Our study that recently won first place at The Parker Experience Seminars in Las Vegas, USA has been accepted for publication. The paper will be published in ‘Neural Plasticity’, which has an impact factor over 3.5. This is solid scientific evidence that adjusting the spine changes the way the pre-frontal cortex of the brain is processing information from the arm. It demonstrates we change the way the brain works and shows that spinal function impacts brain function.
This study furthers our understanding of how adjusting the spine alters brain function, by showing where in the brain such changes take place. In this study we showed for the 4th time that the N30 SEP peak changes following adjustments, and most importantly, we showed that these changes take place in the pre-frontal cortex. What is a real bonus with this study is all data was collected and analysed by scientists from Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark who had no preconceived ideas about chiropractic.
The study continues the line of research Dr Haavik started while doing her PhD at the University of Auckland in the early 2000’s, which was when she and Bernadette Murphy first found this N30 SEP peak change following chiropractic adjustments. This study was an international collaboration with Medical Professors and Bioengineers in Denmark and research colleagues in Canada and Australia. The study received grant funding from the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and the Hamblin Trust in New Zealand.
The research team:
Dina Lelic, PhD, Mech-Sense, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
Imran Khan Niazi, PhD, New Zealand College of Chiropractic and Aalborg University, Denmark
Kelly Holt, PhD BSc (chiropractic), New Zealand College of Chiropractic, New Zealand
Mads Jochumsen, PhD Fellow, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark
Kim Dremstrup, PhD, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark
Paul Yielder, PhD, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, Canada
Bernadette Murphy, PhD DC, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, Canada
Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Professor, D.Med, PhD, MD, Mech-Sense, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
Heidi Haavik (corresponding author), PhD BSc (chiropractic), New Zealand College of Chiropractic, New Zealand