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Chiropractic and Dance: Protecting and Enhancing the Potential of the Human Body

Chiropractic is widely respected in the world of dance. Just like professional football or baseball players, dancers use chiropractic care to keep their bodies feeling pain free and able to perform at their full potential. The American Chiropractic Association just happens to have two members who are former dancers now studying to become doctors of chiropractic while also serving on the Student American Chiropractic Association National Board. These are the unique journeys of James Walters and Holly Stephens, and how their experiences as dancers led them to pursue a career in chiropractic.

Author: Sienna Shoup
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ICSC Spotlight: An Osteopathic Physician Discusses His Approach to Cervical Spine Manipulation

The Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference, set for Nov. 8-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa., will bring together members of the chiropractic, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy professions to tackle topics related to manual therapy and its use in treating low back pain and other conditions. As part of the presentation “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) Competency, Safety and Risk Management Presentations,” Michael Seffinger, DO, a professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, discusses the osteopathic approach to ensuring the appropriateness and safety of cervical spine manipulation for patients.

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ICSC Spotlight: Tightening the Knowledge Translation Gap

ICSC presenter Carolina Cancelliere, DC, PhD, is a clinical epidemiologist who serves as research chair in knowledge translation for the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation and as a faculty member in health sciences at Ontario Tech University. She and her team are working to demonstrate how chiropractic care can be applied to help patients suffering from disabilities related to spinal disorders. At ICSC, she will participate in the session “Translating Spinal Care Research into Practice." In this ACA Blogs post, she answers questions about her upcoming presentation.

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ICSC Spotlight: An Osteopathic Physician Unpacks the Evidence for Manual Therapy

The Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference (ICSC) will bring together members of the chiropractic, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy professions to tackle topics related to manual therapy and its use—amid the opioid epidemic—in treating low back pain and other conditions. In his presentation, “Implementation Science/Knowledge Translation Session: Osteopathic Perspective,” Michael Seffinger, DO, a professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, unpacks the sometimes conflicting and sometimes incomplete evidence using his osteopathic lens.

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Paving the Way to Practice (Part 2)

ACA NextGen members offer their best advice to chiropractic students.

In Part 2 of our conversation with ACA’s NextGen members, they share their experiences to date with life and practice, post-graduation. There are many lessons to be learned and questions to ask as you embark on a career in chiropractic; here's what the next generation of chiropractors have taken away from their first few years in practice. 

Author: Sienna Shoup
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Paving the Way to Practice (Part 1)

NextGen members offer their best advice to chiropractic students.

As chiropractic students get ready to graduate and enter the workforce, eager to make their mark in an ever-evolving healthcare world and help patients get well, it's normal for them to be excited and nervous at the same time. There is nothing wrong with needing a little guidance, and luckily, ACA’s NextGen members are here to help. Having graduated within the past five years, NextGen members are fairly new to the workforce, and the struggles and successes of chiropractic college are fresh in their memories. In this first of a two-part series, NextGen members share the best advice they received as students...and what they want YOU to know before venturing into practice.

Author: Sienna Shoup
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ICSC Spotlight: Keynote Speaker Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD

Non-Pharmacological Back Pain Management: Collaborative Solutions

Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, will be the keynote speaker at the Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference (ICSC), Nov. 8-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa. In his presentation, “Non-Pharmacological Back Pain Management: Collaborative Solutions,” Dr. Delitto will discuss how, in the wake of today’s opioid crisis, there is an elevated value placed on chiropractic, physical therapy and osteopathic therapies. He will review the evidence surrounding non-pharmacological treatments and spinal manipulative therapy for back pain, and how manual therapy providers implement this kind of pain management—including how they educate patients about pain.  

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ICSC Spotlight: Manual Therapy and Exercise Research -- Cutting Through the Confusion

Panel discussion will explore how to interpret mixed messages from research.

The topic of clinical effectiveness for spinal manipulation and exercise is extremely timely and relevant to today’s healthcare provider. However, there is one aspect of this topic that continues to confuse both clinicians and patients: namely, how to interpret the mixed messages about the clinical effectiveness of manual therapy and exercise for management of low back and neck pain. There have been multiple systematic reviews of the spinal manipulation literature with conflicting conclusions. The same is true of the literature regarding therapeutic exercise. How then does one justify the use of these treatments?

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Best Practice Recommendations: Translating Evidence Into Action

Research evidence suggests following guideline recommendations can improve quality of care and clinical outcomes. However, translating recommendations into clinical care for individuals can be challenging because guidelines, by nature, tend to inform care on a general level. Further complicating guideline adherence is confusion caused by inconsistent terminology and the existence of multiple guidelines for single conditions, among other issues. Inconsistent recommendations within guidelines raises the question, “Is there common ground among guidelines for musculoskeletal conditions?” To answer this question,  researchers identified 11 recommendations that consistently appear within current guidelines. 

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Young Professionals: What Is Your Vision for Practice?

What do young chiropractic professionals think when they see physicians who are generationally different in thinking and practice than the way they want to practice? Do they have concerns that the established older generation of physicians will not look to them for input on how they want to practice when chiropractic healthcare policies are made? As a profession, how do we reconcile these differences so that our young professionals can have a long and fulfilling life of clinical experiences? ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, invites you to share your dream of what chiropractic is to you.

Author: Robert Jones
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