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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 7)

CF 317: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 7) Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 7) 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 giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #317 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Chronic Pain Central Sensitization & Patient Barriers To Physical Therapy.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. Alright, we’re keeping it a little short this week because I’m going to the Bahamas Thursday through Monday. Now, if you’re a regular listener, you’re probably like…..last week you were talking about having a collections issue and stressing and now you’re going on a trip out of town. That seems like poor money management Ol’ Uncle Jeffro.  And that’s when I would say, you’re right. Lol. I’d say it’s nunya damn business but then I’d say…..yeah. I’m with you on that. I don’t really want to go because, for the first time in a month or so, it looks like my numbers are returning to where I want them and I’m building some steam so taking Thursday, Friday, and Monday off is tough. But…..a wise mentor once told me, you have to get out and go on a non-work-related vacation once per quarter or you’ll never survive.  Heres the deal, back in December, before the collections issue was realized, I told my wife, Hey honbun, you hate any jewelry I buy you, you won’t allow me to get you any clothes, you won’t allow me to get anything for the house because you didn’t get it and match your style, blah blah blah.  So, instead of more useless crap…..instead of buying things, we’re going to start buying experiences. Instead of gifts to each other, we bought a Valentine’s trip to The Bahamas. So it’s non-refundable and basically already paid for anyway so what do you do? You go to the damn Bahamas and try to get some rest.  2023 and the beginning of 2024 have literally been the hardest, most challenging times of my 26 year career in chiropractic. Personally and professionally. But mostly professionally. It’s been a grind, it’s been tough, and I wouldn’t recommend a year like we had on anyone.  We are currently hiring our 4th front desk girl and our third CA position has seen 4 or 5 turnovers in the last year. A couple of those kind of hurt personally, if I’m being honest. They were people I cared about.  Now that seems to reflect poorly on me but if we’re being honest here, I’ve never had an issuue with keepign folks for 3 years or so minimum. I had a manager for 11 years that still comes back to visit. I had another that was here 6 years or so.  The point being, I’m as fun and relaxes in real life as I hope I am here on theh podcast. We laugh and have fun and I don’t believed I’ve ever raised my voice to a staff member in 26 years. No matter how mad I get. Sometimes, we just have a run of bad luck. I’ve gone from about 65-70 new patients per month down to about 45-55. Not a huge hit for a month but carry that out over a year and……one word two-syllables…..Day-um.  Then throw in the fact that we’re on our 4th billing/collecting group in the last 5-6 years. That’s been a nightmare and cost me crazy money. Now we’re in a battle with a PI attorney in Houston that wormed his way into the Texas Chiropractic Association and, despite having signe Assignment Of Benefits and Letter of Protection on 7 different patients, is refusing to pay us around $27,000.  It’s a journey folks and 2023 was a bumpy road on that journey. Lots of potholes but I’m ever the optimist and, with our latest biller/collector, I think we’re in a good spot. Hopefully clinic numbers begin responding.  We’ve taken the necessary steps to remedy what’s been going on here. For those reasons, we are goign to the damn Bahamas and we are goign to eat, drink, and be merry and save it for when we get back. Trust me, the stress will still be here so we might as well just leave it here at the office when we leave.  So let’s continue our hunt for the reason behind the WHO recommending SMT but at ‘very low confidence’, which is at the same level as ultrasound. Not to diminish the effects of ultrasound but seriously, I’ve never seen ultrashound deliver the immediate results that spinal manipulative therapy can deliver.  We’ve learned so far that the WHO is using some garbage research to base this recommendation on. Old, out-dated studies, small sample sizes, and studies that just literally make no sense at all for the most part. Let’s see what Part 7 reveals.  Item #1 The first one today is called, “Osteopathic manipulative treatment for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial” by Licciardone et. Al. and published in Spine in July of 2003. Which is 21 years old at this point. OK….duly noted…..so cold that it’s frozen solid….got it… Remember, the citations can be found at chiropractscforward.com under this episode.  Licciardone JC, Stoll ST, Fulda KG, Russo DP, Siu J, Winn W, Swift J Jr. Osteopathic manipulative treatment for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2003 Jul 1;28(13):1355-62. doi: 10.1097/01.BRS.0000067110.61471.7D. PMID: 12838090. Why They Did It The authors wanted to determine the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative treatment as a complementary treatment for chronic nonspecific low back pain. They say, “Osteopathic manipulative treatment may be useful for acute or subacute low back pain. However, its role in chronic low back pain is unclear.” How They Did It This trial was conducted in a university-based clinic from 2000 through 2001.  91 met the eligibility criteria.  They were randomized, with 82 patients completing the 1-month follow-up evaluation, 71 completing the 3-month evaluation, and 66 completing the 6-month evaluation.  The subjects were randomized to osteopathic manipulative treatment, sham manipulation, or a no-intervention control group, and they were allowed to continue their usual care for low back pain.  The main outcomes included the SF-36 Health Survey, a 10-cm visual analog scale for overall back pain, the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, lost work or school days because of back pain, and satisfaction with back care. What They Found As compared with the no-intervention control subjects, the patients who received osteopathic manipulative treatment reported greater improvements in back pain, greater satisfaction with back care throughout the trial, better physical functioning and mental health at 1 month, and fewer cotreatments at 6 months.  The subjects who received sham manipulation also reported greater improvements in back pain and physical functioning and greater satisfaction than the no-intervention control subjects.  There were no significant benefits with osteopathic manipulative treatment, as compared with sham manipulation. Wrap It Up Osteopathic manipulative treatment and sham manipulation both appear to provide some benefits when used in addition to usual care for the treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain. It remains unclear whether the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment can be attributed to the manipulative techniques themselves or whether they are related to other aspects of osteopathic manipulative treatment, such as range of motion activities or time spent interacting with patients, which may represent placebo effects. Alright John C Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, FACPM. ….Go to his experts website and find the following.  https://experts.unthsc.edu/en/persons/john-licciardone Dr. Licciardone’s research focuses on prevention and treatment of chronic pain. He holds the Richards-Cohen Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research and directs the Osteopathic Research Center, including its PRECISION Pain Research Registry. The latter studies precision medicine and biopsychosocial approaches to pain management, including use of pharmacogenetics to optimize opioid prescribing and avoid unintended consequences of their use. He received a Midcareer Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and served as an expert panelist for NIH in the area of chronic pain. He recently served on the Work Group that developed NIH’s Federal Pain Research Strategy. Dr. Licciardone is recognized by Expertscape as the leading international expert in osteopathic manipulation, and has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization on regulatory and safety issues relating to osteopathy in Europe and other nations. He directed the OSTEOPATHIC Trial, a five-year study funded by NIH that demonstrated substantial improvements and recovery from chronic low back pain with osteopathic manipulation. He is presently a Co-Investigator in the $14 million Prevention of Acute to Chronic Back Pain Trial (PACBAC Trial), a national study to assess the efficacy of patient self-management and spinal manipulation in preventing chronic low back pain. Item #2 Our second one today is by the same author and is called, “Osteopathic manual treatment and ultrasound therapy for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial” by Liccardone et al published in Annals Of Family Medicine in March of 2013 so…..it’s only 11 years old then.  Licciardone JC, Minotti DE, Gatchel RJ, Kearns CM, Singh KP. Osteopathic manual treatment and ultrasound therapy for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Mar-Apr;11(2):122-9. doi: 10.1370/afm.1468. PMID: 23508598; PMCID: PMC3601389. Why They Did It We studied the efficacy of osteopathic manual treatment (OMT) and ultrasound therapy (UST) for chronic low back pain. How They Did It A randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled, 2 × 2 factorial design was used to study OMT and UST for short-term relief of nonspecific chronic low back pain.  The 455 patients were randomized to OMT or sham OMT, and to UST or sham UST main effects groups.  Six treatment sessions were provided over 8 weeks.  Intention-to-treat analysis was performed to measure moderate and substantial improvements in low back pain at week 12.  Five secondary outcomes, safety, and treatment adherence were also assessed. What They Found There was no statistical interaction between OMT and UST.  Patients receiving OMT were more likely than patients receiving sham OMT to achieve moderate  and substantial improvements in low back pain at week 12.  These improvements met the Cochrane Back Review Group criterion for a medium effect size.  Back-specific functioning, general health, work disability specific to low back pain, safety outcomes, and treatment adherence did not differ between patients receiving OMT and sham OMT.  Nevertheless, patients in the OMT group were more likely to be very satisfied with their back care throughout the study.  Patients receiving OMT used prescription drugs for low back pain less frequently during the 12 weeks than did patients in the sham OMT group Ultrasound therapy was not efficacious. Wrap It Up The OMT regimen met or exceeded the Cochrane Back Review Group criterion for a medium effect size in relieving chronic low back pain.  It was safe, parsimonious, and well accepted by patients. Item #3 As a quick bonus, I was looking the dude up and found this paper: It’s called, “Osteopathic Medical Care With and Without Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pain Registry–Based Study” by….again…..Licciardone et al and pulished in Journal of Osteopathic Medicine in February of 2020 but they WHO didn’t use this one for whatever reason…..let’s see what it says.  Licciardone, John C. and Gatchel, Robert J.. “Osteopathic Medical Care With and Without Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pain Registry–Based Study” Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vol. 120, no. 2, 2020, pp. 64-73. https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.016   Why They Did It To assess osteopathic medical care and the effectiveness of OMT for chronic low back pain in a real-world setting without the constraints of a rigid research protocol.   How They Did It An observational study of 445 adults with chronic low back pain who had an established osteopathic physician (ie, DO) or allopathic physician (ie, MD)  It was conducted within the PRECISION Pain Research Registry from April 2016 through February 2019.  Primary outcome measures included a numerical rating scale for low back pain intensity, the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire for back-related functioning, and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or opioids for low back pain.   What They Found A total of 79, 48, and 318 patients, respectively, were treated by DOs who used OMT, DOs who did not use OMT, or MDs.  Patients treated by DOs who used OMT reported significantly lesser low back pain intensity and back-related disability than patients treated by MDs.  Patients treated by DOs who used OMT also reported less frequent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or opioids   There were no significant differences in primary outcomes between DOs who did not use OMT and MDs   Wrap It Up This study of community-based patients in a pain research registry supports the effectiveness of OMT as an integral component of osteopathic medical care for chronic low back pain.  Patients treated by DOs who did not use OMT did not experience better results than patients treated by MDs in any primary outcome measure.  But…..the WHO didn’t include this. Maybe because it was an observational study rather than an RCT. Who knows? But this says SMT is an integral component of back pain whereas the others are less flattering.  It just feels dirty, WHO….it feels dirty! Don’t let those damn chiropractors get a head of steam or we’ll ALL be out of a job!! 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. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. 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.  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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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 6)

CF 315: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 6)

Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 6).

If you’ve been following along, and I hope you have…The WHO updated their recommendations recently for pain. Spinal maniuplative therapy was include so we’re on the menu. But, they rated SMT at very low confidence, which is the same as what they rated ultrasound. So, in the eyes of the WHO, smt may be about as effective as ultrasound. Yeah, we’re call BS so we are going through each paper they used to make this determination and they all, except for a few, are old, outdated, and pretty much stink. We’ll talk about it…. 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 giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel. 

 

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on wherever you listen to it 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #315 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Omnivorous vs Vegan and SMT For Chronic Neck Pain.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Another day, another dollar by friends. Here we are at the end of January 2024 and if all works well and if you’re an insurance or hybrid clinic, then you know that you’ve been a little slower because the deductibles re-set in January for the most part and people don’t like to spend their own money.  But, about a month or so is as long as many of them ever want to go without going to the chiropractor and that’s OK.

The point being that hybrid clinics like mine should start seeing increased numbers in February. It may be mid to late February but we should see us start getting busier for sure.  In the meantime, I’ve started focusing more and more on marketing. I feel like I’m pretty dangerous when I have the time to be. Right now, I have the time to be. I used to sit around brainstorming ideas for marketing, memes, content, and all that entails. Then I’d create my own original stuff and post it.  I haven’t done that in forever it seems but here lately, and unfortunately, I’ve had some extra time to give those things attention again. I like a challenge and so I’m on it. I’ve targeted the demographics I want targeted.

The ones I think that the economy and who happens to be the President will have no control over economically. We’ve re-newed our efforts in getting our message to these people.  In addition, we’ve re-newed our efforts in our public outreach. Face to face, person to person outreach. Dan Kennedy says, YCDBSOYA, You can’t do business sitting on your ass. You’re moving forward or falling behind. You’re the window or the bug. You either make things happen in your life or you sit around wonder what the hell just happened.  So that’s what’s up with Creek Stone on this Monday, January 29th.

I have 35 on the schedule when I typically have 45. You carry that out throughout the week, that’s 50 less per week which is 200 less appointments per month. That’s unacceptable.  I’ve had less new patients lately as well. I think my Google SEO has dimished since going with a very reputable company a few years ago so we switched it up and went with a new website company that I know gets results. That’s brand new.  I also got to looking at our new patients demographics and it looks like we’re seeing fewer VA patients recently. That’s worth investigating and diving into.  If you’re not doing these thing regularly, might get on it. It’s whack-a-mole folks. You can never hit the auto-pilot button and sit back and just do the work if you’re the owner. It’s a constant battle. Enjoy the great times and ride that wave. When things start popping up out of nowhere, dig in, have some grit, and wait for that next wave.  Alright, here we go with the research today. 

Item #1

The first one today is called, “Spinal mobilization vs conventional physiotherapy in the management of chronic low back pain due to spinal disk degeneration: a randomized controlled trial” by Krekoukias, et al., published in 2017 in the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy.  Remember, the citations can be found at chiropractscforward.com under this episode.  Krekoukias G, Gelalis ID, Xenakis T, Gioftsos G, Dimitriadis Z, Sakellari V. Spinal mobilization vs conventional physiotherapy in the management of chronic low back pain due to spinal disk degeneration: a randomized controlled trial. J Man Manip Ther. 2017 May;25(2):66-73. doi: 10.1080/10669817.2016.1184435. Epub 2016 Jun 23. PMID: 28559665; PMCID: PMC5430451.

Why They Did It The authors wanted to examine the efficacy of spinal mobilization in subjects with low back pain (LBP) and associated spinal disk degeneration.

How They Did It Seventy-five subjects suffering from chronic LBP were randomly allocated into 3 groups of 25 subjects.  Each group received five treatment sessions with the first group receiving manual therapy (MT) (spinal mobilization), the second a sham treatment, and the third conventional physiotherapy (CP) (stretching exercises, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and massage).  Subjects were assessed for their pain intensity using the numerical pain rating scale and for their self-reported disability using the Oswestry and Roland-Morris Questionnaire at baseline and after the completion of the five treatment sessions.

What They Found Paired t-tests showed a significant improvement for all outcome measures in the manual therapy and conventional physiotherapy group.  Analysis of covariance revealed that the manual therapy group had significant improvement in all outcome measures in comparison with the sham and conventional physiotherapy group, whereas no significant difference was observed between the sham and conventional physiotherapy group

Wrap It Up Manual Therapy is preferable to conventional physiotherapy in order to reduce the pain intensity and disability in subjects with chronic LBP and associated disk degeneration.  The findings of this study may lead to the establishment of spinal mobilization as one of the most preferable approaches for the management of LBP due to disk degeneration.

Item #2 The last one is, “The effectiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, and treatment by the general practitioner for nonspecific back and neck complaints. A randomized clinical trial” by Koes published in Spine journal in 1992 and they’re using 1992 to make this determination in 2024 because there’s no better and more current  Koes BW, Bouter LM, van Mameren H, Essers AH, Verstegen GM, Hofhuizen DM, Houben JP, Knipschild PG. The effectiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, and treatment by the general practitioner for nonspecific back and neck complaints. A randomized clinical trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1992 Jan;17(1):28-35. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199201000-00005. PMID: 1531552.

Why They Did It As you see in the title of the paper, the plan was to test the effectgiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, and treatment by a general practitioner on back and neck pain

How They Did It It was a randomized controlled trial The effectiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, continued treatment by the general practitioner, and placebo therapy (detuned ultrasound and detuned short-wave diathermy) were compared for 256 patients with nonspecific back and neck complaints lasting for at least 6 weeks. The principle outcome measures were severity of the main complaint, global perceived effect, pain, and functional status. These are presented for 3, 6, and 12 weeks follow-up. 

What They Found Both physiotherapy and manual therapy decreased the severity of complaints more and had a higher global perceived effect compared to continued treatment by the general practitioner.  Differences in effectiveness between physiotherapy and manual therapy could not be shown. 

Wrap It Up A substantial part of the effect of manual therapy and physiotherapy appeared to be due to nonspecific (placebo) effects. From 1992 – Placebo seems to be why smt appears to be effective. We know that placebo can and should play a part in a patient’s recovery. And we can leverage placebo in our favor too. Placebo has a bad name for some reason. In the biopsychosocial construct we should be using to our advantage all of the time.  Encouraging and positive words, little pain free wins….these things play a part in neuroplasticity and moving it in our direction and moving the patient away from chronic pain. 

That doesn’t mean that smt is placebo only and there have been plenty of papers shwoing the effectiveness of SMT beyond placebo in teh last 10 years or more. This paper is liteerally 32 years old. What in the holy hell are they using this paper for in 2024? I can’t explain it.  To be fair, I suppose the Gate Theory from the 1960s is still relevant so why can’t this paper still be relevant, right?/

But I’d argue that the Gate Theory is gamechanging big stuff. This paper, in my opinion, isn’t in the same ball park with regard to impact and effectiveness. As knowledge base expands, more recent and more relevant knowledge replaces outdated knowledge. This paper should be replaced and not be relevant when recommending SMT for treatment.  My two cents.  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. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. 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!

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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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 5)

CF 313: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 5)

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable.

We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel. 

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together. 

Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #313

Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Pet Ownership And Cognitive Decline & PT Effectiveness. 

Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Well, we got a mix of stuff this week in the clinic. Our new intern is getting comfortable and settled in and getting up to speed with the way the office works and flows. We are picking back up a little just in time for me to be gone for two work days to attend my quarterly Mastermind meeting. Yes, it gives me anxiety but I’m going. The Mastermind is important. 

For this Mastermind, we’ll be joined by Brett Winchester who, in case you are unaware, is probably a genius in the healthcare space but also is borderline crazy personally. He’s hilarious and a lot of fun to be around so I’m definitely looking forward to Brett being int he mix with the rest of our regular crew. 

Plus, the January meeting is when new members join the group so that should be fun. It’s always good to meet the newbies and get to know more about them and learn from them. Last year’s newbies said they were intimidated to come into the group. Pffft. They fully integrated quickly and are part of the family now. We have some super smart docs but the ones joining are super smart too and we are just as eager to learn from them as they are to learn from us. 

So it works well and we’re looking forward to getting to know them. 

So this Monday has gone much better so far than last Monday. If you listened to the podcast last week, we had land mines to avoid last Monday for some reason. Smoother today for sure. We thought it may have been Dontae’s first day jinx so we made him take a shower and wash it off and he’s not allowed to wear those same clothes anymore. I think we have it handled. 

We are really buckling down this week to try to determine the best way to get our medical services up to speed and working with 100% efficiency. I think I have an approach of, let’s implement and let’s see what happens. I think that makes sense in the beginning with any service but once you’re up and running, it is time to fine tune. 

How are your prices in 2024 vs 2017? The same? You know everything in the world has gone up in price so if your prices are the same, you are making less money overall. Less profit I should say. 

Are our medical service and chiropractic services in line with the market and other clinics in our area?? We don’t want to be the cheapest. We don’t want to be the most expensive either. We don’t want to offer an exam, a consultation, a treatment plan, an adjustment, x-rays, and therapy on the first visit for the low low price of $39. 

Racing to the bottom hurts you and everyone else. If you want to look like a street corner huckster, that’s how you make it happen. If you want to take x-rays on every single person, which isn’t in line with ACA’s Choosing Wisely guides by the way, that’s fine. I don’t fault people wanting to know exactly what they’re dealing with. However, why the hell would you give them away? 

If you say that it’s because you want to show them their degeneration and their listings……we aren’t friends. We are different people. If you do it to show them these things and then spook them into 70 visits over the course of the year, you gotta check that stuff. Look in the mirror. 

If you wouldn’t do it to your mom, don’t do it to your patients. 

Anyway, you don’t want to give your services away. Please don’t do that. But I don’t really want to be the most expensive either. If I’m toward the more expensive but still responsible and appropriately priced, then I feel that’s the sweet spot. But you have to be financially healthy if you’re going to do a good job taking care of your patients. 

When you’re all running through your day wondering focused on the number of visits because you can’t pay payroll that week, well, that’s a problem we gotta get fixed. 

So, this month is a good month to look through our services and see if we’re doing what we can price wise to stay competitive and but maximize our ROI. 

On a final note before we hop into our research this week, I love hate the Cowboys. They broke my heart yet again this year but it’s OK because I fully expected and anticipated it. I knew it was going to happen so it didn’t upset me. And honestly, why get upset over a bunch of spoiled brat millionaires playing a game anyway? I refuse to allow the pinche Cowboys do that to me so……I’m moving on. 

Go Houston Texans. Go Texas Rangers. Go Houston Astros!

Cowboys….maybe next year. 

Now this week we’re continuing our series. If you don’t know or are unaware, the WHO recently recommended spinal manipulative therapy for back pain but at very low confidence. Which is equal to ultrasound. I dove in and found their citations with regard to SMT specifically and we’re going through them one by one to find out, with all of the research we’ve seen and covered combined with American College of Physicians recommendations, Parker Gallup polls, and on and on and on…..how can SMT be at very low confidence. 

So here we go. 

Item #1

Our first one is called, “Controlled comparison of short-wave diathermy treatment with osteopathic treatment in non-specific low back pain” by Gibson, et al and published in The Lancet in June of 1985. Not sure why they’re pulling papers from that far back but whatever. 

And I’m going to say that this paper is so old that even the abstract didn’t make a ton of sense. 

Gibson T, Grahame R, Harkness J, Woo P, Blagrave P, Hills R. Controlled comparison of short-wave diathermy treatment with osteopathic treatment in non-specific low back pain. Lancet. 1985 Jun 1;1(8440):1258-61. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(85)92323-2. PMID: 2860453.

Why They Did It

The effectiveness of spinal manipulation carried out by a non-medical qualified osteopath was compared with that of short-wave diathermy (SWD) and a placebo

How They Did It

109 patients with low back pain. 

That’s it. That’s all of the info on it. No idea if it was a randomized controlled trial or what. 

What They Found

More than half the subjects in each of the 3 treatment groups benefited immediately from therapy. 

Significant improvements were observed in the 3 groups at the end of 2 weeks’ treatment, and these were still apparent at 12 weeks. 

The outcome of treatment was unrelated to the initial severity or duration of pain or to the trend of pain towards deterioration or improvement. 

It is, therefore, unlikely that the results simply reflect the natural history of low back pain. 

Wrap It Up

Benefits obtained with osteopathy and short-wave diathermy in this study may have been achieved through a placebo effect.

So…..that’s a crap paper and why the WHO would have that paper as having any influence on our profession in 2024 is beyond me. 

Item #2

Our last one today is called, “Physiotherapy Based on a Biobehavioral Approach with or Without Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Grande-Alonso et. Al and published in Pain Medicine in December of 2019

Remember paper citations will be found in the show notes at chiropracticforward.com episode 313.

Grande-Alonso M, Suso-Martí L, Cuenca-Martínez F, Pardo-Montero J, Gil-Martínez A, La Touche R. Physiotherapy Based on a Biobehavioral Approach with or Without Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Med. 2019 Dec 1;20(12):2571-2587. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz093. PMID: 31074484.

Why They Did It

To compare the effectiveness of a biobehavioral approach with and without orthopedic manual physical therapy on the intensity and frequency of pain in patients diagnosed with nonspecific chronic low back pain.

How They Did It

  • A single-blind randomized controlled trial. 
  • Fifty patients were randomly allocated into two groups: one group received biobehavioral therapy with orthopedic manual physical therapy, and the other group received only biobehavioral therapy. 
  • Both groups completed a total of eight sessions, with a frequency of two sessions per week. 
  • The somatosensory, physical, and psychological variables were recorded at baseline and during the first and third month after initiation of treatment.

What They Found

  • In both groups, the treatment was effective, presenting significant differences for all the variables in the time factor. 
  • There were no significant differences between groups in intensity or frequency of pain, with a large effect size (>0.80), but there were intragroup differences for both intervention groups at one- and three-month follow-up. 
  • There were also no significant differences between groups in the secondary variables during the same follow-up period.

Wrap It Up

The results of this study suggest that orthopedic manual physical therapy does not increase the effects of a treatment based on biobehavioral therapy in the short or medium term, but these results should be interpreted with caution.

I do not have the full paper, only the abstract. How was the orthopedic manual physical therapy defined? What was involved? Is that SMT? I don’t know. 50 patients isn’t much of a sample size either really. 

I’m not sure why the WHO felt this one was suitable to make their determination off of but that’s why we’re doing this, right?

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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 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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Omnivorous vs Vegan & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain

CF 314: Omnivorous vs Vegan & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain Today we’re going to talk about Omnivorous vs Vegan & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain 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 giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on wherever you listen to it 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #314 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 5).  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. Let’s start by giving Dr. Steven Brown out in Gilbert, AZ a shoutout. If you listened last week, we had a paper that was just the abstract. It was a paper that the WHO is using in part to help them formulate their opinion that SMT is recommended but at very low confidence.  The paper used orthopedic manual physical therapy, whatever the hell that is.  “The protocol consisted of accessory mobilizations (posteroanterior), traction of the lumbar region, mobilization with movement in the coxofemoral joint, and global techniques of neural mobilization of the lumbar spine. The duration of the orthopedic manual physical therapy was 20–25 minutes per session.”  Dr. Brown says, “They did not get actual lumbar spine, SI joint, or hip manipulation at all. Just 20-25 minutes of mobilization.” So, there you have it from one of last week’s papers. I think as we go through them, it’s getting clearer and clearer that the WHO may have an agenda. Which chiropractors expect, honestly. When you have MDs running the show, they’re going to be super slow to promote SMT to the MainStage for anything. Using papers like we’ve been seeing to make their determination is just, quizzical. For lack of a better word. It’s perplexing when we know there is more current and more impactful research in favor of SMT.  Moving on this week, I just got back from Jupiter, FL and the MCM Mastermind with Dr. Kevin Christie, Dr. Brett Winchester, Dr. Lindsey Mumma, and many more. Florida wasn’t warm. It was in the 50s and 60s but we were in a classroom most of the time anyway. We had some fine dining at The Woods, which is Tiger Woods’ restaurant. No Tiger sightings but none were expected. Lots of Bentleys, Mercedes, Lambos, and the like. It’s always a little crazy in Florida when you consider the amount of money strolling around those towns.  Lots of great discussions, lots of thoughts and plans. Now to have the time to organize the thoughts and take action on them. One fun one came from my little friend, Dr. Tiffany Armstrong from Iowa. Her and her husband have a great practice out there and are adding a gym to the mix. Fun fun.  She was talking about Storybrand and what are your Big 3? She said patients and clients can’t really keep up with more than three things. It got me to thinking and here’s what I came up with:
  1. Pain Relief
  2. Function, Stability, Strength
  3. Performance Care
That’s why you join a mastermind. That was a little comment on a discussion that we had in class. Nothing game changing but enough to give me some clarity and direction with some things I’ve been wanting to tweak and change. Imagine how many of those little comments and conversations we have over the weekend.  Lots of direction this morning outside of the. Podcast so I’m hopping into it  Item #1 Our first one today is called, “Cardiometabolic Effects of Omnivorous vs Vegan Diets in Identical Twins: A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Landry et. Al and published in JAMA Network Open November 30, 2023. Kapow! It’s hottern’ a teapot! Remember, the citations can be found at chiropractscforward.com under this episode.  Landry MJ, Ward CP, Cunanan KM, et al. Cardiometabolic Effects of Omnivorous vs Vegan Diets in Identical Twins: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(11):e2344457. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.44457 Why They Did It Increasing evidence suggests that, compared with an omnivorous diet, a vegan diet confers potential cardiovascular benefits from improved diet quality (ie, higher consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds).  The researchers wanted to compare the effects of a healthy vegan vs healthy omnivorous diet on cardiometabolic measures during an 8-week intervention. How They Did It This single-center, population-based randomized clinical trial of 22 pairs of twins randomized participants to a vegan or omnivorous diet (1 twin per diet).  Participant enrollment began March 28, 2022, and continued through May 5, 2022.  The date of final follow-up data collection was July 20, 2022.  This 8-week, open-label, parallel, dietary randomized clinical trial compared the health impact of a vegan diet vs an omnivorous diet in identical twins.  Twin pairs were randomized to follow a healthy vegan diet or a healthy omnivorous diet for 8 weeks.  Diet-specific meals were provided via a meal delivery service from baseline through week 4, and from weeks 5 to 8 participants prepared their own diet-appropriate meals and snacks. The primary outcome was difference in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration from baseline to end point (week 8).  Secondary outcome measures were changes in cardiometabolic factors, plasma vitamin B12 level, and body weight. Exploratory measures were adherence to study diets, ease or difficulty in following the diets, participant energy levels, and sense of well-being. A total of 22 pairs of twins What They Found After 8 weeks, compared with twins randomized to an omnivorous diet, the twins randomized to the vegan diet experienced significant mean (SD) decreases in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration, fasting insulin level, and body weigh Wrap It Up In this randomized clinical trial of the cardiometabolic effects of omnivorous vs vegan diets in identical twins, the healthy vegan diet led to improved cardiometabolic outcomes compared with a healthy omnivorous diet.  Clinicians can consider this dietary approach as a healthy alternative for their patients. Item #2 OK, the last one this week is called, “A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of manipulative therapy for patients with chronic neck pain” by Liu et. Al. published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in August of 2023 and it’s just hot enough! Zhen Liu, Jiao Shi, Yubo Huang, Xingchen Zhou, Huazhi Huang, Hongjiao Wu, Lijiang Lv, Zhizhen Lv, A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of manipulative therapy for patients with chronic neck pain, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 52, 2023, 101751, ISSN 1744-3881, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2023.101751. Why They Did It An increasing number of people suffer from chronic neck pain due to increased telecommuting. Manual therapy is considered a safe and less painful method and has been increasingly used to alleviate chronic neck pain.  However, there is controversy about the effectiveness of manipulation therapy on chronic neck pain.  Therefore, this systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) aimed to determine the effectiveness of manipulative therapy for chronic neck pain. How They Did It A search of the literature was conducted on seven databases from the establishment of the databases to May 2022.  This study included RCTs on chronic neck pain managed with manipulative therapy compared with sham, exercise, and other physical therapies.  The retrieved records were independently reviewed by two researchers.  Further, the methodological quality was evaluated using the PEDro scale.  The Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations (GRADE) assessment was used to evaluate the quality of the study results. Seventeen RCTs, including 1190 participants, were included in this meta-analysis. What They Found Manipulative therapy showed better results regarding pain intensity and neck disability than the control group.  Manipulative therapy was shown to relieve pain intensity and neck disability.  However, the studies had high heterogeneity, which could be explained by the type and control interventions.  In addition, there were no significant differences in adverse events between the intervention and the control groups. Wrap It Up Manipulative therapy reduces the degree of chronic neck pain and neck disabilities. Hurry, someone run and the the World Health Organization that we got a new paper to add to their crap recommendations…. More on the papers they’re using to recommend SMT at very low confidence in next week’s Part 6 of that series.  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. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. 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.  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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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 4)

CF 311: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 4) Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 4) But first, here’s th at sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #311 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about the same thing only it was Part 3.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. It’s January 2 today as I’m typing. That means a new year….a new me. Right. Not really. I’m the exact same dude I was on 12/31 with the same personality, belt line, and problems . My daughter said, “”what’s your resolution, Dad?” I said I don’t make them. I don’t believe in them. I try to better myself every day. If I need to lose weight, we don’t wait until 12/31 to decide we’re going to do it. I think of stuff and I just do it.  So, I don’t do resolutions. However, I do like motive, ambition, decisions to move in a positive direction, and overall good positive feelings. So, while I don’t engage in resolutions myself, I do support them 100%.  I’ve said here that 2023 was a tough one for me personally and professionally. No big game changers or life changers. Just irritations that had to be dealth with. It wasn’t a fun one. So I’m hoping that 2024 will be finally movign in the right direction. The changes that need to be made happen and they have the effect they were intended to have and on and on.  My hope is the same for all of you.  We should all have a little extra time on our hands for a month or so. That’s if you take insurance. Deductibles re-set in January and for some reason, people don’t like using their own money so it’ll be a bit beffore they return. Usually, if experience serves me, it’ll be around mid February to the first of March before it really ramps back up.  That means we have time to plan, prepare, review our systems, train, and market.  So let’s get to it so we can all get after it.  Item #1 The first one this week is called “Chronic low back pain and vertebral manipulation” by Ghroubi et. Al. and published in Annals of Readaptive Physical Medicine and published in October of 2007. The WHO is using a paper from 2007. Duly noted.  Remember that the citations for these papers will be in teh show notes at chiropracticforward.com episode 311 Ghroubi S, Elleuch H, Baklouti S, Elleuch MH. Les lombalgiques chroniques et manipulations vertébrales. Etude prospective à propos de 64 cas [Chronic low back pain and vertebral manipulation]. Ann Readapt Med Phys. 2007 Oct;50(7):570-6. French. doi: 10.1016/j.annrmp.2007.02.012. Epub 2007 Mar 8. PMID: 17382426. Why They Did It This study examined the short-term effectiveness of vertebral manipulation for treating chronic low back pain and disability. How They Did It Sixty-four patients were randomly assigned into two groups.  One group received 4 true vertebral manipulations (VMG), and the other group received sham manipulations (sham-VMG) under the same conditions as for the first technique.  Patients formulated assessments after the manipulations and 1 month later. What They Found
  • Patients receiving the true manipulations showed significant improvement in pain (visual analogic scale score and function)
  • (Oswestry scale). Pain improvement persisted at the second month (P=0.01). 
  • The improvement was more evident in the group that received adjustments than the sham-group. 
  • No change in perceived disability was observed in the sham-VMG.
Wrap It Up Our study confirms the efficiency of short-term vertebral manipulation for treating chronic low back pain. The assessment of vertebral manipulation effectiveness is difficult. This manual therapy must be preceeded by a specific clinical exam performed by a trained physician. Item #2 The last one this week is called, “Lumbar spinal manipulation on trial. Part I–clinical assessment” by Evans et. Al. published in Rheumatological Rehabilitation in February 1978. Yes, the WHO is basing our effectiveness partly on a paper from 1978 that had a sample of 32. Whether the information is positive or negative in the paper……should we be looking at stuff from 1978, 46 years ago, with such a small sample when we’ve seen so many more current papers come through showing effectiveness? I’m not research so it’s just a question from and enthusiastic observer. That’s all.  Evans DP, Burke MS, Lloyd KN, Roberts EE, Roberts GM. Lumbar spinal manipulation on trial. Part I–clinical assessment. Rheumatol Rehabil. 1978 Feb;17(1):46-53. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/17.1.46. PMID: 153574.
  • Thirty-two patients with chronic low back pain were treated three times at weekly intervals with rotational manipulation. 
  • Patients with femoral or sciatic root pain were included provided they did not exhibit root compression signs. 
  • Background therapy of codeine phosphate was administered throughout. 
  • There was a significant increase in spinal flexion measured clinically during the three-week period of manipulation followed by a significant decrease in the three-week period after manipulation. 
  • The first week of manipulative treatment was more painful than the corresponding week in the control group but in the second and third weeks there was less pain in the manipulated group. 
  • Pain scores were reduced to a significant degree within four weeks of starting treatment only in the group manipulated in the first treatment period. 
  • Patients benefitting subjectively from manipulation were more likely to be older and to have had symptoms for a shorter period than those not deriving benefit. 
  • The age of onset of symptoms was significantly later in the responders.
Well, there you have it for part 4 of why the WHO recommends spinal manipulative therapy but at very low confidence.  We have TEN more episodes on this to explore. Are we enjoying this? Is it useful to you? I know I’m learning and I’m definitely covering papers we haven’t covered on the podcast before so I’m locked in and rocking. I’d love to hear form you on it.  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. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. 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.  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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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 3)

CF 310: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 3) Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 3) 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 giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #310 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about the same thing we’ll be covering this week but that was part 2 and we are about to get going with part 3 so hold your shorts.  Go back and listen to last week’s when you have time because you need to Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. Well, Christmas was yesterday so I just have the holiday hangover today basically. Not from alcohol. I didn’t drink a drop yesterday. Just the activity, the family, the food, and the goign from here to there. Everything involved with a big holiday.  It’s been a tough year for me and my family. We are still recovering from a key passing in our family last year. The ripples were felt all year this year as well. An incredible amount of staff turnover, the like of I’ve never seen in 26 years of practice. And so much more. It was a tough one. While I know a new year makes no real difference, I’m hoping to put 2023 to bed and move to a positive, optimistic, properous 2024 full of more peace for me and my family.  After Chritmas……I’m tired. My normal bed time is around 1:00 am. Last night I was in bed and asleep by about 10:30. When I’m out that early, you know I had all I wanted. Maybe I’m just getting old.  This goes for young, mid, and old…..what are your practice plans?/ what’s the end game? Are you aiming to die in your office still working on patients? Which is fine. It’s just the question that needs to be answered. We get out of college and we start working. Day after day. Many times without thinking of the endgame which, when we’re younger, we don’t think will ever actually happen because we are, of course, indestructible.  Well, my friends, take it from your ol’ Uncle Jeffro, the day does indeed come for all of us. The chiropractor that made me want to be a chiropractor, Dr. Jerry Whitehead from Perryton, TX, just passed away. Sad but true. So what’s the end game? My advice…..build it to sell it. Maybe not in the next 5 years. Maybe not in the next 25 years. But if you build it to sell it, when you’re ready, you have a sell-able product with systems and staff in place to continue what you started.  Imagine an investor or another chiropractor that has it all laid out before them and all they have to do is sign on the line and it’s theirs.  So, my plan for example, is to get an associate in place. Then get another associate in place so there is redundancy. If one leaves us, the remaining one is there to train the next. I want to pay them in a way that the thought of leaving here and having to start their own thing just makes them want to puke. I got that idea from another very successful chiro.  Open up the books, show them your overhead and let them know how hard it is to run the show. Then pay them enough that the thought of giving up that money and having to be in control of all of that stress and management just makes them sick to their stomach.  Then, work into a management position. Also, if you haven’t named your practice yet, don’t do ‘Last Name Chiropractic’. What if I named mine Williams Chiropractic and someone named Bradburn bought it? Well now they have to completely re-brand or keep a name that’s not even theirs. We are Creek Stone for a reason. I like the imagery of the name but it’s also non-descript so anyone can buy it and comfortably continue building the brand.  I try to continuously strike a balance between building trust in me and my name with my community but also let the brand be the marketer instead of having my name and face on every bit of marketing. The less my name and face is in all of the branding, the easier it is for someone else to buy it and not have to overcome the transition of going from my name and face to theirs. If the brand is strong, it will stand on its own instead of depending on my name and image. Also, start thinking now, “What is your exit number?” Assuming you will exit at some point. I have a number in mind for me to have all bills covered, all debts paid, and have plenty fo retirement. With VoiceOver, that number has been significantly reduced by the way. Side gigs that can carry into and sustain retirement are pretty damn nice. We have airbnbs and VoiceOver helping us out on the deal.  I have a plan that I set into motion around 3 years ago and it’s really been paying off so, if all of the pieces fit together, I can ideally be in at least partial retirement by 55 or 56 I think. I hope.  My mom says thats too early. That I’m not old enough to retire. I responded to her, “Who the heck told you that?” Probably some corporation that needs their workers to stay in place into their late 60’s. I’ve workd hard since I was 14. I’m 51. I’m a musician, singer/songwriter, sculptor, painter, futrniture builder, voice actor, landlord, husband, and dad. I’m not wanting to retire. I just want to retire from every day, all day patient care. That’s all.  Anyway, if we were to make New Year’s resolutions, mine would be that my plan keeps taking shape and my financial future keeps going in the right direction to gain more and more freedom of my time. Time is not replaceable and we’re either wasting it or we are investing it. Time cannot be purchased so I’m doing everyhting I can to make the most of what time I have left.  Some thoughts for you with this new year coming up on us.  Item #1 Our first one this week is on the WHO’s list and it’s called, “Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Older Veterans: A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial” by Dougherty et. Al. and was published in Geriatric Orthopedic Surgical Rehabiliation in December of 2014.  Citations are in the show notes.  Dougherty PE, Karuza J, Dunn AS, Savino D, Katz P. Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Older Veterans: A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Geriatr Orthop Surg Rehabil. 2014 Dec;5(4):154-64. doi: 10.1177/2151458514544956. PMID: 26246937; PMCID: PMC4252156. Why They Did It Chronic lower back pain (CLBP) is problematic in older veterans. Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is commonly utilized for CLBP in older adults, yet there are few randomized placebo-controlled trials evaluating SMT. How They Did It The purpose of the study was to compare the effectiveness of SMT to a sham intervention on pain (VAS, SF-36), disability (Oswestry Disability Index), and physical function (SF-36 subscale, Timed Up and Go) by performing a randomized placebo-controlled trial at 2 Veteran Affairs Clinics. What They Found
  • Older veterans (≥ 65 years of age) who were naive to chiropractic were recruited. 
  • A total of 136 were included in the study with 69 being randomly assigned to SMT and 67 to sham intervention. 
  • Patients were treated 2 times per week for 4 weeks (which is roughly the Clinical Compass guides for chronic pain) assessing outcomes at baseline, 5, and 12 weeks postbaseline. 
  • Both groups demonstrated significant decrease in pain and disability at 5 and 12 weeks. 
  • At 12 weeks, there was no significant difference in pain and a statistically significant decline in disability scores in the SMT group when compared to the sham intervention group. 
Wrap It Up
  • The SMT did not result in greater improvement in pain when compared to our sham intervention; however, SMT did demonstrate a slightly greater improvement in disability at 12 weeks. 
  • The fact that patients in both groups showed improvements suggests the presence of a nonspecific therapeutic effect.
This was in 2014. I think we could makes some educated guesses here in almost 2024 that that could be do to SMT affecting and supporting functional movement, proprioceptive input, and encouragement as far as activity. This could go toward what you’ve heard me mention with regard to Reframe the conversation. Reprogramming basically.  As a side note, after being in this thing 26 years, It’s really hard for me to imagine no difference in the pain levels. Even if just short term. I find it odd but the sample size is honestly small here.  Who knows? But there it is and this is one of the papers the WHO used to recommend SMT but at very low level of confidence.  Item #2 Our last one today is called, “The effect of spinal manipulation on brain neurometabolites in chronic nonspecific low back pain patients: a randomized clinical trial” by Didehdar et. Al. and published in Irish Journal of Medical Science in May of 2020.  Didehdar D, Kamali F, Yoosefinejad AK, Lotfi M. The effect of spinal manipulation on brain neurometabolites in chronic nonspecific low back pain patients: a randomized clinical trial. Ir J Med Sci. 2020 May;189(2):543-550. doi: 10.1007/s11845-019-02140-2. Epub 2019 Nov 26. PMID: 31773541. Why They Did It In patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain (NCLBP), brain function changes due to the neuroplastic changes in different regions. They aimed to evaluate the brain metabolite changes after spinal manipulation, using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy How They Did It In the current study, 25 patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain aged 20-50 years were enrolled.  Patients were randomly assigned to lumbopelvic manipulation or sham.  Patients were evaluated before and 5 weeks after treatment by the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS), the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy What They Found After treatment, severity of pain and functional disability were significantly reduced in the treatment group vs. sham group  After treatment, N-acetyl aspartate (NAA) in thalamus, insula, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) regions, as well as choline (Cho) in the thalamus, insula, and somatosensory cortex (SSC) regions, had increased significantly in the treatment group compared with the sham group.  A significant increase was further observed in N-acetyl aspartate in thalamus, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and somatosensory cortex regions Also, a significant increase was observed in glutamate and glutamine levels of thalamus.  There was no significant difference in terms of brain metabolites at baseline and after treatment  in the sham group. Wrap It Up In the patient with low back pain, spinal manipulation affects the central nervous system and changes the brain metabolites. Consequently, pain and functional disability are reduced. Nice. I’m not going to pretend to be a Neuro wonk but that’s nice.  There is a response when things are done to us. Of course. I see this come up with the insistence that adjustments improve the immune system. OK, but for how long? And is the improvement about the same is getting hit in the butt with a 2×4?  I don’t know the answers to those questions by the way. But, until we do, it’s probably not responsible to advertise that spinal manipulative therapy increases the immune system. If I see an ad that says, “Come in and get you adjustment to ward off COVID and flu,” my face is going to split and my eyes will roll out of my head. Because……just….no. Don’t do it please.  That was a slight tangent so let’s just stop here.  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. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. 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.  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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Motor Control Stiffening & Spinal Manipulation And The Vertebral Artery

CF 289: Motor Control Stiffening & Spinal Manipulation And The Vertebral Artery

Today we’re going to talk about Motor Control Stiffening & Spinal Manipulation And The Vertebral Artery

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We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow, look down your nose at people 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. I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.

Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, drive, smart, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do.

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent educational resource for you AND your patients. It saves you time putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams.
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #289

Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about COVID delayed surgeries and lumbar stenosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.

On the personal end of things…..

What a day and what a week. In trying to keep up with the work/life balance thing, my wife and I took our 16 year old daughter to the Taylor Swift show up in Denver last weekend. From here in Amarillo, TX, that’s about a 7 hour drive. Not terrible overall and for a big portion of the drive you have mountains to look at so it’s all good.

We found an app called Autio that is co-owned by Kevin Costner. Along your drive, certain things are marked on the app and there are stories about the area you’re driving through that you can listen to while you’re driving through it. Pretty cool and definitely adds another layer to your drive if you’re a traveler like we are.

TSwift brough in 73,000 screaming fans and it was the second night of a 2-night stand there in Denver. That’s just unreal, honestly. The numbers and money are just staggering when you think about it.

Now, beyond that, we’re just ramping up some new marketing ideas, working on updating my stats, and getting ready to go to Alaska. We’re going on a cruise in a week and a half or so. If I can, I’m going to pre-record some episodes. If I just don’t have time to do that, you’ll be out of an episode for a week or two and we’ll pick it back up on my return. .

Most of you know how it goes. It’s tough to be gone and it’s even tougher to catch up when you return. But I’ll do my very best.

Let’s hop in.

Item #1

The first one today is called “Evidence for a general stiffening motor control pattern in neck pain: a cross sectional study” by Meisingset et. al. and published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders onMarch 17, 2015.

Why They Did It

Neck pain is associated with several alterations in neck motion and motor control. Previous studies have investigated single constructs of neck motor control, while few have applied a comprehensive set of tests to investigate cervical motor control. This comparative cross- sectional study aimed to investigate different motor control constructs in neck pain patients and healthy controls.

How They Did It

  • A total of 166 subjects participated in the study,
  • 91 healthy controls (HC) and
  • 75 neck pain patients (NP) with long-lasting moderate to severe neck pain.
  • Neck flexibility, proprioception, head steadiness, trajectory movement control, and postural sway were assessed using a 3D motion tracking system (Liberty).

What They Found

  • Neck flexibility was lower in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls, indicated by reduced cervical ROM and conjunct motion.
  • Movement velocity was slower in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls.
  • Tests of head steadiness showed a stiffer movement pattern in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls, indicated by lower head angular velocity.
  • Neck pain patients patients departed less from a predictable trajectory movement pattern (figure of eight) compared to healthy controls, but there was no difference for unpredictable movement patterns (the Fly test).
  • No differences were found for postural sway in standing with eyes open and eyes closed.
  • However, neck pain patients patients had significantly larger postural sway when standing on a balance pad.
  • Proprioception did not differ between the groups.
  • Largest effect sizes were found for neck and head steadiness.
  • Neck flexibility was the only construct that showed a significant association with current neck pain, while peak velocity was the only variable that showed a significant association with kinesiophobia.

Wrap It Up

  • Neck pain patients patients showed an overall stiffer and more rigid neck motor control pattern compared to healthy controls, indicated by lower neck flexibility, slower movement velocity, increased head steadiness and more rigid trajectory head motion patterns.
  • Only neck flexibility showed a significant association with clinical features in neck pain patients

 

 

Before getting to the next one,

 

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Item #2

Our last one this week is called, “Vertebral arteries do not experience tensile force during manual cervical spine manipulation applied to human cadavers” by Lindsay M. Gorrell,Andrew Sawatsky, W Brent Edwards & Walter Herzog and published in Taylor and Francis Online on 15 Nov 2022. Hot potato!

Why They Did It

 The objective of this study was to measure VA length changes that occur during cervical spine manipulation and to compare these to the VA failure length.

How They Did It

  • Piezoelectric ultrasound crystals were implanted along the length of the VA (C1 to C7) and were used to measure length changes during cervical spine manipulation of seven un-embalmed, post-rigor human cadavers.

  • Arteries were then excised, and elongation from arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions to first force (0.1 N) was measured. Following this, VA were stretched (8.33 mm/s) to mechanical failure. Failure was defined as the instance when VA elongation resulted in a decrease in force.

 

 

What They Found

  • From arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions, the greatest average VA length change during spinal manipulation was 5.1%

  • From arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions, arteries were elongated on average 33.5% prior to first force occurrence and 51.3% to failure.

  • Average failure forces were 3.4 N

Wrap It Up

  • Measured in arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions, VA were slack. It appears that this slack must be taken up prior to VA experiencing tensile force.

  • During cervical spine manipulations (using cervical spine extension and rotation), arterial length changes remained below that slack length, suggesting that VA elongated but were not stretched during the manipulation.

  • However, in order to answer the question if cervical spine manipulation is safe from a mechanical perspective, the testing performed here needs to be repeated using a defined in-situ head/neck position and take into consideration other structures (e.g. carotid arteries).

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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Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger

Meisingset I, Woodhouse A, Stensdotter AK, Stavdahl Ø, Lorås H, Gismervik S, Andresen H, Austreim K, Vasseljen O. Evidence for a general stiffening motor control pattern in neck pain: a cross sectional study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015 Mar 17;16:56. doi: 10.1186/s12891-015-0517-2. PMID: 25888215; PMCID: PMC4377005.

Lindsay M. Gorrell, Andrew Sawatsky, W Brent Edwards & Walter Herzog (2023) Vertebral arteries do not experience tensile force during manual cervical spine manipulation applied to human cadavers, Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 31:4, 261-269, DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2022.2148048