Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine (KUCCM) is the recipient of a sizable donation to its chiropractic research fund. More than $41,000 was raised for research projects on a specialized form of chiropractic manipulation known as Cox Flexion Distraction. The gift was initiated from Cox® Technic chiropractic physicians throughout the past few years.

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, KUCCM will host a Cox® Technic two day seminar, in West Palm Beach, at which time a “Big Check Ceremony – Wine & Cheese Celebration” will be held to celebrate the commemorative occasion. All seminar attendees are welcome to attend.

Keiser University’s Chancellor, Dr. Arthur Keiser, expressed his gratitude, “We are honored to be the recipient of this generous donation from Cox® Technic to perform research of this caliber, benefitting our students, the field of chiropractic medicine, and public health.”

The bequest will be added to the existing restricted fund for chiropractic research on Cox manipulation and will further contribute to important chiropractic research. The initial funds were raised by the Cox Flexion Distraction Club at Keiser University, with Dr. Ralph Kruse as the Academic Advisor. Additionally, Dr. James Cox, originator of the procedure, offered royalties from sales of his textbook to the research fund.

“The performance of this research is essential for the training of future doctors of Chiropractic Medicine who are receiving an advanced and unprecedented education. The results of our clinical studies are aimed to benefit the health of the general public, prevent unnecessary spinal surgeries, prevent dangerous falls in the elderly, and help reduce the occurrence of opioid dependence,” said Dr. Ralph Kruse, who after 30 years of private practice, is a researcher and one of the core team of Cox® Technic instructors, and an assistant professor at Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine.

Top priority projects will be initiated immediately with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications being prepared for approvals to proceed with the projects. The most immediate project is a prospective study on post-surgical continued spinal pain patients presenting to Cox certified Doctors of Chiropractic. A pilot study for this project was initiated by Dr. Ram Gudavalli at a previous chiropractic facility with funds specifically raised to conduct this project.

Another priority study involves the training and long term follow-up of chiropractic students and field practitioners in the delivery of the technique to the spine. Measurements regarding the reliability of achieving specific pressures during Cox Flexion Distraction, as well as high velocity low amplitude manipulations of chiropractic students, will be utilized to assess and train students.