Finding the proper treatment is essential if you are experiencing ongoing pain or limited mobility, whether from an injury or a chronic condition. If you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, there are several options to consider, and you may be wondering about the benefits of chiropractic care and acupuncture treatments.
Many people seek drug-free and less invasive treatments for their health conditions. A combination of chiropractic care and acupuncture treatments has helped millions relieve pain, restore wellness, and improve their quality of life. Chiropractors treat over 35 million people in the United States every year, and more than 10 million people in the United States receive acupuncture treatments annually.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors use a gentle, non-invasive, and non-addictive therapy called chiropractic adjustments or manipulations. Regular chiropractic adjustments reduce misalignments in the spine and other joints to reduce inflammation, help decrease or eliminate pain, and improve overall joint function. Healthy joints have many benefits, including keeping you flexible and allowing you to stay active.
Many people find that regular chiropractic care effectively treats:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic headaches
- Muscle tension and stress
- Sports injuries
Chiropractors use a variety of holistic therapies, including massage and physical exercises that don’t involve medication or surgical treatments to treat their patients. Many chiropractors also offer nutritional and dietary counseling to promote healthier lifestyle choices.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. Millions of people around the world receive acupuncture treatments each year. Acupuncture treatments improve the body’s ability to produce natural painkillers and stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissues. Acupuncture has proven to be a safe, painless, and effective way to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Introduced into the United States in the 1970s, acupuncture quickly gained popularity for its ability to relieve pain without using medications or invasive procedures. Acupuncturists provide treatment by inserting very thin needles into the skin at particular pressure points to produce an analgesic or painkilling effect. No substances are injected through the needles. Treatment frequency depends on various factors, including the condition, history of the condition, and the patient’s overall health.
Here are just a few conditions that can be relieved with acupuncture:
- Chronic back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle spasms and pain
- Digestive problems
Which Type of Treatment is Best?
Both acupuncture and chiropractic care have been demonstrated to relieve pain and improve health and wellbeing. You may wonder if it’s possible to seek both types of care. The answer is yes! Your chiropractor may even be the one who recommends acupuncture for supplemental treatment.
Chiropractors and acupuncturists are specialists in their field and undergo rigorous training and practice to provide safe and effective treatments. When choosing a chiropractor or acupuncturist, ask about their training and licenses to practice in your state.
Do Chiropractors Recommend Acupuncture Treatments?
Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal-related pain – the area of specialization for doctors of chiropractic (DC). Acupuncture is just one of several treatment options your chiropractor may recommend for relieving chronic pain. In most states, DCs can become certified in acupuncture under their chiropractic license. A chiropractor may refer you to a licensed acupuncturist or add one to their practice.
Your chiropractor will take a thorough health history and do an initial examination at your first appointment. It’s essential to discuss all of the prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and dietary supplements you take with the doctor. It’s essential to tell your doctor or acupuncturist if you have a pacemaker, are at risk for an infection, have chronic skin problems, are pregnant, have a bleeding disorder, are taking blood thinners, or have any implants before beginning treatments.
Contact The Bluffs Chiropractic & Family Wellness Team
If you think chiropractic care might be the right solution for you, call The Bluffs Chiropractic & Family Wellness team today. After a thorough chiropractic assessment, we’ll develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs. Chiropractic treatments and acupuncture can help improve joint movement and relax tight and spasmed muscles without using pain medications or invasive procedures.
If you’re ready to take the next step in achieving relief and overall wellness, contact The Bluffs Chiropractic & Family Wellness team today. Dr. Joshua Lippincott has been serving patients for over 12 years and is passionate about helping people achieve their best possible health. Contact us online or call (636) 326-2525 to schedule your initial consultation.