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Yoga as a Complement to Chiropractic Care

Sudhanva Char, Ph.D, Lee Carroll, Ph.D. 

Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ July 19, 2007 ~ Pages 1-9



Objective:To examine topical aspects of each of the two wellness modalities of chiropractic and yoga and consider the potential benefit yoga may have as a complement to chiropractic care.


Methods: A search of relevant research and other material included: The Yoga Institute of India; the Central Research Institute of Yoga; the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation of Bangalore; the Mind-Body Medical Institute of MA; the team care plan of Bay Area Pain Program Los Gatos, California; a number of US Universities; The Union of the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Discussion: The authors examined relevant scientific papers that serve as evidence of measurable positive effects resulting from specific yogic interventions affecting the nervous system. This evidence includes such things as: mechanoreceptor and parasympathetic stimulation, head posture correction, erector spinae balance, enhanced cardiovascular and respiratory function, connective tissue stretch and headache relief to maximal athletic performance.


Conclusion: There is the beginning of valid scientific research demonstrating areas of overlap for practitioners to consider in creating a complementary-care plan; with future research hopefully focusing on an integrated wellness program of yoga practice and chiropractic care.


Key Words: Chiropractic, Yoga, Palmer, Subluxation, Adjustment

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