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Re: Ask a Scientist

Dunno - I always used to confuse chiropractor with physiotherapist with osteopath. I'm not quite sure what their respective specialities are.

On a vaguely similar health/exercise note... I've just taken up running and am still distinctly average. Did my first 10k this year but certainly won't be setting records any time soon. Anyway I've got a few exercise-related questions/observations...

1. Some women have a running style where their feet flick out the side, in a similar manner to doing the Charleston. It's not common but some people do do it. What's that about? Is there a physiological basis to it?

2. What is the second wind? By that I mean the exercise phase where the need to breathe slows right down and stamina seems unlimited. I've heard talk of anerobic metabolism but aren't sure whether that is the same thing. Your muscles are still exercising and presumably consuming resources.

3. Why does sweat post-exercise smell so rank compared to simple hot weather perspiration?
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Old 20.09.2018, 21:56
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I've been refered to a chiropractor and wonder if this is orthodox medical treatment or some alternative therapy that has questionable worth. I was happy to rest and medicate with anti-inflammatories (which was one of the options put forward), but advised that a chiropractor would give quicker results. One visit in and I'm loathe to return. It was pain like I've never experienced before.

What's the general verdict from science professionals on the matter please?
Although i may be responding a bit late and you may have lost interest in the topic:
Chiros, in my opinion, are quite useful. I can go into the anatomy and deformation of the spinal column due to this or that and whatnot, but you can certainly find a lot of info if you google. So here is my bit of experience: one fine day I got up to a pain, between shoulder blades, painful to swallow or breath, generally it hurt to do anything. I thought, omg! Pneumonia? Lung disorder??? Legged it to my doctor /not chiropractor/, described symptoms, he simply told me to lie on my tummy, did an adjustment /I heard quite a bit of crackling/, then told me to get up, cough, inhale deeply. The pain was gone. Ok, he was just my GP, but, he knew what was required. I had had six months of chiro therapy years ago - every time I left my appointment i was flying.
I presume your experience would get better in time. Please do not give up on your treatment.
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Chiropractic used as a treatment for anything other than musculoskeletal problems is pure quackery, and potentially dangerous.

If it is a musculoskeletal problem then an Osteopath might be able to do some good, but in my not inconsiderable exclusive experience a good physio will be better in the long run, as they'll also advise on and possibly supervise an exercise program to address the underlying cause. A quick fix may sometimes feel good, but if the problem keeps coming back without long term improvements it's probably not.
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