Podcast

017- Chiropractic and Response Time, EMG and TMD with James DeVocht, DC, PhD

DeVocht (061205)James DeVocht, DC, PhD and I discuss research regarding the effect of chiropractic care on special operations forces reaction and response times, the biomechanical aspects of chiropractic care on patients, the cervical flexion-relaxation phenomenon and chiropractic treatment of temporomandibular disorders.

Dr. James DeVocht is an associate professor in the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has a BS in physics (Brigham Young University, 1972), a DC (Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1983), a MS in mechanical engineering, with emphasis in biomedical engineering (Michigan Technological University, 1992), and a PhD in biomedical engineering (University of Iowa, 1996). He was in private practice in New Mexico (1984-1985). He has spent 11 years on active duty as an officer in the US Army, including 2 years as a research physicist. For the last 19 years he has been a research scientist at Palmer and is going to retire this year.

He has been a peer reviewer for several journals including Clinical Biomechanics, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT). He has also been an examiner of the PhD thesis of a research student at Macquarie University, Australia. His research interests include the use of electromyography (EMG) to quantify the effect of chiropractic treatment, descriptive studies of chiropractic adjustments, and chiropractic treatment of temporomandibular disorders.

Here is a link to Dr. DeVocht’s publications on researchgate.

Articles Discussed in the Podcast:

1. Novel Electromyographic Protocols Using Axial Rotation and Cervical Flexion-Relaxation for the Assessment of Subjects With Neck Pain: A Feasibility Study.
DeVocht JW, Gudavalli K, Gudavalli MR, Xia T.
J Chiropr Med. 2016 Jun;15(2):102-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2016.04.013.
PMID: 27330512 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
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2. A pilot study of a chiropractic intervention for management of chronic myofascial temporomandibular disorder.
DeVocht JW, Goertz CM, Hondras MA, Long CR, Schaeffer W, Thomann L, Spector M, Stanford CM.
J Am Dent Assoc. 2013;144(10):1154-63.
PMID: 24080932 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article
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3. Chiropractic treatment of temporomandibular disorders using the activator adjusting instrument and protocol.
DeVocht JW, Schaeffer W, Lawrence DJ.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2005 Nov-Dec;11(6):70-3.
PMID: 16320863 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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4. Spinal manipulation alters electromyographic activity of paraspinal muscles: a descriptive study.
DeVocht JW, Pickar JG, Wilder DG.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Sep;28(7):465-71.
PMID: 16182019 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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5. Experimental validation of a finite element model of the temporomandibular joint.
Devocht JW, Goel VK, Zeitler DL, Lew D.
J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2001 Jul;59(7):775-8.
PMID: 11429739 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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