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which is better acupuncture or chiropractor?

Asked 2/21/2019 20:09 by Markus Clayton
Matthew Guy Sweigart

Matthew Guy Sweigart

Answered 2/22/2019 18:43

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

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

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

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

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

Todd Austin

Todd Austin

Answered 3/23/2019 15:29

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

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!