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Acupuncture for Soft Tissue Injury by Auto Accident

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 as 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 cannot be viewed upon x-ray, and there is no visible injury. As a result, the seriousness of an injury is often initially overlooked. 
bulletSymptoms 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.

Common symptoms:

bullet Neck / Shoulder pain and stiffness 
bullet Headaches
bullet Low back pain
bullet Sensations such as burning
bullet "pins and needles"
bulletIrritability
bulletPoor sleep
bulletFatigue
bulletDifficulty with concentration
bulletDepression
bulletDizziness
bullet Light-headedness
bulletPain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
bulletRinging in the ears
bulletBlurred vision 
Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's own healing abilities. The fine hair-thin needles do not inject anything into the body. Instead, the healing chemistry of the body is augmented, directed, and generally made more competent to manage health problems. Acupuncture is safe because it relies on the androgenous (an-drog-ge-nes) body chemistry. As a result, the side effects that one commonly encounters when taking drugs are not produced. Modern medical research is only beginning to unravel the biochemical pathways which acupuncture employs. Enough practical experience and knowledge of acupuncture's benefits has accumulated, however, that now several leading medical centers routinely offer it, particularly in the treatment of chronic pain. The Mayo Clinic has had an acupuncture service since 1975, and the World Health Organization of the United Nations currently lists 47 different illnesses that may be effectively treated with acupuncture. Although part of a system of traditional healthcare for body and mind which dates back three thousand years, acupuncture today is at the forefront of modern medical research and practice.

For a complete consultation, please call us at 704.968.0351.

 

 
 

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