Back in 2007 a paper was published,
It was a pilot study and as a result 2.8 million dollars in an NCCM grant was given to Palmer Chiropractic College, part of which was to further evaluate NUCCA's effect on hypertension based on this lousy study.
I wonder where all the money went as there has not been a published follow-up in PubMed and no study I could find on
In place of the elaborate theater of NUCCA, we have to instead settle for
They used the Toggle Recoil Technique, a form of
upper cervical technique developed by B.J. Palmer which utilizes a quick thrust and release.
Many patients feel as though very little or nothing has happened
It suggests that the patients are more aware of what is happening than the chiropractor. Certainly it is true when applied to the treatment of hypertension:
Six weeks of toggle recoil spinal manipulation did not lower systolic or diastolic blood pressure when compared with a sham procedure.
But more amazing was
Our results do not support a larger clinical trial. Further research to understand the potential mechanisms of action involving upper cervical manipulation on blood pressure is warranted before additional clinical investigations are conducted.
I think this is the first time ever a pseudo-medicine paper concluded that because the preliminary study is negative, no further studies need be done.