The Chair of Trustees of a health charity set up by chiropractors to benefit their patients and the general public has claimed that research is integral to the development of his profession.

Richard Brown, who as President of the British Chiropractic Association, oversaw the formation of the Chiropractic Research Council, made his comments as the charity announced that it would be launching a call for applications for research funding.

“Research truly is the currency of the chiropractic profession,” he said. “If we can commit to constantly improving our knowledge base and looking objectively at the benefits of how we treat patients, the profession will improve and we will see greater opportunities for collaborating with our colleagues in other health disciplines.”

One of the frequent criticisms of chiropractic treatment is that it has a poor volume of high quality research to back up its claims of effectiveness and safety. However, Richard disagrees.

“In the past two decades we have seen a real commitment within the profession to more critically examine what we do and judge its effectiveness and safety. There are far more PhD chiropractors than ever before doing some really valuable work all over the world.
“What we cannot do is rest on our laurels. There are more and more patients seeking chiropractic care every year, from high performance athletes to those who barely exercise at all. We need to find out what works best for the different groups of patients that we see and, importantly, determine why it works.”

The CRC has spent the past two years since its inception building a fund that will support projects across the UK and beyond. As a UK registered charity, it has received most of its funding from the contributions of chiropractors themselves. Members of the British Chiropractic Association have paid into the fund by means of a levy on their subscriptions, which has seen it swell to over £300,000.
“It is a fantastic effort and we are extremely grateful to BCA members who have put their hands in their pockets and contributed to this important charity.”

To find out more about the work of the CRC, visit www.crc-uk.org.