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Prof David Byfield known as Professor David Byfield

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BSc Hons Biology, Doctor of Chiropractic(DC), MPhil, FBCA, FRCC, FFEAC, SFHEA


David Byfield graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada in 1979 and has been in private practice and chiropractic education for the past 40 years. He is currently a Principal Lecturer, Head of the Clinical Services in the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice , the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

David holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1974) and an MPhil degree from Southampton University, Southampton UK (1998). David holds Fellowship status with the College of Chiropractors and the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Orthopaedic, Associate Member of the Sports & Exercise Faculty, Fellow of the British Chiropractic Association and Founding Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic. David is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. He written three popular chiropractic textbooks (Chiropractic Manipulative Skills, 1st ed 1996, 2nd ed 3rd edition 2012 & A Manual Therapist�s Guide to Surface Anatomy and Palpation Skills, January 2002. David has also published a new text "Technique Skills in Chiropractic, 2012) and in addition has also published a number of scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature and a number of book chapters covering diagnostic palpation, spinal manipulation and rehabilitation.

David Byfield is also an invited speaker at a number of professional and interdisciplinary meetings and conferences worldwide. He was an elected and appointed member of the General Chiropractic Council in the UK. David currently sits on the European Council on Chiropractic Education and contributes to the European Academy of Chiropractic as Chair of the Special Interest Group Clinical Chiropractic. on their Education Committee, Health Committee and Communications Strategy Working Group.

Main Teaching Areas

Chiropractic Modules – CH2S16, CH3S20 chiropractic skills.
Chiropractic Clinic Module – CH4T02 – Clinic training.
Contemporarty Topics – CH4H08
Communication Skills – Foundation – CH0S01


Head of Chiropractic Clinical Services -Governance and Line Management of Admin and Clinic Supervisors
Delivery and Budget.
Clinic Module Leader.



1) Byfield D. (1996) Chiropractic Manipulative Skills. First Edition (Byfield D. author and editor), Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK, (reprinted 2000, 2002) – translated into Japanese and Korean languages.

2) Byfield D., Kinsinger S. (2002) A Manual Therapist’s Guide to Surface Anatomy and Palpation Skills. First Edition (Byfield D. & Kinsinger co-editors), Butterworth-Heinemann, UK (reprinted 2002) – translated into Japanese language.

3) Byfield D. (2005) Chiropractic Manipulative Skills. Second Edition (Byfield D. author and editor), Elsevier, London.

4) Byfield D. (2012) Technique Skills in Chiropractic, First Edition (Byfield D. author and editor), Elsevier, London, UK (included web based video clips of all psychomotor skills presented in book chapters)


1) Byfield D. (1987) Integrated Biomechanical Examination of the Musculoskeletal System. Symposium on Musculoskeletal Disorders at Work. University of Surrey, Taylor and Francis.

2) Byfield D. (1988) A Comparative Study of Lumbar Biomechanics in Horse riders and Non-riders. European Journal of Chiropractic, 36.

3) Stig L-C, Christensen HW, Byfield D, Sasnow M. (1989) Comparison of the Effectiveness of Physical Practice and Mental Practice in the Learning of Chiropractic Adjustive Skills. European Journal of Chiropractic,37.

4) Byfield D. (1991) Lumbar Manipulative Procedures in Relation to Segmental Specificity and Biomechanical Properties of the Motor Unit. European Journal of Chiropractic, 39(1):13-19.

5) Bishop RG, Byfield D, Bolton J. (1991) A preliminary Investigation into the Relationship between Lumbar Sagittal mobility and Pelvic Mobility, European Journal of Chiropractic, 39(1) :3-11.

6) Byfield D. (1991) Cervical Spine: Manipulative Skill and Performance Considerations. European Journal of Chiropractic, 39:45-52.

7) Harvey D. & Byfield D. (1991) Preliminary Studies with Mechanical Model for the Evaluation of Spinal Motion Palpation. Clinical Biomechanics, 6:79-82.

8) Byfield D, Mathiasen C. (1991) A Preliminary Study Investigating the Accuracy of Bony Landmark Identification in the Lumbar Spine. European Journal of Chiropractic, 39,105-109.

9) Byfield D, Humphreys K. (1992) Intra – and Inter-examiner Reliability of Bony Landmark Identification in the Lumbar Spine. European Journal of Chiropractic, 40: 13-17.

10) Byfield DC, Mathiasen J, Sangren C. (1992) The Reliability of Osseous Landmark palpation in the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis. European Journal of Chiropractic, 40: 83-88.

11) Byfield D, Burnett M, Mealing D, Ellis R, McCarthy P. (1995) Quantifying Simulated Joint Play Palpation using an Instrumented Device. European Journal of Chiropractic, 43, 47-53.

12) Byfield D. (1997) Sitting: an occupational hazard. European Journal of Chiropractic, 1997, 45, 71-73.

13) Byfield D. (2001) Principles of rehabilitation: New concepts, the bio-psychosocial model and the role of the chiropractor in a revised paradigm. European Journal of Chiropractic, 46, 81-82.

14) Byfield D. (2001) Spinal Rehabilitation and stabilisation for the geriatric patient with back pain. In Chiropractic Care of the Older Patient, ed B. Gleberzon, Butterworth-Heinemann, London.

15) Byfield D. (2002) Practical applications of commonly used functional outcome measures and screening instruments. European Journal of Chiropractic, 46, 83-85.

16) Byfield D. (2001) Adjustive Care for Seniors and the Osteoporotic Patient. European Journal of Chiropractic, 49, 61-68.

17) Byfield D. (2002) An Investigation of Manipulative Parameters in Postgraduate Chiropractors in the UK. European Journal of Chiropractic, 50, 15-25.

18) Byfield D. (2003) A Survey of Low Back Pain in Chiropractic Practices In South Wales. European Journal of Chiropractic, 49, 289-294.

19) Byfield D. (2003) Postural Analysis and Common Postural Syndromes. European Journal of Chiropractic, 51, 79-81.

20) Byfield D. & McCarthy P. (2003) The effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation for back pain is uncertain. Letter to editor, British Journal of Sports Medicine.

21) Murphy D., Byfield D., McCarthy P., Humphreys K., Gregory A., Rochon R. (2006) Inter-examiner reliability of the hip extension test for suspected impaired motor control of the lumbar spine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(5):374-7.

22) Byfield D., McCarthy P. (2006) Systematic review of spinal manipulation: Flaws in the review. Journal of Royal Society of Medicine, 99(6):277-8, author reply 279-80.

23) Byfield D., McCarthy P., Webster M., Cascioli V. (2006) The Posterior Joint Syndromes: Zygapophysial & Sacroiliac Joints. In: Low Back Syndromes: An Integrated Clinical Management (editor Craig E. Morris), McGraw – Hill Publishers, New York.

24) Wilkey A., Gregory M., Byfield D., McCarthy P. (2008) A comparison between chiropractic management and pain clinic management for chronic low-back pain in a national health service outpatient clinic. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Jun;14(5):465-73.

25) Zafiropoulos G., Byfield, D. (2016) Multidisciplinary meeting (MDM) can provide education and reinforcement of inter-professional development. Educational Research and Review, 11(2), 78-86.

26) Byfield D., Newsam A. (2017) A study to investigate final year chiropractic student attitudes towards research based skills and competencies related to clinical practice. ECU Convention 2017 research presentations Cyprus, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 26 supplement 1.

27) Byfield D. (2017) A study to investigate different approaches to learning in chiropractic students at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic over two academic terms. ECU Convention 2017 research presentations Cyprus, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 26 supplement 1.


School of Health Sport and Professional Practice Executive Committee
Chiropractic Clinical Services Chair
Member of WIOC IRMER Group
Chair WIOC Marketing Group
School Health and Safety Committee

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) (#1461)
  • Registered member of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)(#00611) UK
  • Member of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) � 1985 – present
    Member of the European Chirorpractors Union
    Member of the European Academy of Chiropractic
    Chair of Special Interest Group – Clinical Chiropractic


Currently preparing R2 Documentation for Submission of PhD by Portfolio.

Research projects investigating chiropractic manipulative skills assessment criteria and examiner reliability.

Acquisition of manipulative skills

Research Interests

Chronic Pain management, Clinical Outcome studies, Manipulative Skill acquisition, Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine.

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