Medical school is four years long. This is after four years of college. It is then followed by three more years of intensive training during medical residency. It’s a lot of learning.
So in all those years, do you know how much I learned about chiropractic care? Just about nothing. How about acupuncture? Even less. These are not disciplines that are taught in most US medical schools (at least the allopathic kind like I went to).
But research shows, and our day-to-day human experience probably confirms, that many people see chiropractors and acupuncturists for a variety of ailments. In fact, many major medical systems, including my own at HCMC, offer a wide range of services to include chiropractic and acupuncture care.
To learn more about these disciplines, this past month on the Healthy Matters radio broadcast I invited two guests to help me out. They were Robert Crane, an acupuncturist, and Peter Polski, a doctor of chiropractic care. That’s the two of them in the WCCO studios during the live broadcast in the picture above. Super nice guys, the both of ’em.
I encourage you to listen to the podcast of the show by clicking here –> Healthy Matters show #453, September 10, 2017. Podcasts are great ways to listen, commercial-free, to the shows at your own pace. Just download the show you want to your phone or computer and listen!
In this post, I won’t attempt to cover any of the specifics about chiropractic care or acupuncture. They are disciplines to themselves and I couldn’t do either one justice in just a few paragraphs. Rather, I’m going to give a bit of background on the two disciplines to give the neophytes among us a taste of what these practitioners can offer. This is fairly new stuff to me as well as many of you, so I’m doing my best to learn something. Read on, and more importantly, listen to the podcast! Continue reading “An introduction to acupuncture and chiropractic care”