Princess Porter-Fowler, DC, Daniel Becker, DC, MEd, Alan Brewster, DC
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ June 13, 2023 ~ Volume 2023 ~ Pages 71-75
Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess a correlation between cervical syndromes described by Thompson and cervical proprioception.
Materials and Methods: For this study, data from 11 patients each having three separate evaluations were analyzed to assess for the presence and type of cervical syndrome. These findings were then correlated with the subjects’ performances on the cervicocephalic kinesthetic sensibility test (CCKST) after each of these leg checks to determine a relationship between the cervical syndrome as described by Thompson and cervical proprioception.
Results: Patients presenting with any cervical syndrome exhibited greater head relocation errors on the cervicocephalic kinesthetic sensibility test than patients who presented without a cervical syndrome. In addition, patients exhibiting a right or left cervical syndrome demonstrated greater relocation errors returning their head to neutral after turning their head to the side of the cervical syndrome. Though clear trends were demonstrated, none of the values reached the level of clinical significance.
Conclusion: Though clear trends were demonstrated, statistical significance correlating cervical syndromes and cervical proprioception was not reached. Further research with larger sample sizes is recommended
Keywords: Vertebral subluxation, Thompson Technique, cervical proprioception, leg checks, cervical syndrome, adjustment, spinal manipulation