When you are in pain or discomfort, a chiropractor is a logical first choice of treatment for a lot of people, but have you ever considered acupuncture? These two alternative treatments can work together with amazing results, so don't discount either.
Normally, chiropractic treatments involve the central nervous system starting with the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves that come off of the spinal cord. Basically, chiropractic is detecting and correcting spinal imbalances which can cause all kinds of pain and discomfort anywhere in the body. Chiropractic has become very popular over the last 50 years or so, and people from every walk of life now use this natural treatment for sports injuries, pain from car accidents, age related ailments, and just about any other type of pain you can imagine.
When we talk about acupuncture, this ancient form of treatment is more for the peripheral systems of the body. You are working on those nerves that are further away from the nervous system to get energy and nerve channels flowing. The concepts are very similar, and that is to restore balance and functioning in the body. According to the Chinese medicine and acupunture association of Canada, acupuncturists work with meridians and different points in the body that can be congested and cause ill effects on your health. They create a more integrative functioning physiology. If you are not scared of needles, acupuncture is definitely worth a try, especially when used in conjunction with chiropractic services. They really do compliment each other nicely.
Because both types of treatments are totally natural, they are viewed by some people, including the medical profession with suspicion and scorn. Some even call chiropractors and acupuncturists witch doctors or scam artists. However, things are changing and both are gaining more and more credibility with medical doctors and insurance companies which now pay for some of their services if they are used in conjunction with more traditional medical treatments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is even recommending chiropractic and acupuncture for back pain. Even a few years ago, who would have thought that the FDA would be endorsing a practice that relies on totally natural treatments and remedies, and rarely requires pharmaceutical medications?
The risks of trying either chiropractic or acupuncture are pretty low, since not much can go wrong with either procedure, however some treatments in chiropractic such as the neck crack, can cause some people's stomachs to churn. Still, there are very few documented cases of people actually being injured by chiropractors.
So, before you go to your regular doctor, maybe you should try an all natural treatment that could give you lasting comfort and relief. Of course always consult a regular doctor if you are have a serious medical problem