While chiropractic and acupuncture are tremendously different in history and origin, they have several things in common. Both treatment modalities are drug-free, noninvasive ways to reduce pain. They both promote holistic healing by manipulating the neuromusculoskeletal system, which helps treat a variety of symptoms throughout the body. |
When one area of your body hurts, the rest of your body adjusts to compensate. Chiropractic manipulations and acupuncture help restore your body in natural alignment, improving pain in ligaments, muscles, and joints. In addition, both modalities improve posture, coordination, flexibility, and energy.
Using acupuncture or chiropractic care to target painful areas draws your brain's attention to the specific area, allowing it to heal while the rest of the body can return to normal.
The best treatment, however, is combining the two treatments together, as the two are highly complementary modalities, with each making the other more effective. Therefore, they have a multiplying force, and together they are better than the sum of their parts.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture focuses on energy flow through your body's meridians, which connect the different parts of your body to each other. When the body energy, called qi by some people, is stagnant, the body experiences pain. An acupuncturist places hair-thin needles to various points on tissues and muscles along the meridians. This unsticks the energy, improves the flow of blood through the body, and restores wellness.
These tiny needles do not cause pain. In fact, most patients report feeling relaxed and calm during the treatment. This is because acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins-the body's natural painkiller hormone. A perfect example of an endorphin release is "runner's high."
Acupuncture reduces inflammation, relaxes muscles, and reduces pain. Not only does it help with both chronic and acute pain, but it can treat allergies, improve cold symptoms, reduce sinus pain, improve irritable bowel syndrome, and reduce insomnia. In addition, acupuncture can reduce many women's issues, such as menstrual and fertility issues. For pregnant women, it can help with pregnancy pains and help ease labor and delivery.
How Acupuncture Helps Chiropractic Care
Musculoskeletal pain is the most common reason patients utilize a treatment plan that combines chiropractic care and acupuncture. Many patients realize the benefits of spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustments, but they do not realize the tremendous benefits of incorporating acupuncture in the treatment plan.
When you have acupuncture before chiropractic care, it relaxes the muscles, which makes the adjustments easier on you and the provider. And the muscle relaxation continues after the spinal manipulations, which results in an improved net effect.
Acupuncture also decreases inflammation, which speeds the healing spinal alignment prompts. It can also make the positive results last longer. This means significantly improved pain management. You feel better faster and experience less pain and inflammation while healing, allowing you to return to your normal routine sooner.
Also, if you experience pain between chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture can help reduce your pain naturally, making you feel better and improving your energy levels.
For patients who have surgery, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can be utilized along with physical therapy to dramatically decrease post-surgical swelling and pain while increasing range of motion. The combined therapy approach also means less downtime and decreased time lost from work.
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