J. Kim Ross, BSc, DC, MSc, PhD

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Titles: Director of Education Year 1
  Associate Professor
Department: Undergraduate Education


Dr. Kim Ross graduated from CMCC in 1987 and has taught chiropractic skills and body biomechanics at CMCC since 1988. He received his PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo in 2003, with a thesis focused on the biomechanics of spinal manipulation. That same year, he received the Professional Service Award for Research by the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Dr. Ross has been lecturing on the subjects of gait biomechanics, orthotic therapy and the biomechanics of manipulation since 1995. In 1999, he obtained the position of chair for the department of applied chiropractic in CMCC’s undergraduate program. He became director of education, year I, in 2008.

Research Interests

Accuracy of Manipulation: Typically, the intent of practitioners who apply forces and loads to the spine is to affect a specific region of anatomy. For chiropractors, it is often a particular vertebral motion segment. While Dr. Ross is interested in all facets of manipulation biomechanics, (including an understanding of cavitation and vibrational characteristics of the spine before and after manipulation), his current focus involves evaluation of the degree of accuracy with which such forces and loads can be applied. That is, to what degree can manipulation be applied to isolated levels and to what extent of tissues and locations do the biomechanical repercussions of manipulation spread? Many given activity can be expected to facilitate angles of motion at several levels up the joint chain. Orthotics are used in an effort to stabilize basic patterns of foot motion in everyday life, to prevent pain and possibly injury. The biomechanical ramifications of orthotics in sports are largely unexplored. Dr. Ross is interested in the relationship between biomechanical changes due to orthotics and performance and injury prevention, in various sporting activities.