Advancing Chiropractic Care through Research and Innovation
Once every two years, chiropractors from around the world gather to discuss the latest research and advancements in the field and share insights into the fascinating world of pain management and treatments. A few weeks ago, Australia had the privilege of hosting one such event, the World Federation of Chiropractic Conference. Needless to say, I was there, alongside Dr. Robert Kokolich.
Impressions from the Event
To be honest, there wasn't much gossip-worthy at the conference, but there was something far more valuable – a wealth of ongoing research that promises to enhance the way we treat our patients. This research ensures that we can provide more efficient, optimal, and safer care. But before I delve into two intriguing research findings, here are my impressions of the event:
1. The Future of Chiropractic: I was inspired by the presence of young, fresh-faced chiropractors who are eager to change the world, one 'spine' at a time. Their enthusiasm was contagious and served as a reminder of why I am passionate about what I do. The future of chiropractic is in great hands.
2. Validation of Our Work: Listening to some of the brightest minds in chiropractic was inspiring, but what truly made me proud was seeing that recent studies validate many of the practices we already implement at Balanced for Life (BFL). These practices include clear treatment plans, effective patient communication, rehabilitation exercises, and the implementation of different modalities like MLS. This validation reassured me that our approach at BFL leads to faster and longer-lasting patient recoveries.
The Role of Research
I also realized that there is always room for improvement and the integration of new insights into our current treatments. This is where research plays a pivotal role. In particular, I'd like to highlight two significant presentations by Australian researchers and one Norwegian study:
1. Low Back Pain: Co-author Katie De Luca, a fellow graduate from my university, has emerged as an outstanding researcher. Her work underscores the critical importance of addressing low back pain as a leading cause of disability worldwide. This research aligns with a Norwegian study that emphasizes the significance of prevention in reducing pain and minimizing work absences due to back pain.
- Reference: de Luca K, Briggs AM, French SD, Ferreira ML, Cross M, Blyth F, March L. Disability burden due to musculoskeletal conditions and low back pain in Australia: findings from GBD 2019. Chiropr Man Therap. 2022 May 3;30(1):22. doi: 10.1186/s12998-022-00434-4. PMID: 35505334; PMCID: PMC9063272.
- Reference: Myhrvold, B.L., Vikhaug, T.B., DuRose, A. et al. Evidence-based maintenance care among chiropractors in Norway: a cross-sectional survey in the Nordic maintenance care program. Chiropr Man Therap 31, 26 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12998-023-00502-3
2. Chiropractic Care for Children: Dr. Genevieve's preliminary report, based on data from over 22,000 parents in Victoria, Australia, reveals that parents increasingly consider chiropractic care for their children. The primary reasons include musculoskeletal concerns (48%) and developmental issues (40%). The study concluded that chiropractic care had a significant positive impact on children's general health, pain management, and sleep quality. A remarkable 99.6% of parents reported improvements in their child's well-being after receiving chiropractic care.
- Reference: M Keating M,Genevieve. Parent reports of chiropractic care for children: A preliminary report from 22,043 parents in Australia. Journal of Clinical Chiro Paediatrics. 2021 July (1) 20 https://jccponline.com/keating20-01.pdf
In summary, these three studies shed light on the evolving landscape of chiropractic care and how it can benefit you and your family. At Balanced for Life, we're committed to helping you move better, ensuring your well-being, and providing the most effective care available.