The Vertebral Subluxation Research Conference, held October 11-12, was a great
success again this year with an excellent slate of speakers and a good turnout
of practitioners in the audience. Sherman College researchers contributed six
presentations while presenters from the field made up the balance.
Faculty members John Hart and Pat Kuhta, D.C.s, joined students from the
research department (Eric Potocki, Andrew Ashton, JP Park and Heenam Park) in
delivering presentations on their projects. Hart presented his work on the
acclimation time recommended for paraspinal thermographic scanning. Kuhta
presented very recent results from her study of the changes that occur in
occipitoatlantal alignment as measured on x-ray with changes in patients’ head
position. Students presented papers on surface EMG research and palpatory
location of skeletal landmarks.
Field doctors Gary Knutson, Robert Leach, Dan Collins, Julie Hunt and Michael
Burcon, D.C.s, gave presentations on their research oriented to the clinical
assessment methods they use in practice. Knutson spoke on the relationship
between supine functional leg length inequality and lumbar muscle endurance.
Leach and Collins gave presentations on the development and reliability of the
Pulstar FRAS device as well a discussing plans for a randomized controlled trial
of the clinical utility of the device. Hunt gave a presentation on the
impressive literature that exists in support of Orthogonally-based upper
cervical chiropractic techniques.
Sherman College Director of
Research Ed Owens, M.S., D.C.,
was the research conference
moderator and presenter of three
Robert Leach, D.C., presents and
discusses the PulStar device.
Research presenter Mike Burcon,
D.C., demonstrates a leg check.
Mike Burcon, D.C., gave a description of the method he uses in his practice to
assess vertebral subluxation, including examples from his case files. Burcon’s
presentation ended with an interactive research study designed with the help of
Sherman College Director of Research Ed Owens, M.S., D.C., and the conference
After reviewing what are considered the most important criteria for a
reliability study, Owens facilitated the development of a research project on
the spot. Attendees divided themselves into subjects and examiners and actually
carried out the study at the end of the day on Saturday. Owens tabulated the
results overnight and presented the findings for evaluation and discussion at
the first session on Sunday morning.
Research conference attendees joined the philosophy conference attendees for
special presentations delivered after lunch on Saturday by Gerald Clum, D.C.,
President of Life College of Chiropractic-West and Reed Phillips, D.C.,
President of the Southern California Health Sciences University and the Los
Angeles College of Chiropractic.
The conference proceedings can be viewed on the Sherman College Research web
page. Go to www.sherman.edu/research
and view the “Subluxation Conference” page to access the complete list of