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Chiropractic Research Review

Does Postural Instability Cause Motion Sickness?

The relationship between the postural alignment of the spine and patient health is a fundamental tenet underlying chiropractic care. Chiropractic education focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of structure and function on health and wellness, but few models attempt to explain the behavioral symptoms of vertebral subluxations or postural instability.

The authors performed this literature review to suggest that more research is needed on the association "between chiropractic and postural control from a behavioral perspective." They suggest that posture is related to more than simply keeping the body in an upright position; they consider posture itself a "behavior." The materials that they reviewed were postural dynamics, vertebral subluxation, and motion sickness. Their model suggests linking posture to behavior and health.

Conclusion: The authors suggest that the relationship between faulty posture and neuromusculoskeletal stresses may cause multiple, negative behavioral problems due to inefficiency. "It is our hope that illustrating this association will lead to future investigation by a variety of researchers from different specialties to further elucidate the nature of the relations among efficiency, subluxation, postural stability, health, and behavior," they write. They conclude that chiropractors and psychologists who approach posture/ behavior from this perspective will help generate new ideas for future research.

Smart LJ, Smith DL. Postural dynamics: Clinical and empirical implications. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, June 2001:24(5), pp. 340-349.
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