University of Western States Seeks Candidates for $3.3 Million Research Grant on Neck Pain with Headaches

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University of Western States seeks volunteers who suffer from headaches with neck pain to investigate the effective number of chiropractic treatments required to relieve pain for these headache sufferers.

The University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, announced it is seeking volunteers who suffer from headaches with neck pain to participate in a five-year research study. The grant, awarded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, is investigating the effective number of chiropractic treatments required to relieve pain for these headache sufferers.

Reports indicate that 5% of adults suffer from headaches daily, and about seven million adults report suffering from headaches every other day. Three types of headaches have been shown to account for the majority of these episodes: migraine, tension-type, and headaches with neck pain. Spinal manipulative therapy is regarded as an effective treatment for patients who suffer from neck pain headaches.

Research Experts in Pain Conduct Study
The study is being led by Dr. Mitchell Haas, associate vice president of research at the University of Western States and adjunct associate professor in the neurology department at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon; and Dr. Gert Bronfort, vice president of research at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, and adjunct senior researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics in Odense, Denmark.

Drs. Haas and Bronfort have conducted numerous research projects, serving as principal investigators for many federally-funded grants and authoring several hundred research reports. Both men were named researcher of the year by the American Chiropractic Association and by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.

Participant Eligibility
Volunteers must have a history of suffering from headaches with neck pain and be at least 18 years of age. In addition, participants must be able to arrange for their own transportation to one of nine research centers located throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Volunteers who qualify for the study will receive free care and be paid for their participation.

Treatment
After a thorough screening examination, treatment consists of a combination of several types of care provided by a chiropractic physician three times a week for six consecutive weeks. To be considered for the program, complete the online participation form at http://uws.edu/Research/ParticipationForm.aspx. Contact the UWS research department at research(at)uws(dot)edu or at 800-678-9072 if you have questions or need additional information.

About the University of Western States
A world leader in the education of health care professionals, the University of Western States (UWS) provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its education programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master of science degree programs in exercise and sports science, human nutrition and functional medicine, and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certification program; and accredited continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy. To learn more about the University of Western States and its academic programs, go to http://www.uws.edu.

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