Effects of Instrument-Applied Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Postureal Control and Autonomic Balance

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 25, 2006
Last Update Posted : October 17, 2008
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Logan College of Chiropractic

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of spinal manipulative therapy on autonomic balance and to determine if there exists a relationship between autonomic state and postural control.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Heart Rate Procedure: Instrument-applied spinal manipulative therapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Previous studies have demonstrated that sensory and cognitive systems share some common neural substrate. The afferent neural impuleses of mechanoreception (also known as somatosensation) as produced by joint mechanoreceptors and adjacent muscle spindle cells may impact supraspinal centers. Few studies have been done to determine if the afferent impulses generated by spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) can impact the porcessing that occurs at supra-spinal centers. The relationship between postural control and cognition is studies using a dual-tak methodology, a primary (postural) task will often demonstrate degradation with the addition of a secondary, concurrent (cognitive) task. The current study seeks to determine the effects of SMT on postrual control using a dual-task paradigm, while monitoring autonomic state (using Heart Rate Variability analysis) during the course of therapy. It is thought that SMT can improve HRV status, and postural control within a dual-task situation, and that there will be differences in postural control related to a participant's HRV status. Activities of daily living often invole the coupling of a cognitive task with a complex postural task.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : September 2006
Study Completion Date : November 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy adults currently enrolled at Logan College

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Lower extremity injury, vestibular disorders

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00380341

Sponsors and Collaborators
Logan College of Chiropractic
Principal Investigator: Kristan J. Giggey, DC Logan College of Chiropractic
Study Director: Rodger Tepe, PhD Logan College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT00380341     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RD0803050033
First Posted: September 25, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 17, 2008
Last Verified: October 2008