The rise from unrecognized fringe alternative practitioners to mainstream health professionals has largely been fuelled by research - and much of that research has been paid for by chiropractors themselves: unsurprisingly, there are not many large pharmaceutical companies giving out grants to show that patients need less ibuprofen and more manipulation! Despite that, an increasing evidence base exists for many standard chiropractic treatments.
The Royal College of Chiropractors recently commissioned an independent review of published materials to see for which treatments chiropractic effectiveness had been 'proved' and identify where further research was still needed.
Our clinics contribute to the Royal College of Chiropractors' Research Unit, the UK Chiropractic Research Foundations and the AECC research facility; we also have self-funded our own in-house research.
Both partners have fostered a keen interest in research since graduating and have regularly published articles in both chiropractic and medical peer reviewed journals.
Antoinette Young has specialized in paediatric research and has a particular interest in developmental delay disorders such as dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia. She has published the results of her research in The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, The British Journal of Chiropractic, Clinical Chiropractic and the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. Click here to view all of Antoinette's publications.
Martin Young obtained an Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Glamorgan for his work investigating chiropractic management of dyspepsia and heartburn. The results of a pilot study into this area was recently published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. He has also published in the British Journal of Chiropractic, Clinical Chiropractic, the Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine and the Journal of Manipulative & Psysiological Therapeutics. Click here to view all of Martin's publications.
Both regularly act as reviewers for learned papers and both sat for many years on the Royal College of Chiropractor's research unit, to which Antoinette Young was elected chair in 2002, overseeing and coordinating much of the clinically based chiropractic research in the UK; Antoinette stepped down as chair in 2010 due to other commitments.
In 2006, the clinic was one of a handful to be given specialist research status for its ongoing contribution to the research that is so vital to improving the scope and quality of care offered to chiropractic patients.