“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.”

About Myles Power (752 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

2 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.


  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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