October is not just about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and costume parties.  Some of the most effective complementary and alternative medicines are celebrated in October.  In honor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day and National Chiropractic month, we wanted to talk about how the combination of Acupuncture and Chiropractic care is used to expedite healing.

As an integrated clinic, the practitioners at Vida Integrated Health are witness to the amazing recoveries that occur when multiple treatment modalities are used together.  Both Acupuncture and Chiropractic treatments aid our patients in healing injuries, reducing pain and addressing other dysfunctions.  While both modalities aim to correct imbalances and promote the body’s natural healing, they address it in different ways.

At Vida, our Chiropractors address soft tissue issues with myofascial release and restore joint function with spinal and extremity adjustments, while our Acupuncturists combine anatomy-based acupuncture (eg., trigger point and motor point treatments) with traditional Chinese medicine to facilitate healing.  We consistently see that both modalities produce results independently, but the combination of Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments produce far superior patient outcomes in both levels of pain and speed of healing.  As a bonus, these observations are supported in the scientific literature (DeBar, 2011; Ohlsen, 2012).

Together Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments work together to reduce pain, restore function, and address the mental and emotional aspect of pain that is so often overlooked.

Want to experience these amazing combo of care in action?  Give us a call or text us to set up an appointment.

Vida Seattle: 206.726.9595
Vida Bellevue: 425.688.0223

Melony Cable, Acupuncturist
Licensed Acupuncturist, East Asian Medical Practitioner
Diplomate National Certification Commission for Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
Member American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA)
Member Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA)

DeBar, L. E. (2011, Nov 25). Acupuncture and chiropractic care for chronic pain in an integrated health plan: a mixed methods study. BMC Complement Altern Med(11), 118.

Ohlsen, B. (2012, Sept). Combination of acupuncture and spinal manipulative therapy: management of a 32-year-old patient with chronic tension-type headache and migraine. J Chiropr Med, 11(3), 192-201.