Chiropractic care corrects alignment problems, alleviates pain, improves function, and supports the body's natural ability to heal itself, but some patients have not experienced relief or have not resolved their pain and underlying issues by getting to the root cause of the problem. That's where an integrated health plan that pairs chiropractic care and acupuncture can help you achieve more profound treatment results.
What are the advantages of integrating
chiropractic and acupuncture?
Q & A with Jerad Bludorn, D.C. | Lake Norden Family Chiropractic
Dr. Jerad Bludorn graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN in April 2002 with a Board Certified Doctorate of Chiropractic and Acupuncturist Certification. His undergraduate work was completed in Aberdeen, SD at Northern State University. Dr. Bludorn shares his knowledge and expertise regarding the combination of chiropractic + acupuncture.
Q: What are the clinical advantages of being certified in both chiropractic and acupuncture?
A: There are many clinical advantages of being certified in both chiropractic and acupuncture. Having another approach to difficult case that haven't responded as expected to chiropractic care alone and being able apply acupuncture treatment to these cases can be of great benefit. Acupuncture can also enhance your patients' healing experience with a myriad of conditions that respond the chiropractic and will end up with better longer lasting effects of treatment.
Q: Are there specific issues or illnesses that may be helped by a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture?
A: Many conditions come to mind that a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture can meld their benefits and attain a better results for the patient. Some of the highlights from a musculoskeletal approach are headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, nerve pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
Q: Can acupuncture relieve stress?
A: Short answer: YES! Acupuncture protocols that address stress, depression, and anxiety have shown very beneficial results with patients suffering with these conditions as well and musculoskeletal complaints accompanied with an undue amount of stress from modern life.
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Q: When you evaluate a patient, how do you determine if the patient would benefit from chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, or both?
A: Many of my patients are evaluated for the for acupuncture on their initial visit in the evaluation process and are offered acupuncture as an additional treatment to improve their condition and attain the results they are seeking for their condition. Many times, a patient will present with a musculoskeletal complaint and in their history of review of symptoms we will uncover a non-musculoskeletal condition that has been plaguing them for a long period of time. We will address their concerns with that condition and offer acupuncture as a solution to their complaint. Many example come to mind, but one notable complaint that I see often is the presentation of headaches accompanied by sinus pressure. Many times if we address the cervical and thoracic issues with chiropractic, we can address sinus pressure from an acupuncture approach and greatly improve their condition which has implications that the patient didn't even realize until we brought it to their attention!
Q: How has acupuncture enhanced the way you are able to help patients?
A: Having an acupuncture educational background in a chiropractic setting has helped me to improve patients' conditions and offer solutions to conditions that patients never thought attainable. I strongly feel that chiropractic care and acupuncture has been able to help my patients recover better overall when used with chiropractic care. Acupuncture is a very diverse treatment skill set and has greatly enhanced my patient experience!