Children, Activity, and Depression and Axially Loaded MRIs

CF 269: Children, Activity, and Depression and Axially Loaded MRIs

Today we’re going to talk about Children, Activity, and Depression and Axially Loaded MRIs

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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, 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   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 #269   Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Postoperative Acupuncture & Activity And Depression.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.   On the personal end of things….. This week has started out gangbusters, folks. 47 on the schedule and that’s just me. We have the nurse practitioner kicking, the massage therapists doing their thing, we have the acupuncturist banging ‘em out, and a full, brand new team, as most of you know…..and they’re learning and getting up to speed quickly.   They’re much quicker with everything they do every day. The new front desk staffer is phenomenal and really catching on. She’s the real deal so, things are smelling pretty darn rosey around Creek Stone folks.   Isn’t that a lot better than me fussing about being slow. Let’s hope my upward swing maintains so I don’t have to go back into gripey mode.   Now, things I’m doing lately. I’m experimenting a lot with ChatGPT. If you’re not familiar, you might give it a look-see. It’s a game changer for those like me that are highly involved in their own content creation, blogs, articles, marketing, and things of that nature. It’s scary but for now, scary in a good way and is saving me literally 3-6 hours every single week and saving lots of money as well.   Need an article, have ChatGPT get the base coat of the painting laid down for you while you come in and do the touch-ups. Need a meeting outline? ChatGPT. How about ideas for social media postings? Yep, ChatGPT. It’s remarkable.   Think about it; I have several things happening in my daily. Chiropractic Forward is a small part of my life.  This ChatGPT is helping me get a lot of stuff lined out and I’m pretty excited about it.   So check it out. Remember, you heard it from your ol’ Uncle Jeffro first.   Let’s dive in.     Item #1   The first on today is called, “Physical Activity Interventions to Alleviate Depressive Symptoms in Children and Adolescents” by Francesco Recchia and published in Jamapediatrics on January 3, 2023. Dayum. That’s hot.     Why They Did It   To determine the association of physical activity interventions with depressive symptoms in children and adolescents.   How They Did It   A random-effects meta-analysis using Hedges g was performed. Heterogeneity, risk of bias, and publication bias were assessed independently by multiple reviewers. Meta-regressions and sensitivity analyses were conducted to substantiate the overall results. The study followed the PRISMA reporting guideline.   PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, EMBASE, and SPORTDiscus were searched from inception to February 2022 for relevant studies written in English, Chinese, or Italian.     What They Found  
  • Twenty-one studies involving 2441 participants (1148 [47.0%] boys; 1293 [53.0%] girls; mean [SD] age, 14 [3] years) were included.
  • Meta-analysis of the postintervention differences revealed that physical activity interventions were associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms compared with the control condition (g = −0.29; 95% CI, −0.47 to −0.10; P = .004).
  • Analysis of the follow-up outcomes in 4 studies revealed no differences between the physical activity and control groups (g = −0.39; 95% CI, −1.01 to 0.24; P = .14).
  • Moderate study heterogeneity was detected (Q = 53.92; df = 20; P < .001; I2 = 62.9% [95% CI, 40.7%-76.8%]). The primary moderator analysis accounting for total physical activity volume, study design, participant health status, and allocation and/or assessment concealment did not moderate the main treatment effect. Secondary analyses demonstrated that intervention (ie, <12 weeks in duration, 3 times per week, unsupervised) and participant characteristics (ie, aged ≥13 years, with a mental illness and/or depression diagnosis) may influence the overall treatment effect.
  Wrap It Up   Physical activity interventions may be used to reduce depressive symptoms in children and adolescents. Greater reductions in depressive symptoms were derived from participants older than 13 years and with a mental illness and/or depression diagnosis. The association with physical activity parameters such as frequency, duration, and supervision of the sessions remains unclear and needs further investigation.   Before getting to the next one,   Next thing, go to That’s Tecnobody as in T-E-C-nobody. They literally have the most impressive clinical equipment I’ve ever seen. I own the ISO Free and am looking to add more to my office this year or next. The equipment you’re going to find over there can be marketed in your community like crazy because you’ll be the only one with something that damn cool in your office.   When you decide you cant live without those products, send me an email and Ill give you the hookup. They will 100% differentiate your clinic from your competitors.     I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at & get $50 off your purchase. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. I love it, my patients love it, and I know yours will too. and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it.   Item #2   Our last one this week is called, “Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of Biomechanical Effects of Axial Loading on the Lumbar Spine” by Adnan Sehic and published in PubMed on 2022 30 Dec. Hot potato!     Why They Did It   The aim of this study is to determine the significance of alMRI in detecting the morphologic changes of the lumbar spine caused by axial loading and to compare it with conventional MRI images of the lumbar spine without loading.   How They Did It  
  • The study was conducted as a prospective, descriptive clinical trial.
  • Imaging was performed with a MRI 1.5 T in the head-first supine position. Imaging was performed in two acts: without load and under load. Loading for alMRI was performed with the DynaWell L-Spine device.
  • The onset of loading was 10 minutes before the start of alMRI. The loading continued throughout the imaging procedure.
    What They Found   After evaluating the changes in the height and size of the lumbar disks, the size of the DSCA, and the narrowing of the intervertebral foramina significant differences were found between the images before and after axial loading.   Wrap It Up   alMRI provides information on morphological changes of all segments of the lumbar spine. This data represents significant information that can lead to more accurate and effective treatment of LBP.     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    

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you cant 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….

Thats Chiropractic!


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