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Towards 2022, NIKKB research will focus on developing customised treatment for the individual patient, research into how we can implement new knowledge in daily practice and understand the lifelong trajectory of musculoskeletal disease.



The Research Unit at NIKKB has formulated a strategy outlining the institute's research priorities for the period 2018-2022.

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The strategic aim of the research efforts at NIKKB is to continue to contribute new knowledge in the musculoskeletal field by focusing on solving specific challenges at the level of both the patient and society, specifically:


  • Patients with musculoskeletal problems experience different clinical courses, which is why we will continue our work to establish ‘customised’ interventions based on new knowledge.
  • Our ambition is to focus on implementation research where new knowledge about the barriers to, and methods for, promoting the systematic application of research findings is further developed and embedded in daily clinical practice.
  • At NIKKB, our research has always sought to understand the life trajectories of musculoskeletal disease. This will still apply. We will continue to study these clinical courses in order to develop insights that are useful and practical in prevention and treatment.


Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2022:


  1. Patient profiles & differentiated care
  2. Implementation research & knowledge translation
  3. Musculoskeletal heath from a life course perspective with a special focus on spinal health


Read more about our research focus under the section Project Areas in the menu.




A study published recently shows evidence that manipulation and/or mobilisation is a safe therapy with a great potential for reducing pain in the neck and improving function. Multimodal therapies which integrates multiple treatment approaches seems to have the greatest potential impact.


Mobilisation and manipulation are already widely used by chiropractors to treat chronic nonspecific neck pain. But questions have been asked about the efficacy, dosing and safety of these therapies as well as their efficiency compared to other treatments. This prompted a group of American and Canadian researchers to look for answers on how efficient manipulation and/or mobilisation is…

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If you are a young researcher in MSK disease, you can now apply to become part of the next CARL (Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership) generation.
CARL was established in 2016 to nurture and network promising research talent on the international stage. Providing a range of mentoring, career and research-specific training, CARL aims to not only bolster the opportunities of leading individual researchers but equally if not more importantly to also connect them and harness a critical mass for future research related to chiropractic across the world stage. CARL was established and designed by an international consortium of senior researchers…

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Are you a chiropractor? Are you thinking about becoming a PhD? Would you be tempted to study for the PhD degree abroad?


If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, we have exciting news for you. The Department of Chiropractic Scholarship at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia is offering a PhD scholarship to a qualified applicant


Read more about the schiolarship in this link: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/phd-and-research-degrees/scholarships/scholarship-search/data/department-of-chiropractic-scholarship

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A group of researchers have drawn up a list of recommendations to be considered when treating musculoskeletal disability in the paper ”What does best practice care for musculoskeletal pain look like? Eleven consistent recommendations from high-quality clinical practice guidelines: systematic review” in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


Presented in bullet form, the eleven recommendations are (expanded and explained in the paper):


  • Care should be patient centred. This includes care that responds to the individual context of the patient, employs effective communication and uses shared decision-making processes.
  • Screen patients to identify those with a higher likelihood of serious…

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CARL, the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership, have just released the 5th edition of their newsletter. In the newsletter, you can read about the activities undertaken by the CARL fellows since the last newsletter, publications by the CARL fellows and a strong plea from the CARL mentors Jon Adams, Greg Kawchuk and Jan Hartvigsen to support the next generation of the project, CARL the 2nd. Read the newsletter here:CARL newsletter no. 5

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