Dr Sasha's first research article
We’re very excited to share with you that Dr Sasha is now a published author! Her first research article was made available just a few days ago.
We’ve asked Dr Sasha to explain it in plain language.
"Basically, I recruited a bunch of relatively healthy people who didn’t have any lower back pain, and they were given a lower back manipulation (or adjustment). We measured two different types of pain sensitivity (sensitivity to pressure and to pinprick) before and periodically for half an hour afterward, in various areas of the body. This was to see how the sensitivity to pressure and pinprick changed after the manipulation.
The main thing we saw was that people’s sensitivity to pressure decreased in the lower back and leg, for at least half an hour after the lower back manipulation. We also saw changes in sensitivity to pinprick, but we think that this wasn’t actually in response to the manipulation (for various reasons).
The research is what we call “experimental”, so it doesn’t relate specifically to clinical outcomes for patients, but it’s still valuable because we think that this could help explain why patients feel better after getting an adjustment. Our findings still need to be confirmed in studies using bigger groups of people, comparing against a placebo or no treatment, and in people who have lower back pain. This study is still an important step in the right direction to really understanding how manipulation of the spine affects the nervous system."
You can check out the full journal article here: http://rdcu.be/nA6B