A small pilot study in the August 2007 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research reports that chiropractic care has been linked to improved outcomes in patients’ quality of life measurements. This was a preliminary study of 10 people in high stress jobs. They were placed under chiropractic care for an average of 5.5 months.
At the beginning of the study, the volunteers underwent 75 different physical assessment tests including postural analysis, range of motion tests, spinal analysis and leg length, orthopedic, motor strength, deep tendon reflexes, superficial reflexes and sensory tests.
The patients were then given the Health Related Quality of Life questionnaire which measured five domains: Physical State, Mental and Emotional State, Level of Stress, Life Enjoyment, and overall Quality of Life. A sixth domain, Combined Wellness, represented the sum of all the other domains.
The patients were placed under chiropractic care and were adjusted where and when it was deemed necessary. At the end of their treatment plans, the volunteers were reassessed using the same criteria before their treatment began. Once treatment terminated, the subjects showed statistically significant reduction in their physical assessment scored from a high of 16.0 and reduced down to 9.5.
In the end, the study showed “significant improvement in the areas of physical state, mental and emotional state, and combined wellness.
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