Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting thin needles at specific locations in the body to treat pain. Chinese medicine divides the body into meridians, and acupuncture helps the flow of energy through these meridians to decrease pain. In addition, localized endorphins are released at the needle site causing an almost immediate decrease in pain. Acupuncture is painless, as the needles cannot be felt.
Reasons for Acupuncture
Acupuncture treats each illness in conjunction with the rest of the body, giving an added benefit of treating secondary ailments in addition to primary area of concern. It is often used to provide relief from:
- Postoperative pain
- Chronic pain
- Irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Menstrual cramps
- Lower-back pain
- Myofascial pain (caused by muscle spasms)
- Neck pain
The Acupuncture Procedure
During your consultation, the acupuncturist will review your medical history in detail to have an in depth understand of your pain. During the treatment itself, you will lay either face up or down and have 5 to 10 thin needles inserted at targeted areas. The insertion process is pain free, and feels nothing like a typical injection. Once the needles are in, you’ll feel immediate relaxation and will lay still for 30-40 minutes. Normally 12 treatments are recommended for long term improvement, either weekly or biweekly.
Chiropractic is an alternative health care profession that focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is primarily used to treat neck and back pain, but can also be used to treat pain in the arms and legs. Spinal Manipulation is the most common Chiropractic treatment. It is the process of adjusting the back to enable proper joint function, which reduces overall pain.
Chiropractors must complete 4 years of Chiropractor College on top of 4 years of undergraduate education, along with a year of internship.
Chiropractic Therapy typically takes under one hour. Your Chiropractor will have you face down on a table so he/she can adjust your spine. It’s a pain free treatment and you should expect to feel only light pressure/clicking on your spine, which indicates chiropractic adjustment. In addition, adjunctive techniques such an ultrasound or heat may be used during your treatment to provide maximal benefit.
Typical treatment plans span over the course of a few weeks, with 2-3 visits per week. Once symptoms diminish, patients will taper off slowly until they are completely pain free without treatment. In the case of chronic pain, continued treatment may be required.