Move Daily Health Podcast Episode 42: The Art of Manual Therapy w/Dr. Chris Klachan


art-of-manual-therapy-dr-chris-klachan-move-daily-health-podcastToday we welcome to the show our good friend Dr. Chris Klachan.

In this podcast we discuss topics such as:

– What to look for in a quality manual therapist

– The reality of pain sensation vs. tissue damage

– Some great advice for runners

– Why you should never totally write off any one treatment modality

Chris has a wealth of experience in the manual therapy space and you’re not going to want to miss this 60-minute conversation. Tune in now!

Show Notes:

0:00 – Who is Dr. Chris Klachan?

5:10 – When reality contradicts the science brain: How an elite manual therapist is born.

7:25 – Chris outlines is approach, and why he uses such a wide range of therapy modalities.

11:30 – Why a good practitioner does what’s needed, not just what the patient wants.

14:45 – We chat about the disconnect between pain sensation and the underlying pathology (or lack thereof).

17:45 – Why test-retest is important for bridging the psychological gap between pain and function.

21:25 – We talk about why positive imaging doesn’t always equate to pain and can often be asymptomatic.

25:30 – Chris details the importance of movement assessments within the manual therapy space.

29:20 – The importance of ergonomics, and how many chronic issues come from poor daily patterns (like typing & texting).

31:10 – Runners take note: Most people do need to be taught how to run.

36:00 – The sign of a good practitioner.

39:00 – What issues does Chris seem to treat the most often?

40:40 – The importance of strength training for runners.

42:45 – Chris details how he would go about finding a good manual therapist.

46:30 – Why you shouldn’t write off an entire type of treatment modality based on one bad experience.

50:30 – What advice would Chris give to a young chiropractor?

53:15 – Dr. Klachan’s book recommendations:

– Peak, by Dr. Marc Bubbs

– Range, by David Epstein

56:00 – Chris’ non-negotiable daily self-care tool: Meditation and movement

57:15 – Dr. Klachan’s one piece of health advice

58:55 – Where you can find Dr. Chris Klachan

Recommended Reading & Listening:

Move Daily Health Podcast Episode 27: The Science of Health & Performance w/ Dr. Marc Bubbs.

More About Dr. Chris Klachan

Dr. Chris Klachan graduated from University of Waterloo in 2003 with honours in Kinesiology, specializing in ergonomics. Prior to becoming a chiropractor through Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2010, he focused his efforts as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in progressing performance and function through exercise and movement.

As a therapist, Chris administers a Functional Integrated Therapy approach including orthopaedic and biomechanical assessments to better understand patient needs. Driven by the assessment, a blend of contemporary acupuncture, Active Release Technique, fascial abrasion, kinesiology taping, and joint manipulation/pumping is used to treat both athletic and non-athletic injuries. Chris has always been passionate about assisting with concussion symptom rehabilitation and is a Shift Concussion Management provider. In the pursuit of driving performance through treatment, he has worked with ALTIS to develop his performance therapy skill set.

Chris thoroughly enjoys working with general population as well as individuals moving and competing at all levels. From recreational runners to professionals with the National Ballet of Canada, or those competing in elite level track and field, squash, tennis, surfing, volleyball, football and hockey, he has helped them get to get to the finish line, often decorated. Chris has also been a member of the US Olympic Committee sports medicine team treating athletes in the Sochi and Pyeongchang Olympics in which athletes he cared for won 5 medals.

Connect with Dr. Klachan

Instagram: @Cklachan

Athlete’s Care

Coming soon: DrKlachan.com

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This content was originally posted at Move Daily.

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Dain Wallis is a Nutrition & Health Coach from Toronto, Canada and the author of Unbreakable Strongman. An expert in nutrition and change psychology, Dain's mandate is to educate his clients while empowering them to make sustainable changes reflective of their individual goals and aspirations. An avid strength athlete, Dain is also a 2-time Canadian Strongman Champion.
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