Statistically speaking, the average driver will be in a motor vehicle accident once every 7 years! If you’ve been in an accident before, you know the pain can be debilitating, and may linger much longer than expected. Between the shock of the accident, and the stress of dealing with repair shops, lawyers, and insurance agents, the whole experience can take a tremendous emotional toll as well.
Are you suffering from whiplash injuries? Headaches? Shoulder pain?
Chinese medicine offers a variety of modalities that can substantially ease painful injuries, and help to restore proper mobility and function. Cupping or gua sha may be used to break up muscular tension. Acupuncture opens up the meridians of the body to restore proper circulation of blood, reduce inflammation, and speed tissue healing. Customized herbal formulas actually have individual herbs that guide the formula into certain areas of the body, such as the neck, for whiplash injuries. Additionally, herbs not only ease pain, they expedite the healing of damaged tissues, like muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bone.
Many patients know the relaxing “side effect” of acupuncture. Research has shown acupuncture to increase endorphins, giving patients that blissed-out feeling after their treatment. However, there’s much more acupuncture and herbs can do directly to treat feelings of stress, anxiety, irritability, and other strong emotions. Consider seeing your Chinese medicine practitioner for your pain, as well as mental-emotional symptoms you may be experiencing after a motor vehicle accident.
Did you know that many motor vehicle accident insurance policies cover the cost of acupuncture care?
It’s true! If you have a personal injury case handled by a lawyer, acupuncture can be one of your chosen therapies. An acupuncturist will likely work in tandem with other healthcare providers to ensure you’re getting the most comprehensive care, and nothing is missed that might lead to chronic pain later on. A team approach can be a very effective strategy to get your health restored in a timely manner.
It’s a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you have injuries following a motor vehicle accident. They will be able to assess your case and determine whether your injuries will be covered by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Without an attorney, you may be missing out on an opportunity to get the quality health care you need to restore your health and limit the extent of chronic ailments plaguing you later. The following is a resource that may be helpful:
When should I come in for care?
Oftentimes people don’t realize they are injured the day of the accident. As days pass, more soreness and pain manifest. It is important to seek care sooner rather than later for more effective pain relief.
Whether you’re suffering from headaches, neck pain, back pain, numbness/tingling in the limbs, or emotional trauma, acupuncture is a time-tested and research proven method to help.
Amanda Johnson (AJ) practices at Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic in Walla Walla, WA. She loves to show patients how Chinese medicine is fantastic at relieving body pain, aiding recovery and enhancing vitality. When not in the clinic, I’ll surely be somewhere outdoors. I especially enjoy hiking, cycling, swimming, tennis, and have a dedicated tai chi practice.