and Motor Vehicle Accidents
happens without warning. One minute you are driving along,
and the next you are in a motor vehicle accident.
it is a minor fender –bender or a more serious collision,
you could be left with pain and discomfort. Seeking care
right away can make a major difference in your recovery
and reduce the chances of a long-term health problem.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer
a safe, effective way to treat your health concerns and
optimize your well-being after an automobile accident.
injuries after an accident:
are a variety of injuries that can occur after a motor
vehicle accident. Some injuries and symptoms may appear
immediately, other may take hours or sometimes days to
appear. Being in an auto accident is not something to
are common injuries that can occur:
Velocity Injuries – Usually occur when
you are driving under 10 mph, or if you are hit by another
vehicle that is traveling 10 mph or less. These injuries
usually cause muscle strain or seat belt bruises. Other
symptoms may be delayed, but pain and stiffness may occur
within 12- 36 hours after the impact.
Velocity Injuries – These injuries are
sustained when your vehicle or another vehicle is traveling
over 10 mph. Often times injuries usually result from
the body hitting objects in the care, such as the dashboard,
window or the steering wheel. Common problems resulting
from this kind of impact include head, shoulder or knee
trauma; a variety of contusions, wrist fracture, neck
sprains and concussions.
Cervical Syndrome (Whiplash) – This type
of injury occurs when the neck is forced into rapid movements
faster than what your bones, ligaments and muscles can
accommodate. This injury is usually referred to as a whiplash,
which is a non-medical term for the strain or a sprain
of the neck caused by sudden movement. Even a seemingly
minor accident can cause soft-tissue and musculo-skeletal
injuries such as whiplash.
Neck pain or stiffness
Pain in your shoulders or arms.
Other symptoms can include memory loss, poor concentration,
nervousness and irritability, sleeplessness or fatigue.
It is important to seek care promptly for any injuries
and symptoms immediately after an accident. It may be
a difficult decision to choose the right from of care
to address you pain and discomfort. But it is an important
decision to make in order to keep current injuries from
becoming chronic. Depending on the type of injury, chiropractic,
massage, physical therapy and acupuncture are the most
commonly used treatment modalities. It is also common
for patients to combine different modalities for faster
results and to be able to address different aspects of
acupuncture can help
Acupuncture and TCM has the ability to successfully aid
in the healing of soft-tissue injuries, relaxing the muscles,
relieving painful symptoms, helping your body regain its
natural balanced and vitality as well as alleviating any
stress and anxiety.
Medical Theory – A fundamental statement
from Chinese Medical theory states, “If there is
free-flow, there is no pain; if there is no free-flow,
there is pain” Based on this theory facilitating
the circulation and flow of blood and Qi (pronounced “chee”)
will eliminate pain and restore balance.
According to acupuncture and TCM, Qi is the life or vital
energy that animates and strengthens the body. Qi flows
through pathways called meridians and pushes blood to
all of the body’s organs, tissues, muscles, and
tendons to provide nourishment so that they can function
optimally and respond to normal wear and tear.
an accident, you may experience physical trauma that disrupts
and restricts the flow of Qi and blood leading to pain,
stiffness and a host of other problems. Acupuncture activates
your body’s self-healing and self-regulating capacities,
helping to bring great circulation to the area that is
being treats and function like a magnet for improved blood
flow. Through acupuncture, a consistent flow of blood
is restored, returning the muscle to a normal state of
realization, flexibility and reduced pain.
are also the emotional effects of an accident, including
shock and anxiety. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
are excellent for calming the spirit, reducing anxiety,
and relieving the symptoms of shock.
and TCM provide a natural and effective way to help you
regain your health and wellbeing after a motor vehicle
accident. It is a powerful and ancient health care modality
that can restore your body’s balance and harmony,
heal the injured area, reduce stress and anxiety which
are common after an accident, and return you to pain-free
will bill for most car insurance companies, so the patient
can focus on treatment and getting back to wellness and
a sense of well-being. Also, be sure to check your insurance
to see if you have paid into what is known as Med pay.
If you haven’t already done so, inquire with your
insurance carrier about including it in your general coverage.
It is quite affordable and can offer you great relief
and support your health and recovery should you have the
misfortune of an accident.