A practice-based survey designed to understand the symptoms and severity of COVID-19 disease among patients receiving chiropractic care.
Help us understand more about COVID-19 in a national research survey. This information could be important and may help develop an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on patients under chiropractic care and the relationship between COVID-19, patient characteristics and chiropractic care. This is valuable information as we continue to face this pandemic. If you are a practicing chiropractor and would like to participate in this study, please register at https://form.jotform.com/210895344022148.
Technique Lab of the Future
The Dr. Sid E. Williams Center for Chiropractic Research (CCR) is dedicated to the advancement of the chiropractic profession through engagement in research of significance. Our researchers are at the forefront of studying the biomechanics of the chiropractor’s most important tool, the adjustment. In addition to knowledge of anatomy and joint biomechanics, and the skill to correctly identify anatomical locations on patients, students need training in several physical components of performing adjustments. All of these motor skills need to be accomplished in a coordinated manner, with proper body mechanics, to produce an adjustment that is effective and safe for the patient and the doctor.
To address this need, the CCR is developing a Technique Lab of the Future (TLOF). This unique educational tool will provide an entirely new and state-of-the-art methodology for the technique faculty to utilize as a part of student learning. Students will be taught to correctly identify anatomical locations, feel the difference between fixated and non-fixated regions, and reproduce the magnitude and speed of thrusts similar to targets provided by their instructors. Through use of an adjusting mannequin – with the look, feel, size and weight of an average person – that includes 64 pressure sensors at key spinal landmarks, an adjusting bench with built in force plate, portable force feedback devices, and motion tracking equipment, students will be able to receive advanced performance feedback during early technique training.
A randomized wait-list control trial evaluating the effect of team-based applied clinical neuroscience care on self-reported symptoms of depression and cerebellar function in adults with medication-resistant depression
A pilot study design that operationalizes the multimodal manner of care while evaluating changes in depression symptoms, dysmetria, and balance for medication non-responders.
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Effectiveness of chiropractic care on a healthy population as assessed by balance and dual task performance analysis
A study utilizing the NeuroCom Balance System to evaluate a participant’s balance following a Chiropractic adjustment. Pre-testing, Post-testing, and 1-week post testing assessments are done.
The influence of rhetorical sensitivity on the chiropractors’ cultural authority
When communicating chiropractic to the community, it behooves the speaker to remain consciously sensitive to how each message is received by others. Unfortunately, this communication skill called ‘rhetorical sensitivity’ is not instinctual; it must be taught, trained, and developed over time. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate chiropractors’ attitudes towards communication and relate how these preferences influence the messages chiropractors currently create. This investigation will provide insights for improving chiropractors’ communication success in future engagements.
Axial Stability Method (ASM) chiropractic care: an exploration of response to care within patient subtypes.
The purpose of this study is to determine if there are differences between patients who present with a left or right compensation of the pelvis. Assessments include surveys, balance testing, EEG, physiology recording using wrist band technology, and sensory-cognitive tasks.
Feasibility of synchronized EMG and movement analysis in the evaluation of the Global Assessment chiropractic protocol.
The focus of the study is to test the integration of movement and muscle activation pattern analysis equipment with force applied through use of the manual muscle test used in the Global Assessment chiropractic protocol. This will be used to evaluate changes in muscle activation response before and after a chiropractic adjustment.
Assessment of inter-limb symmetry in walking: establishment of methods (phase 1)
This study will assess the changes in arm swing and cognitive performance before and after a chiropractic adjustment, while including an evaluation of inter examiner reliability.
Variability in adjustive thrust characteristics of chiropractic faculty instructors
This project is part of the Technique Lab of the Future (TLoF), a multi-faceted biomechanical and educational project involving manual chiropractic adjustment. We use a standard pelvic “bench” with a built-in force plate, the PAT (Palpation and Adjustment Trainer) mannequin, and an Excel-based app to record and display forces and speeds of adjustment thrusts performed on the bench. Ten faculty members will perform posterior-to-anterior thrusts on the mannequin in trials with and without feedback of the amount of force, via display on a computer monitor, and we will examine their consistency with themselves and each other.
Autonomic dysfunction: a feasibility study of methodologies
This feasibility study will use a series of tests and data analysis methods on a generally healthy population to determine which measures to standardize for the projected series of autonomic studies. This study will take patient comfort into account along with the quality and quantity of data able to be elicited in order to determine which methods are best suited for our projected line of study in populations with autonomic dysfunction.
Evaluation of changes in autonomic balance following chiropractic care in patients with Covid-19 post-viral syndrome
While researchers and medical care professionals are working tirelessly to develop effective care strategies and a solution to the present SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, many patients are looking for ways to boost their body’s own natural defenses. In addition to supplementation, chiropractic care is one of the leading complementary and integrative medicine modalities that patients utilize. According to a report from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 53% of patients utilize spinal manipulative therapy – such as chiropractic – for wellness care, with 11% specifically utilizing the therapy for immune support. The purpose of this study is to pilot test an initial study protocol for the evaluation of the effects of Axial Stability Method (ASM) chiropractic care on autonomic function in individuals who are experiencing prolonged symptoms of COVID-19.