The Audible Release – Investigating the Cracking Joint

By |2018-08-22T14:32:39+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Chiropractic, Research|

A cracking joint (audible release) has been at the foundation of the chiropractic profession for over a century. It is performed on patients daily across the world in the management of spinal pain. However, what is the deal with the mechanism? Where is the sound coming from? As a chiropractic student between 1996 and 2000, [...]

Advancing Research with Chair-Care Decompression Exercise

By |2017-02-13T00:04:52+00:00December 21st, 2016|Chair-care Exercise, Chiropractic, Research, Spinal decompression|

In a recent research article published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, the authors looked to modify an exercise I had published in 2010 in both the Journal of Bodywork and Therapies and The Spine Journal. In our original papers, the arms were used to "off-load" the spine in an exercise I called chair-care [...]

The language of chiropractic patient education No Nocebo

By |2017-02-13T00:04:52+00:00December 6th, 2016|Chiropractic, Intervertebral disc, Low Back Pain, Spine Education|

The language we use as professionals is important. When I took my chiropractic oath in 1999, it was the "first do no harm" I believed to be most important. As I began practice I could hear myself speak about findings and I struggled in the beginning to translate findings like 'degenerative disc disease' to the patient [...]

Spinal Cord Compression While Upright

By |2017-02-13T00:04:52+00:00November 21st, 2016|Chiropractic, Research, Shoulder Pain|

Spinal cord compression can be painful and a real challenge to figure out sometimes. Often I will have patients report to me that their shoulder blade pain will get worse over the course of the day. Common is also the report that the symptoms get better when they are lying down. In a recent case, [...]