When patients are considering having back problem, one of the most common questions they have is “which is better, a Chiropractor or an Acupuncturist?” The quick answer is that for most types of back problem, both specially trained chiropractor and acupuncturist may be considered. just look patient question"Is it okay to have acupuncture for back pain? I'm already seeing my chiropractor, but a friend told me how much he was helped by acupuncture so I thought I would try it.
When acupuncture was compared with other treatment .there was a wide range of results. Massage produced better short- and long-term results for improved function and pain relief. There was no difference between acupuncture and self-care. There was evidence that acupuncture combined with conventional therapy had the best results. But problems with study design and fewer than 40 patients in a group weakened the evidence. Specific comparisons between acupuncture and chiropractic care were not reported.,So we can try it.
Both Can Specialize in back problem
Many years ago, Chiropractor were primarily responsible for back problem, but in the past 20-25 years or so back problem has evolved so that both chiropractor and acupuncturist specialize in back problem, and for most of the typical back problem both types of treatment are equally well qualified.
The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment also includes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling. Traditional chiropractic assumes that a vertebral subluxation or spinal joint dysfunction interferes with the body's function and its Innate Intelligence, a vitalistic notion that brings ridicule from mainstream science and medicine.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Clinical Guideline Centre published a guideline to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. This covers people who have been in pain longer than six weeks but less than one year, where the pain may be linked to structures in the back such as the joints, muscles and ligaments. Setting out a range of effective mainstream and complementary treatments, the guideline recommends what acupuncture the NHS should offer to people affected by low back pain.
Both chiropractor and acupuncturist may complete training to do most types of back treatment, but there are a few types of back problem in which one specialty tends to be more qualified than the other.
For most types of back problem treatment, the real question to ask is not whether to select an chiropractor or acupuncturist, but rather “what specific treatment does this practitioner specialize in?” For example, some acupuncturist have a deep expertise in certain kinds of cervical soft tissue injuries. Others will devote a third of more of their practice to acute back injuries. So more telling questions to ask your therapist are: how many of these specific treatment do you do each year? How much of your practice is focused on this specific type of back treatment? All types of back treatment have a steep learning curve, and as a general rule, therapist with more experience in the treatment will have better results. You should also enquire as to what complications they have had.
Careful selection of the back problem therapist gives patients an improved chance of having an appropriate treatment and a favorable outcome.
Although acupuncture is not a health care approach often associated with chiropractic,a chiropractor said the two are becoming more and more related.
“The two disciplines actually work hand-in-hand in a wholistic approach to health,” “They (acupuncture)are faster and more effective,” Chiropractor said. “A previous treatment which might take a half an hour can now be done in 10 to 15 minutes with the same results. Clients really appreciate that.”
So you have answer!