The first time Eric Wu visited a chiropractor was after he injured his neck in a car accident.
Growing up he said he also watched his grandfather practice acupuncture in Garland outside of Dallas, leading him to later became interested in the alternative form of medicine.
Now the native Northwest Austinite—he graduated from McNeil High School in Round Rock ISD—has had his own chiropractic and acupuncture practice for four years, assisting patients in finding their own relief from pain, discomfort and even allergies. Wu said his roots were one reason he wanted to open his practice in Northwest Austin.
“I thought that was really good fit, especially for the Austin area,” he said. “People are more open to alternative treatments.”
Wu said most of his patients come in seeking pain relief, including children.
“I get a lot of people from this area in the tech industry, a lot of people at desk jobs [with] text neck or tech neck,” he said. “I see a lot of kids texting, and it’s only going to increase.”
He also sees a lot of runners and cyclists with pain in their hips and knees as well as children who participate in sports.
Almost half of his patients first arrive not knowing how chiropractic care works, so Wu said he explains the process to adjust the joints of the spine and extremities. Benefits of chiropractic care include having healthier joints, preventing arthritis from progressing and helping nerves function properly, he said.
Wu’s practice accepts most forms of insurance, but he also offers cash prices of $50 per visit as well as packages for multiple visits. The first visit, which includes a consultation and X-rays, is $135. Most of his patients are treated with both chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture, he said.
“Together they really complement each other and speed up the healing process,” Wu said.
To the point
Besides offering chiropractic adjustments, Eric Wu also uses acupuncture to treat patients’ pain.
Acupuncture deals with the body’s energy system, which comprises channels called meridians, Wu said.
“The meridians have to be balanced and flowing in order for the body to heal and recover effectively,” he said. “A lot of factors can affect and put the meridians out of balance—stress, trauma, even toxins [and] poor nutrition.”
Acupuncture has existed for more than 5,000 years, Wu said. Typically practitioners insert needles into a patient’s energy system, but Wu offers needle-less acupuncture using a device that emits electronic pulses for a few seconds to stimulate the meridians.
“It’s great for kids, infants and even adults that are apprehensive of needles,” he said. “It’s been a big draw.”