This project seeks to investigate the second ASRF Research Agenda point, which is “Can subluxations be identified validly, reliably and reproducibly?”. To do this, we are proposing to measure the kinematics of spinal motion with a three-dimensional motion capture system and characterise changes in movement associated with spinal segmental levels that have been identified as being subluxated. This study is a collaborative study between the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and Aalborg University in Denmark. This study will be carried out in the state-of-the-art 3D motion capture laboratories located at Aalborg University.

Grant Value: $80,000 (a joint venture project with ASRF and The Hamblin Trust)
Chief Investigator: Dr Imran Khan Niazi – New Zealand College of Chiropractic
Status: In Progress

Researcher Updates:

  • March 2022
    Covid has caused numerous and significant delays. We did secure funding from another funding body to investigate the
    neurophysiological aspects of subluxated and non-subluxated individuals using High-density EMG. So, the data we have already collected will provide us with greater clarity about the neurophysiological aspects of vertebral subluxations. Also, we added the question of investigating the effects of a single session of chiropractic care on the biomechanics and neurophysiological aspects of subluxation.
  • October 2023
    We have finished data collection, and we have been analysing the data. Hopefully, we will finish the data collection by the end of the year, and then be ready to report outputs towards the end of 2024.