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Let's Chat, Chiropractors For Recovery

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit Recovery. This week we discuss the infamous field of chiropractors. We want to make it absolutely clear that this is in no way a dig at ALL chiropractors. As we do mention numerous times on the podcast we believe there are two types. Evidence-based chiropractors such as Michael Ray of Barbell Medicine and then the standard chiro you see all over YouTube who follows the method of subluxation. 


As you'll hear we do have boatloads of science (Scroll down for a list of studies) in regards to this topic and even with such a high volume of data we believe that things will probably not change. A chiropractor is going to get more response from someone with the sounds of cracks and ragging you about the table than talking to you and giving you action points enabling self-efficacy. Social media/ YouTube isn't helping either basically turning these guys and girls into online celebrities. ASMR springs to mind where you'll find entire videos of cracks to elicit an ASMR response. Placebo is massive here. Listen to our episode all about placebo and nocebo to hear how powerful it really is!


We have a lot of fun in this episode but in all seriousness, it is an important topic and many of you out there even without seeing one perceive seeing a chiropractor as a good/beneficial thing. It can be if you see the right ones but why is it a member of the public responsibility to investigate every chiro to ensure they are evidence-based and not just taking loads of money from you for a few nice feeling neck cracks.


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Studies Mentioned

The fall of the postural–structural–biomechanical model in
manual and physical therapies

Spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low‐back pain

Spinal manipulative therapy for acute low‐back pain

The reliability of palpating the posterior superior iliac spine

Reliability of physical examination for diagnosis of myofascial trigger points

A systematic, critical review of manual palpation for identifying myofascial trigger points

Does the sagittal alignment of the cervical spine have an impact on disk degeneration?

Barbell Medicine Article

Influence of axial rotation on chiropractic pelvic radiographic analysis

Does inter-vertebral range of motion increase after spinal manipulation?

There is more to pain than tissue damage

Spinal manipulation for asthma (Unsupported)

Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (Unsupported)

Spinal manipulation for the treatment of hypertension (Unsupported)

Effect of chiropractic treatment on primary or early secondary prevention ("Wellness" Unsupported)

Chiropractic treatment for gastrointestinal problems (Unsupported)

Chiropractic spinal manipulation for infant colic (Unsupported)

Clinical effects of spinal manipulation in the management of children and young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (Unsupported)

Chiropractic care for paediatric and adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Unsupported)

An epidemiological examination of the subluxation construct using Hill's criteria of causation

Reliability of chiropractic methods commonly used to detect manipulable lesions in patients with chronic low-back pain

Effect of chiropractic treatment on primary or early secondary prevention

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