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Jürgen Schmid, MSc in Chiropractic (non-medical practitioner)

Vitalistic Chiropractic in Competitive Sports – communicating with athletes

Findings from the Master’s thesis „The Effect of Chiropractic Adjustments on Pedal Force in Cyclists”

Referent beim Chiropraktik Kongress der DAGC

Jürgen Schmid, MSc in Chiropractic (non-medical practitioner)

In vitalistic chiropractic, our goal is to find and resolve disorders in the nervous system, regardless of symptoms. The body should be able to adapt to environmental stimuli and it’s personal needs at all times, and through a normally functioning nervous system, support greater vitality, enhanced regeneration, improved performance and much more. With these prospects, our practices should be full of athletes! That this is not the case is often reflected in our communication. At what level and with what understanding of health do we pick up our patients? How do we communicate our philosophy? How do we recognise a vitalist athlete? Can we awaken a vitalistic vein in a mechanistic athlete? Simple changes in communication and the right choice of words at the right time can have a positive effect on the behaviour of our patients.

The presentation of my master thesis „The Effect of Chiropractic Adjustments on Pedal Force in Cyclists” shows how effective chiropractic can have an effect on competitive sports and gives hints at the optimal times a competitive athlete should be adjusted.