Whether you developed it from a car accident or sports injury, whiplash can cause months or even years of pain and limitations. While conventional whiplash treatment relies on pain relief, physical therapy, and time, Chinese medicine may promote healing and give pain relief without side effects. This is why acupuncture for whiplash is enjoying growing popularity in Glenview, IL, including among patients at Life Balance Clinic.
Whiplash injury and pain are caused by impacts where you have rapidly stopped after travelling at a high speed. Both motor vehicle accidents and sports can cause this, including those such as boxing or rugby where there is an impact to the head. Most people recover in a few days or weeks, and the rate of permanent disability can be overestimated in regions where legal action is possible after whiplash.
Acupuncture for a whiplash neck injury can significantly benefit pain and disability.
One study found that, out of 72 patients receiving acupuncture and physiotherapy, 66 had returned to full duties at work after treatment. Just 27 of them were working at their full duties before acupuncture. Their neck disability index scores fell from 49 to 18, and average pain levels improved from 7/10 to 3/10.
Another showed a significant reduction in pain sensitivity levels after just one acupuncture treatment. We do not typically use just one session, but the treatment was still more effective than relaxation techniques. At Life Balance Clinic, we follow traditional treatment plans and recommend a course of several sessions with ongoing maintenance if needed.
Life Balance Clinic offers high-quality whiplash treatment using acupuncture and other Chinese medicine interventions. You will first sit for a consultation, where we find the best set of acupuncture points for your unique case using information about your injury and overall health. The acupuncture treatment itself uses tiny needles inserted at shallow depth precisely on these points.
Research demonstrates that, when these points are stimulated by acupuncture, they can influence nerve function in ways that reduce pain, soothe inflammation, relieve stress, and support digestion for nutrient availability. Others have shown that acupuncture can improve tissue repair by increasing growth-promoting substances. Overall, acupuncture appears to offer one of the best treatment options for whiplash.
Choosing acupuncture for whiplash injury can help Chicago patients enjoy faster recovery compared to physiotherapy alone. At Life Balance Clinic. Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar brings decades of experience and a dedication to using the latest research and clinical knowledge. To learn more about how your specific situation may benefit, click here.