Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation understands that auto accidents can have far-reaching consequences for the health of the entire body. The sudden and traumatic effects of a crash can cause serious physical injury, pain, immobility, and emotional issues (such as stress, anxiety, and depression). Our office provides a multi-disciplinary system of care to treat the patient as a whole—this type of holistic rehabilitation addresses injury, pain, and emotional suffering through chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture.
While acupuncture is perhaps better-known for its pain-relieving abilities, it is also essential in providing relief from anxiety, sleeplessness, and other issues that may arise after a trauma. There is no reason to suffer from any type of pain—whether it is physiological or psychological. Rehabilitation and acupuncture at Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation can help.
An auto accident can cause any number of painful conditions, including whiplash, neck pain, disc injuries in the neck or lower back, sciatica, headaches, arm pain, leg pain, back pain, and knee pain (among others). Acupuncture is a drug free method of easing pain. This ancient practice prompts a biochemical effect that produces very real and measurable pain-relieving responses in the brain (more on this below).
Stress and anxiety are also very normal responses to a sudden trauma. In fact, the American Psychological Association recognizes car accidents to be the number one cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in the general population. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after any psychologically traumatic event. An Acute Stress Reaction is a shorter-lived but more frequent response to a car crash. Acupuncture can be a helpful component in the recovery process after a distressing and shocking incident.
How Does Acupuncture for Auto Accident Injuries Work?
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the concept of ‘life energy’ or ‘Qi’ that flows throughout the body on channels known as meridians*. Qi is responsible for all physical processes of the body, and must flow freely throughout the body for good health. Disorder, pain, and disease result when Qi is deficient, excessive, or blocked for whatever reason. Acupuncture works to restore the healthy balance of Qi in order to help patients regain natural harmony and overall good health. Another central concept of TCM involves the opposing forces of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang govern the organs; they must remain balanced for good health.
The Western Medical Perspective
Western medical studies continue to reveal what it already known about acupuncture: that it is an effective method of treating pain, boosting immunity, and calming emotional suffering. For example, one study examined cerebrospinal fluid of patients after acupuncture treatment and discovered higher levels of endorphins**. Endorphins are endogenous opioid peptides that have the same mechanism of action as opioid painkillers (such as morphine). This is one explanation for acupunctures’ pain-fighting abilities.
Endorphins function as neurotransmitters. Other important neurotransmitters which have been shown to be affected by acupuncture include serotonin and dopamine.
Acupuncture in Sea Girt, NJ for Auto Accident Injuries
After an accident, often the first thing that happens is an assessment of the vehicles involved. It’s important to maintain the correct priorities—the health of the mind and body—above all else.
The rehabilitation of physical injuries (such as whiplash) through chiropractic and physical therapy is essential in preventing chronic pain and avoiding long-lasting health problems. Acupuncture provides a drug-free method of relieving pain during this process. The long-term avoidance of emotional scarring can also have far-reaching consequences. Acupuncture is a safe and painless method of easing the various forms of suffering that can occur after a crash.
If you have recently experienced an auto accident, or are suffering from long-term painful conditions related to a crash, please contact our Sea Girt rehabilitation office.
* In a recent study (2000), two French doctors injected radioactive isotopes into the acupuncture points on test subjects. The results of this imaging process revealed the very pathways described in acupuncture charts—charts which are several hundred years old. (Vibrational Medicine for the 21 Century- Richard Gerber M.D. Eagle Brook, NY, NY 2000 “Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine”)
** Anette Kjellgren, 2003, The experience of floatation REST (restricted Environmental stimulation technique), subjective stress and pain, Goteborg University Sweden.