Chiropractor visit as preventative?

19 weeks in. no breaks. no failed workouts. i feel great. i get a sports massage on recovery weeks. i stretch. i foam roll. i do some off the bike fms stuff. i use air relax boots and powerdot when i can.

again i dont have any reason to see a chiropractor. but was curious if anyone uses one as a preventative or recovery tool?

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Wont hurt! Chiros keep things aligned up for positive energy flow
I see my chiro every 2-3 weeks for mantainiance. More because of my profession, I’m stuck in a semi 10 hours a day. the roads here in the mid Atlantic beat me up pretty good.
I’m 63 and don’t race, I do several centuries a season so all the hours in the saddle probably aren’t helping.
I keep my core strong, do lots of stretching and movement work .
Again the chiro keeps things aligned for positive energy flow.


Great job on the dedication to hit 19 weeks of solid training! :facepunch:

Personally I wouldn’t go to a Chiro, I would be seeing a physio every time.

If you let a physio know that you are a cyclist and want to make sure you have the exercises and stretches to avoid injury. They know what the common problems cyclists have and will be able to help you keep in shape so you can keep killing it.


I don’t buy into many of the claims chiros make but I have found seeing one on a regular basis has cut down on the tension in my upper shoulders/neck area. This could be a placebo, but before seeing the chiro regularly the tension would get bad enough that it my upper back would have a spasm a 2-3 times a year. This would leave me with a lot of pain and very limited mobility when trying to look over my shoulder. In the last two years I’ve only suffered from one of these spasms when I got busy and stopped getting adjusted for a long period of time and high training stress.

But if you already feel good and don’t suffer from back issues/tension I’m not sure you’d get much benefit.

I am an Osteopath so along the same sort of lines. My view is that prevention is always better than having to fix an injury after it has occurred. However I would say that the massage and foam roller work would be sufficient if you’re not having or have had any niggles.

I would also say that a good practitioner’s role is also to identify areas that may present a problem under high load training and show you the ways to manage them. This could include weakness, instability or movement restrictions.

Hope this helps. Overall I’d say that given your training consistency and the things you’re already doing just keep going :ok_hand:

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I never had a positive experience with a chiro. Nice people but I always felt like whatever “pop” or “click” happened was short-lived… and the result of muscular tightness. My go-to has always been to identify a good sports massage therapist. In my experience, this is a hard find but once I find the person, I stick with them. During the season, I see the massage therapist every 2-3 weeks for 90min (60min feels too short). There have been times when the entire session is focused on the legs. I have to program the sessions into the training because, depending on the massage focus / intensity, the day after often needs to be a rest or at best at ‘recovery’ intensity.


I am a firm believer in evidence based medicine. I might be too harsh on alternative medicine.

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine and features pseudoscientific ideas. Positive energy flow mentioned before is also a very vague term.

There are reasons why it might seem that pseudoscientific methods and specialists are able to have a positive impact on you. These might include placebo, coincidences, attributing improvements caused by other procedures you have performed, these specialists having great social skills.

My suggestion would be to stick to proven practices. Instead of chiropractor try to find some core strengthening instructor/class with good reputation.


This was my initial experience. Then I learned about (forgetting the formal name) where they also work the muscles to get them to relax so things are less likely to return to the poor spot.

Mine does more than Pop! you. teaches stretches and such to help prevent issues. I can tell when things are needed. During the season I go for preventive measures, plus to fix issues that arise (crashes are good at knocking things out of place) every 6-8 weeks.

The evidence for me is that it (chiro including muscle work) helps as a part of a total care plan. For others (like my mom), it may not help.

If your chiropractor goes anywhere near your neck I’d suggest you run a mile. Maybe run to the next town over, just to be safe:


At best any relief I ever got was short-lived and they all seem to want to put you on a regular maintenance program to keep you coming back. At worst, a chiro (an acquaintance) I saw for chronic neck pain wouldn’t give up until he got a click. Came out worse than going in as he kept wrenching my neck around just to get the click. Same thing for my wife, she ended up in physio for a mildly separated shoulder after telling him that it was hurting her by going too hard to get a release. Same one and a different one both misdiagnosed piriformis syndrome as back misalignment issues and PTSD like triggers from an accident 30 years ago. I will never go to a chiropractor for anything any more, nor would I recommend it to anyone.


Reminder, anecdotes aren’t evidence and do zero to disprove any claim of the placebo effect being the real source of someone feeling a bit better.

I don’t need to know how and why a particular treatment works, but someone does. Chriopractic (and all other pseudoscientific alternative medicine) lacks this. Nobody can tell you how it actually works from a scientific perspective.


Hi jball843,

To me, it works well as a recovery tool for my spine and back especially now that my Chiropractor is using CBD with the treatment too.

My wife’s neuro said that the majority of the emergency cases he deals with are from people who had their neck adjusted by a chiropractor.

I routinely see a PT. He knows how much I ride and we just work on mainly soft tissue work during visits with mobilization with foam rollers, lacrosse balls, theracane, etc on my own.

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