Setting the Record Straight When It Comes to Research

NCMIC's focus is to support key projects that validate the impact of chiropractic care and chiropractic's cost effectiveness in healthcare.

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Setting the Record Straight When It Comes to Research

Question: I ran into a colleague who told me he was impressed by another chiropractic malpractice insurer's reported funding of chiropractic research. I'm confused because I always thought NCMIC was the leading supporter of chiropractic research. What is the truth here?


Answer: You’re right that a reality check is in order. NCMIC’s support of chiropractic research dates back over two decades.

Ask this competitor how long they have been making contributions to chiropractic research and researchers. While you’re at it, ask them how much they have really contributed. While they may talk thousands, at NCMIC, we talk millions—$14.3 million in support of chiropractic research and education since 1995.

At NCMIC, our focus has been to support key projects that evaluate the impact of chiropractic care and chiropractic’s cost effectiveness in healthcare.

Some specific funding examples from NCMIC and the NCMIC Foundation include:

  • $1 million to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
  • $2 million to the Neck Pain Task Force, which now serves as the latest evidence in research on vertebral artery dissection*

You may hear one of our competitors taking credit when none is warranted. For example, they credit themselves with funding key stroke research, but what they really have done is pay an attorney to simply review the findings of research projects that were funded in large part by NCMIC. At NCMIC, we do not make irresponsible claims that violate your trust and confidence in us.

In today’s environment, research is not only expected but also required by policymaking organizations. That is why NCMIC supports research without bias toward philosophy, technique, college or statute. For research to be taken seriously in the world outside of chiropractic, it must be ideologically blind. This is not the case with some of the “pet projects” funded by one of our competitors.

We are proud of the research NCMIC has done to support the chiropractic profession and thank you for allowing us to set the record straight.


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* The authors of this important research concluded that “… increased risks for VBA stroke associated with chiropractic … is likely due to patients with headache and neck pain from VBA dissection seeking care before their stroke. We found no evidence to excess risk of VA stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to primary care.”