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First Adjustment-Best Adjustment

This study investigated if a statistically significant difference in symptomatic improvement existed between patients in two groups with different amounts of initial corrections in cervical misalignment, as shown by x-ray analysis.

Statistical analysis showed significant relationships between the percent correction and the symptom rating, and the number of adjustments needed in the first week and first month. Comparing the data between patients with x-ray corrections less than 50% with those with corrections greater than or equal to 50% showed significant differences. On the average, the symptom rating went from 2.55 to 2.69 ( z-test scores) in the low versus high correction group. The average number of adjustments in the first week went from 2.46 to 2.11, and the average number of adjustments in the first month went from 4.87 to 4.59.

Patients had better outcomes, based on the improvement of clinical signs and the reduced need for follow-up adjustment, when the occipito-atlantoaxial subluxation complex was reduced by a least 50% after the first adjustment.

Ericksen K, Owens EF. Upper-cervical post-x-ray reduction and its relationship to symptomatic improvement and spinal stability. Chiropractic Research Journal, Spring 1997;IV(1), pp10-17. Reprints: (800) 543-3460 or e-mail at eowens@life.edu

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