Using Acupuncture and Mesotherapy to Help With Spinal Adjustments
The term “spinal adjustments” can sound a little frightening to some people, but it is actually an effective, non-invasive method of realigning the vertebrae in the neck or spine to provide significant –and often instant - relief from pain.
Spinal pain, especially in the neck and lower back, is often caused by the misalignment of one or more vertebrae. This misalignment can occur as a result of lifting something incorrectly, playing sport, scoliosis, sciatica, twisting your body too quickly, whiplash, or simply as a result of ageing. When your vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on certain nerves or muscles, and this is what causes the pain.
To realign, or adjust, your spine, your chiropractor or other relevantly qualified medical practitioner will put pressure on the spot where the misalignment occurred to coax the vertebrae back into their proper places.
Other practices, such as mesotherapy and acupuncture, are often used in conjunction with the realignment to help alleviate pain before the procedure, as well relieve any residual pain occurring as a result of the adjustment.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture as a form of pain relief has been part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years but is also now fairly common in the West as part of alternative or functional medicinal practices. It involves the stimulation of certain points on the body using thin metallic needles, which are inserted into the skin and then manipulated manually or using electronic stimuli. It is often recommended as an effective treatment for chronic pain, especially back pain, headaches and neck and joint pain.
Chiropractic acupuncture focuses on the body’s energy meridians (or pathways) and the way they relate to the spinal nervous system. Combining acupuncture with chiropractic manipulation is often far more effective than using one treatment alone.
What Is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is the injection of anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants directly into the mesoderm (the middle layer of skin) surrounding the affected site to relieve a wide variety of ailments, including chronic pain. The method allows for higher levels of ingredients to be used without the risks of systemic side effects usually associated with similar doses given via intramuscular or oral methods. It gives faster-acting, slower-spreading and longer-lasting relief than other treatments, and is a good way to relax the muscles prior to spinal readjustment.
Dr Alain Sanua is a qualified medical practitioner currently practising Integrated and Functional Medicine. He has vast experience in treating acute and chronic back and neck problems and combines spinal adjustments with acupuncture (and, in more severe cases, mesotherapy), to achieve the best possible results for his patients.
If you’re struggling with back pain, why not make an appointment today?