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Back to basics on chiropractic

Do you remember that story earlier this year about the chiropractor cracking a baby’s back? It wasn’t the first time chiropractic has been met with controversy in the media.

But how much do you really know about how chiropractors work and what they do?

It turns out even the experts aren’t so sure, which has started a whole new research project at the University of Technology Sydney.


ACCORN is a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) that invites all Australian chiropractors to partner in a national practitioner questionnaire. It’s the first of it’s kind in Australia to ask the basic who, what, where, when and why’s of chiropractic practice.This means that instead of setting out to do a complex medical trial with a specialised focus, the trial will collect some general “who what where and why’s” from chiropractors themselves.

Professor Jon Adams is the Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM). He spoke to Ninah Kopel.

Image: Michael Dorausch on Flickr.

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