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Until 2016 our primary research areas are epidemiological and prevention research, spinal pain, musculoskeletal chest pain and osteoarthritis.



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 research efforts at NIKKB are specifically focused on addressing issues related to the on-going development of the profession. To this end, our strategic priorities will be to:

•    Facilitate the on-going systematic collection of data from cohorts of patients suffering from a range of musculoskeletal conditions by building and maintaining a practice-based network of chiropractic clinics and applying novel technologies such as SMS-tracking in the follow-up of these patients;
•    Closely monitor and identify the characteristics of patients seeking chiropractic care, map the interventions delivered, and describe the clinical course;
•    Describe the characteristics and trajectories of musculoskeletal patients seeking care in the primary health care sector by working closely with primary care research units;
•    Articulate a chiropractic professional identity which differentiates the unique contribution of chiropractors to the multidisciplinary nature of the Danish health care system through on-going qualitative interviews; and
•    Study the development of integrated musculoskeletal health care practices in primary and secondary care settings with the aim to strengthen the contribution of chiropractic.

Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2016:

1.    Epidemiological and prevention research
2.    Spinal pain
3.    Musculoskeletal chest pain
4.    Osteoarthritis

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



Chiropractic treatment rather than re-admission

Patients with chest pain are often afraid that their pain is a sign of heart disease. This fear leads to increased health care costs because patients often have more re-admissions to hospital. This need not be. New research shows great advantages in referring some patients for treatment by chiropractors in the primary sector instead.


Over the past 25 years the number of hospital admissions due to chest pain and suspected heart attack has increased significantly in many countries. For a minority of patients the pain is due to heart disease. By contrast, many are diagnosed with other disorders or…

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A new research project at the University of Southern Denmark is going to investigate if an increased focus on motor skills in day care centres can strengthen the children’s health, health, well-being and learning abilities. The Danish foundation, TrygFonden, has donated 8.5 million DKK to the project, the largest single donation received by the Research Unit for Clinical Biomechanics at SDU so far. Together with contributions from The Danish Chiropractic Foundation and the Municipality of Svendborg, the donation ensures completion of the project.


Children’s motor skills seem to influence their well-being, learning ability and general health. Thus, children…

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Peter Kent appointed Adjunct Professor

The Australian researcher Peter Kent has said farewell to SDU and NIKKB and has returned to Australia to take up a position as Associate Professor (Research) at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. However, the University of Southern Denmark will still enjoy the work of the Australian researcher, who has just been appointed Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biomechanics by the university’s Vice Chancellor, Henrik Dam.


News of the appointment was met with joy at the University of Southern Denmark. Most people at IOB and NIKKB know the kind and smiling Australian,…

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Greg Kawchuk is appointed Adjunct Professor at IOB

The Canadian researcher Greg Kawchuk from the University of Alberta has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics (IOB) at the University of Southern Denmark from January 1st 2015 to December 31st 2020.


Greg Kawchuk is already a familiar face at SDU. He has visited the university several times as a visiting scholar to work with researchers from IOB and NIKKB on a number of projects; indeed, it is collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences, IOB and NIKKB that has made it possible to appoint the Canadian researcher.


The appointment of…

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Forget pills and various aids for the prevention and treatment of low back pain. Exercise and training is far more effective - and it's both low-tech and inexpensive compared to expensive high tech solutions like pills, ergonomic chairs, special insoles and Velcro back belts, a recent study published on January 11 this year in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine concludes.


The study is made by a group of Australian and Brazilian researchers who have examined 21 studies of treatment and prevention of lower back pain.


The researchers concluded that exercise and training have an effect in relation to…

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