Why Chiropractic Care is Better than Acupuncture

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Both chiropractic care and acupuncture are types of alternative medicines that don’t involve medications and surgery, making them technically safer than traditional medical approaches. While their concepts are different from one another, with chiropractic care involving spinal manipulations and acupuncture involving needle sticking on the skin, it can’t be avoided to compare them as to which is better, safer, and/or more effective.

Because chiropractic treatment does not utilize any tool and rely only on the bodily adjustments, it is considered by many health practitioners that it poses less risk than acupuncture, although they do not eliminate the possibility that it also has health risks.

Acupuncture might have its beneficial uses. However, practice and experience shows that there are many risks involved in the practice of acupuncture, some minor while some may be fatal. Below are some of the risks which may be encountered when undergoing acupuncture, making it generally more harmful than chiropractic care.

  1. By its very nature, acupuncture a technique that is both invasive and dangerous as it involves sticking needles in to the skin. With this practice, there is always the danger of mishandling the needles thereby damaging internal organs. In the past, there already have been cases of lung and bladder punctures on patients. Aside from this, there are other dangers involving improper insertion of the needles. Puncturing of any part of the circulatory system may be a cause of Hematoma. There also are dangers of damaging the lung and the kidney if the needle is inserted too deeply. Most importantly, improper needling might cause accidental puncturing of the nerves and of the base of the skull thus resulting to damages ranging from nerve injury to brain damage.
  1. Improperly sterilized needles may cause allergies and infections. It may also facilitate the transfer of diseases to the patient. Examples of the diseases which may be transferred through unsterilized and dirty needles are hepatitis and HIV. Despite compliance with strict standards of hygiene and sterilization, there still is a large possibility that the virus left in the needle may not be completely killed and eliminated. Those viruses are easily transferred to the skin due again to the fact that acupuncture penetrates the surface of the body.
  1. The needles used in acupuncture are special. They are not similar to the needles usually produced and used by the people. Needles used in acupuncture are unusually long and thin. These qualities of the needle make them highly susceptible to breakage leaving part of the needle inside the skin thereby requiring removal through surgery.
  1. There is also a possibility of allergy and irritation and allergy due to the composition of the needle used. And since the technique is internal, the allergy or irritation has a tendency to be more severe compared to treatments which involves on the surface of the skin or which involves minimal skin contact.

These are just some of the dangers associated with acupuncture. However, that these dangers exist does not mean that they always happen. Like other modes of treatment there always are existing risks. The choice is with the patient to decide whether to undergo acupuncture or not. If you choose to undergo acupuncture, you have been forewarned. It is then your responsibility now to take the necessary precautions to minimize the dangers associated with the process.

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