Chiropractic Force Versus Touch

  • End date
    Sep 27, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Life University
Updated on 11 March 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


The Life University Center for Chiropractic Research is conducting a research study to better understand the physiologic and brain-based differences between the touch and force components of the chiropractic adjustment. Eligible individuals will either receive a chiropractic adjustment with force or a non-force stimulation. Individuals in the force stimulation group will receive an active spinal adjustment with a handheld instrument called an Activator. Individuals in the non-force stimulation group will have one Activator placed on the spine and another Activator clicked away from the spine. This study is not randomized. The first participant will receive an active spinal adjustment, and the second participant will receive a non-force stimulation at the same locations as the first participant. This pattern repeats until all individuals have been recruited (n=30). Outcome assessments include resting state electroencephalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG), and blood pressure. Outcome assessments will be captured prior to the adjustment or non-force stimulation, after the adjustment or non-force stimulation, and one week later. Individuals will also undergo a standard health history and chiropractic physical exam at the start of participation.

Condition Adjustment
Treatment Chiropractic spinal adjustment, Non-force simulation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05249530
SponsorLife University
Last Modified on11 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

You are between the age of 18 and 50
You have not had a chiropractic adjustment in the past 2 weeks
You are not currently receiving care such as acupuncture or physical therapy
You are currently not taking any medication that may change your brain patterns

Exclusion Criteria

You do not have a history of recent spinal surgery or trauma
You do not have any other health conditions that may prevent you from receive chiropractic care. This could include diagnosed osteoporosis
You are not pregnant
You do not have a severe mental health condition
You do not have a known heart condition
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