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Chiropractic Research Review

Acupuncture and Chiropractic in England

A survey was sent to the members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) to establish the proportion of practitioners using acupuncture, to determine the qualifications for each use, and to document the conditions treated by this modality.

The response to the survey was 296 out of the 720 surveys distributed.

Of the respondents, 117 (40%) stimulated acupuncture points in their treatment. Twenty-three out of the 117 used needles as the method of stimulation. Qualifications were held by 39% of these practitioners who used acupuncture points, just under six percent were licensed acupuncturists; the rest (31.7%) had attended a one-day course in dry needling.

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Conclusion:

* where chiropractors were using both chiropractic and acupuncture, chiropractic was the primary method of treatment in 93% of the cases;
* a strong connection between myofascial trigger point treatment and acupuncture points was noted;
* the primary focus of acupuncture appeared to be pain reduction and relief;

Of noted concern is the potential dilution of chiropractic through the use of adjunctive therapies, such as acupuncture. The authors ask "Is a single, one-day course in dry needling sufficient to equip the chiropractor for this well-intended activity?" They observe that there is no body of control within the chiropractic profession as well as no register of chiropractors in regard to the use of adjunctive therapies learned outside of their chiropractic education. It is suggested that there is a need for guidelines for the most suitable minimum training standards.

Simpson RB, McCarthy PW. Use of acupuncture within the chiropractic profession. European Journal of Chiropractic 2001:47, pp. 3-8.

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