The trauma from an motor vehicle accident or other major physical accident, such as a fall or sports injury, can have lifelong repercussions. The physical and emotional damage can cause problems later in life if not treated before more permanent damage sets in. Even if bones are not broken, lacerations are not present and you did not end up being taken to a hospital, soft tissue damage often occurs. If tissue damage is not treated, pain may go away after the initial period following the injury, or perhaps one thinks that they are doing alright because the pain can be reduced or eliminated with anti-inflammatory medications; however, scar tissue will form and the area can have decreased range of motion, reduced flexibility, and pain may develop from incorrectly healed tissue and/or scar tissue impinging nerves or narrowing joint spaces. Emotionally, you may suffer from post traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression.
Soft tissues include muscles, ligaments, tendons. Signs of soft tissue damage include: fatigue, muscle soreness, aching, spasms, headaches, pain (in automobile accidents, typically of the neck, mid and low back), numbness and tingling, stiffness, brain fog, and insomnia. Soft tissue damage is very common in automobile accidents and other physical traumas.
After an accident it is best to get acupuncture as soon as possible to keep the pain and stress from settling into the body and becoming a chronic problem. The more acute an injury is, the more quickly acupuncture will work and the fewer the treatments required.
Acupuncture, massage and chiropractic are all important treatments post injury. People often think of going to the chiropractor or massage therapist after an accident, but typically only seek acupuncture if those treatments are not getting them to the point where they think they should be. Chiropractic care is important for mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Making sure that the spine is aligned and nerves are not impinged is especially important following a car accident or major fall or blow. Massage is very helpful for soft tissue damage and stress reduction following an accident. Acupuncture, like massage, works on integrating the treatment of physical trauma (body) and emotional trauma (mind and spirit), which is unique to these therapies.
Acupuncture is surprisingly effective for treatment of soft tissue damage, and helps minimize long term problems from an injury. Many patients are surprised at how much improvement they have following acupuncture treatment, when they have already been receiving massage and chiropractic for some time. Acupuncture accelerates improvement in both physical and emotional healing, and is a wonderful complement to chiropractic and massage care, helping to optimize recovery.
Many people may be unaware that automotive insurance covers acupuncture, massage and chiropractic treatments. It is important to get treatment as soon as you notice your pain and discomfort so that your claim will be covered without delay or argument that you do not need the care.
Other helpful products after an accident are magnesium and systemic enzymes. Soaking in an epsom salt bath, using magnesium topically in a lotion, or taking magnesium orally can help reduce muscle tension and spasms. Systemic enzymes reduce inflammation in the body.