Acupuncture for Auto Accident Injuries
Chinese medicine is based on the principle that a life force known as Qi (pronounced chee) flows throughout the body on channels called meridians. When the body is in perfect health and harmony, Qi runs freely throughout the body. When a trauma occurs (such as an auto accident), the free flow of Qi is disrupted, causing pain and other symptoms.
Acupuncture is the process of stimulating specific points on the body by inserting very fine needles into the skin and underlying tissues. This procedure unblocks the flow of Qi along energy pathways and resores balance to the body. This has the effect of releasing various chemical messengers into the brain (neurotransmitters such as serotonin) that serve as natural painkillers.
Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of auto accident injuries, including whiplash and herniated discs. It is an effective tool in relieving the pain and anxiety associated with car crashes and is safe, painless, and drug free.
Acupuncture and Whiplash
Whiplash occurs when a sudden movement forces the head to jerk forward abruptly, pulling at the neck muscles and affecting bone structure and soft tissues. When left untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic pain that is often difficult to treat, so it is important to address the condition as soon as possible.
Whiplash can cause the following symptoms:
- • Neck pain and swelling;
- Difficulty in moving the neck;
- Shooting pains from the neck into the shoulder or arm; and/or
- Muscle spasms
In Chinese medicine, whiplash is thought of as a balance disorder because the structure of the bones has been affected by a sudden movement. Treatment focuses on helping patients regain proper balance. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with whiplash.