Debunking Common Chiropractic Myths


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"A lot of the things that we have to spend time dispelling in our practice are myths that patients come in with"

Chiropractor, Dr. Shawn Thistle [B.Kin (Hons.), D.C., Medical Acupuncture, ART, CSCS, F.R], speaks with us about common chiropractic myths. Shawn also discusses his business, RRS Education, and how clinicians can stay up to date with current research.

To connect with Dr. Shawn Thistle, visit his website and to learn more about RRS Education visit

00:28 Can you introduce yourself and your background?

01:26 Can you tell us about your company, RRS Education?

07:12 Can you briefly describe what chiropractic medicine is and what it isn’t?

09:21 Many chiropractors and physiotherapists treat similarly, so what is the difference between the two?

11:37 What are the biggest myths that you have to dispel as a chiropractor?

What are your thoughts on the following myths:

16:55 - Chiropractors are back specialists only

19:02 - Chiropractors always do spinal adjustments

21:46 - Adjustments are scary

26:09 - Bones can slip out of place and getting an adjustment re-aligns the bones

28:25 - X-ray can show proof of misalignment and before/after x-rays can show a difference in alignment

31:21 - Chiropractors can treat nearly anything including diseases with spinal manipulation

34:27 Are there any other myths you’d like to discuss?

37:31 Do you think educational programs stay up to date with the evidence?

40:00 Do you have any tips on staying current with the research?

44:31 Sometimes you hear stories about marketing tactics by chiropractors such as long-prepaid treatment plans. What are your thoughts on this?

47:06 Where can people find out more about you?

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