Title: Music Therapy & Biofeedback in Assisting the Chiropractic Process
Abstract: This workshop presented recent work in developing an interactive system of improvised music in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustment session to accelerate the reduction of vertebral subluxations which impinge on the functioning of the nervous system. Biofeedback instruments may be used in the pre and post chiropractic session to document changes in motor-unit firing, general muscular relaxation, peripheral blood flow, HR, BP and brain wave activity. Some background and theoretical constructs of chiropractic utilizing the Network Spinal Analysis system were initially presented, followed by discussion of the employment of the musical improvisation with regard to use of particular musical intervals and rhythms through different phases of the chiropractic adjustment. A demonstration of this "gentle touch" system of chiropractic followed with the aid of 6 or 8 volunteers. Description: This workshop combined didactic presentation of basic chiropractic and music therapy premises with experiential involvement in order to relate the theory to actual practice. Following an initial presentation of "gentle touch" chiropractic concepts utilizing the Network Spinal Analysis system, the employment of the musical improvisation with regard to use of particular musical intervals and rhythms through different phases of the chiropractic adjustment was discussed. The "phase" system of spinal elongation/constriction was introduced preceding a demonstration with the assistance of volunteers. Participants had an opportunity to experience how music therapy is utilized to help facilitate the release of spinal tension and were also guided in how to implement some of the musical techniques. Physical and cognitive processing was addressed and followed by refinement of intervention techniques.