Training Program in Axial Stability Method® Chiropractic. Axial Stability Method (ASM®) is a revolutionary new chiropractic technique that has the potential to change the way we think about health and healing, bring down health care costs and improve the vitality and productivity of innumerable lives. The Zebrin Foundation has sponsored a two-part initiative to train chiropractors in ASM, led by Dr. Lydia Knutson.
- ASM Modular Training Program. This program was designed to train practicing chiropractors to use ASM in their practices. It consisted of a series of 11 weekend seminars taught by Dr. Knutson over a 15 month period in 2017-19, combined with supplemental materials for distance learning and engagement. In between seminars, participants practiced the techniques within their own chiropractic practices, with additional coaching from Dr. Knutson. Five chiropractors completed the first offering of this program in February, 2019. The program will be redesigned and taught a second time to refine the curriculum and make it more widely available to more chiropractors.
- ASM Residency Program. The ASM Chiropractic Residency Program was designed for recent chiropractic school graduates to learn ASM. It was offered during an 18 month period in 2017-19, was directed by Dr. Knutson, and was based at Lydian Chiropractic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Residents developed clinical skills in ASM treatment by treating patients at Lydian Chiropractic, and also learned about all aspects of running a practice, including office policies and procedures, regulatory compliance issues and practice building. Four recent chiropractic school graduates participated in the Residency Program, including two whose initial training in ASM came through the ASM Modular Training Program. In the future, we expect that a residency program will be a useful follow-up training experience for some graduates of the Modular program.
Practitioner Data Gathering Initiative. Based on our experience with Lydian Chiropractic’s data gathering project, Zebrin is exploring ways to encourage more holistic practitioners to gather data on their clinical practices. We are particularly interested in identifying opportunities for practitioners to build partnerships with organizations in their communities. To build these partnerships, data is important. If a practitioner has even a small amount of relevant clinical data from their practice, this can make a big difference in sparking an organization’s interest in a partnership. Once an organizational partnership is started, it can be an ideal context for conducting further clinical research. A partnership can make it easier to attract research funding, and also make it easier to recruit selected patients to participate in the research study. For more about this initiative, click here
Lydian Chiropractic Equipment Grant. In 2013-14, Zebrin sponsored Lydia Knutson DC and Lydian Chiropractic to gather data within their chiropractic practice. Lydian Chiropractic used a device called an Optogait to analyze their patients’ gait, as a way of measuring whether their chiropractic treatments can improve balance. They also used patient surveys to assess improvements in back pain, neck pain and headaches. Through this experience, we have learned a great deal about the possibilities and the challenges of collecting data within a clinical practice.
The Optogait data that was collected is currently being prepared for publication, which is expected by early 2020. The working title for the article is, “Temporal symmetry of gait in two chiropractic patient phenotypes: right pelvic compensation (RPC) and left pelvic compensation (LPC).”