Michael J. Schneider , PhD, D.C.



    Associate Professor

    Office Location

    225 Bridgesidepoint 1

    Office phone


Academic Appointments 

  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute


  • State University of New York, Binghamton, NY, 1975-1978         
  • DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA, 1982          
  • PhD in Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008       
  • Certificate Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009          

Awards and Honors 

  • 2013 Researcher of the Year Award; American Chiropractic Association.
  • 2nd Prize winning poster:“Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Treatment of Pain
  • in Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review”. World Federation of Chiropractic 11th Biennial Congress; April 7-9, 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Chiropractic Health Care Section, American Public Health
  • Association, October 31, 2011
  • 1st Prize winning paper: “Mechanical vs. Manual Manipulation for Low Back Pain”.
  • Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference; March 12-14, 2009

Academic/Research Interests 

  • Low back and neck pain
  • Manipulation and mobilization
  • Soft tissue manual therapy
  • Myofascial pain and fibromyalgia
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Refereed Articles

  • Schneider MJ, Perle S: Challenges and Limitations of the Cochrane Systematic Review of Spinal Therapy. JACA. 2012; 49(6):28-32.
  •  Brady DM, Schneider MJ. Pain and Fatigue: When It’s Fibromyalgia and When It’s Not. Townsend Letter. October 2012; 351:44-50.
  •  Schneider MJ, Weinstein S, Chimes GP: Cervical Manipulation for Neck Pain. PM&R. 2012; 4(8):606-612.
  • Schneider MJ. Letter to the Editor: Chiropractor and dissections. J Neurosurg. 2012 Jun;116(6):1395-7.
  • Terhorst L, Schneider MJ, Kim KH, Goozdich LM, Stilley CS. Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of pain in fibromyalgia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Sep;34(7):483-96.
  • Murphy DR, Justice BD, Paskowski IC, Perle SM, Schneider MJ. The establishment of a primary spine care practitioner and its benefits to health care reform in the United States. Chiropr Man Therap. 2011 Jul 21;19(1):17.
  • Hawk C, Schneider MJ, Dougherty P, Gleberzon BJ, Killinger LZ. Best Practices Recommendations
    for Chiropractic Care for Older Adults: Results of a Consensus Process. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2010;
    33(6):464-473. PMID: 20732584
  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating Risk Difference and Number Needed to Treat from a Randomized Controlled Trial of Spinal Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headache. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010; 18:9.
    PMID: 20497573
  • Schneider MJ, Brach J, Irrgang J, Verdolini-Abbott K, Wisniewski S, Delitto A. Mechanical versus manual manipulation for low back pain: An observational cohort study. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2010; 33(3):193-200 PMID: 20350672
  • Hawk C, Schneider MJ, Ferrance R, Hewitt E, Van Loon M, Tanis L. Best Practices Recommendations for Chiropractic Care for Infants, Children, and Adolescents. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2009; 32(8):639-647
    PMID: 19836600
  • Schneider MJ, Vernon H, Ko GD, Lawson G, Perera J. Chiropractic Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Systematic Review of the Literature. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2009; 32(1): 25-40. PMID: 19121462
  • Vernon H, Schneider MJ. Chiropractic Management of Myofascial Trigger Points and Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review of the Literature. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2009; 32(1): 14-24. PMID: 19121461
  • Schneider MJ, Erhard R, Brach J, Tellin W, Imbarlina F, Delitto A. Spinal palpation for lumbar segmental mobility and pain provocation: An inter-examiner reliability study. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2008; 31(6): 465-73.PMID: 18722203
  • Murphy DR, Schneider MJ, Seaman D, Perle S, Nelson C. How can chiropractic become a respected mainstream profession? The example of podiatry. BMC Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2008; 16(10): doi:10.1186/1746-1340-16-10.
  • Schneider MJ, Homonai R, Moreland B, Delitto A. Inter-examiner Reliability of the Prone Leg Length Analysis Procedure. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2007; 30(7): 514-521. PMID: 17870420
  • Schneider MJ, Brady DM, Perle S. Differential Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2006; 29(6): 493-501. PMID: 16904498
  • Schneider MJ, Santolin S, Farrell P. False negative MRI results. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2005; (28) 4: 278-284. PMID: 15883582
  • Schneider MJ, Brady DM. Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A new paradigm for differential diagnosis and treatment.
    J Manip Physiol Ther. 2001; (24)8: 1-13. PMID: 11677554
  • Gatterman MI, Cooperstein R, Lantz C, Perle SM, Schneider MJ. Rating specific chiropractic technique procedures for common low back conditions. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2001; (24)7: 449-456. PMID: 11562653
  • Cooperstein R, Perle SM, Gatterman MI, Lantz C, Schneider MJ. Chiropractic technique procedures for specific low back conditions: Characterizing the literature. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2001; (24)6: 407-424.
    PMID: 11514818
  • Perle SM, Schneider MJ, Seaman DR. Chiropractic management of peripheral neuropathy: Pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment. Top Clin Chiro. 1999; 6(4): 6-19.
  • Schneider MJ, Filson R, Cooperstein R. Proceedings of the 26th Intercollegiate Conference on Technique Fundamentals. J Chiro Technique. 1996; 8(3): 1-5.
  • Cooperstein R, Schneider MJ. Assessment of Chiropractic Techniques and Procedures. Top Clin Chiro. 1996; 3(1): 44-51.
  • Schneider MJ. Tender Points/Fibromyalgia vs. Tender Points/Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Need for Clarity in Terminology and Differential Diagnosis. J Manip Physiol Ther. 1995; 18(6): 398-406. PMID: 7595112
  • Schneider MJ. Receptor Tonus Technique Assessment. J ChiroTechnique. 1994; 6(4): 156-159.
  • Schneider MJ. Soft tissue effects of lumbar and sacroiliac joint manipulation. J Chiro Technique. 1992; 4(4):136-142.
  • Schneider MJ. The traction methods of Cox and Leander: The neglected role of the multifidus muscle in low back pain. J Chiro Technique. 1991; 3(3): 109-115.
  • Schneider MJ. Snapping hip syndrome in a marathon runner: Treatment by manual trigger point therapy. Chiro Sports Medicine. 1990; 4(2): 54-58.
  • Cohen JH, Schneider MJ. Receptor-Tonus Technique: An Overview. J Chiro Technique. 1990; 2(1): 13-16. 

Other Scholarly Publications 

  • Brady DM, Schneider MJ. Fibromyalgia and Gastrointestinal Disorders. Chapter in: Integrative Gastroenterology. Oxford University Press. 2011.
  • Schneider MJ. Nimmo Technique: Soft Tissue Manipulation. Chapter in: Conservative Management of Sports Injuries. Hyde T, Gengenbach M, eds. Jones and Bartlett, Co. 2007.
  • Schneider MJ. Myofascial Low Back Pain. Chapter in: Low Back Syndromes. Morris C, ed. McGraw-Hill Publishers. 2006.
  • Schneider M. Tennis Elbow. Chapter in: Clinical Mastery in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. Whyte-Ferguson L, Gerwin R, eds. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 2005.
  • Schneider MJ, Farrell P. Preventing Neck and Shoulder Pain. Published and distributed by O.P.T.P. Inc. Minneapolis, MN. 2004.
  • Schneider MJ, Farrell P. Preventing Low Back Pain and Injury. Published and distributed by O.P.T.P. Inc. Minneapolis, MN. 2003.
  • Schneider MJ, Farrell P. Low Back Rehabilitative Exercises. Published and distributed by O.P.T.P. Inc. Minneapolis, MN. 2003.
  • Schneider MJ, Farrell P. Neck and Shoulder Rehabilitative Exercises. Published and distributed by O.P.T.P. Inc. Minneapolis, MN. 2003.
  • Schneider MJ, Cohen JH, Laws S, eds. The Collected Writings of Nimmo and Vannerson: Pioneers of Chiropractic Trigger Point Therapy. Privately published by the editors. 2001. Pittsburgh, PA. 
  • Schneider MJ. Principles of Manual Myofascial Therapy. Privately published by the author. 1999. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Schneider MJ. Principles in the Management of Myofascial and Muscular Disorders; Chapter in Advances in Chiropractic: Volume 3.  Ed: Dana Lawrence. Mosby Year Book. Aug 1996.

Courses Recently Taught 

Continuing Education Courses

  • Muscle pain and dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain
  • Evidence-based practice for novices
  • Rehabilitation of the lumbar spine
  • Rehabilitation of the cervical spine
  • Manual soft tissue techniques

Funded Research Projects  

 C1. Current Research Activities

NCCAM / NIH Grant: 1 R21 AT007547-01
Title: Distance Education OnLine Intervention for Evidence Based Practice Literacy
Term: 9/30/2012 – 8/29/2014
Amount: $382,699 ($275,000 direct costs)
Role: Principal Investigator (20% FTE)

The specific aims of this study are to develop and test the effectiveness of a distance-learning educational program about the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) for chiropractic providers. The outcome measure will be a validated EBP instrument that provides information about the attitudes, skills, and use of EBP in chiropractic practice.

NIH Pain Consortium – Contract #: GS-10F-0261K Task Order #: HHSN271201100111U
Title: Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care
Term: 7/9/2012 – 6/30/2015
Amount: $412,985 ($272,597 direct costs)
Role: Co-Investigator (2.5% FTE) [Principal Investigator = Debra Weiner, MD]

This is a three-year grant that was awarded to 12 health professional schools around the U.S. to create Centers of Excellence in Pain Education. Each center is expected to act as an activity hub for the development and distribution of pain management curriculum resources for medical and other health professional schools.

NCCAM / NIH Grant: 4 R00 AT004196-04
Title: A comparison of manual vs. mechanical chiropractic manipulation methods
Term: 6/1/2010 – 5/30/2013
Amount: $756,339 ($530,221 direct costs)
Role: Principal Investigator (20% FTE)

This study began recruitment in November 2010 and will compare the clinical effectiveness of the two most commonly used chiropractic manipulation methods for patients with acute low back pain, with a standard medical care comparison group.

NCCAM / NIH Grant: 1 R01 AT006453-01
Title: The Healing Context in CAM: Instrument Development and Initial Validation
Term: 9/30/2010 – 8/31/2015
Amount: $2,320,010 ($1,545,010 direct costs)
Role: Co-Investigator (10% FTE) [Principal Investigator = Carol Greco, PhD]

The overall objective of this study is to develop and test an efficient self-report instrument to measure CAM-relevant contextual factors important in healing.

C2. Completed Research Activities

NCCAM / NIH Grant: 5 R21 AT003969-03
Title: Prolotherapy for treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis
Term: 9/1/2007 – 8/31/2011
Amount: $549,414 ($367,500 direct costs)
Role: Co-Investigator (10% FTE) [Principal Investigator = Ronald Glick, MD]

Three-year randomized trial designed to compare prolotherapy injection (hypertonic dextrose) with control injection (normal saline) for the treatment of chronic tennis elbow.

C3. Pending Research Activities

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (contract # is pending)

Title: A Comparison of Non-Surgical Treatment Methods for Patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Term: 1/15/2013 – 1/14/2016
Amount: $1,707,750 ($1,227,442 direct costs)
Role: Principal Investigator (35% FTE)

This is a 3-year comparative effectiveness trial that will recruit 180 older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis.
Eligible subjects will be randomized into one of three pragmatic treatment approaches: 1) usual medical care; 2) community-based group exercise; or 3) clinic-based individualized manual therapy and rehabilitative exercise. All subjects will be treated for a 6-week course of care. Primary outcome measures are two validated research measurement tools; the Swiss Spinal Stenosis Questionnaire (self-reported pain/function) and the Shuttle Walk Test (performance-based walking measure).

Service and Assignments 

  • 2010 - present , Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Chiropractic and Sports Science, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  • 2008 - present , Rater for McMaster Online Rating of Evidence System (MORE) and Apprentice Associate Editor for ACP Journal Club
  • 2004 – 2008, Soft Tissue Committee Chair; Council on Chiropractic Guidelines &
  • Practice Parameters
  • 1990 – present, Post graduate faculty member of New York Chiropractic College, Texas
  • Chiropractic College, National University of Health Sciences, and University of Bridgeport
  • 1989 – present, Editorial Reviewer; Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Journal of
  • Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and Chiropractic and Manual Therapies

Membership in Scientific/Professional/Honorary Societies 

  • 2011 – present, Member, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • 2006 – present, Member, Chiropractic Health Care Section, American Public Health Association
  • 1992 – 2009,   Member, Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research
  • 1980 – present, Member, American Chiropractic Association
  • 1990 – present, Member, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association
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