Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used successfully for several thousands of years. Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain relief, though also used to treat a wide range of other conditions, such as headaches, anxiety and depression. The majority of people who seek acupuncture do so for musculoskeletal problems, including neck, back, and all extremity pain.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles superficially into the skin. The needles will be left in place for fifteen to thirty minutes. It can be associated with the application of heat. Other modalities and procedures may be used in conjunction with acupuncture. The experience of receiving an acupuncture treatment is very stress-relieving and relaxing in itself, similar to receiving a massage or facial.
Car accidents can result in a range of injuries, aches, and pains depending on the speed and severity of the crash. This can range from minimal effects such as bruising, muscle strain, or body stiffness to even more severe injuries. Acupuncture is very effective to receive after a car or other injuries because it helps reduce inflammation and pain quickly. Acupuncture can be used as a passive treatment modality. This means that the patient is not stretching, moving or potentially aggravating any muscles that might need to heal, encouraging a shorter recovery time and preventing long-term health concerns associated with the accident.
Being in a car accident or other trauma can be extremely scary and stress-inducing. Acupuncture is becoming a more common treatment for stress and anxiety due to research over the years proving that it really does work. Acupuncture treatment releases endorphins, and activates natural pain killers, which is one of the reason acupuncture is so effective in improving anxiety, stress, and depression.
Often times, accident victims may delay going to the doctor and minor injuries may go unnoticed and ignored. It is important to seek out medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel pain right away. This increases the ability to identify potential hidden injuries that could cause complications in the future.