Neck Range of Motion Increased with Chiropractic
The results of a recently published study in the November/December 2001
issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed
that cervical range of motion was significantly improved with chiropractic
adjustments. The study was a double-blind randomized
controlled trial performed at the outpatient clinic at Phillip
Chiropractic Research Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
The initial study involved 105 subjects who were randomly separated
into two groups. One group received chiropractic adjustments while the
other group received a "sham", or fake adjustment. Range of
motion testing was performed every few weeks over the course of the 12
week study. Active range of motion was measured with a strap-on head
goniometer consisting of an inclinometer dial for measuring lateral
flexion and a compass dial for measuring rotation. These motions were
chosen because gravity would play less of a role and therefore the results
were more accurate.
According to the researchers, in the group that got the real
adjustments, "active range of motion in the cervical spine increased
significantly." Their conclusion was, "Spinal manipulation
of the cervical spine increases active range of motion."
As obvious as this may seem, the results are profound for a large
portion of the population. Not only does restricted range of motion play a
large part in many health problems, but one of the largest areas of
concern for the aging population is mobility.