So are you more.......Acupuncture or Chiropractor?

  • silverfox

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    Mar 12, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    I have only gone to a Chiropractor, and I consider myself lucky because my guy is not one of those that you start going and have to go for life. He actually FIXES you and makes you better.

    But when my tennis elbow started to bother me a friend suggested an Acupuncturist. I haven't gone yet but I find the idea intriguing.

    So how about you....more Acupuncture or Chiropractor?
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    Mar 12, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    Neither. They are questionable fields, too poorly regulated for me to trust. Not that some MDs don't represent a degree of risk, as well, but I like to minimize my medical risks in a reasonable way, whenever I can.
  • upsguy68

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    Mar 13, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    I have never used an acupuncturist, but have used a few chiropractors. And I have LOVED everyone of them!! I truly believe in spinal alignmenticon_exclaim.gif

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    Mar 13, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    I've gone to both. Acupuncture did nothing for me. I only go to the chiro when Rolfing isn't giving me the relief I need.

    For tennis elbow, you might also consider Prolotherapy.
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    Mar 13, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    I have had both... I go once a month to the chiro for an adjustment. Traveling on airplanes and being 6'3" it gets a little cramped and my body just feels completely out of whack.

    Accupuncture for my lower back and knee pain has been wonderful.

    the little needle in the middle of the forehead really is awesome. Stress relief!

    Give it a shot.
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 13, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    I've been living in China since last August and I haven't seen a single acupuncturist. Everyone here is really into "cupping," which involves suctioning glass bulbs onto your back to suck out the "fire" (火). And you get these CRAZY looking bruises in this funky pattern on your back. I haven't done it but I find the idea kind of intriguing, if only to say that I had it done once.

    I'm into the benefits of massage and reiki. My sister loved her chiropractor, though.
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    Mar 13, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    I saw an acupuncturist for awhile for a skin problem I had. I really doubted it would do anything, but a friend talked me into trying it for three sessions, promising that if I did he would stop harassing me about it. I was hooked by the third session, much to my surprise. Its good effects only lasted 6 months, after which it stopped, so take it for what it’s worth. (OTOH, my acupuncturist was very old and he seemed increasingly senile.)
  • Delivis

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    Mar 13, 2010 6:11 AM GMT
    Neither, both are pure pseudoscience.
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    Mar 13, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    It all depends on the problem. I've had both effective and ineffective treatments from Chirpractic, accupuncture and physicians.

    Accupunture seems to address muscle spazms best, chiropractic and especially Rolfing for sciatica and puscle pulls. Persistant sharp pains, or other signs of major muscle, joint or bone damage requires more mainstream western medicine.
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    Mar 13, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    Your tennis elbow is joint/tendon related. Acupuncture won't help. Have you been to a doctor?
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    Mar 13, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    i AM a chiropractor! (professionally) and recommend acupuncture all the time. its great for chronic inflammatory conditions like thing that end in - itis tennis elbow is on of them .
    so i guess id say both to the OPs Q?
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    Mar 13, 2010 8:28 AM GMT
    acupuncture has far more experience behind it than modern western medicine, and to dismiss it as "pseudoscience" is simply ignorant: it is not claiming to work within the paradigm of western medicine.

    It certainly can´t do everything and different people react to it more or less strongly (the same is true of drugs). Chinese trained practitioners tend to be very strong on improving physical problems (so it´s rubbish to say that it can´t help tennis elbow: that´s someone who doesn´t understand acupuncture speaking), but don´t link it with anything in your life, whereas western trained tend to be more "holisitic" (good and bad connotations). Some acupuncturists make outrageous claims about what they can do, but then so do some western doctors. I have had 3 different regular acupuncturists (a French guy, an american and a chinese guy). The chinese one was AMAZING at sorting out body things, but not so good tor "whole system", the French one stopped my hayfever 3 years in a row. I had a torn ligament in my knee which western physios told me would always be bad, but it was sorted by a 20 minute treatment with a (different) chinese therapist etc etc etc.

    Try acupuncture or shiatsu, but at the moment my "discovery" is Rolfing, which is absolutely amazing...
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    Mar 13, 2010 9:05 AM GMT
    My mother is a chiropractor, and one of my PT clients is a Acupuncturist. I get treatment from both of them. They are both VERY beneficial. For tennis elbow, though, I'd have to say acupuncturist/massage therapist.
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    Mar 13, 2010 9:10 AM GMT
    Acupuncture has hundreds if not thousands of years of empirical evidence behind it. Just because it does not follow the scientific method developed during the Enlightenment doesn't mean nothing has been learned about the body through its practice over its long history.

    I've used both for different reasons, and they both work. The theory behind acupuncture is that it promotes chi flow and returns your body to balance. It could relieve your pain and be used on an ongoing basis for pain management, but I don't think it's likely to correct the cause of your tennis elbow which is external. A Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor is not like a western doctor. He'll tell you to moderate other factors of your life in order to achieve the balance. In your case, that is whatever is causing the external strain on your elbow. So, yes, you can use acupuncture to reduce and manage your pain, but you need to correct the external cause of your tennis elbow as well if you expect acupuncture to "cure" you.

    I personally don't use acupuncture anymore because it's too intense for me. Cupping is AWESOME! As relaxing if not more so than a massage, but they can't always be used to treat the same things.
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    Mar 13, 2010 11:16 AM GMT
    Tennis elbow?? Massage therapist! I swear the lady (Leticia) I see has a healing power/quality about her.
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 13, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    I'm a certified natural health care practitioner, so I tend to go more towards holistic rather than allopathic, but there is something to be said amount combining the two together when treating a health concern. People can give their opinions and preferences, but the choice depends upon you, the issue you need to take care of, and the practitioner.

    There are good and bad practitioners, just like there are good and bad doctors. We shop around for the perfect doctor for us, why not holistic practitioners? An acupuncture treatment from practitioner A may do nothing for you, whereas practitioner B works miracles on you. People are too quick to judge holistic treatments as fake, a rip-off, or pseudoscience based on one short experience that seemed to not give results.

    Keep an open mind and you may be surprised at the results.
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    Mar 13, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    Delivis saidNeither, both are pure pseudoscience.

    I don’t know anything about chiropraxis (what an awful word), but I would say acupuncture has been shifting from pseudoscience to proto-science. Exploratory clinical studies have provided sufficiently many positive results relative to sham acupuncture that the NIH is funding additional research, and many miserly HMOs now cover acupuncture treatments. The research to date is preliminary and often has poor research design, but it is currently unknown whether acupuncture would pass a placebo-controlled, double-blinded study – it may or it may not. Since the medical alternatives to pain management (and other conditions) are so piss-poor, it’s not unreasonable for people to try something that might work and has a very low likelihood of having bad side-effects, especially since the trials that have occurred are generally favorable. You won’t know scientifically it will work, but it doesn’t follow that an optimal treatment regime wouldn’t include it.
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    Mar 13, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    I've tried both with success. I specifically used acupuncture for golf elbow...which, I guess, is similar to tennis elbow. The acupuncturist told me it would take X number of treatments, and she was right on the money.

    I used one chiropractor for about twenty years and then he had the audacity to die. (jk) It took many visits to many chiropractors until I found another that could adjust me with similar positive results.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 13, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    I have never had acupuncture, but I'm a firm believer in chiropractics.
    It instantly relieves back and neck pain and stiffness.
    I go in feeling miserable, and leave feeling great !