I see a chiropractor myself for my scoliosis since 1998 when I was 12...my insurance covers it. I love the treatments and they really help alot. But she isnt the get you in and get you out in 10 minutes chiropractor she spends 45 min to an hour with me assessing...electrical stimulator and heat...deep tissue around the spine...then the adjustments...then ice.
I am a Massage Therapy student and during my hands on class I would get a massage 2 days a week during class and then have the chiropractor also. Ever since that class has ended I have noticed a big change in my pain tolerance when my chiropractor does some deep tissue...I'm a mess now since Im not getting any soft tissue work on a regular basis.
The owner of the school who taught the dog massage workshop I went to said that she got all sorts of chiropractic adjustments on their new rescue cause her neck was all out of shape.
I have never tried acupuncture...but have heard really good things from my mom who has fibromylasia and my sister who use to get pain in her wrist.
For an elbow injury I would imagine acupuncture would be able to work on the specific and relating spots. Chiropractic adjustments pretty much focus on the spine with theory that a misplaced vertebra or protruding disk can cause all sorts discomforts like a nerve being pinched or what happens when our hips aren't level and just something like that can cause our whole body to compensate for the way we walk or our posture Causing a cascade of effects.
If only we could ask Cole what the pain feels like or when it hurts lol...
Massage Therapy can help too...If it were Duchess that was feeling pain in their elbow I would find an anatomy chart of a dog's nervous system. That way You can see which nerve goes to their elbow and try to loosen up the area...Im assuming if you massaged around his shoulder blade and underneath around his "armpit/chest" area it might benefit him maybe...but I dont know...but its something you can do so might as well lol.
Hope he feels better and let us know if you take him anywhere
make sure you find a chiropractor you feel really good about...an elderly lady came into my work...she use to always ride her bike which is awesome for her age but one day she came in walking bent over and had to get some spinal surgeries cause of a chiropractor stretching or adjusting her...(again she is pretty elderly) but that chiropractor probably should have known better