Chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can work together synergistically to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions. While the two treatments differ in their modalities, they both are non-invasive, drug free, non-surgical treatments designed to heal the body. Chiropractors help to fix the mechanisms of injury through adjustments and manipulations while acupuncturists help to promote the bodies natural healing processes. Both treatments are considered safe and healthy by researchers and health care professionals.
Acupuncture treatments focus on the regulation of the vital flow of qi, or energy, in the body by the precise insertion of thin metallic needles into the skin. One of the tenants of Chinese Medicine is that energy flows through your body in pathways called meridians. These pathways can become blocked, restricting the flow of qi which can result in an imbalance in the body. It is the insertion of these needles that break up and prevent the blocking of qi. Despite the uncomfortable image of having needles placed into you, the needles, when applied correctly, cause no pain. Rather, the sensation of the needle application is often described as a slight pinch or pressure. Acupuncture treatment can be used to correct this imbalance, and also for pain management, strengthening the immune system, improve respiratory health, relieve insomnia and reduce stress levels.
Patients can benefit greatly from receiving treatment from an acupuncturist prior to visiting a chiropractor. Acupuncture treatments help to promote the release of endorphins and bodies natural healing mechanisms, reducing pain levels, inflammation and increases the blood flow to afflicted areas. This can help chiropractors conduct both spinal and joint readjustments and manipulation more easily, as the muscles around the afflicted areas are loose and not guarding injuries. In turn, chiropractors can help with a different method of the regulation of flow in the body. The spine is the main conduit for electrical impulse flow, sending signals from the brain throughout the body and sending bodily feedback back to the brain. Misaligned vertebrae, muscle tension or spinal injury can lead to improper function of the body due to blocked nerve impulses. Chiropractors perform readjustments and manipulations in order to restore and regulate this function. Combined, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment are a powerful holistic medicine duo that can treat patients healthily and safely.
St. Lawrence University '15
Mirror Lake Chiropractic Intern