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Thoracic Adjustments For Neck, Not Headache & Physical Activity In Children

CF 229: Thoracic Adjustments For Neck, Not Headache & Physical Activity In Children Today we’re going to talk about T-sp Adjustments For Neck, Not Headache & Physical Activity In Children But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #229 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Exercise For Depression & Manipulation For Tendinopathy. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 


On the personal end of things…..

I’ll be honest with you all…..I always am anyway…..I feel like I’m as busy as I’ve ever been but when I look at the numbers, they’re down a bit still. I’m not fully recovered to the numbers that we saw prior to the pandemic setting in in 2020. I know many of you are. I’m not yet. I’m not far off. But I’m not there dependably month after month yet.  As a result of my involvement in Dr. Kevin Christie’s Florida Mastermind that you’ve heard me mention, and at Kevin’s suggestion, I read a book called Who Not How by Dan Sullivan and Ben Hardy. I highly suggest it. This book is telling us to quit looking for how you do things and start looking for WHO can help you accomplish your goal.  This isn’t really a new concept but really sheds some light on the topic.

We need a team. We need helpers. We cannot ever hope to do it all ourselves and do it a high level. To start looking at bringing on team members as investments rather than costs.  It’s eye-opening for sure. Give it a try and see what you think. As a result, I’m looking for Whos. I have some Whos already. I make good use of virtual assisstants. I have one in Pakistan, one in Nigeria, and one in India.

They help me with marketing voice over, with my Chiropractic Forward website, with a website I’m trying to build for another business, and with stat keeping and monthly balancing and close outs in my chiro business.  But I’m still doing a lot of tasks weekly that can be farmed out to a Who. What daily and weekly worker bee tasks are you doing yourself that can be farmed out while investing in a new Who? My biggest one is an associate. I’m on the hunt. If you or someone you know is interested in interviewing with me for a potential position here in my clinic, I’d love to speak with you.

The Texas Panhandle has pros and cons like everywhere else but I will say that one of our biggest draws is our incredible people. We are kind, friendly, and helpful. That, and hey, we have the second largest canyon in the nation called Palo Duro Canyon. It’ll knock your socks and your shoes off.  Anyway, send me an email at if you’re intersted and we’ll connect. 

Before we get to the research, I recently connected with a personal injury attorney and as a result, I have a gift for you!  I’m going to turn you on to a system that will result in your getting tons of PI cases from attorneys.   Yes, getting these referrals can be done. Paul Samakow, a veteran PI attorney, put this system together.  He knows what attorneys want to hear – inviting them to lunch doesn’t work, folks.   His system, delivered to you in both written and video form, is insightful and hits the mark. 

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Item #1

The first one today is called, Thoracic spine thrust manipulation for individuals with cervicogenic headache: a crossover randomized clinical trial by McDevitt et. al. (Amy W. McDevitt 2022) and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy July of 2021. Shazam….it’s steamy. 

Why They Did It

To determine if thoracic spine manipulation (TSM) improves pain and disability in individuals with cervicogenic headache (CeH). Now, let’s take a step back just a bit and I’ll share some knowledge from the Neuromusculoskeletal Diplomate program about where Cervicogenic headaches lie in terms of prevalence.  Tension-type headaches are the overwhelming winners.

They make up about 40% or more of the headaches that present to just about any clinic.  Second place goes to migraines. True migraines make up only about 10%. Not nearly as much as you might expect. Since Tension type and migraine live on the same continuum of headaches, they can share some characteristics of each other so, many times, a tension type can behave like a migraine and vice versa.  True migraines, however, are only about 10% of cases.  Then comes cervicgenic headaches at only about 4% of the cases of headaches you see in clinic.  The good news is that tension type and cervicogenic are the ones we really have a lot of success with since they typically come from the suboccipital and/or neck region and that’s our bread and cinnamon butter, baby. That’s hero territory right there because we can turn someone’s life around muy pronto, mi amigo. 

How They Did It

  • It was a randomized controlled crossover trial 
  • It was conducted on 48 participants with cervicogenic symptoms. 
  • Participants were randomized to 6 sessions of thoracic spine manipulation or no treatment and after 4-weeks, groups crossed over. 
  • Outcomes were collected at 4, 8 and 12 weeks and included: headache disability inventory (HDI), neck disability index (NDI), and the global rating of change (GRC). 

What They Found

  • Comparing no-treatment group to the active treatment group, the Headache Disability Index outcomes were not significantly different between groups at any timepoint; 
  • The Neck Disability Index outcome, however, was significant at 4 weeks.

Wrap It Up

Thoracic spine manipulation had no effect on headache-related disability but resulted in significant improvements in neck-related disability and participant reported perceived improvement. Muy bueno, muy bueno. Don’t forget to adjust the T-spine for the neck pain.  Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! It’s live again.

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Item #2

This one is called, “Physical Activity In Children” by Michel et. al. (Michel J 2022) published on April 25, 2022….brand spankin new in the skillet. It’s burns! This is an article really rather than a research project so lets summarize this bad boy. 

They start by saying “The US received an overall grade of D− for physical activity in children, with only about 1 in 4 children meeting the daily recommendation of 60 minutes or more per day.

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this has worsened because children are even less active, missing out on daily activities and group sports, and increasing screen time.” “Being inactive has numerous harmful effects on health and well-being. It is linked to many chronic diseases and conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancers, and early death. In contrast, there are numerous benefits to physical activity for children, including decreased risk for developing all of these diseases and conditions.

Physical activity can also help to decrease stress and improve school performance, sleep, and mental health.” “US physical activity guidelines recommend that children aged 3 to 5 years be physically active throughout most of the day and that children aged 6 to 17 years have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Moderate to vigorous activity means the heart rate is raised higher than the normal resting range and is associated with sweating and deeper breathing.” “How can you help your child meet these goals? First, be an example.

Children copy you, so if you make exercise a part of your routine, they are more likely to follow in your footsteps. You can also help by making physical activity a part of your whole family’s daily routine by setting a time every day, especially when your children are young. In addition, try to make activity fun. If your child enjoys physical activity from an early age, this will likely continue as they grow older.

It can also be helpful to make a list of physical activity options, both for outside and indoors for when the weather is not appropriate. “ These are recommendations for us as parents but also as providers that can guide and encourage out younger patients toward more activity.

Do you do anything outside of your office to encourage your patients to get active? What if one of your staff members wanted to host a walk in the park? A hike in nature? Or something similar?  Good for your patients and good for practice building.  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!

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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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About the Author & Host 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