BACKGROUND Low back pain (LBP) is a recognized public health problem, impacting up to 80% of US adults at some point in their lives. Patients with LBP are utilizing integrative health care such as spinal manipulation (SM). SM is the therapeutic application of a load to specific body tissues or structures and can be divided into two broad categories: SM with… (More)
BACKGROUND Paraspinal thermography is used by chiropractors as an aid in assessing the presence of vertebral subluxation. Few reliability studies have been carried out, with mixed results. Digital infrared scanning equipment is now available with location tracking that may enhance reproducibility. Digitized scans enable a computer-aided interpretation of… (More)
Concerns about climate change, energy security and the volatility of the price of fossil fuels has led to an increased demand for renewable energy. With wind turbines being one of the most mature renewable energy technologies available, the global use of wind power has been growing at over 20% annually, with further adoption to be expected. As a result of… (More)
BACKGROUND Back-related leg pain (BRLP) is a common variation of low back pain (LBP), with lifetime prevalence estimates as high as 40%. Often disabling, BRLP accounts for greater work loss, recurrences, and higher costs than uncomplicated LBP and more often leads to surgery with a lifetime incidence of 10% for those with severe BRLP, compared to 1-2% for… (More)
BACKGROUND A challenge for practitioners using spinal manipulation is identifying when an intervention is required. It has been recognized that joint pain can interfere with the ability to position body parts accurately and that the recent history of muscle contraction can play a part in that interference. In this study, we tested whether repositioning… (More)
College research departments use students as participants in trials and often receive course credit or other incentives, but sometimes challenges are found in recruiting participants without compensation. This commentary describes methods of recruitment for one study at Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and comments from two other schools about how… (More)
The Euler buckling theory has been presented as evidence that spinal curves increase the spine's axial load carrying capacity. The Euler theory is however, derived for an initially straight beam or column and as such cannot be applied to initially curved structures, such as the human spine.