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  1. “Psycho” and “therapeutic” are not words you normally see together.

    But you did see a psychotherapist, what kind of therapy would they recommend? This cartoon seems to give us a hint.

  2. IRL, a chiropractor I went to for a few weeks whilst in AZ had something similar to this, with rollers underneath . . . it actually felt good and helped my back. I don’t think I became taller, tho.

    Maybe something to do with ‘I’m not fat, I’m just short for my weight’?

  3. I remember a “Wizard of Id” strip in which Rodney greets a tall man as “Shorty”, and explains to the king that they just took him off the rack. In the last panel, the king is on the rack, ordering the (visibly worried) operator to “pull harder”.
    P.S. I couldn’t find that one, but this one is almost as good:

  4. They’re in an office, so wouldn’t this guy with the notepad BE a psychotherapeutic chiropractitioner? And isn’t the other guy asking him if it works?

  5. I feel his pain relief . . . wish I could get one of those machines that I mentioned, but they cost upwards of $10 grand.

    Bill – sciatic nerve? I did that a month ago and had to take a sabbatical from yoga. Self-diagnosed, but sciatic nerve is ‘better’ than ‘hip needs replacing’, so I’m going with that. Caused, I think, by doing a pose without yogini and without warm up poses.

  6. Here’s a comment I don’t understand:

    “‘Psycho’ and ‘therapeutic’ are not words you normally see together.”

    Really? While perhaps literally true (if referring specifically to the word ‘psychotherapeutic’), psychotherapy and psychotherapists are common enough to be in my browser’s dictionary. Wiktionary goes even further.

    Psychotherapy encompasses any number of psychological treatments. It’s what psychologists do. (‘Psychology’ is, strictly speaking, the study of the operation of the mind; so using that knowledge to provide treatment is called ‘psychotherapy’.)

  7. Beard guy is a standard therapist who’s bought a new couch: but he’s gone over-enthusiastic and ordered the model favored by psychotherapeutic chiropractors because the couch/rack combination serves sorting out a patient’s body AND mind troubles.

  8. The joke is that there are so few of them around that “ask any one of them” would be incredibly difficult. The patient could very well be talking to the only one in existence. The other is “psycho” is an indication that you need to ask a “crazy” therapeutic chiropractitioner and not just a normal one.

  9. The joke, by the way, is that it’s a combination of medieval torture device (substituting for chiropractic therapy devices) and psychiatrist’s couch. So it’s standard equipment for people who practice both psychotherapy and chiropractic, which is virtually no one.

  10. @ Powers & Mitch4 – I am sure that there are people who consider the stereotypical psychiatrist’s couch to be an infernal medieval torture device.

  11. My desk chair is a torture device.

    When the gas canister that controls the up and down, etc. in my old desk chair was lost when the house was heated for the bed bugs, Robert did not tell me that the gas canister could be replaced as he had wanted me to get a new chair for some time (seat was ripped and one of the screws that held the seat in place was gone so I would lean the seat up and down (on purpose) as I sat on it. We threw it out. Turns out that the style of chair I had is hard to find, even more so in a size that fits the area I have for it and with a small enough seat so my feet reach the floor while the chair is still tall enough for me to be the right height for desk and computer – okay, almost nonexistent. So we bought the one chair I could find (the one I liked at Ikea that looked like a Star Trek command chair did not fit in the space and had to be returned). I used to sit on a pre 1950s wooden desk chair when I worked my dad – that chair was so much more comfortable than “the world’s most uncomfortable desk chair” I ended up with.

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