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Spinal Manipulation Has Neurologic Consequences

This study used physiological cortical maps as an integer of brain activity before and after manipulation of the cervical spine in a large, double-blind controlled study. Five hundred adult volunteers were divided into six comparative groups and underwent specific manipulation of the second cervical motion segment.

Blinded examiners obtained reproducible pre/postmanipulative cortical maps, which were subjected to statistical analysis.

Brain activity was demonstrated by reproducible circumferential measurements of cortical hemispheric blind-spot maps before and after manipulation of the second cervical motion segment. Twelve null hypotheses were developed. The results support the hypothesis that cortical-response maps can be used to measure the neurological consequences of spinal joint manipulation.

Carrick FR. Changes in brain function after manipulation of the cervical spine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Oct. 1997;20(8), pp529-45.
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