Dr. John Srbely

DC, PhD, University of Guelph
  • 2008-2013 Professorship in Spine Mechanics and Neurophysiology


Dr. Srbely develops treatments for the therapeutic management of myofascial pain syndrome.

“Dr. Srbely knows what’s important to chiropractors in the field because he knows what chiropractors observe in practice. His research is looking at a problem that chiropractors see a lot of with their patients – trigger points. I think his research is really worth the profession getting behind. I think he’s going to answer some of the big questions.” – Dr. Paul Nolet, DC, MSc, MPH, FRCCSS(C), Wellington Ortho & Rehab, Guelph, ON

Managing Chronic Pain

As a practicing clinician, Dr. Srbely very quickly became intrigued by the phenomenon of chronic myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). His research is now focused on explaining the mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain, as well as advancing therapeutic treatments for the management of chronic myofascial pain syndrome.

Chronic myofascial pain syndrome is associated with the clinical manifestation of many common conditions treated daily by chiropractors:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Degenerative disc disease

Dr. Srbely’s research on the cause and therapeutic management of MPS has significant implications for patients living with chronic MPS pain, as well as for the chiropractic profession, because of its potential to scientifically validate the role and impact that chiropractic care can have on the management of chronic MPS.


Dr. Srbely is now researching the role of manual therapy (including spinal manipulation) as part of the treatment plan for the ongoing conservative management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. Srbely is researching the therapeutic effects of acupuncture, therapeutic ultrasound and manual therapy (including spinal manipulation) on musculoskeletal pain. His findings may have important implications on future therapeutic strategies by providing insight into cost-effective, non-invasive therapeutic approaches for the ongoing management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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