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Patellofemoral Pain, Sleep For Pain, and Physical Disuse

CF 193: Patellofemoral Pain, Sleep For Pain, and Physical Disuse Today we’re going to talk about patellofemoral pain, sleep for pain, and physical disuse 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 #193 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about To Do lists, frailty, and we talked about pain and lost work days. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

This one will be a bit short today. My time will loosen up eventually and I’ll be able to dive deeper into some of the things going on around the office that you may relate to. But today ain’t that day. If you listened last week, you know that I believe in a To Do list and I believe in making it the priority if you’re going to be productive and if you ever hope to complete your epic saga of world domination. I’m stepping on the gas on the AMA Impairment Rating course because the national conference in Chicago is in October. That’s not too far off so it’s time to get down to bidniz. I’m elbows deep researching and generating a medical weight loss protocol for my clinic. Not only that, but I’m researching and creating a protocol for PRP Hair Restoration.

It’s pretty dang cool and the research has shown how effective it is. But, the main reason I need to be a bit brief this morning is that today is our first day and onboarding of our Parker University intern. He’ll be with us through the end of November so he gets plenty of time to find all of my screw-ups.  Admit it. You don’t do everything perfectly. Research tells us that we can’t adjust as precisely as we were taught. Yet, in our documentation, we’re supposed to notate the very specific levels of adjustment. We all must reconcile these things within our way of functioning. 

Academia is one thing. Real-life is quite another.  For example, the college dinged my records when I sent them a sample for auditing purposes. One of their reasons was that on a PI, I didn’t provide a full robust diagnosis on the first visit. Well, what they didn’t ask me was why. The reason being that most PIs have been nowhere prior to showing up at our clinics. They’ve not had x-rays. They had traumatic onset so, with regards to Choosing Wisely, we should be getting x-rays.  What if I did an exam right away without imaging just because academia says I need that dx on day one? I’ve had a fractured neck in my office before. We didn’t have a clue until the Xrays. What if I go pushing, pulling, and tugging on a fractured Cervical vertebra? Nope…..not here academia. Ding those notes all you want but I’m going to put a generalized place keeping dx like cervicalgia on the file until the x-rays come back clear. Then I’ll do the exam safely. Then I’ll assess a more appropriate diagnosis.  So there! Now, how to responsibly teach these things to an intern while still keeping within academic teachings and parameters?  We shall see. Let the adventure begin.

Item #1

This first one this week is called, “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Versus Exercise Program in Runners With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Zago et. al. (Zago J 2020) and published in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation on in December of 2020 and that’s hot because I said it’s hot…

Why They Did It

The authors say that the effects of an exercise program for the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome are well known. However, the effects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) are unclear.

Their objective was to evaluate the effects of OMT versus exercise on knee pain, functionality, plantar pressure in middle foot (PPMF), posterior thigh flexibility (PTF), and range of motion of hip extension in runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome.

How They Did It

  • It was a randomized controlled trial
  • It was performed in a human performance laboratory
  • There was a total of 82 runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome that participated
  • The participants were randomized into 3 groups: OMT, EP, and control group. 
  • The OMT group received joint manipulation and myofascial release in the lumbar spine, hip, sacroiliac joint, knee, and ankle regions. 
  • The EP group performed specific exercises for lower limbs. The control group received no intervention.
  • The main evaluations were pain through the VAS, functionality through the Lysholm Knee Scoring Scale, dynamic knee valgus through the step-down test, PPMF through static baropodometry, PTF through the sit and reach test, and range of motion through fleximetry. 
  • The evaluations were performed before the interventions, after the 6 interventions, and at 30-day follow-up.

What They Found

  • There was a significant pain decrease in the OMT and EP groups when compared with the control group. 
  • OMT group showed increased functionality, decreased plantar pressure in middle foot, and increased posterior thigh flexibility. The range of motion for hip extension increased only in the EP group.

Wrap It Up

Both OMT and EP are effective in treating runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome. 

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Item #2

This second item is called, “Machine learning suggests sleep as a core factor in chronic pain” by Miettinen et al. (Miettinen T 2021) and published in Pain in January of 2021 and it sizzles…

Why They Did It

The authors say that patients with chronic pain have complex pain profiles and associated problems.  Subgroup analysis can help identify key problems.

How They Did It

They used a data-based approach to define pain phenotypes and their most relevant associated problems There were 320 patients in the study undergoing tertiary pain management. They identified 3 patient phenotype clusters

Wrap It Up

If I try to get into the particulars of this paper, most of which I don’t understand and I’m relatively sure 90% of the rest don’t understand either if I get into it, our eyes will gloss over and we’ll question our life choices.  Instead, we’re going to skip to the important part of the conclusion. They say, “Machine learning suggested sleep problems as key factors in the most difficult pain presentations, therefore deserving priority in the treatment of chronic pain.” We have talked about it here before but, if you are not lining your chronic pain patient out with some very solid sleep recommendations, you’re not sign everything you can to help them. It’s clear that getting good sleep is key to getting on top of chronic pain. I commonly recommend a book to my chronic pain patients that says the same. It’s called ‘Back In Control’ by David Hanscum, MD. He’s a chronic pain sufferer but he’s also an orthopedic spinal surgeon so…..he’s no dummy walking around bumping into walls.  Sleep is part of the process. So make sure you’re recommending it to your chronic pain patients.

Item #3

This last one has the longest name ever given to a research paper in the known history of mankind. It is, “Physical disuse contributes to widespread chronic mechanical hyperalgesia, tactile allodynia, and cold allodynia through neurogenic inflammation and spino-parabrachio-amygdaloid pathway activation” by Ohmichi et. al.  (Ohmichi Y 2020)and published in Pain in August of 2020 and that’s just hot enough people! And can I just say that with a title this long, this Ohmichi had to of been trying to compensate? You know, like when a small person buys a huge truck. Something like that. I feel like these folks could work on their naming process a bit. That’s all I’m saying. 

Why They Did It

Physical disuse could lead to a state of chronic pain typified by complex regional pain syndrome type I due to fear of pain through movement (kinesiophobia) or inappropriate resting procedures.  However, the mechanisms by which physical disuse is associated with acute/chronic pain and other pathological signs remain unresolved. We have previously reported that inflammatory signs, contractures, disuse muscle atrophy, spontaneous pain-like behaviors, and chronic widespread mechanical hyperalgesia based on central plasticity occurred after 2 weeks of cast immobilization in chronic post-cast pain (CPCP) rat model.

Wrap It Up

As with the last paper we discussed, this one really gets into the weeds and my goal here is to make research more palatable so we’re going to go to the conclusion because that’s what really matters the most here.  They conclude that physical disuse contributes to dystrophy-like changes, spontaneous pain-like behavior, and chronic widespread pathological pain-like behaviors in chronic post-cast pain rats after 2 weeks of cast immobilization. Once upon a time, they’d tell pain sufferers to go home and get some rest. Take the pain killers and muscle relaxers and ‘ride it out’. Now, people will have laminectomies and they’ll be walking the hospital hallways the next day.  Movement is healing. As Liebenson says, ‘motion is the lotion for the joints’. Those not moving are those that are not healing. Be active if you want to stay active.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus so get active, get involved, and make it happen. 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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Bibliography

  • Miettinen T, M. P., Hagelberg N, Mustola S, Kalso E, Lötsch J, (2021). “Machine learning suggests sleep as a core factor in chronic pain.” Pain 162(1): 109-123.
  • Ohmichi Y, O. M., Tashima R, Osuka K, Fukushige K, Kanikowska D, Fukazawa Y, Yawo H, Tsuda M, Naito M, Nakano T (2020). “Physical disuse contributes to widespread chronic mechanical hyperalgesia, tactile allodynia, and cold allodynia through neurogenic inflammation and spino-parabrachio-amygdaloid pathway activation.” Pain 161(8): 1808-1823.
  • Zago J, A. F., Rondinel T, Matheus JP, (2020). “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Versus Exercise Program in Runners With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” J Spot Rehabil 30(4): 609-618.

 

Manipulation For Concussion, Sleep And Cognitive Decline, & Dementia Predictors And Prevention

CF 148: Manipulation For Concussion, Sleep And Cognitive Decline, & Dementia Predictors And Prevention

Today we’re going to talk about manipulation and concussion, sleep and cognitive decline, dementia predictors and prevention. 

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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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.  

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #148

Now if you missed last week’s episode , we were joined by Dr. Katie Pohlman, head of research at Parker University and the ACA Researcher of the Year for 2020. That right there is enough for you to just go and listen I think. What a great person and professional to have on our team. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function

On the personal end of things…..

On the personal side of things, it’s still looking up. I’m back to about 140-145/week. We started this Monday off with 7 new patients and 4 re-exams. As of right now, I’m writing this on a Monday. We already have 143 scheduled this week and that without today’s patients being all set up for Wednesday and Wednesday’s patients be re-booked on Friday so I’m looking to definitely have an up-week this week. 

If you listen regularly, I was at about 185-220 per week prior to COVID so, maybe we can make some strides this week toward getting back to some of the big numbers again. Maybe maybe. Fingers crossed. 

How are your numbers? I asked in our private group and will try to remember to share with you in next week’s episode. With me still being at about 80% or so, I’m curious if my experience is normal or not. If you want to jump into the private Chiropractic Forward group and comment on the thread, that’d be great or send me an email at [email protected] Either works just fine. 

Here’s a preview of something I’m working on. Many don’t know this but there was a big blow up at the World Federation of Chiropractic starting with the conference last year in Berlin. Now, just a month or so ago, several of the biggest baddest researchers we have in our profession left the WFC research committee and from an outsider looking in, it appears to be due to pressure from the ICA and the WFC sponsors. Sponsors that we evidence-based chiropractors use and sponsors that our money and business has given some teeth to. On the surface, it seems we have given them teeth to embolden the ICA and bully our top researchers. 

So, my goal is to compile as much information as I can in order to present what happened and why. I want to present it in a fair and well-balanced way looking only for the truth on the matter. I want to know which makes me suspect that you want to know as well. 

Everyone in the know has remained very hush hush on the matter and, if this is the vitalist side organizing sponsors that we use as well to bully the research community, then I want to know who I need to be doing business with and which businesses I may choose to find an alternative to. 

Be looking for that coming down the pike. I’m not trying to shake up the chiro world. I just want to know what happened and I may reconsider doing business with the businesses that made it happen. Because, again, on the surface, it seems our points of view on how the profession should proceed into the future are not in alignment. No pun intended. 

Outside of that, still so far so good around here. Just being smart and trying to stay healthy. Hell, I’m healthier now than I think I’ve ever been. I went back on Weight Watchers. It’s a program I was on about 8 years ago. I lost about 45-50 pounds without really much effort. I swore to the almighty I’d never put that weight back on again. Well…..I did. Lol. 

So, I’m back on the struggle bus but honestly, it’s not that bad. The program always made so much sense to me. It just teaches you how to eat what you’re surrounded by every day. Including fast food even. If you’re not familiar, based on height and weight, you’re assigned a point value. You’re allowed a certain number of points per day and overage points per week should you exceed those points. 

At the same time, foods are assigned point values and, once you are familiar with how much foods count against your daily points, you are able to make educated choices as to what is OK to eat and what just isn’t really worth eating. 

It’s a simple concept and I have to say, it works like crazy. I’ve lost over 15 pounds in about 3 weeks or so. 

Here’s to the next 45!!! Dammit. 

Alright, let’s get on with it this week. 

Item #1

This first one is called “Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine vs Concussion Education in Treating Student Athletes With Acute Concussion Symptoms” by Yao et. al(Yao S 2020)., published in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association on August 7, 2020. Hot hot hot, it’s a lot hot! 

Why They Did It

The authors say that “current treatment options are limited and difficult to individualize. Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) can aid musculoskeletal restrictions that can potentially improve concussion symptoms. Get that, they didn’t even say that they want to determine if it helps. They just straight up say osteopaths can help. Dammit. Chiropractors have to be more diplomatic in their research abstracts. 

As far as their objectives, more specifically, they said, “To assess concussion symptom number and severity in participants with concussion who received either OMM or an educational intervention.”

How They Did It

  • It was a randomized controlled trial 
  • Conducted at the New York Institute of Technology
  • Patients had concussion-like symptoms due to recent head injury within the previous 7 days
  • They were split randomly into two groups
  • One got manipulative therapy
  • The other group got concussion education intervention
  • They were assessed before and after with the Symptom Concussion Assessment Tool fifth edition

What They Found

  • 30 paticipants
  • The manipulation  group had significant decrease in symptom number and symptom severity compared with the concussion group

Wrap It Up

When used in the acute setting, OMM significantly decreased concussion symptom number and severity  compared with concussion education. This study demonstrates that integration of OMM using a physical examination-guided, individualized approach is safe and effective in the management of new-onset symptoms of uncomplicated concussions.

So let me just say this. Why in the H E double Hockey sticks does Osteopathic manipulation somehow trump chiropractic manipulation? Here’s your answer. It doesn’t if you see research validating osteo manipulation, then you just saw research validating chiropractic manipulation. Just because they got their outliers in line in a way that chiropractic has never even tried to do itself, doesn’t make their manipulation superior. At all. 

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Item #2

This one is called “Association Between Sleep Duration and Cognitive Decline” by Ma, et. al(Ma Y 2020). and published in JAMA on September 21, 2020. My glasses just steamed up when I read that….because it’s that hot. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to answer the question, “What is the association between sleep duration and cognitive decline in the general aging population?”

How They Did It

  • This was a pooled cohort study 
  • Participants were 2 randomly enrolled cohorts comprising 28,756 individuals living in England and China
  • 50 years or older for the English
  • 45 years or older for the Chinese
  • Self-reported sleep duration per night according tro face-to-face interviews
  • Global cognitive z scores were calculatied 

Wrap It Up

They concluded that “an inverted U-shaped association between sleep duration and global cognitive decline was found, indicating that cognitive function should be monitored in individuals with insufficient (≤4 hours per night) or excessive (≥10 hours per night) sleep duration.” 

Item #3

This one is short, it’s an article in JAMA called “Nearly Half of Dementia Cases Could Be Prevented or Delayed” by Bridget Kuehn, published in JAMA on September 15, 2020. Fresh, sizzlin suckatash. 

Why They Did It

Basically, on this article, they’re covering the fact that there was a report in The Lancet back in 2017 identifying 9 preventable risk factors for dementia. They were….and still are:

  • Having little or no education
  • Hypertension
  • Untreated hearing impairment
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Low social contact

This article is basically an update saying the emerging evidence suggests there are 3 more preventable dementia risk factors. They are:

  1. Head injuries
  2. Excessive alcohol consumption in midlife
  3. Air pollution exposure later in life. 

Some of the recommended steps to prevent dementia are as follows:

  • countries should provide primary and elementary education for all children,
  • take steps to prevent obesity and diabetes,
  • reduce air pollution 
  • reduce secondhand smoke exposure. 
  • programs to prevent people starting smoking, 
  • Prevent or treat hearing loss, and 
  • prevent head injuries,
  • encourage hearing aid use and smoking cessation. 
  • maintaining systolic blood pressure of 130 mm Hg or lower in midlife, 
  • limiting alcohol to fewer than 21 servings per week, and 
  • maintaining an active lifestyle.

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 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. 

Connect

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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Ma Y, L. L., Zheng F, (2020). “Association Between Sleep Duration and Cognitive Decline.” JAMA Open 3(9).

Yao S, Z. H., Angelo N, Leder A, Mancini J, (2020). “Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine vs Concussion Education in Treating Student Athletes With Acute Concussion Symptoms.” J Am Osteopth Assoc

Sleep and Cardiovascular Issues & Can Chiropractic Learn From Podiatry?

CF 134: Sleep and Cardiovascular Issues & Can Chiropractic Learn From Podiatry?

Today we’re going to talk about  Sleep and Cardiovascular Issues & Can Chiropractic Learn From Podiatry?  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music
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  • Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group and interact, and then 
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Do it do it do it.  You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #134 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about getting patients back to your office during COVID, shoulder impingement, cervical manipulation, and x-rays and neurodegenerative disease. That one was FULL of great information. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. I’ve been holding pretty steady at 80-85% of where I’d like to be in my practice. While that’s frustrating, it’s also 100% understandable and patience has to kick in and we must simply wait it out. I am an eternal optimist. Or at least I try to be. I think it’s important.  For example, we are making less money BUT we are also spending less money. Not only in my office in overhead but also at home. We’re not taking trips or going and doing. We’re not eating out like we did this time last year. So, not as much money is required. We are more than meeting our monthly bills.  If I really take a step back and look at it from a macro view, life is good. I have a bit of extra time to do the things I need to do outside of patient treatment and, due to less spending, a decrease in income isn’t as significant as it would have been.  It’s not fun. Don’t get me wrong. Nobody that is an achiever wants to take a step back at any time. For me, it’s pedal to the metal man. Constant and sustained growth. So, even though there are legitimate reasons, it doesn’t matter. It’s still a hit to the heart to see your business shrink.  But, again, being an optimist is helpful. It’s going to be alright. I asked for some recommendations in our private Facebook group about how to get your patients to return to your offices during the COVID freakout. Dr. Jerome Fryer with Dynamic Disc Designs had a great suggestion. He said, “Do a walk through video…showing the safety measures exacted. Personalized and live. Share it to your email list and social followers.” That’s a great suggestion. While I was going through all of the things I am doing on last week’s episode, I mentioned how in marketing, our job is to remove all barriers to saying, ‘Yes.’ Well, COVID is the biggest barrier we face at this time so we have to remove that barrier. We aren’t epidemiologists so we won’t be coming up with any treatments or vaccines of course.  So, the way we can remove that barrier as much as possible is to show the safety measure we are taking. Talk about it, video it, demonstrate it. And let your patients see you cleaning while they’re in the office. Those coming to see you already will feel even that much more comfortable with your office when they see you taking steps to keep them and others safe.  Remove the barriers to saying yes.  Alright, let’s dive in Item #1 Let’s start though with this one here called “Association of Longitudinal Patterns of Habitual Sleep Duration With Risk of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality” It was authored by Wang et. al.(Wang Y 2020) and appeared in JAMA on May 22 of 2020 and dammit that’s a blazing barrel of biscuits my friends.  Why They Did It The authors wanted to know if there were any longitudinal patterns of habitual sleep duration associated with the subsequent risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. How They Did It
  • This was a cohort study that included 52 599 participants 
  • 4 distinct sleep duration trajectories reported during a 4-year interval were identified.
  • Compared with a stable sleep duration of 7.0 to 8.0 hours per night, normal-decreasing and low-increasing patterns were associated with increased risk of first cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality
  • individuals reporting consistently sleeping less than 5.0 hours per night had the highest risk
Wrap It Up In this study, sleep duration trajectories with lower or unstable patterns were significantly associated with increased risk of subsequent first CVEs and all-cause mortality. Longitudinal sleep duration patterns may assist in more precise identification of different at-risk groups for possible intervention. People reporting consistently sleeping less than 5 hours per night should be regarded as a population at higher risk for CVE and mortality. Before we get to the next paper, I want to tell you a little about this new tool on the market called Drop Release. If you’re into IASTM also known as instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation, then it’s your new best friend. Heck if you’re just into getting more range of motion in your patients, then it’s your new best friend.  Drop Release is a revolutionary tool that harnesses the body’s built-in protective systems to make muscles relax quickly and effectively.  This greatly reduces the time needed for soft tissue treatment, leaving more time for other treatments per visit, or more patients per day. Its inventor, Dr. Chris Howson, from the great state of North Dakota has is a listener and friend. He offered our listeners a great discount on his product. When you order, if you put in the code ‘HOTSTUFF’ all one word….as in hot stuff….coming up!! If you enter HOTSTUFF in the coupon code area, Dr. Howson will give you $50 off of your purchase.  Go check out Drop Release at droprelease.com and tell Dr. Howson I sent you.  Item #2 Item #2 is one I got from Dr. David Wedemeyer who resides out in Costa Mesa, California. I have no idea how I didn’t know about this one already.  It’s called “How can chiropractic become a respected mainstream profession? The example of podiatry” by Donald Murphy, et. al.(Murphy D 2008) and published in Chiropractic Osteopathy in 2008.  Why They Did It The chiropractic profession has succeeded to remain in existence for over 110 years despite the fact that many other professions that had their start at around the same time as chiropractic has disappeared. Despite chiropractic’s longevity, the profession has not succeeded in establishing cultural authority and respect within mainstream society, and its market share is dwindling. In the meantime, the podiatric medical profession, during approximately the same time period, has been far more successful in developing itself into a respected profession that is well integrated into mainstream health care and society. The objective here was to present a perspective on the current state of the chiropractic profession and to make recommendations as to how the profession can look to the podiatric medical profession as a model for how a non-allopathic healthcare profession can establish mainstream integration and cultural authority. We suggest the chiropractic profession consider several questions that speak to the different histories of the chiropractic and podiatric profession. Why are podiatrists better integrated into hospitals and other multidisciplinary facilities than chiropractors? Why are most schools of podiatry integrated into the university system, while chiropractic schools (with very few exceptions) are not?  Why did the AMA not try to “contain and eliminate” the podiatric medical profession (despite the several turf battles podiatry has had with the orthopedic specialty)? Why were podiatrists not thrown in jail in the early days for practicing medicine without a license? How did podiatrists gain the level of cultural authority that they currently enjoy, despite having the same duration of existence and a smaller number of practitioners than chiropractic? Discussion One important reason podiatry succeeded in establishing itself in mainstream health care was its traditional dedication to public health. Podiatrists became active members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) as far back as the 1950s, embracing and contributing to the advancement of accepted public health initiatives, in cooperation with others involved in public health. Podiatrists slowly gained an image as proponents of public health, at a time when many chiropractors aggressively (and dogmatically, without evidence opposed many public health measures such as vaccination and water fluoridation.  One immediate action step that individual chiropractic physicians can make is to join and become active in the APHA. This would be one of the best ways for chiropractors to have an influence on public health policy. Spinal pain is an enormous public health issue, as the vast majority of Americans will develop a painful back or neck that will require treatment sometime in their lives It is also vital that those chiropractors who dogmatically oppose common public health practices, such as immunization and public water fluoridation, cease such unfounded activity. Authors say they are concerned that the common perception (which is well supported, in our experience) that chiropractors are only interested in “selling” a lifetime of chiropractic visits may be one of the primary factors behind our low standing in the minds of members of the public. This is supported by a Canadian study which found that when the public was educated about “subluxation”, the cornerstone of many chiropractors’ “lifetime treatment plans”, members of the public actually developed a negative view, and were more likely to want to consult a medical doctor to see if they had a subluxation prior to seeing a chiropractor  They say that we chiropractors must take a critical look at our educational institutions, find what is substandard, and correct those deficiencies. One of the problems that we encounter frequently in our interaction with chiropractic educational institutions is the perpetuation of dogma and unfounded claims. Examples include the concept of spinal subluxation as the cause of a variety of internal diseases and the metaphysical, pseudo-religious idea of “innate intelligence” flowing through spinal nerves, with spinal subluxations impeding this flow.  These concepts are lacking in a scientific foundation and should not be permitted to be taught at our chiropractic institutions as part of the standard curriculum. Much of what is passed off as “chiropractic philosophy” is simply dogma, or untested (and, in some cases, untestable) theories which have no place in an institution of higher learning, except perhaps in a historical context.  Faculty members who hold to and teach these belief systems should be replaced by instructors who are knowledgeable in the evidence-based approach to spine care and have adequate critical thinking skills that they can pass on to students directly, as well as through teaching by example in the clinic. They say consideration should also be given to upgrading admission requirements to chiropractic schools. In podiatric medicine, such upgrading, which included the requirement of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a requirement of medical school admission, is considered one of the significant events in the profession’s history, giving the profession legitimacy in its calls for parity with medicine Continuing with education, they say it is essential that the chiropractic profession establish hospital-based residencies. There is a tremendous void in how chiropractic graduates develop any meaningful hands-on clinical experience with real patients in real-life situations. Perhaps the most important factor that helped the podiatric medical profession to flourish was the fact that podiatrists had a clear identity and purpose; the podiatric medical profession was founded on the purpose of filling a need in society – the care of problems of the foot. They did not invent a “lesion” and a “philosophy” and try to force it on the public. They certainly did not claim that all disease arose from the foot, without any evidence to support this notion The podiatric medical profession focused on a particular set of problems for which allopathic medicine had little interest and a limited ability to deal with effectively, i.e., common foot disorders The chiropractic profession must establish a clear identity and present this to society. In the beginning, DD Palmer invented a lesion, and theory behind this lesion, and developed a profession of individuals who would become champions of that lesion. This is not what credible professions do. Based on all the evidence regarding chiropractic practice and education, there is only one societal need (but it is a huge one) that chiropractic medicine has the potential to meet: non-surgical spine care. Our education and training is focused on the spine, and clearly, if there is a common bond among all chiropractors, it is spine care No matter how one looks at it, or what one would like reality to be, chiropractic medicine is about back pain, neck pain, and headache. Instead of fighting that fact (or denying it), we should embrace it fully and focus on becoming society’s go-to profession for disorders in this area. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has taken an important step in establishing a clear identity for chiropractors as “The spinal health care experts in the health care system”. It is critical that other state, provincial and national associations follow the lead of the WFC. Fidelity to the social contract. They say when an individual consults a member of any of the medical professions, it is reasonably expected that the advice and treatment that he or she receives is based in science, not metaphysics or pseudoscience. In addition, it is reasonably expected that the services he or she receives are being provided for the primary purpose of benefiting the patient, and not for any other reason.  The financial benefit to the professional is secondary and results from the degree of the clinical benefit received by the patient. Patients place their faith in the professional, and trust that they will not be subject to fraud, abuse, or quackery. This is the social contract as it applies to chiropractic physicians. Oh, how many times has my audience heard me railing against doctor-centered, clinic-centered practices? Just in the last month or so actually. Lol.  We feel it is important here to briefly contrast and compare podiatry and foot reflexology. While the two professions have always been distinct, there is a commonality in that each focuses its treatment efforts on the foot; however, this is where any resemblance between the two professions ends. Podiatric medicine is a science-based profession dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders. Foot reflexology is a metaphysically-based group consisting of non-physicians who believe that many physical disorders arise from the foot. Podiatrists have rejected foot reflexology as an unproven and unscientific practice, and do not consider it part of mainstream podiatric practice. Thus, it would be quite unreasonable to think that podiatry and foot reflexology could ever exist under one professional roof. Yet, this is the very untenable situation in which we find ourselves in the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic has frequently been described as being two professions masquerading as one, and those two professions have attempted to live under one roof.  One profession, the “subluxation-based” profession, occupies the same metaphysical and pseudoscientific space as foot reflexology. The other chiropractic profession – call it “chiropractic medicine” as we do in this commentary – has attempted to occupy the same scientific space as the podiatric profession.  Alas, the marriage of convenience between these two chiropractic professions living under one roof has not worked. We find science-based practitioners and organizations alongside quasi-metaphysical, pseudoreligious, pseudoscientific practitioners, and organizations.  The result is continually battling with a huge waste of energy and resources, while professional growth stagnates. We must finally come to the painful realization that the chiropractic concept of spinal subluxation as the cause of “dis-ease” within the human body is an untested hypothesis. It is an albatross around our collective necks that impedes progress. Wrap It Up “The chiropractic profession has great promise in terms of its potential contribution to society and the potential for its members to realize the benefits that come from being involved in a mainstream, respected, and highly utilized professional group. However, there are several changes that must be made within the profession if it is going to fulfill this promise.” I could add my own thoughts here but listeners of the show know what I think about it. I agree with every word and I bitch and fuss and get in a huff about this stuff all of the time.  I don’t know that getting in a huff all of the time is useful or helpful. I think it lessens my outrage if I’m outraged all of the time. So, I’m settling down here lately. I want to make points but not in a truly negative sense.  I want to disagree without being disagreeable. That’s not to say I’m not going to lose my marbles here and there. I will. This profession provides so many opportunities for lost marbles, It’s something you can count on. But, I’d like for the lost marbles to be fewer and farther between with more building rather than breaking. If that makes sense.  Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing the world and our profession from your little corner of the world. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. 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 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.  Connect 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. Website
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  • Murphy D, S. M., Seaman D, Perle S, Nelson C, (2008). “How can chiropractic become a respected mainstream profession? The example of podiatry.” Chiropr Osteopat 16(10).
  • Wang Y, W. J., Chen S, (2020). “Association of Longitudinal Patterns of Habitual Sleep Duration With Risk of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality.” JAMA Open 3(5).