The use of manual manipulation reduces chronic pain and symptoms. A wide range of practitioners are effectively impacting the lives of people who suffer from painful conditions. Society is becoming more receptive to the idea of integrative medicine. Some people consider their acupuncturist or chiropractor to be a part of their general wellness team with one or more MDs.
In Good Hands: Who Can Stop the Pain?
Any one who has experienced bodily discomfort, probably knows the benefits of a good massage. A trained massage therapist can employ a range of techniques that promote circulation, homeostasis, general relaxation of the body and relief from mental strain. What is less known is that there is a variety of health care practitioners whose techniques overlap and whose qualifications are also unique: acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naprapaths to name a few. Acupuncture was found to decrease inflammation creating biochemicals in the joint, while promoting the health of the cartilage (Zhongguo Zuzhi Gongchen Yanjiu yu Linchuang Kangfu.2011; 15(50). In all three modalities bone and soft tissue is manipulated to deliver drug free, low risk, and cost effective relief. The rationales and protocols of these licensed practitioners still need to be de- mystified. It isn’t a far fetched notion that these options could be mainstreamed.
Osteopathic medicine was marginalized prior to WWII. Osteopathic doctors (D.O.) use manual manipulation techniques but are otherwise very similar to allopaths. When M.D.s were called to service , D.O.s were afforded the opportunity to practice unencumbered, according to their precepts. The results were clinical successes and access to main stream hospitals. Some believe that one way to relieve the challenges of the current medical system is to allow more emphasis on minimally invasive, preventative.
Health conscious consumers want non pharmacological and non surgical therapies because of their efficacy, accessibility, and cost effectiveness. The number of Americans making this choice is 38 million according to Consumer Reports. The public demand led to acupuncture being included in Obamacare. A basic understanding of “who does what “, with respect to manual manipulation, is a step on the road to “preventative care”. Those seeking to alleviate pain also want to avoid the side effects from medications that treat pain. This growing population will find a more comprehensive approach in what has been considered alternative modalities.
Practioner Methods Theory
Chiropractormanipulation of spine, hot/cold therapies, massage, nutrition therapyvertebral subluxation interferes with the body’s musculo-neural and general healthAcupuncturistacupressure, moxibustion, use of filament (very thin needles), nutrition therapy, exercisebody is connected by meridiens that support and integrate bodily function.Naprapathmanipulation of connective tissues, nutrition therapyspinal imbalances lead to degeneration of connective tissues which irritate the nervous system