It's wonderful that you are going to see an acupuncturist or your neck pain! Acupuncture is wonderful for pain, and different techniques may be used to treat you. These include needles, cupping, electric stimulation, or a TDP lamp. They may needle your neck, your hands, your legs, or even your ears. The treatment varies from practitioner to practitioner, but know that they will work diligently to address your concerns to the best of their ability. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon!
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Acupuncture is safe and effective treatment that can help reduce pain and bring back the body's restorative function after a car accident. Acupuncture treatment is a holistic therapy option for individuals to get pain relief for both acute and chronic pain. One of the functions of acupuncture treatment is to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes by reducing pain and inflammation as well as decreasing stress and anxiety. After a car accident, it is common to experience both physical and mental imbalance.
Routine acupuncture treatment can help improve the recovery time after a traumatic event such as a car accident. Benefit of acupuncture includes improvement of range of motion after an injury and promotes patients get back to their daily activities quickly and safely.
That is a difficult question to answer without having done my own physical exam and assessment. Your acupuncturist should be able to explain to you what treatment they are choosing based on your needs. It’s important to have good communication with all providers who are a part of your care and to make sure that your providers are speaking with each other as well to make sure that there are no contraindications or contrary treatments taking place.
For an acupuncturist to treat a patient he/she need to find out the cause of pain and then treat it accordingly. Acupuncture treatment can also bring the inflammation down and relieve spasms.
James A. Beshires, BSN, RN, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc
You should feel a good percentage better even after the first treatment, though it may take a few treatments to get fully recovered.
Good luck and enjoy.
1. Local treatment. In this case, the pain is in your neck so the acupuncturist may insert needles in or around the painful area in your neck.
2. Distal treatment. In this case, even though the pain may be in your neck, the acupuncturist will put needles in other body locations. For neck pain, wrists and ankles are often used.
Either method can be very effective, people sometimes have a hard time understanding why a needle in their ankle reduces their neck pain though.