Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of implementing a protocol evaluating the impact of chiropractic spinal manipulation on both static (one leg stance test) and dynamic (limits of stability test) balance assessments during regular and dual task (counting backwards by threes) conditions.
Methods: Thirty healthy participants were randomized into either a cervical spinal manipulation (n=15) or sham group (n=15). Participants completed balance assessments at pre, immediate post, and at a one-week follow-up. A survey assessing their experience was also administered at the one-week follow-up.
Results: All participants were compliant with protocols, including returning for the follow-up session. Group blinding and the sham procedure were not successful. Data for the balance assessments showed mixed changes in both groups, with some notable improvements in limits of stability variables following a single chiropractic cervical manipulation.
Conclusion: Further investigation into the impact of chiropractic spinal manipulation on both static and dynamic balance assessments during regular and dual task conditions appears feasible.
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