Acupuncture and Auto Injuries

           Whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries suffered from a motor vehicle accident.  Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to a neck sprain or neck strain.  It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck.  It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.  Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury. 

            Hyperextension of the neck upon impact results in a number of capillaries and tissue fibers being broken, which, if left alone, can cause scar tissue development.  In many cases, abnormalities can not be viewed upon x-ray and there is no visible injury.  As a result, the seriousness of an injury is often overlooked.

Symptoms of Whiplash

People who experience whiplash may report experiencing one or more symptoms.  Symptoms can occur immediately after the accident, or may appear several days or even weeks later:  

  • Neck/ Shoulder pain and stiffness, headaches, or low back pain

  • Sensations such as burning or “pins and needles” 

  • Irritability, poor sleep, fatigue, or even depression

  • Difficulty with concentration or memory, dizziness, or light-headedness

  • Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand

  • Blurred vision or ringing in the ears.

The longer the condition is allowed to go untreated, the less chance there is for recovery.  What began as a minor problem or discomfort may lead to irreversible damage.

How Acupuncture Works

The purpose of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is to return the flow of energy and blood back to normal and to reinstate optimal organ function.  This will, in turn, restore function to the affected area, and the body will begin to heal itself.  If detected early, organ malfunction and blood and/or energy stagnation may respond well to Oriental Medicine with an excellent chance for a complete and painless recovery.

The best analogy to explain acupuncture results would be to compare a plant that was deprived of water.  Without water a plant would wither and slowly die.

If you tried to water that plant with a hose that had a kink or blockage that prevented water from getting through, then the plant would die.  Remove the blockage or kink in the hose and give the plant water it will recover.  You probably have seen this yourself if you have household plants.

Acupuncture finds where the blockage is in your body that is stopping life-giving blood and oxygen flowing to your cells, organs, or tissues.

Acupuncturists are trained to find and remove the blockage in the flow of blood, which then allows your tissues and organs to heal.  To remove the blockage, acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles into specific points in the body.  Some patients experience a dull ache or tingling that quickly fades away.  Others feel no discomfort at all. 

Two billion people worldwide and twelve million Americans use Acupuncture to solve their health problems.  Whether you hurt your neck in an accident or just working around the house, Acupuncture is a drug-free, safe, natural, and effective way to eliminate the pain.