This study aims to investigate the effects of chiropractic adjustments on brain function, specifically the prefrontal cortex (PFC), using functional MRI and advanced computational methods e.g. multivariate pattern decoding. The PFC plays a central role in higher-level cognition and modulation of cognitive control. It is implicated in various complex behaviours, including stress response and emotion regulation in resilience. This is a first of its kind fMRI study that would allow identification and localisation of the changes at neural level that may underlie the positive effects of chiropractic care on emotion regulation behaviour.

Grant Value: $36,487
Chief Investigator: Dr Adrian Wenban – Barcelona College of Chiropractic.
Status: In Progress

Researcher Update:

  • March 2024

    The project team has created a clear project design and formulated clear study objectives. The software required for the study has been developed and undergone preliminary testing to ensure functionality and reliability.

    The researchers are now planning and resourcing a research laboratory with appropriate electronic and physical security measures, as required by Spanish data protection laws.  The plan is to then recruit participants during the third quarter of 2024 and commence data collection in 2025,  with the aim of data analysis taking place mid 2025, and manuscript preparation late 2025.

    The team are all dedicated to see the project progress and be able to see how fMRI can demonstrate the effect chiropractic therapy has on the human brain.