If you’ve ever been in an auto accident or had a major injury or surgery, you know the combination of swelling, inflammation and pain can be both incapacitating and debilitating. One of the hardest things to discern is what you should do when during the inflammatory and healing process. Personally and professionally I can say with confidence that if you don’t know where to start, try Acupuncture. Acupuncture can benefit and support you at EVERY STAGE of the inflammatory process.
Before I explain why, I have to debunk inflammation a bit. We think of inflammation as a dirty word, a bad thing that we should combat at all costs because it hinders recovery. In actuality, inflammation is the bodies’ natural response to injury and it is actually a healing mechanism! Acute inflammation is necessary, it is chronic inflammation - when the body can’t seem to turn off the process - where we get into trouble.
The good news is that, acute or chronic, Acupuncture can help. As a natural healing method it does not interact negatively with any other therapy you might pursue, such as Physical Therapy or Chiropractic, or even drug therapies such as muscle relaxants and pain medication - the focus of Acupuncture is enhance to and rebalance the body towards achieving a healthy pain free state.
The Inflammatory Cycle and Where Acupuncture Fits In
The inflammatory cycle is actually quite interesting, and if you are a fit and active person it is worth acquainting yourself with. If you understand the basics, the timeline especially, I personally believe you are much better able to take care of yourself appropriately which can speed recovery. So, here are the details of the phases of the inflammatory cycle:
Acupuncture Reduces Inflammation and Promotes Long Term Healing After Injury
In short, Acupuncture is a win-win-win when it comes to injury recovery in every phase of the inflammatory process. It can moderate inflammation out the gate, control and reduce inflammation during the slower phases of healing, while simultaneously reducing pain and relaxing muscles. This works synergistically with all other injury and car accident treatments you might pursue.
My average moderately-injured auto accident patient comes in once a week for about 12 weeks total and makes a full recovery. A minor fender bender patient can benefit from 2 to 4 treatments through the Repair Phase to ensure that minor aches and pains resolve instead of becoming something major without treatment. My severely-injured auto accident patients often come to see me every other week for a year after an initial series of 8-12 weekly treatments for support throughout the entire remodeling phase and likely have excellent results.
The best part about Acupuncture for auto accidents in particular is that its free! Covered 100% by your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance in Oregon.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the above or more about how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can provide long term relief, please do not hesitate to contact me or book a consult in anytime!
Until next time,
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This past summer I had a car accident, which left me with painful muscle injuries. Rebecca was the most knowledgeable and gentle practitioner, and I very much appreciated her extensive acupuncture and cupping skills. She always does a thorough analysis before each session and I feel extremely confident in her care. I will be returning to her for maintenance treatments in the future" ---B.S. December 2013
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.