Study shows Improvement in Creative Thinking with Chiropractic

creative-thinkingThinking creatively is a state of mind that enables you to approach tasks, problems, and situations with openness to alternatives.  It’s basically a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions.

A recent pilot study showed that chiropractic adjustments positively affected creative thinking. The pilot study was published in the June 2010 edition of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia.

The main outcome measure was performance on the ‘alternate uses test’ both before and immediately following one treatment session. The alternative uses test has the individual write down as many uses for a specific object as possible during a ten minute period. An example would be to name all the different ways one could use a newspaper, a chair, or a shoe.

Pre-testing using the alternative uses test was performed in the beginning on all ten research participants. Then each of these participants was assessed for subluxation. Subluxation is “a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.”

Following the assessment the subjects were administered a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment is defined as, “A maneuver in a specific vector, velocity, intensity of force and point of application that is intended to assist the body in restoring normal tone by correcting subluxation in whole or in part.” After the adjustment, the subjects performed another version of the alternative uses test.

And what did the results show?  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.

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 follow up interviews showed an even stronger result:  the majority of individuals had improvement in real world creative tasks for two to eight days post adjustment.

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The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.

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