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Health or Hoax

By Dr. Anthony Davis

We empower people to make informed choices about their chronic low back pain and sciatica by critically looking at research on popular claims. We help you judge if the fads are HEALTH, or a HOAX. We specialize in the understanding and treatment of chronic low back pain and sciatica.
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008 - Forget About Your Diagnosis

Health or HoaxMar 01, 2023

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023 - 5 LIES YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE ABOUT LOW BACK PAIN

023 - 5 LIES YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE ABOUT LOW BACK PAIN

Here are 5 HUGE lies you probably believe about low back pain and sciatica!

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If you have chronic low back pain, sciatica, a lumbar disc herniation, disc bulge, or disc degeneration - you need to understand how to heal - what exercises to do, and what to avoid!

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These common LIES about chronic low back pain and sciatica are pervasive even in the physical therapy and chiropractic worlds! Maybe you've already tried physical therapy exercises for low back pain & sciatica.

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These are 5 lies you may have been told by your doctor - but you need to understand the truth about low back pain and sciatica if you want to heal!.Some of these lies are especially true if you're trying to heal from a disc bulge or disc herniation! . ✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Nov 05, 202315:26
022 - DON'T LET LOW BACK PAIN COST YOU YOUR JOB!

022 - DON'T LET LOW BACK PAIN COST YOU YOUR JOB!

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass .

Chronic low back pain and sciatica are the number 1 cause of disability in the world! This means that you are more likely to have to take time off work due to low back pain than from any other medical condition.

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Don't let chronic low back pain and sciatica take your job from you!

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Nearly half of people who deal with chronic low back pain or sciatica as a major health problem are unable to work at all! That means they are disabled.

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Do NOT let a disc herniation, disc degeneration, low back pain, or sciatica leave you disabled!

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There is a better way to holistically heal from chronic low back pain and sciatica and reclaim the active life you deserve. . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Oct 28, 202323:34
021 - HOW LOW BACK PAIN WRECKS YOUR BODY

021 - HOW LOW BACK PAIN WRECKS YOUR BODY

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass .

Chronic low back pain and sciatica wreck your body.

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Chronic low back pain is the #1 cause of disability in the world! Disc herniations, disc degeneration, sacroiliac joint (SI joint) pain, and sciatica are debilitating.

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So how do you fix chronic low back pain and sciatica? How do you heal a disc herniation? How do you do physical therapy exercises for low back pain and sciatica? . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Oct 18, 202326:20
020 - HEALTH INSURANCE IS A SCAM FOR CHRONIC PAIN

020 - HEALTH INSURANCE IS A SCAM FOR CHRONIC PAIN

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass . Health insurance is not helpful when you have chronic low back pain or sciatica, or really any chronic conditions.

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Health insurance charges you huge premiums, deductibles, and copays, and meanwhile, if you have chronic low back pain or sciatica it won't pay for many of the things that actually help get you better!

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For example, if you have chronic low back pain you need education, exercise, stress relief, and accountability. Insurance isn't going to pay for these.

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What's worse is that insurance companies are influencing what treatments you have available to you by denying coverage for certain treatments. . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Oct 13, 202324:15
019 - AVOID CRIPPLING LOW BACK PAIN

019 - AVOID CRIPPLING LOW BACK PAIN

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass . Low back pain is the number ONE cause of disability in the WORLD. It's also more expensive than any other health condition!

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Add disc herniations and sciatica to the mix, and you've got a perfect storm for lifelong disability and financial bankruptcy.

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If you're dealing with chronic low back pain and sciatica, it is critical to get ahead of it NOW, before it escalates to a lifetime issue.

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We know that in most cases pain pills, injections, and surgery don't help, and can risk making things worse. Not to mention the cost of these treatments for chronic low back pain and sciatica!

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If you want relief from chronic low back pain, sciatica, disc bulges, and disc herniations, you need a holistic solution including exercise, stress relief, and education. . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Oct 05, 202314:25
018 - LOW BACK PAIN IS A GLOBAL CRISIS

018 - LOW BACK PAIN IS A GLOBAL CRISIS

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass . .

Low back pain and sciatica are a global crisis. Chronic low back pain is more disabling than heart disease, or even cancer.

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Low back pain costs people more money in a lifetime than heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or autoimmune conditions.

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Chronic low back pain can absolutely ruin your life, and leave you bankrupt and disabled.

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What's worse is that our healthcare system is notoriously terrible at actually treating chronic low back pain or sciatica. They give you meds, injections, and surgery.

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Even physical therapy doesn't work in many cases, since so many physical therapists are not practicing evidence-based treatment. .To heal from chronic low back pain and sciatica, you need a holistic solution. . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Oct 01, 202318:49
017 - ARE YOU DOOMED TO HAVE LOW BACK PAIN?

017 - ARE YOU DOOMED TO HAVE LOW BACK PAIN?

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass .

Are you doomed to have low back pain or sciatica? How do you prevent low back pain? How to you prevent sciatica? What if you have a disc herniation, are you doomed to a lifetime of low back pain?.

If you have family members who have had low back pain, sciatica, surgery, and been on pain meds from disability you might be worried that you have "bad genetics" and that your spine is likely to degenerate or get injured in the future. Is this true?.What causes low back pain and sciatica? How to you prevent low back pain and low back injuries? How do you treat a disc herniation, degeneration, or sciatica? . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Aug 06, 202324:55
016 - DOES STRETCHING PREVENT LOW BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA?

016 - DOES STRETCHING PREVENT LOW BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA?

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica. https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass . .Does stretching prevent low back pain and sciatica? Is you're struggling with a disc herniation, SI joint pain, sciatica, or chronic back pain will stretching and increasing flexibility have an impact on your pain or disability?.Although most people tend to think that stretching and flexibility is important to healing from chronic low back pain and sciatica, the research tells a different story. .Perhaps you don't need to waste your time stretching and foam rolling all day. Maybe there's a better use of your time to fix chronic low back pain and sciatica. . . #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief #sciatica #sciaticatreatment . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Jul 31, 202320:52
015 - IF I GET AN MRI WILL I HAVE TO GET SURGERY? Low Back Pain & Sciatica

015 - IF I GET AN MRI WILL I HAVE TO GET SURGERY? Low Back Pain & Sciatica

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica.

https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass.

If you have low back pain or sciatica and you get an MRI, will you need to get surgery?

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When should you get an MRI for low back pain and sciatica?

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When should you AVOID getting an MRI for low back pain and sciatica?

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Can getting an MRI actually make low back pain and sciatica worse? Do you really need to know if you have a disc herniation or disc bulge? Can disc herniations heal on their own?

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How do you fix low back pain and sciatica without drugs or surgery? . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

#lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief#lowbackpainexercises #discherniation #sciaticarelief#sciatica #sciaticatreatment

Jul 16, 202319:09
014 - ARE YOUR JOINTS ACTUALLY MISALIGNED?

014 - ARE YOUR JOINTS ACTUALLY MISALIGNED?

✅ Watch the MASTERCLASS on Low Back Pain & Sciatica

https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/LBP-masterclass

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Are your joints actually misaligned? Do joints really go out of place? What does a chiropractic adjustment really do? Do chiropractors actually put bones back into place and fix subluxations?

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If you have low back pain and sciatica you may have been told that your posture and alignment are bad, and that you need to realign your joints in order to avoid chronic low back pain and sciatica. .This episode serves as myth busting around the idea of joint misalignments and chiropractic subluxations. . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Jun 23, 202328:46
013 - DO YOU NEED TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE FOR LOW BACK PAIN?

013 - DO YOU NEED TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE FOR LOW BACK PAIN?

Do you really need to strengthen your core for low back pain?

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Why does every physical therapist and chiropractor tell you to strengthen your core, brace your core, and work on core stabilization for low back pain?

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Is it really as important as everyone makes it seem? Are you doomed to live a life of chronic low back pain if you don't do a million dead bugs and bird dogs every day for your core strength? Is DNS (dynamic neuromuscular stabilization) really so important?

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Or have therapists just found another magic bullet scapegoat to blame everything on instead of embracing the complexity and multifactorial nature of low back pain? . WORK WITH ME 1-on-1 (Virtual or In-Person Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com

May 16, 202320:09
012 - Is Fibromyalgia Real?

012 - Is Fibromyalgia Real?

Is fibromyalgia real? What is fibromyalgia?


Is fibromyalgia just depression? Is it a mental health condition? is it all in your head?


Or is fibromyalgia a connective tissue disorder, making collagen and joints weak and painful? Is it safe to exercise with fibromyalgia?


Or perhaps it's neither of these things... Maybe fibromyalgia is a multifactorial condition that deserves respect and understanding.

Apr 05, 202328:06
011 - CAN DISC HERNIATIONS & DISC BULGES HEAL ON THEIR OWN?

011 - CAN DISC HERNIATIONS & DISC BULGES HEAL ON THEIR OWN?

Yesterday I had a new patient come see me because his “disc was out again.” This happens all the time. I asked him when he had a disc injury, and he told me it was from high school football. He was 32 years old. He hadn’t had an MRI or major injury since high school.  So, why did he think it was his disc? Well, a lot of my patients think that disc herniations and bulges last forever. They think these are fairly severe injuries. It's understandable when you have severe low back pain or neck pain. This is the point where I spend 30 minutes reassuring and educating him on the TRUTH about disc herniations. Want to know the TRUTH about disc herniations and disc bulges?  . WORK WITH ME 1-on-1 (Virtual or In-Person Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com . . ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Mar 23, 202325:07
010 - Is Meditation Actually Effective For Stress, Anxiety, & Depression?

010 - Is Meditation Actually Effective For Stress, Anxiety, & Depression?

Is Meditation All It’s Cracked Up to Be? Does meditation actually work to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression? Let’s explore the evidence-based benefits, and limitations of meditation.  Can meditation reduce stress? Can meditation alter blood glucose in diabetics? Can meditation change your heart rate and blood pressure? Meditation and yoga can be powerful mindfulness-based tools for our mental health and even for chronic pain rehab, but they aren't magic.

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WORK WITH ME 1-on-1 (Virtual or In-Person Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com

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⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Mar 15, 202329:19
009 - Can You Rely on MRI?

009 - Can You Rely on MRI?

Can you rely on MRI for chronic pain? Can you trust your MRI results? Should you get an MRI or should you avoid getting an MRI? Does special imaging help tell you what is causing your pain, and does it help tell your doctors exactly how to treat you? Or does getting an MRI make things worse? Can the results of these special tests (or any special tests including labs and bloodwork) be positive or negative for your health? Do we really need to stick you in the special magnet tube and charge you thousands of dollars for these tests? When is it necessary? When is it pointless? Let's find out!

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WORK WITH ME 1-on-1 (Virtual or In-Person Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/pages/booking.

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⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Mar 08, 202328:48
008 - Forget About Your Diagnosis

008 - Forget About Your Diagnosis

Can a Diagnosis Make Pain Worse?

If you have chronic pain or chronic illness, does it help to know about your diagnosis?

Or should you forget about your diagnosis and leave the labels behind?

Nocebic language and fear-based explanations can make a patient feel fearful and anxious about their health.

This can lead to fear of exercise, disability, and higher pain levels.

Let's explore when a diagnosis matters, and when we can forget about it entirely.

Does your diagnosis matter?

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WORK WITH ME 1-on-1 (Virtual Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/pages/booking.

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HEALTH OR HOAX PODCAST: https://anchor.fm/healthorhoax/episodes/What-is-the-Root-Cause-of-Chronic-Pain-e1uqp0g.

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⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Mar 01, 202331:54
007 - How to Spot a Terrible Doctor

007 - How to Spot a Terrible Doctor

If your doctor does any of these things, run! This video will teach you how to spot a terrible doctor. Do you have a bad doctor? Do you know how to find a good doctor? Healthcare providers are good and bad sometimes, and it can be hard to find a good one. I'll teach you the signs that you should ditch your doctor. We'll talk about things that bad doctors say, and red flags to watch out for when choosing a doctor or healthcare provider. This includes how to find a good chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, naturopath, medical doctor, or osteopath.  

WORK WITH ME 1-on-1 (Virtual Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/pages/booking. 

HEALTH OR HOAX PODCAST: https://anchor.fm/healthorhoax/episodes/What-is-the-Root-Cause-of-Chronic-Pain-e1uqp0g. 

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 ⚠️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENGAGING IN EXERCISE. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself. This content is purely for educational purposes.

Feb 22, 202336:08
006 - What is the Root Cause of Chronic Pain?

006 - What is the Root Cause of Chronic Pain?

What is the root cause of chronic pain? Is it even possible to identify a single root cause of chronic pain or chronic illness? The biopsychosocial model helps explain that pain is multifactorial and that we need to broaden our understanding of pain and health. Rarely is low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, or other chronic pain simply due to a single cause like a disc herniation, or a pinched nerve. There are usually many other variables to account for.  

WORK WITH DR. DAVIS 1-on-1 (Virtual Rehab): https://www.shapeshiftwellness.com/pages/booking

HEALTH OR HOAX PODCAST: https://anchor.fm/healthorhoax

Feb 12, 202326:15
005 - Does Flexibility Matter?

005 - Does Flexibility Matter?

In this episode, we discuss flexibility, mobility, and stretching. Does flexibility matter? Do you need to stretch before you exercise? Does stretching prevent injuries? Does being flexible improve your health and wellness in any meaningful way?

Find each of us individually here:

Dr. Anthony Davis: @shapeshiftwellness

Dr. Blake Loxtercamp: @blake.loxtercamp_dc

Dr. Dan Brown: @vectorsportandspine

Apr 10, 202233:43
004 - What Does Treatment Actually DO?

004 - What Does Treatment Actually DO?

In this episode we discuss all forms of treatment from chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other bodyworkers. What kind of treatment is worth getting if you have pain or injury? What does treatment actually DO? Does it do ANYTHING? Should you fix your posture? Can chiropractors put bones back into alignment? Do you need to get any treatment at all?


Find each of us individually here:

Dr. Anthony Davis: @shapeshiftwellness

Dr. Blake Loxtercamp: @blake.loxtercamp_dc

Dr. Dan Brown: @vectorsportandspine

Apr 03, 202230:11
003 - How Much Treatment Do You Really Need?

003 - How Much Treatment Do You Really Need?

In this episode of Health or Hoax, we discuss chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, and other manual therapy as it relates to how much treatment you really need. How much treatment is too much? Do you even NEED treatment in the first place? Chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other bodyworkers can be great, but sometimes they sell patients on excessive amounts of unnecessary treatment.

Find each of us individually here:

Dr. Anthony Davis: @shapeshiftwellness

Dr. Blake Loxtercamp: @blake.loxtercamp_dc

Dr. Dan Brown: @vectorsportandspine

Mar 27, 202226:12
002 - Job Prospects for New Chiropractic Graduates (Part 2)

002 - Job Prospects for New Chiropractic Graduates (Part 2)

In this episode of Health or Hoax, we talk about being new graduates from our Doctor of Chiropractic program, and the job opportunities that await new grads. There are many paths that a new chiropractor may take, including working as an associate doctor, starting their own practice, or buying a practice. Dr. Davis, Dr. Dan, and Dr. Blake discuss what they chose to do and why.

Find each of us individually here:

Dr. Anthony Davis: @shapeshiftwellness

Dr. Blake Loxtercamp: @blake.loxtercamp_dc

Dr. Dan Brown: @vectorsportandspine

Mar 20, 202235:33
001 - Job Prospects for New Chiropractic Graduates (Part 1)

001 - Job Prospects for New Chiropractic Graduates (Part 1)

In this episode of Health or Hoax, we talk about being new graduates from our Doctor of Chiropractic program, and the job opportunities that await new grads. There are many paths that a new chiropractor may take, including working as an associate doctor, starting their own practice, or buying a practice. Dr. Davis, Dr. Dan, and Dr. Blake discuss what they chose to do and why. 


Find each of us individually here:

Dr. Anthony Davis: @shapeshiftwellness

Dr. Blake Loxtercamp: @blake.loxtercamp_dc

Dr. Dan Brown: @vectorsportandspine

Mar 13, 202229:32
Mass Psychogenic Illness (Research Highlight)

Mass Psychogenic Illness (Research Highlight)

Mass Psychogenic Illness is a really interesting phenomenon, where essentially a bunch of people get sick because they THINK they were exposed to a germ or virus or toxin, but in reality they weren't. They get all the same symptoms and sickness as if they had truly caught some nasty virus, but the symptoms being produced are entirely created by their own hyper-reactive nervous system. It's pretty interesting to consider how powerful our brains are in creating our physical experience.  . . 

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Please note, although this video is being released right after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, this is in NO WAY meant to imply anything about the seriousness of the coronavirus. You should of course follow the advice of the world's experts, the CDC and the WHO to keep yourself and your community safe. . . 

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What is interesting to consider regarding the strange phenomenon of a Mass Psychogenic Illness is simply that our brains can do a lot of really dramatic stuff to attempt to protect us. Our immune systems are highly reactive to all kinds of things, so the panic and mass hysteria surrounding this pandemic may feed into your own personal fears and anxiety. Keep safe, take it seriously, but don't feed on fear. Feed on good, solid information, and meanwhile consider taking some quiet time away from your phone, away from the TV, and maybe have some time for self reflection, movement, or maybe reading a good book.  . . 

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Don't take a bad situation and make it worse by freaking out. Try to use self-quarantine and social distancing as a way to make some quiet personal time, or do something else that would be meaningful to you.  . . 

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CITATION: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27294104 . .

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 Tarafder, Binoy Krishna & Khan, Mohammad Ashik & Islam, Mohammad Tanvir & Mahmud, Sheikh & Kabir, Md & Faruq, Imtiaz & Miah, Md & Arafat, S.M.. (2016). Mass Psychogenic Illness: Demography and Symptom Profile of an Episode. Psychiatry Journal. 2016. 5. 10.1155/2016/2810143.  . . 

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Jul 04, 202006:42
Dr. Melissa MacDonald - Return to Play, Active Rehab, & Sports Psychology (FULL INTERVIEW)

Dr. Melissa MacDonald - Return to Play, Active Rehab, & Sports Psychology (FULL INTERVIEW)

We sat down with Dr. Melissa MacDonald (DC ICSC CCSP® NREMT) to speak about when to return to play, when/if people really need to take time away from their sport or favorite activities due to injuries, and how movement and exercise can play a huge role in active rehab from musculoskeletal injuries. We spoke about the psychology that comes into play with injuries, and the importance of offering assurance and movement optimism to patients/players when they are in recovery.   

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There are many myths and dogmas about physical therapy, active care, and chiropractic care for injuries which revolve around fear of movement, and which lead to poor outcomes. Generally speaking for most injuries, the good news is that many people don't really need to take as much time away from activity as they may think, and can often return to play quickly with the help of a professional to guide them.   

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Visit Dr. Mac in Minneapolis, Minnesotta: https://www.macperformanceclinic.com/  

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Jul 01, 202001:09:17
Can Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing Identify Allergies? | (Research Highlight)

Can Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing Identify Allergies? | (Research Highlight)

🤔 Some people believe you can test for allergies by placing a glass vial with an allergen on/near a person, then testing the strength of a particular muscle for weakness. They believe weakness would indicate an allergy to the substance in the vile. . . 

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This study tested whether practitioners of “Health Kinesiology” (a subset of “Applied Kinesiology”) could accurately detect allergies to WASP VENOM in patients with a clear history of anaphalactic reactions, and who had been already been confirmed as having significant allergies to wasps. . . 

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❌They FAILED MISERABLY. . . 

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Proponents of Applied Kinesiology will argue that they get results! Well, even if your method is complete nonsesnse, you will still get results due to random chance! In this experiment, they simply had to guess between TWO vials, one with poison, and one with just salt water. They had a 50/50 chance, just like a coin flip, to get it right. So if they are actually doing something right, they should statistaclly perform better than a random coin flip. Well, they actually did WORSE THAN A COINFLIP. . . 

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The claim was an extraordinary claim to begin with, because it completely lacks any biological plausibility in the first place. Sure enough, when pressured by the rigors of science, Applied Kinesiology falls flat on its face. . . 

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🧙‍♀️Don’t let people scam you with magic tricks, folks. . . 

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📖CITATION: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11926427 . 

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Lüdtke, R & Kunz, B & Seeber, N & Ring, Johannes. (2001). Test-Retest-Reliability and Validity of the Kinesiology Muscle Test. Complementary therapies in medicine. 9. 141-5. 10.1054/ctim.2001.0455. . . 

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Jun 30, 202012:18
Dr. Alex Sundin - What is Evidence Based Chiropractic? (Full Interview)

Dr. Alex Sundin - What is Evidence Based Chiropractic? (Full Interview)

Dr. Alex Sundin is a sports chiropractor (DC, CCSP, ICSC) in Maple Grove, MN, as well as a fellow in the Human Performance Center at Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Bloomington.   

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We took time to speak with Dr. Alex about common chiropractic misunderstandings, by addressing common questions about what a chiropractor does, what they don't do, what subluxations are (and aren't), and what a chiropractic adjustment/manipulation does.  .

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Some people have the impression that all chiropractors believe in outdated ideas about "vertebral subluxations", but the truth is that most chiropractors have moved past this, and are very similar to physical therapists, in that they are primary care doctors for sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain, low back pain and many other conditions, but they happen to have a strong emphasis on joint health and biomechanics.  

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Jun 29, 202044:04
NO MORE NOCEBO - Alternatives to Harmful Language in Healthcare | (Research Highlight)

NO MORE NOCEBO - Alternatives to Harmful Language in Healthcare | (Research Highlight)

The nocebo effect is when a clinician's harmful or scary language makes the patient feel worse, not better. It's often thought of as sort of the opposite of the placebo effect. Our language matters a lot for healthcare. The words we use can heal, or our words can harm.  

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😱Are you accidentally scaring your clients/patients? . . 

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💬From the article: "Many patients with musculoskeletal conditions are anxious about their future and are naturally predisposed to see the negative rather than the positive. When we are physically and emotionally low, we not only hurt more easily, we also seek information that supports our vulnerabilities.( 11) Health professionals need a keen sensitivity to the ways in which patients hear their words and how those words may be misinterpreted." . . 

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😔People already seeking state aren't feeling very strong. Do you really want to make them feel even MORE vulnerable? . . 

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🦸‍♀💪Or do you want to EMPOWER THEM? . . 

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❓What other phrases need a reboot? . . 

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CITATION: Stewart, Michael & Loftus, Stephen. (2018). Sticks and Stones: The Impact of Language in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 48. 10.2519/jospt.2018.0610.  . . 

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https://www.jospt.org/doi/pdfplus/10.2519/jospt.2018.0610?casa_token=U40swbaxbzEAAAAA:-XYIt8RIHDqUN9ipeLtynwAV70B09EKw3J0JDRbDMH_iPxJDxSHx3cIRS_gSCOAfJFBk7zS1TR5u . . 

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Jun 28, 202008:02
Vectors For "Specific" Chiropractic Adjustment and Massage Are Implausible | (Research Highlight)

Vectors For "Specific" Chiropractic Adjustment and Massage Are Implausible | (Research Highlight)

The interface between the skin and fascia is frictionless. In manual therapies like chiropractic spinal adjustments and soft tissue release techniques, often it is thought that a thrust or a force is being applied to a bone or muscle at an oblique angle. It is thought that a clinician can be specific in regards to the specific direction they are pushing the targeted structure. If possible, this would be useful in attempting to mobilize a joint by pushing a bone into a certain rotation or flexion or any other specific direction. The only way that this would be possible is if the interface between the skin and the bone or muscle being targeted had FRICTION. Friction is needed to get a grip on these structures.  . . 

According to this paper, there is no friction in the skin-fascia interface. This means the only possible force vector for any manual therapy targeting structures deeper than the skin is from superficial to deep. Applying force at an angle is impossible, if the findings of this study are accurate. . . 

This does NOT mean that the therapies themselves aren't still useful, it just warrants a shift in how clinicians educate and think about what they are doing. It also makes things simpler and easier when you acknowledge the limitations of your technique.  . . 

Link to paper: https://www.lastsite.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Thefrictionalpropertiesatthethoraci.pdf . . 

Citation: Bereznick, David & Ross, James & Mcgill, Stuart. (2002). The frictional properties at the thoracic skin-fascia interface: Implications in spine manipulation. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon). 17. 297-303. 10.1016/S0021-9290(02)00014-3. . . 

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Jun 16, 202013:06
Specific vs. General Physical Therapy Exercises for Low Back Pain | (Research Highlight)

Specific vs. General Physical Therapy Exercises for Low Back Pain | (Research Highlight)

Often times, physical therapy exercises for low back pain are intended to be highly specific to the condition and the patient. This episode highlights a research article on low back rehab which compared specific or corrective exercises for back pain to general exercises, to see if it's worth the extra effort of coaching and performing more targeted exercises.   

CITATION: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25770419 

Saner, Jeannette & Kool, Jan & Sieben, Judith & Luomajoki, Hannu & Bastiaenen, Caroline & Bie, Rob. (2015). A tailored exercise program versus general exercise for a subgroup of patients with low back pain and movement control impairment: SHORT-TERM results of a randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy.  

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Jun 16, 202002:27
Weight Loss Without Exercise | Placebo Effect | (Research Highlight)

Weight Loss Without Exercise | Placebo Effect | (Research Highlight)

Does mindset matter? If you THINK you are healthy, could that possibly make you actually become healthier? How much do positive and affirmative beliefs about your own lifestyle and health actually impact your overall health?  

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In this study, women lost weight, body fat, and lowered their blood pressure just from being educated that they were already doing a good job being active. They weren't asked to change anything. They didn't do additional exercise, they didn't change their diet. They were just given some reassurance, and they lost weight and improved several markers of overall health.   

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What are the implications of this? Comment below and tell us why this would matter to YOU!  

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Citation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17425538 

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Crum, Alia J., and Ellen J. Langer. 2007. Mind-set matters: Exercise and the placebo effect. Psychological Science 18, no. 2: 165-171.  

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Jun 02, 202002:50
Is Chronic Pain All In Your Head & Can Positive Thinking Improve Your Health?

Is Chronic Pain All In Your Head & Can Positive Thinking Improve Your Health?

In this video we will take a look at whether or not having a positive attitude can ACTUALLY improve your health and reduce pain. We also take a look at the nature of chronic pain to see if it really is all in your head, and if so what can we DO about it? How can we change our attitudes and beliefs about pain? Does mindset matter for improving our health?

REFERENCES: 

Paper of focus  - Hanssen MM, et al. Can positive affect attenuate (persistent) pain? State of the art and clinical implications. Curr Rheumatol Rep (2017) 19: 80. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11926-017-0703-3

1. IASP Task Force on Taxonomy CoCP. Part 3: pain terms, a current list with definitions and notes of usage. In: Merksey H, Bogduk N, editors. Classification of chronic pain. Seattle: IASP Press; 1994.

2.  Strigo IA, et al. Association of major depressive disorder with altered functional brain response during anticipation and processing of heat pain. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008

3. van Middendorp H, et al. The effects of anger and sadness on clinical pain reports and experimentally-induced pain thresholds in women with and with-out fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care & Research. 2010

4. Burns JW, et al. Anger arousal and behavioral anger regulation in everyday life among patients  with chronic low back pain: relationships to patient pain and function. Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. 2015

5.  Vlaeyen JW, et al. The fear-avoidance model of pain. Pain. 2016. Overview and update of leading biopsychosocial model in the study of (persistent) pain.

6. Zautra AJ, et al. Positive affect as a source of resilience for women in chronic pain. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005.

7. Strand EB, et al. A Positive affect as a factor of resilience in the pain-negative affect relationship in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. J Psychosom Res. 2006

8. Thong ISK, et al. The buffering role of positive affect on the association between pain intensity and pain related outcomes. Scand J Pain. 2017

9. Roy M, et al. Cerebral and spinal modulation of pain by emotions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009

10. Steptoe A, et al. Neuroendocrine and inflammatory factors associated with positive affect in healthy men and women: the Whitehall II study. Am J Epidemiol. 2008

11. Steptoe A, et al. Positive affect and psychobiological processes relevant to health. J Pers. 2009

12. Zautra AJ, et al. Dynamic approaches to emotions and stress in everyday life: Bolger and Zuckerman reloaded with positive as well as negative affects. J Pers. 2005

13. Ong AD, Zautra AJ, Reid MC. Chronic pain and the adaptive significance of positive emotions. Am Psychol. 2015.

14. Garland EL, Fredrickson B, Kring AM, Johnson DP, Meyer PS, Penn DL. Upward spirals of positive emotions counter downward spirals of negativity: insights from the broaden-and-build theory and affective neuroscience on the treatment of emotion dysfunctions and deficits in psychopathology. Clin Psychol Rev. 2010

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Apr 29, 202011:31
Limitations of Research - Research Isn't Everything

Limitations of Research - Research Isn't Everything

Research allows us to better understand our world, but even great research has limitations. We love to rely on research to inform our beliefs when we can, sometimes even the power of research can’t be 100% reliable. In our previous video on different types of evidence, we stated that peer reviewed published research is the highest quality evidence available. This is true, but like most things, research studies are not perfect. Time, money, ethics, generalizability, and bias can all complicate research.   

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0:33 - Intro 

0:58 - Research takes time 

1:43 - Cost 

2:34 - Ethics 

3:53 - We are all unique 

4:58 - Bias makes some research unreliable 

6:33 - Research can't answer everything 

6:57 - SUMMARY  

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Apr 29, 202008:09
Battling Bias - 12 Types of Bias that Shape our Beliefs

Battling Bias - 12 Types of Bias that Shape our Beliefs

In this video we will learn about 12 different types of bias which can skew reality, change the results of research, and give us false information about the world. I’ll give examples of each and we will better learn how to spot these sources of error in our daily lives so we can ALL gain skill in separating FACT from FICTION, or as we say here - HEALTH or HOAX

JUMP TO A TOPIC:

 1:13 - Confirmation Bias 

2:42 - Observer/Expectancy Bias 

4:29 - Halo & Horn Effect 

6:07 - Selection/Sample Bias 

7:37 - Bandwagon Effect (Groupthink) 

8:34 - Anchoring Bias 

9:34 - Clustering (Apophenia) 

10:59 - Reporting Bias 

12:40 - Framing Effect 

13:12 - Self-Serving Bias 

14:05 - Conflict of Interest 

15:20 - Measurement Bias  

16:29 - SUMMARY

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Apr 29, 202018:57
Types of Evidence and Research

Types of Evidence and Research

Not all types of evidence are created equal. some types of evidence barely even count as evidence since they cannot reliably tell us objective truths about the world. Other types of evidence like scholarly research articles (especially summary research) can determine cause and effect relationships.  

Too often we rely on anecdotal evidence to shape our beliefs. This video teaches us about the different types of evidence and which ones are the most reliable, and which ones we should take with a grain of salt.   

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 1:06 - Intro 

1:39 - Opinions & Anecdotal Evidence 

4:33 - ACADEMIC JOURNALS (intro) 

4:41 - Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT's) 

6:38 - Observational Studies 

9:00 - Summary Research (Intro) 

9:04 - Evidence Based Textbooks 

10:27 - Meta Analysis; Systematic Reviews; Guidelines 

12:28 - SUMMARY  

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Apr 29, 202014:27
Welcome to Health or Hoax!

Welcome to Health or Hoax!

Welcome to Health or Hoax - The show that empowers people to make informed choices about their own health, by taking a critical look at the research on popular healthcare claims. We are healthcare students on a journey for truth, looking to make it easier for YOU to understand if the fads, diets, and treatments you’ve been sold are HEALTH, or a HOAX.   

At the end of each episode we do our best to reach a conclusion about the topic of discussion, but we acknowledge that science and healthcare are ALWAYS evolving, and therefore our conclusions (like all conclusions) are never final, they are always open to further critique, and we reserve the right to change our opinions at any time in the future in light of new evidence and research!   

More than anything, this show is an exercise in critical thinking which hopefully teaches you a little bit about HOW to make informed healthcare choices, rather than telling you exactly WHAT to think. In other words - this video is not a substitute for professional and personal healthcare! Feel encouraged to use the research from this show to form questions to ask your own doctor, but remember, we (and the internet in general) are NOT your doctor.  

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Apr 28, 202003:31