• Good advice for aches, pains & injuries

Reviews of Therapies & Treatments

What works for pain, what doesn't, and why? Science-based reviews of all kinds of treatment options

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Spinal manipulation: one of the classic treatment options. But does it actually work?

There are countless treatments for people in pain. Scams are everywhere, but so is evidence-based hope. Get started with a big compilation of pain survival tips, with links to dozens more articles about popular DIY treatments like self-massage, ice or heat, or the amazingly controversial Epsom salts. I also review major therapy methods like massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture.

Exercise! The closest thing there is to a miracle drug

Massage therapy: everyone’s favourite luxury therapy

Why so much content about massage? It’s the most popular of all the major “alternatives” to medicine for chronic pain — and the most uncritically accepted. Also, I used to be a massage therapist.

Chiropractic: perpetually the most controversial health care profession

Medications & supplements

Tools, gadgets & hardware


Injections, surgeries (mostly minor surgeries)

Energy medicine & subtle therapies


Consumer tips, advocacy & anti-quackery activism