From social connections and education, to health and security, most parents will pay
high prices and make large sacrifices to assure their children get opportunities for a
greater future. A driving factor in helping children ascend to higher levels of
achievement and fulfillment is their health and well-being. It has been well
documented that chiropractic can improve the health and function of many
conditions, even those seemingly unrelated to the spine. This has taken place in
chiropractic offices across the world for over 120 years. This research explores the
benefits of a chiropractic adjustment on the brain and helps show why adults,
children, and infants deserve to understand and experience chiropractic.
• This study sought to verify the findings following a spinal adjustment of dysfunctional segments in subclinical pain
subjects on changes in somatosensory evoked potential peak amplitudes.
• The entire spine and both sacroiliac joints were assessed for segmental dysfunction (also referred to as verbal
subluxation) and treated where they were deemed necessary by a registered chiropractor with 15 years of clinical
• Clinical indicators that were used to assess the function of the spine were:
1. 1) Assessing for tenderness to palpation of the relevant joints
2. 2) Manually palpating for restricted intersegmental range of motion
3. 3) Assessing for palpable asymmetric intervertebral muscle tension
4. 4) Assessing for any abnormal or blocked joint play and end-feel of the joints.
• The chiropractic adjustments were high velocity, low amplitude thrusts to the spine or pelvic joints. The duration of
the thrust is always less than 200 milliseconds.
• The high velocity type of adjustment was chosen specifically because previous research has shown that reflex
electromyographic activation observed after adjustments only occurred after high-velocity, low amplitude
adjustments (as compared with lower velocity mobilizations).
• A sham chiropractic treatment group was also assessed.
• The authors were able to show that the change in sensory-motor integration that occurs after the spinal adjustment
predominately happens in the prefrontal cortex.
• This suggests that the mechanisms by which a spinal adjustment improves performance are due to a change in the
function at the prefrontal cortex.
The prefrontal cortex:
• Plays a vital role in sensory-motor integration and is responsible for a number of other functions.
• Is a key structure responsible for the performance of executive functions.
• Is the major brain structure responsible for enabling and coordinating, planning a sequence of sub tasks to accomplish
a goal, focusing, attention on relevant information, inhibiting irrelevant distractors, being able to switch attention
between tasks, monitoring memory, initiation of activity, and responding to stimuli.
• A change in prefrontal activity following chiropractic may therefore explain the link of the varied improvements in
neural function previously observed in the literature such as improve joint position sense, improved cortical reaction
time and cortical processing, improved cortical sensorimotor integration, improved reflex excitability, improved
motor control, and improved lower leg muscle strength
Chiropractic is not about treating or curing specific symptoms or conditions. Adjustments reduce interference from the
brain and nervous system, so the body can function as it was designed. Less symptoms and the improvement of specific
conditions often occur as a result of consistent chiropractic care. This ground-breaking research provides necessary
evidence that offers explanation for why children of all ages deserve to experience the benefits of chiropractic and why
parents must know.
This article from The Chiropractic Advocate discussed the significance of the 2016 study published in the Journal of the Neural Plasticity called
“Manipulation of Dysfunctional Spinal Joints Affects Sensorimotor Integration in the Prefrontal Cortex: A Brain Source