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 Balance
Similar Effects of Thrust and Nonthrust Spinal Manipulation Found in Adults With Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Controlled Trial With Adaptive Allocation
Author(s): Xia T, Long CR, Gudavalli MR, Wilder DG, Vining RD, Rowell RM, Reed WR, DeVocht JW, Goertz CM, Owens EF, Meeker WCView Article
Effects of spinal manipulation on sensorimotor function in low back pain patients – a randomized controlled trial
Author(s): Goertz CM, Xia T, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, DeVocht JW, Gudavalli RM, Owens EF, Meeker WC, Wilder DGView Article
Publication: Manual Therapy [Accepted]
Study protocol for patient response to spinal manipulation – a prospective observational clinical trial on physiological and patient-centered outcomes in patients with chronic low back pain
Author(s): Xia T, Wilder DG, Gudavalli MR, DeVocht JW, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Kawchuk GN, Long CR, Goertz GMView Article
Publication: BMC – Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Effect of Sampling Rates on the Qualification of Forces, Durations, and Rates of Loading of Simulated Side Posture High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Lumbar Spine Manipulation
Author(s): Gudavalli MR, DeVocht J, Tayh A, Xia TView Article
Publication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics