Ndetan H, Hogg-Johnson S, Bodnar P, Kawchuk G, (2020). “Assessing Adverse Events After Chiropractic Care at a Chiropractic Teaching Clinic: An Active-Survellance Pilot Study.” J Man Physiol Ther.
  • Weiss C, P. K., Draper C, Silva-Oolup S, Stuber K, Hawk C, (2020). “Chiropractic Care of Adults With Postpartum-related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review.” J Man Physiol Ther.

 

British Medical Journal Research, Surgeons Against Back Surgery, and Pediatric Chiropractic Under Attack

CF 068: British Medical Journal Research, Surgeons Against Back Surgery, and Pediatric Chiropractic Under Attack

Today we’re going to talk about a BIG new study helping us out in the British Medical Journal, we’ll talk about spinal surgeons against back surgery, and we’ll talk about pediatric chiropractic under attack. That’s a big topic right now. Especially down in Australia. 

But first, get ready to shake your tail feathers……here’s that bumper music

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have done the mashed potato right into Episode #68. Just like we were back in the 50’s. Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong generation. Seriously. Speaking of, if you’d like to hear what we listen to in my office all day every day, go to Spotify and get my Old, New, Memphis & Motown Too. My profile is amarillopacc. That’s the amarillo platypus, absinthe, crustacean, crap ton. 

You’re welcome…. I’m here all week. Tip your waitresses. 

Introduction

Now, we’re here to advocate for chiropractic while we also make your life easier. 

Part of that is having the right patient education tools in your office. Tools that educate based on solid, researched information. We offer you that. It’s done for you. We are taking pre-orders right now for our brand new, evidence-based office brochures available at chiropracticforward.com. Just click the STORE link at the top right of the home page and you’ll be off and running. Just shoot me an email at [email protected] if something is out of sorts or isn’t working correctly. 

If you’re like me, you get tired of answering the same old questions. Well, these brochures make great ways of educating while saving yourself time and breath. They’re also great for putting in take-home folders. 

Go check them out at chiropracticforward.com under the store link. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter won’t you? We won’t spam you. Just one email per week to remind you when the new episode comes out. That’s it. 

DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program. I went on a short little spring break vacay last week so didn’t get many hours in. I got three hours I believe. The class I took was Class 3 of the Pain In The Frame series. It was over chronic shoulder pain. I have to tell you that the neurology is not something that comes naturally to me but, in the same breath, I want you to know that it is presented in a way that is finally understandable. Even by me and when it comes to hardcore neuro topics, that’s saying a lot, folks. Seriously.

And the concept is repeated repeatedly. That sounds redundant but I know you’re pickin up what I’m throwin down here. 

Dr. Anthony Nicholson who is part of the team that has set up the educational program, and who will also be a guest in the very near future here with us on the podcast, he was a neuro diplomate before getting his DACO so there is plenty of neuro but don’t let that scare you. Had I known that going in, it probably would have scared me a touch but, it’s no biggie. It’s explained very well and though I didn’t completely grasp it the first time or two it was run by me, I got by the 10th time for sure. Lol. 

I’m a slow learner. Lol. I beat myself up. I’m almost done with the whole thing and I have a 95 in the class. Trust me, I’m not a neuro guy. I hate hardcore neuro but it’s excellent stuff that you need to know and if I can do it, I promise you can too. 

Be looking for that interview with Dr. Nicholson all the way from Australia in just a couple of weeks or so.  Maybe sooner. He’s fascinating. 

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If you hear something here that you really like and would like it in written form rather than spoken, just hop onto  chiropracticforward.com, find the episode, and just scroll down to copy and paste it. If you’re using it for content or on your website for some reason, just be cool and give us some credit please. I’d sure appreciate it and I’m sure the researchers we discuss would too. 

Item #1

Onward we march to the first item here. It’s a biggie and it’s brand new. It’s called “Benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials” and authored by Sidney Rubinstein, Annemarie de Zoete, Marienke van Middelkoop, and a herd of others[1]. It was published in the British Medical Journal on March 13th of 2019.  

Hot stuff coming through

The first thing I’ll say here is that there is a pyramid of research hierarchy out there. I’ll post it in the show notes at www.chiropracticforward.com episode #68 so go check it out.

If you look at it, you’ll see that randomized controlled trials and systematic review/meta-analysis studies are at the very top of the hierarchy. 

Well, this paper, for example, as the title says, is a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. See what I’m saying here? That’s why it’s a biggie. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to assess the benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Ah….low back gets all the attention. Still waiting to see them get those cervical pain studies rolling. Anywhoo…..

They did a systematic review on 47 randomized controlled trials including 9,211 participants that all examined the effect of spinal manipulation or mobilization in adults over 18 years old with chronic low back pain with or without referred pain. They did not accept the studies that looked at sciatica exclusively.

What They Found

  • Moderate quality evidence suggests that spinal manipulative therapy has similar effects to other recommended therapies for short term pain relief.
  • The same quality evidence suggests a small, clinically better improvement in function. 
  • High quality evidence suggested that , compared with non-recommended therapies, SMT results in small, not clinically better effects for short term pain relief and small to moderate clinically better improvement in function. 
  • They say about half of the studies examined adverse and serious adverse events. They say most of the observed adverse events were musculoskeletal related, transient in nature, and of mile to moderate severity. 

They concluded, “SMT produces similar effects to recommended therapies for chronic low back pain, whereas SMT seems to be better than non-recommended interventions for improvement in function in the short term. Clinicians should inform their patients of the potential risks of adverse events associated with SMT.”

I have to say, when we dive a bit deeper in, while the study shines brightly on spinal manipulative therapy and its practitioners, we as chiropractors can’t lean on this thing completely for the good OR the bad. That’s because, of the 47 randomized controlled trials accepted, chiropractors were the practitioners delivering the manipulative therapy in only 16 of them. Fourteen were delivered by a PT, 6 by a medical manipulator (whatever the hell that is), 5 by a DO, 2 by a bonesetter…(that’s a real thing?) and on and on. 

So, keep that in mind. This isn’t fully representative of what chiropractors do and how effective we can be. 

Also, the techniques used in the 47 studies ranged from high velocity, low amplitude like a Diversified adjustment, to low velocity, low amplitude passive movement techniques or a combination of both of those. 

Again, not entirely representative of what we chiropractors that move the bones do. In my opinion. 

What they say down deep in the paper that, considering recent systematic reviews and information showing that SMT and massage should be considered cost-effective options for low back pain and then this study showing the effectiveness…..basically….what are we waiting for to get this rocking and rolling. OK, not their words exactly but….yeah, I said that but I said it based on their research speak. 

I am including an infographic the authors generated on this that cuts to the chase and may be something you can use for your waiting room. Go check it out. 

Great paper, very impactful, and it supersedes the recommendations that you heard us talking about from The Lancet Medical Journal back in episodes #16, 17, and 18 of this podcast. 

I’ve said it so many times and it remains a true, considering the forces and powers that have been against us for generations, if we were inherently wrong in what we do, we would have been wiped off the face of the Earth years and years ago. Yet we persist. It is my opinion that we do not persist because of creative sales, influential legislation, and millions and billions in lobbying efforts. It’s because we are right in what we do on the most basic levels. 

Item #2

Our second item this week is an interesting article I came across from painchats.com called “This Spine Surgeon says Avoid Spinal Surgery for Low Back Pain: Stop and Think Carefully about Back Surgery.” the article is written by David Hanscom, MD and linked in our show notes for episode 68 at chiropracticforward.com[2].

His actual website is https://backincontrol.com but this article was in painchats.com.

The article starts off with this, “If you’re considering having spinal surgery as the final fix for your back pain, I’d like to help you to think again about your options.

I’m a spinal surgeon and I want you to know that surgery is not your best option for recovery from low back pain.

Surgery for relieving back pain has never been shown to be effective in a stringent research study. The most careful research paper published in 2006 demonstrated that only 22% of patients were satisfied with the outcomes two years later. Essentially, all research shows consistently poor outcomes for fusion surgery performed for back pain.”

Well….all I have to say is….HALLELUJAH!!!

We are going to look back at x-rays of fusions in 10-15 years and wonder what in the hell the surgeons were thinking. Mark my words people. 

He breaks it down into reasons. I will shorten the article but please, go read the whole thing. It’s really good and makes so much sense. 

Reason #1: Fusion back surgery doesn’t help pain. I love everything about this section but in particular this quote, “We also know that disc degeneration, ruptured discs, bulging discs, arthritis, and narrowed discs have been clearly shown to NOT be the source of chronic back pain.” Thank you for some common sense, man! 

Reason #2: Increased risk of more pain after back surgery. Obviously, people having spinal back surgery want less pain so you can easily see the issue here. He says if you’re already having chronic pain elsewhere, totally unrelated to the surgical issue, you are going to develop chronic pain at the new surgical site up to 60% of the time. 

Day-um… But that ties in so nicely with the neurology I’ve learned in the DACO program. When your CNS is already hyper sensitized or up-regulated, it makes sense that new insult is going to behave this way. He also says that re-operation rates within the first year are as high as 20%. Aren’t you just ecstatic that we don’t have to deal with patients that have had failed spinal surgery from day to day in our offices? Good Lord, the surgeons can have it. I don’t want it. 

Reason #3: Other treatment options are more effective. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah once again. He ties in the new finding in neurology for chronic pain. The stuff I’ve been talking about in the DACO program. He says, “Your brain memorizes pain just like an athlete, artist, or musician learns his or her skill.”

The best example is that of phantom limb pain. There is no limb, yet, the pain persists, right? I’m hoping that in your mind you just agreed with me and said, “Right,” to yourself. 

He says that once a patient understands the neurological nature of chronic pain, it becomes solvable and the key is to shift off the painful and unpleasant circuits onto functional and enjoyable ones or create detours around them. Basically re-wiring the brain to an extent. 

I can’t encourage you all enough to go read this article. Again, I’ve linked it in the show notes so go check it. 

Item #3: Chiropractic used for in infants and pediatrics has become quite the hot topic recently. Especially with the government in Australia looking at restricting any chiropractic treatment to the point where it may not be able to be utilized in patients under the age of 12 years old if I remember correctly. 

In addition, this is expected to be spreading. If my information is correct, it’s already looking to head that way in British Columbia as well as Ontario. So, it’s worth paying attention to. 

My first advice would be this: If you want to film your adjustments and put them on the interwebs, then go for it but, when it comes to hanging newborns upside down and performing manipulations on them that make them cry out and things of that nature…..I would encourage you to do your fellow pediatric chiropractors a favor and NOT put those videos on the internet. 

Not because I think you’re wrong. I don’t mess with babies myself but that’s because I’m not trained in it and am honestly uncomfortable with it. But that doesn’t mean I think it’s wrong either. Regardless, it’s not about right or wrong as much as it is perception. Particularly the perception by people that don’t know anything about or don’t understand chiropractic at all. Especially those ignorant but then also in a seat of power and influence. 

Just don’t freaking do it, OK? That’s what I’m saying. 

With all that in mind let’s get going with this one called “Manual therapy for the pediatric population: a systematic review” authored by Carol Prevost, Brian Gleberzon, Beth Carleo, and others[3]. It was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine on 24 of July 2018. Remember the research hierarchy pyramid and remember that this is a systematic review of 50 studies. 

What They Found

Moderate-positive overall assessment was found for 3 conditions: low back pain, pulled elbow, and premature infants. Inconclusive unfavorable outcomes were found for 2 conditions: scoliosis (OMT) and torticollis (MT). All other condition’s overall assessments were either inconclusive favorable or unclear. Adverse events were uncommonly reported. More robust clinical trials in this area of healthcare are needed.

This one is called “Utilization of Chiropractic Care in US Children and Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey” authored by Dr. Trent Peng, et. al[4]. Dr. Peng is also a member of our Chiropractic Forward private group on Facebook. Congratulations Dr. Peng!

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of chiropractic utilization and examine sociodemographic characteristics associated with utilization in a representative sample of US children and adolescents aged 4 to 17 years.

How They Did It

They analyzed data from 9,734 respondents to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey and chiropractic utilization in the past 12 months was the targeted outcome. 

What they found

They found that

  • The 12-month prevalence of chiropractic utilization in US children was 3.0%
  • The adjusted odds (95% confidence interval) of chiropractic utilization were higher among 11- to 17-year-olds

That’s just to give you an idea of how underserved the younger population is

Last thing, it’s  titled, “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada” authored by Christian Manansala, Steven Passmore, Katie Pohlman[5], and others and published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice online on March 16, 2019. 

Hot stuff, coming up. 

That’s five articles this week. We are getting some serious schooling here right? The reason for this one was knowing that spinal pain in young people has been established as a risk factor for pain later in life, and considering the fact that recent guidelines recommend spinal manipulation and other modalities for back pain, the authors wanted to begin exploring the response to chiropractic treatment in young people with spinal pain. 

We already know it helps all of us old people but what about the kids?

The study utilized a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected quality assurance data attained from the Mount Carmel Clinic chiropractic program database. 

What they found

Young people 10-24 years old showed statistically and clinically significant improvement on the numeric scale in all four spinal regions following chiropractic management. 

The official conclusions reads as follows, “The findings of the present study provide evidence that a pragmatic course of chiropractic care, including SM, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, and other modalities within the chiropractic scope of practice are a viable conservative pain management treatment option for young people.”

Of course. For us that’s a duh sort of thing but, until it is written in research, you can’t treat it as a duh thing. While we think it’s an obvious conclusion, it’s not so obvious to others so thanks to these fine folks for doing the hard work and allowing all of us to stand on the shoulders of your efforts. 

This week, I want you to go forward with:

  • Big time research in medical journals keep proving you made the right decision to be a chiropractor. I know you didn’t need that validation personally but professionally, it’s a hell of a nice thing to have in our back pockets. 
  • Chronic back pain will never be cured by a surgery-first mentality and we knew that. But, our central nervous system plays as much a part in the resolution of pain as any mechanical factor plays a part in it. 
  • Pediatrics is under attack. Stop filming what you do. You’re not wrong but perception plays as much a part in the problems pediatric chiropractors are having as does any thing else. We get results in kids too but, if you don’t watch it, it’ll get taken away. Be smart. 
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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show that many patients get good or excellent results through chiropractic for headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, to name just a few.

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

That’s Chiropractic!

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