February 27th, 2020 President’s Letter

Academy President Letter
February 27th, 2020

From the Desk of Kim Skibsted DC, FIANM(us)
International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Greetings Fellows,

Thank you for your response to the beginning of the IANM’s effort to update its membership platform and demographics. This will continue over the next few months. If you didn’t receive a welcome e-mail this week, or have questions with the membership site or dues renewal, please e-mail the webmaster.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a Facebook page, “IANM”, and if you have not already done so, please check us out and give us a like.

The IANM will be highlighting our website supporters over the next month or so by asking them to tell us a little more about their brand.

We are pleased to have Cox Technic support and all they provide the IANM. They provide 50 hours towards the 300 needed to sit the Board. Doctors who have completed Cox re-certification are then qualified for the 50 hours! Thank you, Cox Technic!

Spinal manipulation delivered while the spine is distracted is termed Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression Spinal Manipulation. Its evolution began in 1963 after its developer experienced a painful patient encounter that prompted a professional journey toward improved treatment of spinal stenosis patients. Recognizing that research is requisite for acceptance, Dr. Cox started publishing case reports, sharing clinical protocols with colleagues, and seeking federal grants that finally came through in 1994 when the US Health Resources and Services Administration granted a biomechanical study of the effects of lumbar spine flexion distraction. Ram Gudavalli, Ph.D., was the principal investigator. HRSA granted another study regarding the lumbar spine clinical outcomes (medical vs. F/D) and a third regarding cervical spine clinical outcomes. NIH granted another. These jumpstarted the sought-after research foundation for Cox®. The current study is underway – with the much-appreciated participation by several IANM members who answered the call to join research studies when asked – regarding the influence of Cox® for post-surgical continued pain patients and the improvement of balance in stenotic patients. Completed and accepted papers have been published in Spine Journal, Trials, Journal of Chiropractic Education, JMPT, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, JCM, ACA Journal, and others. Platform and poster presentations were presented at ACA, Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, ACA-RAC, International Society on the Study of the Lumbar Spine, International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, Rutgers University, state, and country associations.

If you attend a seminar, please thank them for their support!

The IANM has received some questions that I think would be of benefit to the entire membership.

One question that keeps coming to us is the use of “Board Eligible” … The ONLY Board Eligible doctor is one that is in the queue to take the upcoming Board examination. If classes were taken years prior and have met the 300-hour minimum, the doctor is not considered Board Eligible. Claiming such is inflation of one’s credentials. If you see someone claiming this “title,” refer them to this link:

The Examination Committee has added new members and is in the process of updating the question pool. We have more than 6,000 MCQs. Bad questions are being culled out and others updated or rewritten in addition to completely new question scenario. If any member has an interest in becoming a subject matter expert (SME), let the Academy know. You can help your specialty greatly by participating!

Throughout this year, you will be receiving information about the updating and requirements for Maintenance of Credentials (MOC). This is so we are compliant with our NCCA certification, so be sure and read all Academy e-mails.

           “… Where your achievements matter”

Kim Skibsted DC, FIANM(us)

International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
4334 Virginia Ave
St. Paul, MN 55126
TEL: 612-454-1472
FAX: 651-846-5590

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