European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE)

ECCRE is a European research centre established through a co-operation between the European Chiropractors' Union (ECU), the Danish Chiropractic Association (DKF) and the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB)


The ECCRE is to become a European leader in facilitating research of relevance to the chiropractic profession and patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

The ECCRE is to establish an evidence-based foundation for the development of chiropractic principles and practice in the European Countries.

The first of the 13 research projects to receive part-funding from ECCRE has now been completed. In 2016, Andreas Eklund and his co-investigators embarked on the research project Chiropractic Maintenance care – cost-utility, psychological factors and pain trajectories and the group has now completed the study.


Based on their research Andreas Eklund et al concludes that Chiropractic Maintenance Care reduces the number of days of pain within each LBP episode among patients classified as Dysfunctional (by the MPI-S instrument), by limiting the impact of each new episode, stabilizing the clinical course and increasing the number of pain free weeks. Timing of treatment and patient selection appear to be key features when aiming to improve the effectiveness of MC. Patients with a predictable clinical pattern with episodes with high impact on life are good candidates for the MC intervention.