Conservative Forms Of Pain Management Can Be Better Than Opioids

The following editorial from Logan President Dr. Clay McDonald recently appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The widely reported number of 100 million Americans living in pain may be so amorphous that we forget that these are real people — trying to work, earn a living, care for their families and lead meaningful lives.

Their pain also is real. Research conducted by Logan University faculty in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School’s largest teaching hospital, shows a clear link between pain in the body and corresponding changes in the brain visible with imaging technology. Our research and practice also shows that there are highly successful treatments for pain that do not involve using medications.

Further, in its compilation of research findings, the American Chiropractic Association references:

• The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality recommendation that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.

• A review of evidence in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which points to chiropractic care as one of the major nonpharmacological therapies considered effective for acute and chronic low back pain.

• Recent research has shown that there is strong evidence that spinal manipulation for back pain is just as effective as a combination of medical care and exercise, and moderate evidence that it is just as effective as prescription NSAIDS combined with exercise.

Most recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Proposed 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommends conservative forms of pain management — such as spinal manipulation — over long term use of opioids.

St. Louis and our nation are living with the devastating impact of opioid abuse and the related heroin death toll. We suggest that beginning with the root cause — real people in real pain — and offering them holistic solutions wherever possible is an essential part of the long-term solution.

Chiropractic: The Documentary

A screening of Chiropractic: The Documentary will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm in the North Mabee Hall inside the Purser Center. Concessions will be available for purchase through Omega Sigma Phi.

The director, Jim Chester, will be on campus on Thursday, March 3rd from 11:30am to 12:30pm in Room G134 to discuss the making of the documentary. Lunch will be served from Jimmy John's (priority given to those who attended the documentary screening).

Philosophy Night - February 19th, 2016

Students are invited to attend Philosophy Night on Friday, February 19th at 5pm in Room 156A.

Dr. Montgomery will present on the topic: Above, Down, Inside, Out - How the power that made the body heals the body.

All are welcome to attend.

Logan United Bake Sale - February 25th, 2016

Logan United is hosting a bake sale on Thursday, February 25th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Logan Cafe.

Savory snacks, cake pops, fruit cups and gluten free treats will be available.

Masters Lunch & Learn - Spring 2016


The Office of Admissions will be hosting a Masters Programs Lunch & Learn on Thursday, February 25th in the Purser Center South Mabee Hall from 11:30am-12:20pm. The event will include admissions and financial aid sessions during the luncheon and separate Q&A sessions for each of the masters programs following the lunch. 

Please RSVP by Monday, February 22 to and specify which masters program session you will be attending.

Can I Become a Chiropractor Online?

Due to the hands-on nature of chiropractic care and treating the human body, an entirely online chiropractic degree is not currently offered by accredited chiropractic universities and colleges. However, some courses in the Doctor of Chiropractic program are offered online once the student reaches the clinical portion of their education.

Students begin their chiropractic education by learning about the anatomy of the human body along with other foundational science skills. At Logan University, 60% of the education the student receives in their first year (Trimesters 1-3) is focused on the sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and diagnostic imaging while the remaining 40% is focused on hands-on, faculty-guided clinical methods training aimed to integrate classroom learning with real world applications.

In the second year of chiropractic education (Trimesters 4-6), students build on their foundation in the sciences by taking courses on internal disorders, physiology and neurological disorders. They also build on their chiropractic knowledge by taking classes in patient management, nutrition and physical rehabilitation.

At Logan, the third year of a student's education (Trimesters 7-10) begins in the student health center treating other students and family members before treating patients in an outpatient health center or another chiropractic clinical opportunity at an integrated community health center or NCAA Division I school.

Request information about earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree or contact Admissions at or 636-227-2100 to learn more.

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