“Dr” Joseph Cipriano’s Y-Strap is Dangerous

Dr Joseph Cipriano is a chiropractor based in Greenville, South Carolina, who in recent years has become somewhat of a minor celebrity after uploading videos of himself to YouTube using a device called a Y-Strap, coining the nickname ‘The Y-Strap Doc.’ Before I start, it’s important to understand the reasoning for why chiropractic is suddenly everywhere. In these modern times where we hunch over screens and phones, back pain has become a common ailment. But that’s not the only reason people seek out chiropractic videos and adjustments, there’s a much more sinister thrill to the ASMR elements. Cipriano is an unlikely figure who has found his fame through a small piece of fabric. A Y-Strap is a fabric harness which Cipriano places behind the neck of a patient before quickly pulling the device and jerking the patient towards himself. The procedure looks extremely dangerous, yet those who visit his clinic allow him to perform the procedure upon them presumably because they believe that he is medically trained. The only problem is that he is not! What’s worse, this Y-strap torture device that would not look out of place in an S&M dungeon has zero evidence of its effectiveness or safety with one manufacturer stating that… “The Y-Strap hasn’t been the subject of any clinical trials. Because there is no clinical proof that it works, we don’t sell it as a medical product.”

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3 Comments on “Dr” Joseph Cipriano’s Y-Strap is Dangerous

  1. Abuse is abuse but I’m amazed that the medical board has not arrested dr. Cipriano for his torture.

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  2. Because it is NOT torture..! It is completely legitimate, safe practice that is used ALL OVER THE WORLD and NOT just this Dr (who IS a certified and qualified Doctor in his field) and is legally recognised as so in MANY Countries, including here in the UK. You shouldn’t be talking such rubbish, sharing your misinformation unless you yourself actually are qualified to be able to safely and expertly say so. You really should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself!

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  3. MEDICAL ETHICS // February 11, 2022 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    There is NO EVIDENCE in the you tubes that the practitioner has reviewed imaging of the ligaments of the cervical spine with a radiologist and neurosurgeon or that the y strap pulling is being done with ultrasound or other imaging guidance to 100% guarantee that the ligaments aren’t being stretched to laxity or being torn to the extent of causing A DECAPITATION OF THE BRAIN STEM/SPINAL CORD WHICH CONTROLS BREATHING AND CONSCIOUSNESS. THIS COULD END A PERSON’S LIFE. THE AMOUNT OF PULL IS NOT MEASURED BY A FORCE METER AND THERE ARE VIEWS OF THE PULLING SHOWING EXTREME ELONGATION OF THE CERVICAL SPINE. Has the practitioner ruled out prior ligament tears as a pre-disposing factor to decapitation or even viewed the intricate anatomy of a cervical spine and all of its tiny ligaments? Has anyone ethically tried this on a cadaver in a real study to see the damage?

    ONLY A WILFULLY NEGLIGENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM COULD ALLOW THIS TO BE TESTED
    ON PATIENTS, WHO ARE NOT SHOWN SIGNING AN INFORMED CONSENT WAIVER, IN WHICH THEY AGREE TO THE RISK OF PARALYSIS OR DECAPITATION.

    PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY THIS Y STRAP PULLING SHOULD NOT BE REPORTED IN THE SAME MANNER THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST A HUMAN BEING WOULD BE.

    WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS SAFE? There are no ethical journal studies to exhaustively prove safety. Ignorance of the potential harm is no excuse to perform this. At a certain legally determined point, the continuation of this would constitute MEDICAL BATTERY-and perhaps it has already passed that point.

    IF YOU HAVE NECK PROBLEMS, THEN CONSULT A REAL NEUROLOGIST/SURGEON AND SELECT SAFE, STUDIED EXERCISES WITH THEM AND DO THEM SAFELY ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A CAREFULLY SELECTED PHYSICAL THERAPIST WHO SIGNS AND ADHERES TO A TREATMENT PLAN WITH YOUR NEUROLOGIST THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE ANY TRACTION!

    SAFE THERAPY INVOLVES EDUCATING PATIENTS ON THE INTRICATE ANATOMY OF THE SPINE AND CLINICALLY PROVEN, SAFE WAYS TO MOVE AND POSTURE WITHOUT ANY TRACTION !

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