About 10 percent of U.S. chiropractors incorporate acupuncture into their practices. A recent study in the European Journal of Chiropractic surveyed 720 members of the British Chiropractic Association to access the use of acupuncture in their practices.
Ninety-three percent of the cases studied maintained chiropractic as their primary method of treatment, however, there were 61 conditions treated by chiropractors using the stimulation of acupuncture points without any manipulation. The study’s researchers noted that almost all of these conditions could be seen as being classically appropriate to chiropractic care, and traditional acupuncturists spend much of their time treating such “classic” conditions.
The most common conditions treated by acupuncture which parallels chiropractic are arthritis, low back pain, premenstrual tension, and repetitive strain injury. Acupuncture has also proved to relax the patient initially, thus making chiropractic manipulation easier and possibly more beneficial.