BS2.11 – Introduction

This class covers the known sensory neuroplastic effects of chiropractic care and reviews the literature relevant to joint cavitation. It covers a neurophysiology technique called Somatosensory evoked potentials and what evidence Dr Heidi Haavik and her team have discovered over the past two decades using this technique.

It also explores the research that has shown brain improvements in proprioceptive processing in the elbow and ankle after spinal adjustments and several studies that looked at whether adjustments can improve somatosensory filtering of proprioceptive information.

This class also looks at the source localization study conducted in Denmark that discovered that adjusting subluxations alters processing in the prefrontal cortex, and how best to communicate this information with your practice members. Finally, it discusses the literature on joint cavitation and covers how best to answer the common questions about what makes this sound and whether it is harmful or not.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain what Somatosensory evoked potentials are and how they are used to measure sensory changes in the brain
  • Explain what the research shows regarding somatosensory processing following chiropractic care
  • Understand and appropriately communicate the research on chiropractic care and the prefrontal cortex
  • Explain what joint cavitation is and what it means for the outcomes of care