Our kids’ study will investigate whether 12 weeks of chiropractic care impacts a child’s pre-frontal cortex function and, if so, what clinical impact this has. It is important to know whether the brain changes that occur following chiropractic care that we’ve previously seen in basic science studies are clinically important for the kids we look after in our practices.
The study will be a parallel-group randomised controlled trial with 120-participants aged 10-18 years with subclinical spinal pain. They will be randomly allocated to receive 12 weeks of chiropractic care or a control intervention. Data collected in this project will include a combination of extrinsic (sociodemographic, clinical questionnaires etc.) and intrinsic physiological data (physiological measures like functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG), heart rate variability (HRV); saliva cortisol, etc.).
We are so excited about this study that we decided to fundraise to undertake a similar study with adults. This is essential to understand better how chiropractic care impacts human performance and function. But we cannot do this adult study without your help! To check out more information about this study and how you can help us get it done, visit http://research.chiropractic.ac.nz/chiropractic-care-on-pfc-function/.
Back to this ground-breaking new chiropractic kids study – we literally can’t wait to get started! And it could not be possible without the love, dedication and support of TKS founder Dr Dorte Bladt. Dorte has been instrumental in hosting the phenomenal Kids Summit conferences in Australia and North America. All the profits from these events have directly supported the Centre for Chiropractic Research kids research projects, cumulating in this new randomised controlled trial we are about to do.
In addition to Dorte and her core team, we wish to express our deep gratitude to all the speakers that have presented at the Kids Summit events, as they paid their way (flights, accommodation and all costs) to be involved with the Kids Summit efforts to raise funds for much needed research about chiropractic care for kids. Their love, wisdom, and generosity is breathtaking. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the volunteer speakers at The Kids Summit events: