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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.



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On September 2nd, the Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen fulfilled a boyhood dream. When he was sent into space to the International Space Station, he became the first Dane in space. But both he and the other astronauts encounter a number of challenges when they leave the Earth. Weightlessness naturally affects the muscles, and during his time in space, Andreas Mogensen will test…

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9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain


Take part in the 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Singapore in 2016 and update your knowledge of lumbar and pelvic pain.


Professor and Head of Research at the IOB and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, Jan Hartvigsen, is a member of the organizing committee and a speaker at the 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Singapore from 31 October to 3 November 2016. Jan Hartvigsen was also invited to speak at the congress, when it…

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The term Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) reflects the fact that many injured complain about other symptoms besides whiplash after a traffic collision. It may be pain in other parts of the spine, tingling and tingling in the arms or legs, fatigue, nausea, cognitive problems, poor physical and mental health, depression and…

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NIKKB researcher wins top prize in Athens

Alice Kongsted, senior researcher at NIKKB and lecturer at the IOB, was awarded first prize in WFC’s Research Poster Award Competition for the best poster presentation at the WFC / ECU's World Congress 13 - 16-May in Athens.


Alice Kongsted presented two posters at the Congress, and received the prize for her poster entitled "Are chiropractic patients afraid of movement? - You can easily find out if your patient are " where she and two graduate students have studied the simplest and easiest way to screen chiropractic patients for fear of movement.


The award is a great accolade…

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An examination of data from a number of publications demonstrates a slight increase in the risk of cardiovascular problems by the use of high doses of ibuprofen, writes Dagens Medicin on its website dagensmedicin.dk.


Ibuprofen is a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug, which is given to patients with joint pain among others, but according to a review of available data by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adverse effects committee PRAC, a dose of 2400 mg or more per day may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke.


PRAC recommends that the advice…

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