which is better acupuncture or chiropractor?

Matthew Guy Sweigart
Matthew Guy Sweigart answered 2/22/2019 18:43

HeartMind Shiatsu, Certified Instructor

That's a loaded question that pits members of the healing community against one another. Truth is, that both are great for different purposes. If you can be more specific with your question, that will help. What condition are your wishing to treat, what problem do you wish to solve. In terms of comparing the two, in many ways they are both approaching the same conditions, but from different points of view. What has always struck me about the advantages of Chinese Medicine is its holistic blending of body, mind and spirt. Some chiropractors will also do this, but their foundation is based in Western mechanical structures! Whereas Acupuncture is based on the Chinese view of the energetic anatomy. There is so much more I could say about this. But suffice to say, both approaches have their advantages. If there's something specific you are wishing to address, please let me know. I'd be happy to dial it in more specifically.

Dr. Tamara McClure, DAOM, LAc.
Dr. Tamara McClure, DAOM, LAc. answered 2/27/2019 06:54

Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

I am an acupuncturist, so my first answer is acupuncture. However, chiropractic services can also be a benefit if acupuncture and or massage are not fully affective. Many times I use acupuncture in conjunction with chiropractic, and my body will adjust better after first having the surrounding tissues softened or reset first with acupuncture.

Carolina Gutierrez
Carolina Gutierrez answered 3/8/2019 05:03

Physical therapist and health coach, specialized in Myofascial release. Helps with all types of pains, very effective to manage fibromyalgia.

Hi Markus in my opinion as a Physical therapist longer than 20 years, I'll recommend Myofascial release, it is a more friendly approach to align the body, it addresses the real cause of the problem as it might be soft tissue restrictions creating the spine misalignment. Those restrictions may be emotional memories stored in your fascia (the new organ). Myofascial release can release the restrictions helping your body to truly heal the initial trauma as it is released from the fascia. You can check my website for more information WholisticPT.co, and check for myofascial release practitioners in your area. My best wishes to resolve your problem.

Cindy Huston
Cindy Huston answered 3/12/2019 14:06

Yoga Body Elements LLC and Approved Continuing Education Provider

Hi Markus, I would recommend trying both and see how your body responds. I personally have had my body greatly realigned with the right acupuncture treatment, and didn't require and adjustment after. I would highly recommend finding a naprapath over a chiropractor too. A naprapath's practice tends to be more complete with the overall body. However, if you just need a quick adjustment a chiropractor can be helpful. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Christian A. Gonzalez LMT
Christian A. Gonzalez LMT answered 3/19/2019 02:42

CranioSomatic Practioner

Cranial Therapy is a solid balance between the Two. Specifically CranioSomatics

Todd Austin
Todd Austin answered 3/23/2019 15:29

Chiropractic Physician, Cold Laser Therapy Practitioner, Acupuncture Practitioner, Auriculotherapy Practitioner

Both Chiropractic & Acupuncture are awesome systems of healing! And as a Chiropractic Physician who is also certified to practice Acupuncture, it would really depend on: a) the patient's problem(s) & b) what my history and examination reveal.

Laurie Badolato M.Ac., L.Ac.
Laurie Badolato M.Ac., L.Ac. answered 5/1/2019 14:07

Licensed Acupuncturist, Yoga and Qi Gong Practitioner

Markus, considering these are two completely modalities, neither can be better or worse. Both approach our bodies in a cooperative way following predictable and reliable systems. Our bodies hold deep and powerful wisdom. As practitioner, our best resource is you, the patient, listening to and learning from your body's response to treatment and lack thereof. Finding a practitioner that encourages your participation and input is a great choice!