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Chiropractic May Enhance Motor Skills

A new study finds chiropractic adjustments may very well improve people's motor skills. In this study, researchers provided certain participants with chiropractic adjustments to areas of the spine containing joint dysfunctions (also known as subluxations). Participants' movement times when moving a cursor onto a target appearing on a computer screen were measured before and after their adjustments. All ten participants who received chiropractic adjustments experienced significantly improved movement times following their spinal adjustments compared with only one participant who did not receive the chiropractic adjustment. The average improvement in movement time in those receiving the chiropractic adjustments was 9.2 percent. Researchers concluded, "The results of this study demonstrated a significant improvement in movement time with chiropractic care… These results suggest that spinal adjustments may influence motor behavior."

Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006; 29(4): 257-266.