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Chiropractor in Amarillo Discusses Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture in Amarillo for pain, headaches, and more!

Here at Creek Stone Integrated Medical clinic in Amarillo, TX, we have offered acupuncture for about 6 years now. Our Amarillo acupuncturist, Erin Sessions, is a fully licensed acupuncturist and we have seen amazing results and satisfaction with her patients. In fact, the VA Hospital here in Amarillo, the Thomas E Creek VA Medical Center, has been sending patients here for several years now to have acupuncture treatments. Mostly because the research is solid for acupuncture's effects with regard to stress, tension, PTSD, chronic pain, headaches, and migraines. 

The government would not pay for it if the research wasn't there to show how well acupuncture treats these things. It's been a please to watch these sometimes grizzled and grumpy veterans come in questioning why they're here only to be smiling, joking, and enjoying their visits only a couple of short weeks later. The effects of chiropractic and acupuncture combined really can turn the situation around that quickly. When people feel better and get more sleep, they tend to not be quite so grumpy. Now, some of our very favorite patients are veterans who were 'difficult' in the first visit or two. And that's just awesome. 

Recently, as the Department Chair for the Scientific Affairs for the Texas Chiropractic Association down in Austin, TX, I was asked to put together some research for acupuncture. I was happy to do so and wanted to share a couple of the more signficant papers with my Creek Stone audience here on my blog page. 


Acupuncture For Pain In Cancer Patients

The first one is called “Clinical Evidence for Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” by He et. al. (He Y 2019) and published in JAMA Oncology on December 19, 2019. 

The first thing that jumps out here, especially for those somewhat new to reading through research, is that this is a systematic review and meta-analysis. That is at the top of the research pyramid. For example simple little case studies and animal studies, pilot studies….things of that nature….they live at the bottom, less meaningful or less impactful part of the pyramid. As you climb the pyramid to the more important stuff, you’ll see cohort studies and randomized controlled trials. Then, at the very top, the most meaningful studies are the systematic reviews topped off by the meta-analysis. 

What I’m saying is that this paper is good stuff. It’s good information. And it appears in a very respected journal. The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Oncology branch. It’s high level from several aspects.  

Why They Did It

The authors wanted to answer the question, “Is the use of acupuncture and acupressure associated with improved cancer pain management compared with sham intervention and/or analgesic therapy alone?

What They Found

A significant association was found between real (compared with sham) acupuncture and reduced pain, and acupuncture combined with analgesic therapy were associated with decreased analgesic use. However, heterogeneity lowered the level of certainty of the evidence.

Wrap It Up

This study found a moderate level of evidence that acupuncture and/or acupressure was significantly associated with lower pain intensity in patients with cancer compared with sham control, which suggests a potential for a combination of acupuncture and acupressure to help reduce opioid doses in patients with cancer.


Acupuncture For Neck Pain

This last one is called “Acupuncture for neck disorders (Review for The Cochrane Collaboration)” by Trinh et. al. (Trinh K 2016) and it can be found in the Cochrane Library published in May of 2016 so it’s about 5 years old at this point. 

  • This review summarizes the most current scientific evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture for acute, subacute and chronic neck pain.
  • For mechanical neck pain, we found that acupuncture is beneficial at immediate‐term follow‐up compared with sham acupuncture for pain intensity; at short‐term follow‐up compared with sham or inactive treatment for pain intensity; at short‐term follow‐up compared with sham treatment for disability, and at short‐term follow‐up compared with wait‐list control for pain intensity and neck disability improvement. 
  • This effect does not seem sustainable over the long term. Whether subsequent repeated sessions would be successful was not examined by investigators in our primary studies.


Wrap It Up 

Moderate‐quality evidence also indicates that acupuncture is more effective than inactive treatment for relieving pain at short‐term follow‐up.

Alright, for those not yet on the acupuncture train, take another look. The VA here locally is sending veterans to us right now for our acupuncturist to work with them and these old grizzly vets absolutely love it. Yep, that’s anecdotal but I’m telling you, there’s something to it and research seems to be catching up to it. 

Patients ask me how it works and I have to be honest……I’m not sure. I have some solid guesses but it’s a lot like a TV. I can’t tell you the exact way a program’s signal gets to my house and shows up when I turn the TV on. But I know how to enjoy the results. 


Acupuncture is Safe and Virtually Painless

Don't be afraid of acupuncture. The needles are tiny compared to what we regularly think needles are. You literally do not even feel them for the most part. Acupuncture is one of the most effective ways to reduces stress and anxiety, treat PTSD, resolve chronic pain, and treat headaches and migraines.

The American College of Physicians recommends a multi-modal approach to treatment so, when you combine acupuncture with our chiropractic, medical, exercise, or massage services......well, let's just say that pain typically behaves fairly quickly under those circumstances. 


Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist, Orthopedic specialist, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast ( Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  



Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP

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