Tag Archives: Neck pain

Does cervical lordosis change after spinal manipulation for non-specific neck pain? A prospective cohort study.

Does cervical lordosis change after spinal manipulation for non-specific neck pain? A prospective cohort study

C-spine QF image for Chiro and Man Therapies

I’m pleased to report that our new paper exploring the mechanism of spinal manipulation has been published today.  We wanted to investigate the theory that spinal manipulation for non-specific (so-called) neck pain might be associated with changing cervical lordosis. Read about the study here! 

(Last year’s paper, in case you missed it, described our investigating of whether spinal manipulation for neck pain was associated with increased inter-vertebral motion, and whether any increases were related to patient-reported outcome measures. Click here to read that one).


Telling the story of my research into the mechanism of spinal manipulation in a single image…

Research Photograph Competition at Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University’s academics and postgraduate researchers were set the challenge of depicting their research in  a single image. The resulting images demonstrate the fascinating range of research taking place at the university. The pictures have been entered into a competition and you can view them all and vote for your favourite here or on Facebook. Maybe you’ll see an image you recognise…? (hint, hint); but you should vote for your favourite! (Deadline is 27th March).

P.S. As the corrections I needed to make to my thesis have now been submitted I will be posting a blog very soon regarding the findings from my investigation into the mechanism of spinal manipulation. Sorry to keep you waiting!

Does spinal manipulation change cervical inter-vertebral motion?

I’m delighted to have recently given a presentation of my main PhD findings at BritSpine 2014, at the University of Warwick. BritSpine is the biennial scientific congress of the United Kingdom Spine Societies (UKSSB). The UKSSB represents the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) and the Society of Back Pain Research (SBPR) making BritSpine the largest and most prestigious spine research conference in the UK. This was a fantastic opportunity to present my research on spinal manipulation and neck pain to eminent clinicians and researchers, and field questions from none less than the President of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons and the Chair of the United Kingdom Spine Societies Board – sigh of relief when they appeared to be happy with my answers!

At BritSpine 2014

This is the first time I have presented my findings to a spine-research expert audience and this resulted in invaluable feedback that will inform not only future presentations, but my thesis too. It was only through the award of a Santander Mobility Award that I was able to attend this prestigious conference – many thanks to the Bournemouth University Graduate School and Santander Universities for making this attendance possible.

My thesis is entitled, “An observational study of changes in cervical inter-vertebral motion and the relationship with patient-reported outcomes in patients undergoing spinal manipulative therapy for neck pain”. I am supervised by Professors Alan Breen and Jenni Bolton, (AECC) and Dr Sarah Hean at BU, and the thesis is due for completion in the summer.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in whether spinal manipulation changes inter-vertebral motion (if if it’s got anything to do with patient-reported improvement), you might like to check out the conference abstract which was published in the European Spine Journal 23(Suppl 1): S128.

Is spinal manipulation associated with changes in cervical inter-vertebral motion? @bournemouthuni

I will be answering this question (as best as I can!) in my presentation at the 6th PGR Conference at Bournemouth University. I’ve been researching the association between spinal manipulation for neck pain and changes in cervical inter-vertebral motion (and the relationship with patient improvement) for the last three years for my PhD. This is my first opportunity to share the results at a conference with my peers. My presentation is on Thursday 23rd January 2014 (10.10am) if you can make it – please come along! Click here to book a space and here’s the programme: BU PGR Conference Programme 2014. See you there!

Leonardo da Vinci c.1515

Leonardo da Vinci c.1515

“We can tell where it hurts, but can we tell where the pain is coming from or where we should manipulate?”

Hot off the press commentary in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies highlighting the challenges we (we = chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, GPs, orthopaedic and neuro-surgeons and any other healthcare professionals who manage neck/back pain) still face in the diagnosis and management of “non-specific” spinal pain.