The use of acupuncture has shown a consistent rise in the U.S over the past few decades. People are increasingly seeking out acupuncture to deal with a wide range of pain and stress-related symptoms such as headaches. But should you seek treatment through an acupuncturist or a chiropractor? It is a question to which many do not know the answer. Like many general practitioners, chiropractors have embraced holistic medicine as an enhancement to their standard treatments. This approach may seem counterintuitive at first, but many ancient forms of treatment thought to be pseudoscience are being looked at again by the medical community as a whole. It makes sense then that chiropractors are part of this movement. In many ways, a chiropractor is one of the most qualified medical professionals to administer acupuncture. Being a chiropractor requires extensive education and training. They are familiar with the human body on a more complex level than someone who performs acupuncture alone. This is not to say that a chiropractor should not practice acupuncture, it is an ancient system of treatment that has merit. In addition, most states require a fixed number of hours being trained in acupuncture.
Why a Chiropractor for Acupuncture?
A chiropractor is focused on relieving joint, back, and muscle pain. They are trained to make adjustments to relieve pain and may use additional methods such as trigger point injections or stem cell therapy to achieve that goal. Acupuncture is another method that chiropractors have at their disposal. Chiropractors can use imaging to determine the source of pain and use it to apply acupuncture. An acupuncturist does not have the knowledge or training that a licensed chiropractor has. This fact makes a chiropractor superior to someone who has only been trained in acupuncture. Here are some additional advantages a chiropractor has over an acupuncturist.
A sterile environment where acupuncture will be performed.
Superior education and experience.
Chiropractors can apply additional methods of treatment to enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Chiropractors can assess if the pain is caused by something more serious than a muscle or joint problem.
Chiropractors follow a code of conduct laid out in professional and state guidelines.
In ancient China acupuncture was thought to release “vital energy” from the body and redirect it along various “pathways” there are fourteen pathways in all. Modern science shows that there is more of a biological explanation of the effectiveness of acupuncture. The needles that are inserted into a patient’s skin cause a reaction, the same response your body has if you pricked your finger on a thorn or had a splinter stuck in your skin. Endorphins are released to deal with the areas where the skin has been punctured. Endorphins are a natural painkiller and can significantly reduce pain. Here are some types of problems that acupuncture has been shown to have a positive effect.
- Back Pain.
- Neck Pain.
- Knee Pain.
Acupuncture also has several advantages over traditional medicine.
- No surgical incisions.
- No risk of infection such as staph.
- No overnight hospital stays.
- No reaction to general anesthesia.
- No addictive opioids are needed once an acupuncture treatment is done.
- You can drive yourself home once its over.
- Regardless of needles being used, acupuncture is painless.
- Results can be felt more quickly than with surgery.
At Gentle Touch CHiropractic, we believe in the success of chiropractic and acupuncture together. Please contact us for more information at 727-235-3265.