Cervical spine manipulation is associated with increased inter-vertebral motion – European Chiropractors’ Union Convention May 2014

I was delighted not only to present the main findings of my PhD research at the ECU 2014 Convention in Dublin but to receive the ‘Best New Researcher’ prize! Really fantastic – many thanks to the ECU.

Presenting at ECU 2014 On the podium about to begin my presentation at ECU 2014, cool as a cucumber…

I had been a little nervous about how my findings might be received by chiropractors, having already presented my findings at a largely surgical conference, BritSpine . The findings were fairly well received at BritSpine. How might they be received by a profession that has largely been defined, at least in the past, by it’s use of spinal manipulation?

 The findings, in a nutshell, were that cervical spine manipulation is associated with increased inter-vertebral motion – that was the headline. However, as with any “big” headline, there are a couple of caveats, in other words, the changes in motion were not too dramatic and only occurred in some of the patients. However, this was the first study (to my knowledge) to demonstrate changes in inter-vertebral motion after manipulation. I don’t want to say any more as we have had a paper accepted for publication and we are reliably informed it will be available online by the end of this month. Once it’s published I’ll be able to tell you the full story. Look out for the paper in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies very soon!

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