Reflex Responses After Chiropractic Adjustments

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Why They Did It

The goal of this paper was to try to find out what kind of reflex response is elicited from a spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment).

How They Did It

  • 10 men without any symptoms were used.
  • 11 spinal manipulative treatments were administered along the full length of the spine.
  • 16 bipolar surface electrodes placed strategically measured the reflex responses.

What They Found

  • Each chiropractic adjustment showed reflex responses in the area the adjustment targeted.
  • The responses happened within 50-200 msec after the adjustment.
  • The reflex responses lasted for 100-400 msec in duration.

Wrap It Up

“This is the first study in which results show a consistent reflex response associated with spinal manipulative treatments. Because reflex pathways are evoked systematically during spinal manipulative treatment, there is a distinct possibility that these responses may cause some of the clinically observed beneficial effects, such as a reduction in pain and a decrease in hypertonicity of muscles.”

Herzog W, et. al. “Electromyographic responses of back and limb muscles associated with spinal manipulative therapy.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Jan 15;24(2):146-52; discussion 153.

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Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising your general, overall level of health!

We have seen time and time again the amazing effectiveness of chiropractic for issues such as neck out of alignment, hips out of alignment, back alignment, lower back alignment hip out of alignment, back out of alignment, etc… We have just about seen it all.

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