33 Principles and Chiropractic Waves

I was thrilled to be invited to write an article for the magazine 33 Principles published by the United Chiropractors Association. The article came out in the summer issue. We have posted it here with permission: Chiropractic Waves.

The article covers an outline of the 8 important waves of chiropractic ideas. The waves are also featured at The Institute Chiropractic. The chiropractic waves of philosophy are as follows: First Wave (1897-1907), Second Wave (1908-1915), Third Wave (1916-1927), Fourth Wave (1928-1948), Fifth Wave (1949-1961), Sixth Wave (1962-1975), Seventh Wave (1976-1996), and the Eighth Wave (1997-2017). The waves are one way to organize the complex history of ideas in chiropractic according to philosophical contribution. Another way is according to generation. References to the article may be found here: Refs.

Here are a few other highlights from this excellent little magazine:

Scotland College of Chiropractic

In an update from Dr. Ross McDonald, chair of The Scotland College of Chiropractic Charitable Trust, the latest projects and support for SCC were unveiled. The Board is actively developing the program and planning to meet the highest standards. 

Support for the new college continues to roll in. Several groups have made donations. Also, the Delta Sigma Chi organization and The Institute Chiropractic have pledged donations of books. The Delts will generously provide a set of Green Books. At TIC, we will be donating a set of White Books (we are just waiting for our newest books to be published so that their set is the most complete.) The Board is actively seeking donations to develop an osteological collection of human spines.

If you would like to learn more or donate to The Scotland College of Chiropractic please follow this link: SCC

Syntropy Chiropractic Training

The magazine also included an introduction to Syntropy Chiropractic Training (SCT) developed by Dr. Patrick McMahon (TIC Member) and Dr. Aaron Morris. Their vision for training chiropractors to adjust with mastery is powerful. In order to deal with the issues of burn out, poor results, and low referrals, they decided to teach fundamental skills based on their backgrounds in martial arts, exercise physiology, neurology, biomechanics, advanced athletic training, and chiropractic.

The program is based on three levels: Tonal palpation, 3D coupled biomechanics, and acquiring motor skills that are designed to practice effortless adjustments. By teaching chiropractors to train like master athletes, SCT offers some excellent tools for any chiropractor or chiropractic student. It looks great! You can check out their training schedule here: SCT

Where is the Evidence?

Another gem from this issue is a four page article by Dr. Dave Russell (TIC Member) on how to write a case study. In the article Dr. Russell provides a template for chiropractors to contribute to the literature and build the evidence base by writing case reports. He emphasizes that everyone can do it. All that you need to get started is a patient that has had positive outcomes from the correction of vertebral subluxation. Outcomes could be anything from musculoskeletal changes to emotional and psychological wellbeing improvements. Cases don’t have to be miracles to make a good case report.

The keys to documenting any case are: detailed history and notes both subjective and objective and at least one progress evaluation. The more data you collect, the stronger the report will likely be. He suggests that you can set up your practice so that case reports become a regular way for you to document evidence and contribute to the literature. He also includes some tips on how to actually write the report as well as a list of journals that publish case reports.

Other excellent resources on case reports include McCoy’s manual on the topic: The Case Study Report, and a two hour course available for TIC Members: How to Write a Case Report.

It is an excellent magazine. To join the UCA just follow this link: UCA

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