A recent article in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia reported on a pilot study involving the responses of ten subjects to a single chiropractic adjustment and how it affected their creative thinking. Creativity is the ability to generate ideas, “…both novel and useful (or influential) to a particular social setting.”
Interview responses of the subjects post-adjustment indicated 7 of the subjects elicited new directions in a real-world creative tasks and six of the subjects reported renewed energy towards a creative project as well as improvement in their performance on the alternate uses test. Spokane -based Dr. Pat Dougherty, D.C., explains that “The procedure for the alternative uses test is to write down as many uses for an object as possible during a ten minute period.” “For example, naming all the different ways you could use a newspaper was one of the questions used, as was naming all the different ways you could use a chair, followed by naming all the different ways you can use a shoe.”
Once testing was completed, each subject was assessed for subluxation, which has been defined as: “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, a chiropractic adjustment was administered. The adjustment has been 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 correction subluxation in whole or in part.” Following the adjustment, another version of the alternate uses test was administered and participants were interviewed two to eight days later.
“Taken as a whole, the results indicated improvement in real world creative tasks during the two to eight day period after the adjustment, which is very exciting.” Dr. Dougherty related. “Naturally, due to the small size of the study, these conclusions must be considered preliminary, pending verification by future studies.”
Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Dougherty, whose office is located at 2110 N. Washington Street, Spokane WA (telephone 509-327-4373).