Get the Facts on the Science in Chiropractic

It is a common misconception in the general population that Chiropractic care is not based on science and that no evidence exists for its validity. In this blog we are debunking this myth that there is no science behind chiropractic.

Chiropractic Research Base is Growing
Chiropractic as a health profession is constantly striving to evolve and expand with the amount of research that is put forward to help benefit the profession and create more scientific evidence. All to further serve our community and help to improve their health.

As practitioners we know the power of the care we provide however, it’s important to be able to have scientific evidence to back it up our treatment.


Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP)

At Errol Street Chiropractic a part of our treatment and management for patients is Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP).This is a highly researched/published technique within the Chiropractic profession.

One of the many reasons why we utilise it here in practice and patients get so much benefit from it.  There have been over 200 peer reviewed papers published and

you can access more on the Chiro-Biophysics website.

The Spinal Research Foundation (ASRF)

The Spinal Research Foundation is a organisation within the chiropractic profession that funds chiropractic research. They have been contributing to chiropractic research for over 41 years.

The foundation is a leader in facilitating the investigation of how chiropractic contributes to community health and well-being, and therefore our mission is “to facilitate research that furthers the understanding and development of chiropractic care”.

Two research papers funded by the Spinal research foundation

  1. Changes in H-reflex and V-waves following spinal manipulation. Experimental Brain Research. Vol 233, 4 , pp 1165-1173

“When we adjust dysfunctional segments or subluxations, we change the way the brain processes what’s going on in our bodies. Hence we are able to better process all that sensory information from through-out the body, and control the body in a better way,” says Haavik.

The study showed:

  • an increase of almost 60% in the electrical activity readings from specifically targeted muscles
  • a 16% increase in absolute force measures
  • a 45% increase in the drive from their brain to their muscle
  • a shift in the H reflex curve, a neurophysiological measure of spinal cord excitability.

She came across another study that was almost identical in its methodology, but was comparing three weeks of strength training to three weeks of endurance training. “Our results were almost identical to three weeks of strength training” she said.

2. Haavik H, Niazi IK, Jochumsen M, Sherwin D, Flavel S, Turkey KS. (2017) Impact of spinal manipulation on cortical drive to upper and lower limb muscles. Brain Sciences. In press

This study was trying to find out whether the increase in leg strength from the adjustment as coming from the spinal cord or the brain. They found it was coming from the BRAIN!

This study needs to be followed up by more research, however it  has great relevancy for sport performers and patients who have lost muscle bonus and/or recovering from muscle degrading dysfunctions such as a stroke or orthopaedic operations.


Here is the Ideal Spine CBP website:

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