How quick are your reflexes?

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When I was a kid, I used to play cowboys with my pals Geoff and Pete. We had toy pistols that make a great bang when we did our gun draw duels, but I was always the slowest to draw my gun and was always the first to ‘die’. We used to talk about having ‘quick reflexes’, but what we really meant was quick ‘reactions’.

Our reflexes are actually a test of nerve function. We test patients reflexes a lot here in the clinic, because we want to know if their nerves are working properly. Is it good to have fast reflexes, or slow reflexes? Find out in this short video!

If you want to read the BMJ article about reflexes, you can find it here.

Spinal manipulative treatment helps acute low back pain

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There was an interesting article published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was a research study into the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for acute low back pain. The outcome of the study was very positive. What was really great (from our point of view) was the editorial encouraging medical doctors to refer patients with back pain for manipulative treatment. It was encouraging to see such a cooperative attitude towards the chiropractic profession. Thanks to Dr Richard Deyo MD, MPH! You can read the research study by Neil Paige MD and colleagues here:…/jama/article-abstract/2616395…

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