Car Accident Treatment at Monterey Acupuncture


Acupuncture is a wonderful complementary choice for car accident treatment. We can provide you with the stress and pain relief you need for rapid, pain-free healing.

Holistic Car Accident Treatment Plans

Our holistic treatment plans include: Massage, Acupuncture anbd Herbal Medicine.

Our treat car accident related symptoms :

  • Headache and head injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Stiff neck or neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spine pain
  • Postoperative pain
  • Sprain
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint stress or injury
  • Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel
  • Sciatica

We can help you relax and de-stress after a traumatic injury. Additionally, reducing anxiety and stress can help to trigger your body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Our Car Accident Treatment

In our clinic, we use several remedies of TCM for the treatment.

(1). Acupuncture

Acupuncture is popularly used in a car accident recovery. Specifically, it works to release pain, reduce swelling, soften scar tissue, and reduce bruise.

(2). Massage

Massage therapy is one of the best forms of treatment you can receive after a car accident. After going through a sudden trauma, having your body jolted by the impact, your muscles go into ‘protect mode’.  They clamp down and tighten in the areas affected.  Neck and back pain (whiplash) is by far the most common complaint, but any area of the body can be affected.

Massage helps to relax these muscles and restore them back to their original state.  Specifically, this may include lengthening shortened muscles to restore flexibility and release trigger points that may have developed. Most importantly, the results relieve pain symptoms, headaches, nerve compression, numbness, muscle spasm, and much more.

Depending on the severity of the accident and the person, healing can vary. Because everyone responds differently, treatment can take months, sometimes years. Unfortunately, in some cases, people end up with chronic conditions that they have to get care for the rest of their lives.  I treat many people who were in car accidents years ago that has left them with lingering issues.

(3). Herbal therapy

Herbal therapy is the main part of TCM. We also use it quite often. With the combination of acupuncture and herbs the healing is much faster. Moreover, the herbs work to improve blood circulation in the affected area. Additionally, this improves the recovery of cells (including nerve cells) and speeds up healing. Most importantly, it improves bio- energy flow in that area and removes the “block” on the path of the bio-energy flow. The block can be a “stagnation of blood”, Cold, Phlegm (the phlegm you cough out is  only a narrow concept in TCM), Wetness, or Dryness.

Based on your feelings, each kind of “block” needs different herb or herb formula to work on it. Moreover, a special issue in the TCM treatment of car accident is that the affected people usually have stress or anxiety. Most certainly, these emotions makes the connective tissue, including tendons, spasm which increasing the pain. As a result this can make the pain chronic. Above all, an herbalist must also work to solve the disorders in the emotion to ensure the recovery of whole body function.

(4). Cupping

Cupping is another common way in TCM for treatment. In old times, Chinese family uses it for treatment by themselves without need to go to a doctor. It is still used these days since it is good to relax muscle, improve blood circulation, so to release pain. The weakness of the cupping therapy is the dark mark on the skin after cupping. But it is only on the skin for a short time, it never is a permanent problem. Additionally, if you have dark mark, it means that you have trouble in your body. If you are healthy, there is no mark at all after cupping. So, come to check the skin mark to see how healthy you are!

We recommend that you keep a cupping set in your hands so you can have treatment at home by yourself without come to us. It is easy to learn how to use it. We can help you.

Therapeutic effects you can expect

Eases Pain

Car accidents can result in a range of injuries, aches, and pains depending on the speed and severity of the crash. This can range from minimal effects such as bruising, muscle strain, or body stiffness to even more severe injuries. Often times, accident victims may delay going to the doctor and minor injuries may go unnoticed and ignored. Most importantly, seek out medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel pain right away. This increases the ability to identify potential hidden injuries that could cause complications down the road.

Western medicine states that acupuncture releases endorphins and activates natural pain killers in the body. It is also a passive treatment. In other words, the patient is not stretching, moving or potentially aggravating any muscles that might need to heal. Meanwhile, this encourages a shorter recovery time and preventing long-term health concerns associated with the accident.

According to a recent report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), acupuncture is at or near the top of every category for the treatment of low back pain. In addition to back pain, acupuncture is effective for treating neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic headache, and osteoarthritis. The report also found that acupuncture worked better or at least as well as higher risk medications commonly used to treat low back pain. This includes relaxers or opioids.

The Journal of Integrative Medicine states that medical systems are in need of nonpharmacologic treatments to decrease the public’s opioid dependence. According to the paper, “acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to meeting this need.”

Heals Whiplash After A Car Accident

Another common side effect of car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are tossed around violently, causing damage to the soft tissue in the spine. One article sites that acupuncture is beneficial for this common car accident symptom because it gets the Qi and the blood flowing. This is often made stagnant from the crash.

Many acupuncture therapies have proven to be effective in relieving whiplash symptoms in patients. Other symptoms from whiplash include neck pain, pain between the shoulders and lower back pain, headache, dizziness and more. Many of these symptoms can be alleviated by acupuncture as well.

Prevents Development of Post-Traumatic Stress

If considering acupuncture, it is wise to start treatment as close as possible to when the car accident occurred. This keeps the pain and stress of the accident from settling in and prevents post-traumatic stress. Acupuncturists Without Borders uses a protocol developed by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to treat millions of people affected by disaster, conflict and violence, as well as substance dependence. Specifically, this treatment consists of  the insertion of five tiny needles at specific points in the ear.

According to their website, research in the past decade has shown that acupuncture rebalances the brain after significant stress, as well as the nervous and hormonal  systems. With extended treatment, acupuncture can also help improve symptoms for those suffering from long term post-traumatic stress.

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