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acupuncture and pain relief

How do Chiropractors use Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal related pain—an area where your chiropractor is an expert.  Acupuncture is just one of the modalities that your chiropractor may use to treat your musculoskeletal-related pain.  The practise of acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin at particular pressure points in order to produce an analgesic or painkilling effect (among other observed benefits).

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Neck Pain
Recent evidence supports the use of acupuncture for reducing neck pain, particularly if it is chronic.  Patients with neck pain who received manual therapy in combination with other modalities including acupuncture have been reported to have moderately better pain reduction, greater patient satisfaction, and improved function, range of motion and strength.

Headaches
Acupuncture has been found effective in treating the headaches you might get once in a while, or chronic tension-type headaches that someone might suffer from all the time. For migraines, adding acupuncture to symptomatic treatment can reduce how often you might get them.

Low Back Pain
In a Review, it was found that for chronic low back pain, acupuncture is more effective for pain relief and functional improvement than no treatment or short-term “sham” treatment in the placebo group. Studies suggest that acupuncture would also be a useful addition to other therapies for chronic low back pain. In other words, when it’s added to other conventional therapies, it can relieve pain and improve function better than conventional therapies alone.

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