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So, back to basics...we're starting this blog out with the basics of Chiropractic and Acupuncture care! What are they, why do they work, what are they like? We get these questions all the time! So here's the gist.....
What is Chiropractic? According to the Oxford dictionary, it is:
a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.
Also, what is Acupuncture? Again, according to the Oxford dictionary, it is:
2. a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.
So that was pretty simple. I wanted the most simple response and went straight to the source. I promise I won't just copy and paste this entire post. =) Now, why do they work?
When a Chiropractor performs an adjustment to the spine or extremity, proper joint motion is restored. With that proper motion and alignment, the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles are freed from any kind of interference that was causing problems in that area. So things like pain, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling...they all stop...or at least that's the idea. Other sources of stress like tension, poor posture, poor nutrition, injury, emotional stress, and etc., sometimes prolong the healing, so the results are not always immediate, but when they are, I think I can speak for everyone and say it's truly amazing what the spine can do when this source of stress or interference is removed and the body has the best chance to perform at its optimal level!
Now on to Acupuncture..why does it work? This is a little harder to explain but there must be something to it if it's stuck around for the past 2,500 years. The body, has all kinds of patterns, or meridians, in the body. When these meridians become blocked or disrupted, disease follows. Whether that be an autoimmune condition, pain from an injury, poor circulation, the energy that flows in these meridians gets stuck and the body becomes unbalanced. The Acupuncturist then stimulates points along the meridian to release the energy and balance the body so you will see things like improved immune function, decrease of pain, increased circulation, etc.
What are they like?
Chiropractic adjustments vary between Chiropractors. They are not meant to be painful, but sometimes tight muscles or injuries to the area being adjusted, make it feel painful. These adjustments usually have some popping or cracking noises that follow the adjustment, which are completely normal. Depending on the patient, some adjustments take a lot force but most take almost no force at all, especially for the elderly and pediatric patients. Most feel a lot of relief after an adjustment and notice an immediate change in the amount of motion they now have to the joint or a decrease in symptoms.
Acupuncture is also not meant to be painful. Patients feel the initial prick but once the needle is inserted, you don't feel anything. However, it is hard not to hit a single nerve or capillary so sometimes there is a little soreness once the needle is inserted. If that happens, the acupuncturist just takes the needle out and reinserts it close by the original point. We have also had people report a slight tingling or buzzing feeling, a feeling of emotional release, or even cold extremities when the needles are inserted and they are relaxing for a period of time afterwards. All these sensations are to be expected as that energy in the body is accessed and allowed to move in whatever way it needs to.
We hope this clears up any questions you have about these areas but if there is anything you want to ask to further your knowledge, please comment below or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks for reading and stay warm!