Manual Therapy has long been recognized for its effectiveness in treating a variety of health-related problems, particularly musculoskeletal disorders and pain. On the other hand, there is little consensus about the underlying therapeutic mechanisms. My research focuses on understanding physical stimulation aspect of manual therapy and the impact on tissues and neurophysiological responses. Particularly, I am interested in identifying and quantifying the dosage of manual therapy with the intent to explain manual therapy-induced pain reduction.
The understanding of human physical capability in both healthy and impaired populations is vital for the management of musculoskeletal disorders (i.e., prevention, assessment, and treatment). My research focuses primarily on modeling of joint strength and muscle fatigue. I am also interested in postural control and response to perturbation in individuals affected by low back pain.
Mentorship: PhD Committee, Industrial and systems engineering, Virginia Tech Research Honors Program
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Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) Project 1: Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation (PRiSM)Project Co-Leader, Clinical Trial Principal Investigator
Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT) III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and BalanceCo-Investigator
Author(s): Xia T, Long CR, Gudavalli MR, Wilder DG, Vining RD, Rowell RM, Reed WR, DeVocht JW, Goertz CM, Owens EF, Meeker WCPublication: SpineVolume: 41Issue: 12Page(s): E702-9Year: 2016
Author(s): Goertz CM, Xia T, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, DeVocht JW, Gudavalli RM, Owens EF, Meeker WC, Wilder DGPublication: Manual Therapy [Accepted]Year: 2015
Author(s): Xia T, Wilder DG, Gudavalli MR, DeVocht JW, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Kawchuk GN, Long CR, Goertz GMPublication: BMC – Complementary and Alternative MedicineVolume: 14Page(s): 92Year: 2014
Author(s): Gudavalli MR, DeVocht J, Tayh A, Xia TPublication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological TherapeuticsVolume: 36Issue: 5Page(s): 261-266Year: 2013
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musculoskeletal disorders, low back pain, manual therapy, spine biomechanics, human physical capability, muscle fatigue, modeling and simulation
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