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What is acupuncture?

If you are struggling with muscles, bones, or joints, pain following a car accident, or any other injury, acupuncture treatment can be a great way to relieve your pain and discomfort without resorting to addictive medications or surgery.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice where very thin needles are inserted through the skin at strategic points in the body to release stagnant energy and relieve the area from pain and discomfort.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a technique that balances the flow of energy through your body, allowing the body to release natural chemicals to fight any illness.

How does chiropractic acupuncture help with healing?

Chiropractic care and acupuncture both take a holistic approach to relieve body pain while improving a person's overall well-being.

When strategically applied to the body, acupuncture points can relax the muscles, improving blood flow in the affected muscle tissue, relieving pain while reducing the time to heal from the injuries.

While chiropractic practice focuses on the musculoskeletal structure of the body, the primary function of acupuncture is to rebalance the energy flow through the neural pathways.

As your body's mechanism is interconnected in a complex manner, the beneficial aspects of both the treatments get heightened when combined to relieve you from pain and distress.

Chiropractic acupuncture, as an alternative holistic medicinal practice, can act as a support to provide effective chiropractic treatment and pain management.

Here are some ways chiropractic acupuncture can help in healing your pain:
A woman is getting acupuncture therapy after an auto accident

How can acupuncture help with car accident injuries?

Acupuncture can provide effective treatment in relieving pain from soft tissue injuries after a car accident. While painkillers can have side effects, acupuncture takes a holistic approach to deal with the pain and healing soft tissue injuries.

Acupuncture can be highly effective in treating myofascial pain that involves the muscles and the connective tissue supporting them.

After a car accident, the survivor can experience muscle spasms, strains, or injury causing trigger points or tight, painful muscle knots. Acupuncture techniques can provide trigger point therapy to ease the muscle knots, relieving pain in the affected area.

Acupuncture treatments can reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation and reduce pain in auto accident injuries like muscle spasms, whiplash, neck, back, and shoulder pain. It can also effectively reduce stress, anxiety, and headaches while improving overall mind-body wellness in an auto injury accident survivor.
Stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue
Improve blood flow
Reduce inflammation
Accelerate soft tissue healing
Boost your body's natural pain response
Improves mobility in the neck and shoulders
Limits the use of painkillers or other addictive medications
Rebalance the body's energy, improving the quality of life
Improves functions of the organs
Reduce external and internal scarring
Assists the body in creating new tissues

What's involved in an acupuncture procedure?

Acupuncture specialists are qualified professionals, and the U.S Food and Drug Administration regulates the manufacture of acupuncture needles. The acupuncture needles are made of steel, are solid, sterile, and non-toxic, and are used by qualified acupuncturists. They are disposed of after a single use.

During your first appointment, your chiropractic acupuncturist will discuss your concerns and ask relevant questions about your symptoms, behaviors, and lifestyle to determine the type of treatment that suits your condition.

The chiropractic acupuncturist will examine your body for areas that would react to the treatment, giving particular attention to:
The painful body parts
The rhythm, strength of your pulse
The color of your face
The shape and color of your tongue
The first treatment can last up to 60 minutes, followed by shorter sessions of 30 mins each, based on the severity of the pain and the condition being treated. You can expect to receive six to eight acupuncture treatments to resolve your pain issues.

The benefits of acupuncture, although sometimes difficult to measure, are found to be satisfying by many people as a means to control their painful conditions.

How can I plan for my first acupuncture appointment at Accident Care Chiropractic?

If this is the first time you are seeing a chiropractor acupuncturist, prepare in advance by following the steps below to get the maximum benefit.
Make a list of your symptoms. If it has been a while since you experienced the car accident, you need to list your symptoms and where you are experiencing pain and discomfort. You can discuss them with your chiropractic acupuncturist on your first appointment.
Plan your schedule. Your acupuncture treatment might involve several days. Make sure to plan your schedule to avoid last-minute rescheduling to get the most satisfying treatment for your condition.
Prepare your questions in advance. It is normal for you to have some queries regarding the treatment on your first day of the appointment. You can jot down all your concerns in advance to get them answered right away to help you prepare for the treatment.
The needles used in acupuncture treatment are extremely thin and do not cause much discomfort when inserted into the skin. Most patients do not feel the needles when inserted, while a few might experience a dull ache afterward.

Based on the area of the body, your chiropractic acupuncturist might insert five to twenty needles during the procedure and keep them in place for 10 to 20 mins, after which they are removed.

The needles do not cause any pain or discomfort when taken out, and the patients claim the entire experience to be quite relaxing.

The entire procedure of acupuncture treatment involves the following:
Needle insertion: The acupuncture needles are inserted at various depths ranging from a fraction of an inch to a couple of inches at strategic points in the body. This is done to release stagnant energy, relieving the pain symptoms in the affected area and helping to heal the injuries. The needles, being very thin, cause little discomfort during insertion and can cause a mild aching sensation when they reach the desired depth.
Needle manipulation: After insertion of the needles, your acupuncture practitioner can gently move or twirl the needles to apply heat or mild electric pulses that release the blocked energy in the affected area.
Needle removal: In most cases, the acupuncturist will keep the needle in place for 10 to 15 minutes while you stay still and relax. Removing the needle does not cause any discomfort, and the patients claim to feel more relaxed after the treatment.
If you have been involved in a car accident, our specialists at Accidental Care Chiropractic can help you with your pain and injury symptoms.
Our highly experienced chiropractic acupuncturists can provide the most effective treatment suitable for managing your pain issues.
Acupuncture is being applied to a woman's neck.

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