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Chiropractic Research Review

Palpation Identifies the Subluxation

A study of 554 chiropractors used a self-administered questionnaire to determine the most commonly used diagnostic methods for detecting spinal adjustment sites. Frequency of use and opinion with respect to reliability of 16 specific adjustment methods were measured on a seven-point scale (never used=1, always used=7; very unreliable=1, very reliable=7).

The most commonly used method for identifying spinal injury was static palpation, followed by: pain description of the patient; orthopedic tests; motion palpation; visual posture analysis; leg-length discrepancy; neurologic tests; and plain static x-rays.

Each of these methods also scored high on the reliability scale. Additionally, two-thirds of the chiropractors favored the use of the term "subluxation" to best describe the spinal site in need of adjustment. These findings can lead to more consistent use of chiropractic terminology and methodology.

Walker BF, Buchbinder R. Most commonly used methods of detecting spinal subluxation and the preferred term for its description: a survey of chiropractors in
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Victoria, Australia. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Nov./Dec. 1997;20(9), pp583-589. Reprints: Tel: (800) 638-6423; Fax: (410) 528-8596

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