How Acupuncture and Chiropractic Can Work Together
Hello, my name is Dr. Troy Giles. I am a doctor of Chiropractic and Natural Internist. Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about acupuncture. That sounds like a different topic for a chiropractor to be discussing. Under our license, we are able to do acupuncture. We are not acupuncturists. In order to be an acupuncturist you have to go to four years of schooling in order to do that. As a doctor of chiropractic we can take courses and become certified, of which I have just recently received my certification. Chiropractic and acupuncture are amazing how they can go together. Normally chiropractic is a adjusting vertebrae, adjusting the spinal canal, if you will, and allowing energy to pass through the spinal cord. I have showed this in previous videos, but lets show it again here for a minute. What I want to do is show you this one. Sorry. Wrong one. Now that I have my glasses on I can see better. Okay. So the spinal cord runs down the inside the spine and off of the spine runs nerve roots, or little areas where the nerves exit and go around to the vertebrae. So you will notice that each of the organs run to a vertebrae. So T6, for example, or T5, runs to the stomach. T2 runs to the heart and the lung. So if you think about it, chiropractic is allowing or moving vertebrae so that the spinal cord and the nerve roots are able to go out and go to the different organs, so that we are giving neurologic impulse to each organ. The idea that I find, or feel, that acupuncture is able to work with, is allowing the circuits of the energy to pass even further to the organs more effectively. There are 12 main meridians of the body and each meridian runs to an organ. There is a liver meridian, the large intestine, the lung, and every two hours, a new meridian turns on. For example, the lung turns on from three o’clock in the morning, until five o’clock. Then at five o’clock it switches over to the large intestine and so forth throughout twelve main meridians of the body. So I have been explaining this to my patients like this. Let’s look at the door here. Looking down the end of the hallway – I don’t know if it is back lit or not – but there is a lamp. That would represent the brain. The hallway coming down here would represent the spinal cord and the nerve roots are each room coming down this hallway, which would represent the organs. Inside a room there are circuits. So there is a circuit right down here that is going to run all the way around the floor. So where there is not appropriate flow of motion, flow of energy, we call that an acupuncture chi. Chi is called that in many different oriental fields. We have lots of energy. So I am going to shut the light out. Normally this is how the light should function, but when there is less electrical flow, because it is not passing through the meridian correctly, then you get loss of energy flow. So what we want to do it turn it back on. That is the kind of idea that we are using with chiropractic as well. Making sure that the vertebrae are opened, that they are moving well, that there is not pressure, or mis-alignment, causing inflammation of the nerve roots, that go out into the organs. Now bringing the idea of acupuncture, we can stimulate certain acupuncture points to tonify or sedate the flow of energy through those twelve main meridians and other meridians as well, but there are 12 main ideas, main flow areas. So we can tonify, or sedate. Sometimes a meridian will be too much energy, so we would sedate that meridian. If it is too low we will tonify it. There are other points that will connect one meridian to the other so it is able to flow more smoothly through that channel. People are usually somewhat afraid of needles, but they really don’t have to be. We call this a blister pack. This is a blister pack of needles. So there are ten needles in this particular one. When I am working with a patient, I will hold these in my fingers. I am just kind of showing you how this works. Then I take one tube, of course I have cleaned the patient off, and so forth. One little needle will fit into this guide tube and then literally pull back this little bit, and I can show you. That just tips in and you just tap the end of it and now I can insert as deep as I want to. So that would be a specific point. Now as you look at it, that needle is very tiny. This is a 42-gauge needle and it is just very small. So people are afraid of needles often times, but they really don’t need to be, because that is so very small, that it is interrupting a very minute amount of nerves as that is put in. A normal injection needle is so much different. When you look at the difference between those two, this is a 25 gauge. This is a 42 gauge. So injection is much more disruptive, if you will, of the tissue. These are able to draw energy, or chi, to those particular points. There are many types of points within acupuncture that will manipulate the energy very nicely. It is just a really good one, two, punch, if you will, with the adjustment and then following through with the acupuncture. I am so very humbled and excited to be able to use this technique in the practice. Here in Utah we are able to do that as chiropractors, again, not acupuncturists. Acupuncturists are schooled and they have to go and learn how to be a doctor of acupuncture. I am a doctor of chiropractic, so just a bit more information; more class work was able to allow me to be certified. So it is a neat idea. I hope that dispels some of the worry that patients have as this goes out to my patients and then on to YouTube as well, I hope that you would take a look at acupuncture. It has been around for 5000 years. Something has got to be working or we would be out of business. Early on in the beginning, they used stone needles that were ground down very tiny. One of the people that I talked to a little bit ago, was out with her daughter. They were 20 miles out on a trail and her daughter fell and hurt her ankle, sprained her ankle. She didn’t have any needles. This is one of the acupuncturists that I know, and a chiropractor. She got some spines of a cactus, cleaned them off really well and was able to insert the spine of a cactus, without the catch, without the loop or anything, just a straight spine, into acupuncture meridian points of the ankle that we use for sprained ankles. Within 15-20 minutes the swelling had diminished and the energy was back on, helping the body to heal from within. It is just an amazing technique. I am so excited to work with it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office. We can have you come in here or try to find an acupuncturist in your area that would be able to help you as well. Until next time, have a great day.