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The effective chiropractic-acupuncture combo for neck pain

Posted on: July 9th, 2020

 

Chiropractic manipulative therapy combined with acupuncture is an effective “two-pronged” solution for reducing neck pain because these different strategies compliment each other’s effectiveness. Pain often has multiple components (emotional, structural, neurological, the impact on quality of life and daily living activities, dependence on narcotics, etc. )  and therefore a complicated problem to solve. The patient who is a good candidate for combined chiropractic treatment and acupuncture receives the “best of both worlds” because the health problem, in this case neck pain, is simultaneously addressed by two different healing paradigms that view the nature and components of the problem differently. This is a remarkably effective. Try natural, conservative treatments first before seeking prescription medication or invasive solutions for neck pain.

 

Assessment of the efficacy of acupuncture and chiropractic on treating Cervical spondylosis radiculopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Zuo, Guang et al. “Assessment of the efficacy of acupuncture and chiropractic on treating Cervical spondylosis radiculopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Medicine vol. 98,48 (2019): e17974. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000017974
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6890346/

• Cervical spondylosis radiculopathy (CSR) is radiating neck pain with symptoms such as diminished reflexes, numbness, and muscle weakness
• Surgeries or drugs can be used to treat CSR but they may have increased risks and side effects , so many patients utilize conservative treatments such as acupuncture and manual therapy.
• Cervical manipulation, which is widely used by chiropractors, eases patients’ pain and improves function and acupuncture provides same analgesic effect as drug therapy.

 

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Cohen MM, Smit V, Andrianopoulos N, et al. Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial. Med J Aust 2017;206:494–9.

 

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