Can an adjustment increase strength?

Can an adjustment increase strength?

According to research  in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology – Yes it can!

This study looked at the effects of spinal manipulation on muscle activity via electromyography in tibialis anterior muscle. (in english – they looked at the effect of manipulation on motor pathway excitability)

I won’t get into the sciencey stuff here. You can hit the link below to the research if you want.

In a nutshell – the manipulation group showed an increase in I wave excitability of 90% and 180%, and a decrease in cortical silent period which means an increase in motor pathway excitability. Increased stimulation to the muscle. The control group had no changes.

The researcher stated that spinal manipulation can be used to strengthen muscles.

We all know that almost every pro sports team (and amatuer for that matter), use chiropractic to help improve biomechanics and performance, and prevent injury. This is another piece of the puzzle, and exciting new area of research.

Here is the link to the research:

J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2018 Oct;42:24-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2018.06.010. Epub 2018 Jun 19.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation alters TMS induced I-wave excitability and shortens the cortical silent period.

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