Breaking Bad Science

Episode 93 - Chiropractics and Osteopathy

April 10, 2022 Daniel Episode 93
Breaking Bad Science
Episode 93 - Chiropractics and Osteopathy
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The practice of chiropractics is widely popular, especially in the United States. A practice that evolved in parallel with what's known as osteopathic medicine. The question at this point, is how many of us have ever even heard the second term. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss what the similarities are and how they differ? Most importantly, we'll talk about whether either of them stack up from a scientific perspective as far as efficacy is concerned? 


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