Modern Chiropractic Acupuncture
An approved specialty within the field of chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, encompasses art, science and philosophy in pain and disease treatment by stimulating energy zones along meridians in the skin by inserting and manipulating thin needles. Acupuncture was first practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine and if its value were based on how long it’s been in existence and how many people thought it helpful, it would be invaluable. It must be stated that in the past 20 years, acupuncture has become widely recognized in North America as a legitimate health treatment and the World Health Organization has endorsed its treatment in over 35 health conditions.
What is Acupuncture?
Modern chiropractic acupuncture includes the use of thin, sterile, filiform needles that are virtually painless when being inserted. The upper third of the needle is wrapped with a thicker wire, usually made of bronze, used when applying electrical impulse to the acupuncture sites, and plastic tips when used just as a handle for the chiropractor. These hair-like needles are placed in specific anatomic points along well-defined channels called meridians, which are pathways in the body that are related to organs, the muscular system, and the nervous system. It’s not uncommon for the acupuncture needles to be placed in a different vicinity than the actual site of the pain.
How Will Acupuncture Help My Pain?
It’s believed pain relief is achieved by the brain’s production of endorphins and increased blood flow which is caused by the stimulation of sensory receptors by the acupuncture needles. Endorphins are the body’s natural hormonal painkillers, thought to be far more powerful than morphine. In the application of mild electrical current to further stimulate the acupuncture sites, studies have shown the overall effect is greatly increased. Considering there are no side effects, and no dependencies caused by this form of pain relief, acupuncture is a time-honored traditional medicine that shows great pain relief potential for the affected patient.
What Types of Issues Can Acupuncture Help With?
The World Health Organization now recognizes acupuncture as a valid treatment for more than 35 health issues. Many of these conditions are now covered by health plans, but you should verify with your insurance company before booking treatment. In direct relation to modern chiropractic acupuncture indications, the list includes, but is not limited to:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries- Often sports or work-related; carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, trigger finger, tennis elbow, knee strain
- Pain Relief- Post surgical, lower back pain, upper back pain, whiplash, neck pain
- Neurological Conditions- Chronic headache, sciatica, nerve injuries
Since acupuncture doesn’t involve heavy medications, or have side effects it’s an ideal treatment for pain in work and sports related injuries. The ongoing pain management won’t interfere with the body’s capacity to heal like some other pain management techniques have a tendency to do.
Combining Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture
More and more studies are showing that combined care plans are the most effective when dealing with pain due to injury or stress. A proper assessment and plan designed for your specific condition may include applied kinesiology, spinal manipulation, acupuncture for pain management, or any of the other specialties the clinic handles. Your health plan will be designed to lead you on the path to recovery and wellness.