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Association of Chiropractic Colleges – Research Agenda Conference

Dallas, Texas, April 18, 2018– Parker University Students Participate At The ACC-RAC

Each year at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges – Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) researchers from all over the world submit and present their latest work through posters, group-discussions, and speaking platforms. Of the hundreds of studies submitted, the ACC-RAC, through the sponsorship with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, selects the top three educational research and top seven clinical research for publication in the Journal of Chiropractic Education (JSE) or the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), respectively.

This year, on one of the awards was given to the project conducted at Parker University named ‘The Impact of Extremity Manipulation on Postural Sway Characteristics’. This study looked at the role of extremity manipulations on balance and posture under a variety of conditions and fount that, while balancing on a rocker board, lower extremity manipulations let to better organization of sensorimotor behavior. Interestingly, the study found that upper extremity manipulations led to decreased organization of sensorimotor behavior while balancing on a rocker board.

Beyond the promising preliminary findings, this study was truly novel in a number of other ways. (1) It used a series of very advanced sensors to collect data. (2) The data was analyzed using several mathematical tools that had never been previously utilized in the field of chiropractic. (3) The study was a collaboration between three different universities (Parker University, Whitter College, and Miami University) with five different researchers from very different backgrounds. It was a unique perspective that help make this study a success.

For the students, this was a true learning experience. They not only learned the steps required in performing quality research, they also gained the value of bringing in new knowledge from outside their field of study.

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges is a leadership organization of chiropractic education programs in the United States and Canada that serves to advance excellence in education by leading a mutually supportive chiropractic academic community, and by supporting student learning, research and evidence informed practice. Among its many roles, the ACC also hosts its yearly Research Agenda Conference, known as the ACC-RAC, dedicated to advancing chiropractic knowledge, fostering discussions among different leaders in the field, and promoting student involvement and understanding of chiropractic research.

Parker University, built upon the legacy of its flagship Doctor of Chiropractic program, has established itself as a leading comprehensive institution. Parker University provides students, patients, and wellness professionals with the knowledge and healthcare experiences to realize their full potential through a dedicated focus on education, research, and service.

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