AUTO INJURY TREATMENT

Helping Patients Heal Using High-Quality Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon

Getting acupuncture for a car accident injury is a great way to decrease your pain and give your body the tools it needs to heal so that you get better and stay better.

Acupuncture for Auto Injuries in Portland

How Can Acupuncture Help You Heal Faster After an Auto Accident?

After a car accident, most people think that the bones and vertebrae are the first things that need work. However, that’s rarely true. At our acupuncture clinic, we work with the muscles and the central nervous system (CNS), which helps the body heal from within. That way, when a car accident victim needs an adjustment, the alignment of the bones moves smoothly and stays in place better.

The average car accident victim can’t move their neck in the beginning. This can take a toll on your daily life and cause significant discomfort. The good news is that acupuncture helps restore mobility to your neck. In fact, we expect to see improvement during your visit when using acupuncture for your auto injury. Most patients experience a reduction of pain and muscle spasms and can move their neck again.

Woman holding neck after auto collision

This is the beginning of healing, and our goal is to make sure each treatment brings more relief for longer periods. Soon, you can get back to the things you love.

Acupuncture helps with the following:

Benefits of Acupuncture for Auto Accident Injuries in Portland, OR

Here are some of the many benefits of acupuncture for car accident injuries:

Lower Inflammation

The bones, tendons, and muscles can quickly become inflamed in the event of a car crash. Acupuncture helps ease the tension in these areas and decreases inflammation so that your body feels like itself again.

Accelerate Healing

A few of the other ways that we help the body heal faster are nutritional and herbal prescriptions, topical pain relief medicines, and cupping (AKA myofascial release). Our gentle, smooth acupuncture techniques can speed up the healing process in more ways than one.

Nutritional and herbal prescriptions help lower inflammation, bring nutrients to accelerate healing, and increase circulation in the injured areas. These are different from opiate pain killers, muscle relaxants, and NSAIDs like acetaminophen. Nutritional and herbal prescriptions are pharmacologically active and are more balanced, so people experience fewer or no side effects. We always hold a perspective that there is a time and place for all medications, and we want more people to know their options.

Topical pain relief medications are crucial. This is a way to experience the benefits of treatment between treatments. These medications increase circulation in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have been stretched and damaged. People feel greater relief and report quicker recoveries. Most people continue to use the pain patches and creams we prescribe as new tools in their medicine cabinet long after they have healed from their car accident.

Cupping is a crucial component of car accident recovery. We often wait until the muscle pain, tension, and spasms have become minimal. Think of cupping as a massage in reverse. We give the muscles and fascia a nice stretch in order to increase circulation. The majority of our patients love cupping and continue to return for the relief and relaxation that they experience.

We always make every effort to help our patients get better quickly. That expertise and professionalism are why The WellBridge Clinic is one of the best clinics for auto collision injury treatment.

Improve Relaxation

A common misconception about acupuncture is that it’s painful. However, it’s far from it! In fact, acupuncture is incredibly relaxing. Many of our patients even fall asleep during their treatments. It is the ability to relax that helps the body heal. The muscles relax, and the mind quiets down. Science shows that our body chemistry changes in a way that helps repair itself.

At each session, you can expect dim lighting, relaxing music, a heated table, a heat lamp, warm blankets, and time to rest–everything you need to relax your body. We are always respectful of your time, and treatments are more effective when they are not rushed.

Reduce Anxiety

Acupuncture helps the body enter a calm state. We reduce the fight-or-flight response, helping people feel less fearful about driving. This can empower you to get back behind the wheel and feel comfortable going about your day-to-day life once again.

And More

Acupuncture is also effective for auto injury treatment because it can:

  • Stimulate the endocrine, muscular, and respiratory systems
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve mobility

How Does an Acupuncturist Treat Auto Injuries?

All of our acupuncture sessions start with a comprehensive, hands-on assessment. We take this opportunity to look for any unexpected or contributing imbalances or injuries within the body (jaw tension, shoulder tension, low back and hip alignment, etc.). 

Next, we help you create a strategy through treatment planning. Finally, we start the auto injury treatment. We are happy to coordinate with your healthcare team and begin implementing a treatment plan to help you heal from your injuries. 

We are medical professionals with the support of an amazing administrative patient care team. It is important to know that we chart with electronic health records and bill insurance on your behalf, so all you have to do is focus on getting better.

Everyone’s journey to health is different. And for everyone, there are three stages of auto injury care:

  • Relief: In this stage, we train the body to heal itself. Depending on the severity of your injuries, plan to come in two to three times per week for two to three weeks. This is sometimes longer or shorter depending on your injuries and ability to rest and reduce activities. We don’t want to see our patients all the time, forever. Our goal is to help you feel better, stay better, and tell your friends. 
  • Corrective Care: The corrective care phase focuses on creating physiological changes in the body. Think of it like your body is learning to recover and get back to normal so that it can stay healthy. We take this opportunity to give resources for patients to help themselves. Once you’re in this phase, you can generally begin increasing activities that may have been impossible. Symptoms are often less severe, and you don’t have to come in as often. However, while the corrective care phase comes with less frequent treatments (usually once every one to four weeks), we call it the danger zone. That’s because patients generally feel better and think they don’t need acupuncture anymore. You are almost there, but not yet. Stopping acupuncture treatment too early can halt the healing process, and unfortunately, people often experience an increase in painful symptoms within the body.
  • Maintenance: After your recovery, most patients feel the benefits of preventative health care. This is where the maintenance phase begins. Our mission is to help you enjoy the long-term benefits of genuine healthcare with acupuncture. We are skilled at helping patients feel better than when they started. You’ll have a better understanding of your health and minimize a resurgence of symptoms. Most people report the most stable health with a visit every one to three months to stay ahead of the wear and tear of life. After all, we can always buy a new car, but we get only one body in this life. That’s why we recommend getting a ‘tune-up’ even when you are at your best.

Our Approach to Acupuncture for Auto Injuries

At The WellBridge Clinic, we use a variety of acupuncture methods to help your body heal after an auto accident. These include:

  • Distal Acupuncture
  • Tung Style Acupuncture
  • Tan Style Acupuncture
  • Kiiko Matsumoto Style
  • Orthopedic Acupuncture
  • Sports Medicine
  • Dry Needling
  • Cupping 
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Electroacupuncture 
  • Herbal Prescriptions
  • Nutrition
  • Topical Chinese Herbs

We may also recommend at-home stretches and exercises, such as what you’ll see in the video below.

Looking for a Local Acupuncturist in Portland for Your Auto Accident Injury Treatment?

The body is not meant to come to a violent stop. Don’t underestimate the magnitude of your injuries. If you were recently in a car accident, come to The WellBridge Clinic right away, and get the auto injury treatment you deserve.

As long as you have an active claim, insurance covers acupuncture treatment 100%. Why wait? Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of the top acupuncturists in Portland, Oregon.

Stop waiting. Now is the time to begin.