Stiffness and Thickness

As a follow-up to my September column, this month I will be discussing a further benefit of Chiropractic care, that is, when patients report increased mobility and less stiffness after treatment. Recently I discovered a study performed at the University of Utah by a Professor of Physiotherapy who measured certain changes in the spine after it was manipulated. The authors of this case recruited fifty-one participants with complaints of low back pain. The authors then measured the patient’s spinal stiffness by lying them on their stomachs and utilised a mechanical instrument to apply a downward pressure on the patients spine. After three indents, an average stiffness level was calculated based on how much the patients spine moved with the downward [...]