Debunking common chiropractic myths

FXNL Staff
June 21, 2017
2 min read
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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.

Dr. Thistle is a practicing chiropractor, educator, international speaker, knowledge-transfer leader, entrepreneur & medicolegal consultant. He is the Founder & CEO of RRS Education, a continuing education company providing weekly Research Reviews, informative Seminars & convenient Online Courses for chiropractors, physiotherapists & osteopaths around the world. He has lectured as a part-time faculty member at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in the Orthopedics Department for 13 years. Shawn’s skillset as an educator and consultant is further strengthened by his experience in expert medicolegal reporting in chiropractic malpractice cases. He can be reached by email at:

Watch a short summary video on the top chiropractic myths with Dr. Shawn Thistle.

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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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