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Joel G. Pickar, DC, PhD

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Joel G. Pickar, D.C., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa
Research Interests

My research activities were continuously externally funded between 1993 and 2012. My laboratory studied neurophysiological issues related to the vertebral column and to chiropractic manipulation. My research interests include the effects of spinal manipulation on the nervous system and the effects of biomechanical and biochemical conditions in paraspinal tissues on the nervous system including primary afferents, sympathetic efferents, central neurons and muscles reflexes.

Research Keywords

spinal manipulation, muscle spindles, paraspinal muscles, multifidus, longissimus


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of California, Davis
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Brown University

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Fellow, Palmer Academy of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2013

Courses Taught
  • CLIN620
    Sensory Neurophysiology
  • CLIN640/ANAT610
    Biomechanical & Neurophysiology Approaches to Basic Science Spinal Investigations
  • CLIN521, CLIN51521
    Survey of Chiropractic Research
  • CLIN640
    Independent Study
Funded Grants/Projects, 2011-Present

Visit our Grants and Projects page for additional information.

Developmental Center to Study Mechanisms & Effects of Chiropractic Manipulation (DCRCII)
Principal Investigator

DCRCII Project 1: Neural & Biomechanical Responses to Mechanical Features of Spinal Manipulation

Selected Publications

Paraspinal muscle spindle response to intervertebral fixation and segmental thrust level during spinal manipulation in an animal model

Author(s): Reed WR, Pickar JG
Publication: Spine Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Year: 2015

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Position sensitivity of feline paraspinal muscle spindles to vertebral movement in the lumbar spine

Author(s): Cao DY, Pickar, JG, Ge W, Ianuzzi A, Khalsa PS
Publication: Journal of Neurophysiology
Volume: 101
Issue: 4
Page(s): 1722-9
Year: 2009

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Paraspinal muscle spindle responses to the duration of a spinal manipulation under force control

Author(s): Pickar JG, Kang YM
Publication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
Page(s): 22-31
Year: 2006

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Vertebral position alters paraspinal muscle spindle responsiveness in the feline spine: effect of positioning duration

Author(s): Ge W, Long CR, Pickar JG
Publication: Journal of Physiology
Volume: 569
Issue: 2
Page(s): 655-65
Year: 2005

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Neurophysiological effects of spinal manipulation

Author(s): Pickar JG
Publication: The Spine Journal
Volume: 2
Page(s): 357-371
Year: 2002

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An in vivo preparation for investigating neural responses to controlled loading of a lumbar vertebra

Author(s): Pickar JG
Publication: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Volume: 89
Page(s): 87-96
Year: 1999

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