Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Anglo-European College of Chiropractic At the Research Agenda Conference (RAC) V, 2000, I had the opportunity of speaking with Dr. Gregory Plaugher, director of research at Life West Chiropractic College. He remarked on the amazing group of un-published research studies that were routinely performed at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) and recommended that I see if there were any studies related to SOT. Under the guidance of Dr. Jenniffer Bolton, Director of Research, AECC is leading the chiropractic community in encouraging their students to perform and hopefully eventually publish research projects and papers.

I hope you find the following of interest, please note that the listing of research projects are only a very small percentage of all those performed, but I feel would be of special interest. For further information on these studies please contact the library AECC at:

Charles L. Blum, DC

About AEEC and Research

Chiropractic in much of Europe is rapidly becoming recognized by governments as part of primary healthcare, so rapidly in some cases, that a period of time will be necessary before its role is fully understood.

The increasing need to make sound health policy decisions in areas related to chiropractic means that reliable and well documented research from the profession’s academic institutions is more necessary than ever before.

The AECC with its extensive research portfolio and wide network of national and international collaborations is in the front line in providing this research evidence.

During the 1995-7 Academic Years, as the pace of the profession’s acceptance was gathering, many of the academic staff at the College sought to underpin their teaching with the most up-to-date knowledge available. In many cases, this knowledge originated in their own research work. This has done much to prepare our graduates for a greatly enhanced professional life.

The AECC is fully committed to being a world leader in chiropractic research.

AECC Student Research Projects

Spanning years 3 and 4, students undertake a research project. This is an opportunity for a student to depart from the core curriculum and study in-depth an area of special interest. Research projects cover a vast array of subject, areas, including qualitative and quantitative research designs.

Some students choose to collect data in their home country over the summer vacation, often using questionnaires aimed at practitioners or their patients. Others carry out their investigations in the science laboratories) at the college, or perhaps in the college outpatient clinic.

Whatever the topic, students use the excellent databases in the library to carry out searches of current literature in their chosen subject. Each student works closely on a one-to-one basis with his/her project supervisor, learning not only skills in research, but also time-management and computing skills.

At the end of the year, each student produces a bound project, a copy of which is catalogued in the library and available on request. The college is one of only a very few chiropractic colleges world-wide to have an undergraduate research program and has an outstanding international reputation for its pioneering role and expertise in this area.

As a result, students graduate from AECC with a critical and inquiring mind, equipped with the knowledge and skills to continue to research throughout their professional lives .

SOT Related Projects Unpublished

Faulkner JR, (student), Warren M., (Tutor). An investigation to ascertain any association existing between postural analysis and SOT categorisation., AECC Project List 2001
Brauner S, (student), Humphreys K., (tutor), Warren M., (tutor).  Validity and reliability of SOT categorization for postural sway, AECC Project List 2001
Jackson GD, “Inter-and intra examiner reliability of the SOT ‘five step analysis’ procedure.” AECC Project List 2000
McKnight R, “The difference in sacrum load displacement behaviour in standing posture between sot Category 2 and Non-Category 2 subjects.” AECC Project List 2000
Toward JW, “EMG recordings taken before and after the Category Two SOT treatment procedure.” AECC Project List 1998-1999
Marshall F, “Effect of prone blocking on step length and foot splay in subjects with a pelvic distortion pattern”, AECC Project List 1996
If you would like further information on these studies please contact the library AECC at :

Informative Projects Related to SOT

B.S. Mitchell, B.K. Humphreys and C. Peterson,  Investigations into the morphology of the human ligamentum nuchae

The ECU awarded a grant of £2500 for investigations into the morphology of the ligamentum nuchae (LN) in movements of the cervical spine.  A recent cadaveric study has revealed that the Ln is a more complex structure than hitherto described and may have dural attachments at some cervical levels. This possibility has important implications for the role of spinal manipulation in the treatment of such conditions as cervicogenic headache. the grant proposal was for support to conduct magnetic resonance (MR) investigations into the precise attachments of LN in cadaveric specimens.