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    Hey Coach,

    I’m in the middle of “Strong Enough” and you mention that chiropractors have a useful, legitimate place in the health care professions.

    When do you find a chiropractor useful and how does one discern the difference between a good chiro and a quack?

    I have trouble trusting these slippery sons-of-bitches. Especially when they start talking about removing “toxins.”

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    Chiropractors are useful for localized back pain with no radicular component. The quacks "remove toxins" while the good ones make your back feel better. It's sometimes a crapshoot, so references are useful.

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    Roger that - any idea what mechanisms are at play when they correct localized pain? Are we talking about a deep stretch on the soft tissue or actual realignment of facet joints, etc? I’m always skeptical when they talk about things being out of alignment.

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    I think that inflamed tissue is swollen and edematous, and that the manipulation disrupts the swelling and allows normal circulatory processes to resume. But really, I don't know.

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    Alright, thanks coach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soule View Post
    Roger that - any idea what mechanisms are at play when they correct localized pain? Are we talking about a deep stretch on the soft tissue or actual realignment of facet joints, etc? I’m always skeptical when they talk about things being out of alignment.
    I think the major mechanisms at work is a reduction in mechanoreceptor input after the cavitation is produced, and through an analgesic response via downregulation of excitatory interneurons through descending input from the brain.

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    Maybe both, if the tissue prep before the manipulation was extensive enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Morris View Post
    I think the major mechanisms at work is a reduction in mechanoreceptor input after the cavitation is produced, and through an analgesic response via downregulation of excitatory interneurons through descending input from the brain.
    WTF did I just read?

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    Soule,
    Where are you located?

    I would start with a couple of guidelines in the search for a good chiropractor;
    1. If they don't like dead lifting with proper form, then walk out immediately.
    2. Find someone who deals with athletes.
    3. Look for one with a sports diplomat.
    4. Make sure they work on extremities, not just the spine.

    For full disclosure I'm married to a chiropractor who sub specialized in body builders in the NYC area. (Note, she said SS has done more for my spinal health than anything else!) I recommend one that does extremities because in my experience going from a desk jockey to a much stronger desk jockey, I messed up my hands, wrists, and knees a few times and a good chiropractor can them them back quickly.

    Let me know where you live and maybe I can help find you one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8odin8 View Post
    WTF did I just read?
    Translation: things hurt less.

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