How does acupuncture treat symptoms arising from motor vehicle accident-related injuries?
Updated: May 28
Acupuncture can treat various types of car accident-related injuries, including whiplash, concussion, soft tissue injuries, knee, foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, which are commonly caused by car accidents. Moreover, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can significantly affect people's daily lives.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments can help individuals recover not only from external pain but also from internal pain. Many people mistakenly believe that acupuncture treatment is restricted to needles, but it encompasses a wide range of modalities. We employ different approaches based on the type of injury, body constitution, individual vitality, and pain tolerance.
Cupping is one such TCM treatment, which includes techniques like flaming cupping, sliding cupping, cupping with needles, and cupping with herbal oil penetration.
Moxa is another type of TCM treatment where burning a roll of mugwort leaves can rejuvenate blood vessels, soft tissue, dermal layer, and muscle, expediting the healing process. Moxa with needle and electric stimulation is an advanced treatment option. The heat from the moxa, the strong sensation from the electric stimulator, and the special manipulation from the practitioner can help patients achieve optimal results.
Scalp acupressure, a massage technique applied on the head, can assist with conditions such as concussion, migraines, vertigo, and occipital headaches. Practitioners use their unique finger press technique to apply pressure on specific points based on the meridian pathway. This technique also works effectively as distal points for alleviating extremity pain, torso pain, or stress. It is particularly suitable for patients who have a fear of needles.
Foot acupressure and leg meridian pressure are other TCM treatments that can help alleviate lower extremity pain and address internal problems such as abdominal pain, pelvic pain, and sciatic nerve pain. These treatments are highly beneficial for patients with muscular and skeletal pain, as well as internal organ diseases like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
Additionally, TCM treatments include Tuina Massage, an ancient form of massage that can restore Yin and Yang balance and treat both internal and external physical and mental disorders.
Based on the TCM diagnosis, the practitioner will choose two to three meridians to provide patients with a comprehensive top-to-bottom massage.In conclusion, acupuncture treatments encompass not only acupuncture itself but also a wide range of evidence-based, historical, and ancient treatments.
If you have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) within 12 weeks, you are eligible for 12 pre-approved acupuncture sessions from ICBC. Find out more with our acupuncturists here.
No physician referral is needed.
Written by West, BGS, Registered Acupuncturist