Relationship between acupuncture and chiropractic:
Doctor Lucas Combines chiropractic and traditional Chinese philosophy, along with
physiotherapy modalities and other adjunct therapies to tailor a specific program that fits each one of her patients needs.
Chiropractic and Traditional Chinese medicine are non-allopathic, holistic in nature. They address the emotional, the physical, and the spiritual – whole of the human being in their entirety. This all-inclusive approach leads to more comprehensive approach to healing which leads to a more balanced sense of well-being. It encourages the patient to become an active participant in her/his healing process.
Homeostasis which is achieved through acupuncture and chiropractic care is referred by ancient Chinese as "life-force". The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, having the inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself. Acupuncture treatment links the flow of energy around and through the body, forming a cohesive and functioning unit. By understanding its rhythm and flow of Qi a practitioner can guide treatments to give one stability, balance and longevity.
The most pertinent of all of the similarities of chiropractic and acupuncture comes from points correspond to sympathetic trunk ganglionic chain, which is specific to the chiropractic “chart of spinal subluxations,” and the basis of Chiropractic philosophy. In this approach, it is known that the vertebral subluxation at C6 affects the heart, lungs and chest. Subluxation at T10 and L1 will affect various digestive organs such as large intestine and small intestine. This is carried out throughout the entire spine from Atlas to Sacrum.
One of the most significant approaches to the successful treatment of somatic dysfunction which is the impaired or altered function of bodily structures (most often of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, or lymphatic system) of the body is to utilize both gentle chiropractic manipulation of the spine along with stimulation of corresponding acupuncture points along the spine and distal related points. This will allow practitioner to treat a multitude of conditions instead of only a few.
Most of the western, scientific research attempting to explain the mechanism of acupuncture and chiropractic is focused on pain relief. Nerve fibers travel from acupuncture points in the extremities to the spinal cord. Then, traveling through the spinal nerve column, they continue on to the brainstem and hypothalamus-pituitary gland. Stimulation of these areas in the brain and spinal cord cause the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin that cause inhibition of nerve pain fibers, effectively blocking the transmission of pain sensations. There are also data indicating that acupuncture induces the release of norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, this substance affect our mood and behavior.