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Manual therapies for older adults during the Decade of Healthy Ageing

Edited by:

Iben Axen, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Katie de Luca, MChiro, PhD, Central Queensland University, Australia 

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 1 March 2025

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies is calling for submissions to our Collection on Manual therapies for older adults during the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

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New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 10: Reduced Inequality.

Meet the Guest Editor

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Katie de Luca, MChiro, PhD, Central Queensland University, Australia

Associate Professor Katie de Luca was awarded her PhD in 2016. She has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Lancet Rheumatology, Arthritis Care and Research, Osteoarthritis & Cartilage and JOSPT. Her recent publication of the 2021 Global Burden of Disease low back pain estimates, has reached more than 40 million people globally and informs the WHO low back pain factsheets. A/Prof de Luca has been awarded >$5.9M in research grants and is the lead investigator for the BAck Complaints in the Elders: Chiropractic - Australia study. She is the Chair of the World Federation of Chiropractic, Disability and Rehabilitation Committee. Her research interests lie in the epidemiology and management of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly in the elderly, however she has broad interests across rehabilitation, sports medicine, women’s and rural health.  

Iben Axen, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Associate professor Iben Axén earned her PhD at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2011. She was a PostDoc at the University of Southern Denmark and is currently principal researcher at Karolinska Institutet. Since 2018, she has been Research leader of the Norwegian Chiropractic Research Foundation ELIB (translated: A life in Movement).
She has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as PlosOne, Scandinavian Journal of Pain and BMJ Open. Her research is primarily clinical, using frequent data collection through SMS. Research topics include pain trajectories, predictors of treatment outcome and prevention.

About the Collection

The United Nations has declared the years 2020-2030 the “Decade of Healthy Ageing”, with an emphasis to foster healthy ageing and improve the lives of older people and their families and communities. Most health systems around the world are ill-prepared to address the needs of older people, who often have multiple chronic conditions and physiological decline. With an ageing population, health systems must be capable of providing older person-centred and integrated care and focus on maintaining functional capacity as people age.

Musculoskeletal conditions in older adults are the greatest threat to healthy ageing. Most older adults have at least one musculoskeletal complaint, musculoskeletal conditions are more prevalent in older adults than in younger adults and musculoskeletal conditions are often more severe and debilitating.

It is imperative that the chiropractic profession globally has a strong platform to reduce barriers to the uptake of evidence-based musculoskeletal care for older adults. Strategies for the profession should be to integrate within healthcare systems, and to provide high value care such as advice, education, exercise, psychological therapies and manipulation.

This thematic series of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies invites authors to submit manuscripts that strengthen local and global initiatives to not only decrease the burden of musculoskeletal diseases but improve function, quality of life and reduce health inequities in the elderly. This includes studies related to musculoskeletal conditions, falls, non-communicable chronic health conditions, osteoarthritis, osteopenia, mental well-being and cognitive functioning. As well as studies on the clinical encounter, healthy ageing, physical activity, exercise prescription, (pre)-habilitation, medications, community led interventions, and residential aged care. 

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of research articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please select the appropriate Collection title “Manual therapies for older adults during the Decade of Healthy Ageing" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.