Pain and Inflammation Reduction
Oftentimes, people seek other treatments before acupuncture. In fact, acupuncture is a great choice of therapy at the acute stage of injury. During the initial phase of a soft tissue injury, the body goes into a guarding/protective mode where muscles and joints are limited in movements. Although this is a natural response initially, it is not good for recovery when this continues on. The reason is that it impedes the circulation and blood flow in the affected areas, which slows down the body's natural healing process. Acupuncture would be an ideal gentle passive therapy at the beginning stage of the injury to kick-start the healing process. Acupuncture stimulates neurotransmitters, which promote your body's natural healing process. This helps to prevent injuries from setting in and becoming chronic.
When hair-thin needles are placed in various points, endorphins are released which also reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and activate the body's natural painkillers. Unlike prescription painkillers, acupuncture comes with very few side effects and offers a drug-free way to manage pain. With reduction in inflammation, it helps to restore the range of motion and movement in joints and muscles.
Works Well With Other Therapies
Acupuncture works well in conjunction with other solutions like chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy. Incorporating different therapies enhances the effectiveness of each one which results in a more complete recovery plan.
Car accidents can also take a toll on your emotional well-being. Acupuncture can help manage stress, including post-traumatic stress disorder, by calming the sympathetic nervous system and encouraging the release of natural hormones such as endorphins and enkephalins.
If you have been in a car accident, you are eligible for 12 acupuncture treatments in the 12 weeks following the accident. If additional treatments are needed, we will work with ICBC to extend your coverage.
Promotes the Body's Healing Process
If you sustained soft tissue injuries after a motor vehicle accident, one of the best things you can do is to receive care as soon as possible. Acupuncture stimulates neurotransmitters which promote your body's natural healing process. This helps to prevent injuries from setting in and becoming chronic.