forward because of pain and stiffness. Your range of motion will probably still be limited with acupuncture but hopefully it won't cause you as much grief to bend forward. Hopefully with chiropractic care we would address the decrease in function and pain. However, you have to be comfortable with being touched, having your joints manipulated (which can happen in a
variety ways), doing repetitive movements that seem to help and so forth. You might even need a combination of care. I have a few patients who see me and an acupuncturist depending on the quality of their pain and functional needs. Usually with chronic pain it takes a multi-angled approach.
I hope this helps.
I would personally start with a chiropractor first and if you don’t achieve relief add acupuncture to your treatment plan. Ultimately, you must do what is right for you.
I generally opt towards acupuncture with massage to keep the body flowing properly, and then occasionally will suggest a patient go see an Osteopath (or chiro) if I know a rib or vertebra is out and feel an adjustment would help. The acupuncture and massage treatments do, however, address these concerns as well. If the bone is out, the adjustment can help, but if the muscles are tight it will get pulled out again, so we need the muscles to let go and let the bones be set.
In a more concise answer - the three modalities work well together, but I believe the acupuncture does more for you. Not only treating the pain, but helping the muscles align and assisting the other organ systems in the body. I would go to an Osteo for something that the Acupuncture wasn't able to readily address, the same as I would suggest going to an MD if someone had a break. Let them do their work then come back to us for our finishing, and more thorough work.
However, I cannot decide for another person what is "better" for them. Some people prefer one over the other for themselves, so I suggest exploring both options and see who you click with more.
Hope that helps!
Acupuncture takes a different approach. Instead of forcing a new alignment and working to sustain it, we support your body in finding that alignment on it's own. This does take more time but is more effective for long term relief. We also work with other reasons why you are having back pain such as trigger points in other areas of your body that refer pain to your back, emotional reasons or stress, and even issues concerning the viscera from both the eastern and western understandings.
If you haven't already, I'd suggest seeing your MD and having some x-rays/CT/MRI done to see if imaging can shed any light on the cause.
Both acupuncture and chiropractic may be able to help. Sometimes the combination is better than either method alone. If you do decide to try acupuncture, please make sure you're seeing someone who attended Chinese medical school and is licensed in your state as an acupuncturist.