When 60 of the world’s top researchers met for a global medical research summit, the Coulee Region was represented. The Global Summit on Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulation for Prevention and Management of Non-Musculoskeletal Disorders was held in September at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Leo Bronston, owner of Bronston Chiropractic and Community Care Clinics in Onalaska, La Crosse and Sparta, Wisconsin, was the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) representative, where he serves on the Board of Governors and as an ACA Wisconsin delegate.
The group’s objective was to develop evidence-based, patient-centered policy recommendations about the effectiveness of spine manipulation (used in chiropractic adjustments) to prevent or treat non-musculoskeletal disorders. The outcome will help inform patients, the public and policymakers about its use to treat symptoms of various physical ailments in adults and children.
Participants from around the world spent 30 virtually uninterrupted hours assessing hundreds of research articles for relevance, quality and applicability, then presented and voted on findings. Results will be published later this fall. Alongside the research activity, 30 political representatives from national and international associations met to discuss research implications.
Dr. Bronston, a member of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, notes, “Participation in global research efforts is one way of staying at the forefront of medicine – to better serve my patients and our community.”