Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Adjust­ments Improve Move­ment Time

A study pub­lished in the May 2006 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, The Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics, looked at how chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments would affect rel­a­tive times to per­form move­ments in a con­trolled test.

Ten patients from a pri­vate chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice par­tic­i­pated in this prospec­tive, ran­dom­ized, and con­trolled trial. These ten patients received chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments to areas deter­mined to have ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions. A sep­a­rate group of indi­vid­u­als who did not receive chi­ro­prac­tic care were also tested to have a base­line for com­par­i­son with those receiv­ing the chi­ro­prac­tic adjustments.

Move­ment time was mea­sured on a com­puter screen where sub­jects were asked to move a cur­sor onto a target.

The results showed that all those in the study who received chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments for sub­lux­a­tion cor­rec­tion had sig­nif­i­cantly improved move­ment times. This was in stark con­trast to the con­trol group that did not receive chi­ro­prac­tic care where only one par­tic­i­pant showed improve­ment in their move­ment times.

The aver­age improve­ment in move­ment time for the group that received chi­ro­prac­tic care was 183 ms (mille-​seconds), which rep­re­sents a 9.2% improve­ment. This can be com­pared to the con­trol group that showed only a 29 ms, or 1.7% improve­ment. The study researchers reported, “The dif­fer­ence (improve­ment) scores after the inter­ven­tion were sig­nif­i­cantly greater for the chi­ro­prac­tic group com­pared with the con­trol group.”

The authors showed the impor­tance of the results of this study in their con­clu­sion, “The results of this study demon­strated a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in move­ment time with chi­ro­prac­tic care. These results sug­gest that spinal adjust­ments may influ­ence motor behav­ior.” The ram­i­fi­ca­tions are large for those involved in sports, as these results sug­gest improved per­for­mance is pos­si­ble with chi­ro­prac­tic care.

Ran­dom Article

The above were the find­ings of a research project con­ducted in Aus­tralia where 420 patients were stud­ied. On Octo­ber 5th 2002 at the

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