18th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS): Advancing the Chiropractic Profession through Vertebral Subluxation Correction

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18th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS): Advancing the Chiropractic Profession through Vertebral Subluxation Correction

Exploring Philosophical, Theoretical, and Practical Dimensions at Sherman College of Chiropractic

In the ever-evolving field of chiropractic care, scientific conferences play a crucial role in disseminating groundbreaking research and promoting evidence-based practices. The 18th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) held at the prestigious Sherman College of Chiropractic from May 4 to 6, 2023, proved to be a milestone event for the profession.

This symposium brought together distinguished presenters from across the globe to present their research, philosophical considerations, and practical applications related to vertebral subluxation correction. The symposium Proceedings, published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, showcased the vital role of research in shaping the future of chiropractic care.

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A Platform for Diverse Research

The IRAPS presented a diverse array of research topics, ranging from case studies to theoretical explorations. Each presenter brought unique perspectives, contributing to the holistic understanding of vertebral subluxation correction. Notably, Daniel Becker DC highlighted the relationship between cervicocephalic repositioning errors and subluxation patterns in asymptomatic chiropractic college students, shedding light on the significance of early detection and correction.

Alan Brewster DC, ACP, took a lighthearted yet insightful approach, reviewing various research studies and emphasizing the importance of distinguishing between useful, fun, and sometimes infuriating research. This humorous yet informative presentation served as a reminder of the importance of critical analysis in the scientific community.

Philosophical Considerations and Professional Identity

John Taylor Thornhill BA, DC, engaged the audience with a thought-provoking discussion on universal and innate information, sparking conversations on the philosophical underpinnings of chiropractic care. In a similar vein, Matthew McCoy DC, MPH, addressed concerns about disinformation, censorship, and infringement of academic freedom within the chiropractic profession, urging practitioners to uphold the principles of transparency and integrity in their work.

The President of Sherman College Jack Bourla DC held an intriguing discussion titled: The Religion of Chiropractic or Chiropractic Religion or Not. His discussion reviewed various writings of DD and BJ Palmer and others and sought to find clarity to the answer: Is chiropractic a religion? He looked at such concepts as populist rhetoric, mind body spirit, vitalism, competition between science and religion, alternative medicine, and thoughts from chiropractic's Founders.

The symposium also addressed issues related to best practice guidelines for the clinical management of vertebral subluxation. Anquonette Stiles DC, MPH, Christie Kwon-Retter DC, MS, MPH, and Matthew McCoy DC, MPH, collaborated to emphasize the ongoing effort of developing evidence-based guidelines, aiming to standardize and improve patient care across the profession.

Practical Applications and Case Studies

The IRAPS provided a platform for practitioners to showcase the real-world impact of chiropractic care. Allie Hamstead DC shared a compelling case study of a patient with moderate thoracic and lumbar scoliosis, demonstrating the potential of subluxation-based chiropractic care in reducing upper back pain and sciatica.

Michael Burcon BPh, DC, presented a remarkable case report on the resolution of vertigo, restored hearing, and improved quality of life in a patient with Meniere's disease and failed craniectomy. This study shed light on the potential of chiropractic care in co-managing complex neurological conditions.

Shaleigh McBride DC and Christie Kwon MS, DC, MPH, addressed the integration of chiropractic care in long-term residential addiction recovery programs through a pilot study. The results offered insights into the potential benefits of chiropractic care in supporting addiction recovery and enhancing overall well-being.

The Importance of Research in Advancing Chiropractic Care

The presentations at IRAPS collectively underscored the importance of research in the chiropractic profession. By exploring philosophical foundations, theoretical frameworks, and practical applications, the symposium highlighted how research informs evidence-based practices and elevates the standard of patient care.


The 18th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) held at Sherman College of Chiropractic in May 2023 proved to be a significant event in the chiropractic profession. The symposium provided a platform for researchers, practitioners, and scholars to share their findings, insights, and experiences related to vertebral subluxation correction. From philosophical considerations to practical applications, each presentation contributed to the growing body of knowledge in chiropractic care.

As the chiropractic profession continues to evolve, events like IRAPS play a crucial role in advancing evidence-based practices, fostering professional growth, and ultimately improving patient outcomes. By staying committed to research and embracing the latest advancements, chiropractors can continue to provide effective and compassionate care to their patients, solidifying their position as vital healthcare partners in the journey to optimal well-being.

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