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Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies: A Special Report Brent S. Russell, DC 1 ; Kathryn T. Hoiriis, DC 2 __________________________________________________________________________________________ BACKGROUND Over a year has passed since the Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies , though it was an event that may have a significant impact on chiropractic research in the coming years. The conference was held on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland on June 9 th and 10, 2005. Primarily a project of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and held at NCCAM’s headquarters, the Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies was cosponsored by the NIH and its Canadian equivalent, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. NCCAM’s mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science. NCCAM has dedicated significant resources to train, encourage, and support skilled investigators. Their aim is to support and broaden the knowledge base on safe and effective CAM healthcare practices. Those unfamiliar with NCCAM may find out more about the missions and goals of that organization through its website, . Although this report comes long after the conference is over, it incorporates the updates issued in the months since; and further, it is intended to encourage chiropractic practitioners and researchers to learn more about NCCAM and its effect on the chiropractic profession. THE CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPANTS While chiropractic is considered to be the largest profession included under the CAM umbrella, manipulative methods performed by other professions is also considered CAM, which also includes massage therapy, acupuncture, herbology, homeopathy, nutritional supplementation, and other alternative approaches. The NCCAM organizers viewed the Manual Therapies conference as a long-overdue follow-up to the 1975 The Research Status of Spinal Manipulative Therapy conference, which was then sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. In 1975, of course, NCCAM did not exist and chiropractic research and scholarship was in a far less developed state than it is now. The Manual Therapies conference had 277 attendees, according to the conference roster, including the presenters and conference organizers. In addition to a large number of attendees representing the chiropractic profession, there were a number of osteopaths, medical doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, practitioners of Feldenkrais and Alexander methods, as well as others from fields such as psychology, acupuncture, exercise sciences, and various forms of rehabilitation. At least twelve North American chiropractic colleges sent
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course RSCH 2501 taught by Professor Brents.russell during the Winter '11 term at Life Chiropractic College West.

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