Spinal manipulation helps to decrease pain and improve the functional abilities related to many musculoskeletal disorders through a multi-layer mechanism of action. Sufficient studies have looked upon the effects of altered afferent input due to spinal joint dysfunction.
One study from JEK has taken the research one step farther and examines the sensorimotor effects of spinal manipulation. The results showed shortening of TMS-induced cortical silent period and an increased strength due to an increase in l-wave amplitude after spinal manipulation.
The research’s potential clinical implications are astonishing. Increasing ones strengthen is a critical component; from rehabilitation to sport-specific performance enhancement. We applied this knowledge through passive and active care, which help us achieve remarkable results for our patients suffering from musculoskeletal issues.
“…chiropractic manipulation significantly increased the amplitude of the first I-wave. Finally, the CSP (cortical silent period) duration was significantly reduced after spinal manipulation in the lower limb muscle.”
“The changes observed in the I-waves and CSP duration in this study provide evidence that spinal manipulation can result in a significant increase in the excitability of the motor pathways to low threshold motor units of human tibialis anterior muscle.”
“These findings may have important clinical implications as they provide the support that spinal manipulation can be used to strengthen muscles.”