Determining where to adjust is fundamental to the practice of chiropractic. Many of the methods commonly utilised in chiropractic practice have low reliability or conflicting results. There is no universally agreed upon ‘gold standard’ test for detecting subluxation, meaning that a validity study is not possible. However, the agreement between different chiropractors testing the same person can be measured statistically. The objective synchronous test is the primary procedure used by chiropractors trained in Advanced BioStructural Correction™ to determine where to adjust. This study aims to evaluate both the inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of this test. This research is important because the reliable detection of subluxation is fundamental to the clinical practice of chiropractic.

Grant Value: $2,500
Chief Investigator:
Dr Beau Woods & Dr Melinda Stanners – Torrens University Australia, Dr Kelly Holt – New Zealand College of Chiropractic.
Status: Complete


Clinical Applications of this research:

This project helps chiropractors to understand the reliability of the Objective Synchronous Test, as used in Advanced BioStructural Correction. This methodology is at least as good, if not better, than commonly used chiropractic procedures such as motion palpation and static palpation.