Looking for natural methods for pain relief and general health? Dr. Ben McIntosh at Mustang Chiropractic Acupuncture and Massage in Prosser, WA, offers acupuncture and more to help.

Understanding Acupuncture and Its Role in Chiropractic Care

Although acupuncture is an ancient healing art, it is still greatly misunderstood. Additionally, there is some confusion as to why chiropractors provide it as part of chiropractic treatment plans. In this guide below, Dr. McIntosh and the team at Mustang Chiropractic Acupuncture and Massage in Prosser, WA, answer these questions and more.

What Is Acupuncture?

Most people know that acupuncture involves thin needles being placed in the body, but many are unsure of why this is done. Ancient medicine states that the body develops blockages along meridians that are responsible for pain and illness. The belief is that placing the needles along the specific points tied to the areas suffering will release these blockages.

Modern Western medicine has shown that these points are heavy with nerve endings. The nerves are responsible for bodily functions and transmitting signals between the body and the brain. By inserting needles in these specific points, the nerves are stimulated, which results in relief from pain and various other symptoms.

It can also help block pain signals to the brain and release endorphins, or the body’s natural painkillers. As such, it has proven to be an effective form of natural relief. While acupuncture has been used to treat various symptoms, it has shown great results for issues such as:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive orders
  • Back and neck pain
  • Auto injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular pain
  • Inflammation
  • Knee pain
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Menstrual cramps

Why Combine It With Chiropractic Care?

While acupuncture can effectively treat the nervous system and related issues, chiropractic care can address the problems that affected your nervous system in the first place.

Often, spinal misalignment and disc injuries lead to improper nerve function. By restoring proper alignment to the musculoskeletal system through adjustments and various other techniques, the root of your pain can be eliminated. Together, these two treatments can provide lasting and natural relief from your symptoms.

Learn more about how combining acupuncture and chiropractic care can provide the relief you deserve by visiting Dr. McIntosh at Mustang Chiropractic Acupuncture and Massage in Prosser, WA. Call (509) 786-3637 to schedule an appointment today.

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