Australian Study

Chiropractic may make you more creative, according to Australian pilot study

Can your chiropractic adjustment enhance your creative thinking? A recent pilot study out of Australia suggests that it can.

The study, reported in the June 2010 issue of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, describes the responses of 10 subjects, ages 10-62, to a single chiropractic adjustment.

Nine of the subjects were currently involved in a real-world task involving some form of creative thinking. Seven of the subjects were also experiencing some form of musculoskeletal pain at the time of the study, while three of them also reported stress or stress-related symptoms.

The study participants received two versions of the alternate uses test – an established outcome measure related to divergent thinking – before and after a chiropractic adjustment. Each subject was also interviewed two to eight days after the adjustment, to ascertain their own impressions of any changes they experienced in the realm of creative thinking.

The results: Six of the ten participants saw a post-adjustment improvement in their performance on the alternate uses test, seven of them indicated new directions in a real-world creative task, and six reported renewed energy toward a creative project already planned.

While the results suggest short-term enhancement of creative thinking following a chiropractic adjustment, due to the small sample size these conclusions are considered preliminary, pending verification by future studies.

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