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Treating whiplash injury sufferers with acupuncture

If you have ever suffered a neck injury such as whiplash you will be aware of how limiting and painful it can be. We rely on the neck to support our head and when the ligaments and muscles within the neck are damaged, the head's range of movement is restricted. Read about common causes of whiplash injuries.

This may stop us from carrying out normal day-to-day tasks such as driving, sitting at our desks for long periods of time, and doing the house work and many of us are keen to find relief for whiplash injury symptoms as soon as possible. Some rely on the marvels of modern medicine while others turn to more unconventional techniques such as acupuncture.

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing, developed over thousands of years in Eastern countries such as China. It is a treatment in which fine needles are applied to specific acupuncture points, of which there are around 500 placed on the body, in order to relieve symptoms of both physical and psychological conditions. Acupuncture also encourages the body to heal itself and promotes well-being. Read more about psychological consequences of a whiplash injury.

According to recent research, acupuncture can affect many of the body's systems including the nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems; muscle tone; hormone outputs; circulation; as well as antibody production and allergic responses.

Traditionally, acupuncture is centred on the belief that a healthy body depends on the balance of the body's Qi, or motivating energy. The flow of energy becomes unbalanced when we suffer a disorder such as a whiplash injury and can lead to a variety of symptoms. Read more about signs and symptoms of whiplash injury.

Acupuncture needles are used to correct the flow of energy and by doing this they relieve symptoms and also stimulate the nerves in the skin and muscle that help the body to release natural painkillers such as endorphin and serotonin.

Acupuncture as a treatment for whiplash injury
If a whiplash injury is left untreated, while the body will temporarily adjust so that we do not experience so much pain and suffering, a patient may experience headaches, neck and shoulder pain and back pain later in life. Read more about the prognosis of a whiplash injury.

Acupuncture has proved to be a particularly effective in relieving the neck pain and other symptoms associated with whiplash injuries. In some cases acupuncture has helped in the treatment of whiplash patients suffering long-term symptoms where conventional approaches showed little improvement.

For example, a study carried out by Fattori, Borsari, Vannucci, Cristofani, Bonuccelli and Ghilardi entitled 'Acupuncture Treatment for Balance Disorders Following Whiplash Injury' revealed that acupuncture was an effective form of therapy for treatment of whiplash injury patients and a valuable addition to the field of rehabilitation.

Other treatments such as acupressure and herbal medicine are often used alongside acupuncture to treat neck pain. The application of acupressure to the neck acts to reduce muscle spasm and reduce pain. Herbal remedies can assist by improving circulation and blood flow, easing muscle contraction and promoting healing.

To find an acupuncturist in your area please visit www.acupuncture.org.uk.

Making a whiplash injury claim today
If you are suffering whiplash symptoms and are looking to make a whiplash injury compensation claim, then we are here to help.

The Claim Solicitors are the whiplash injury claim experts which is demonstrated by our excellent claim success rate.

We can help you to claim for pain, suffering, distress, lost earnings, medical expenses and much more. Read more about what you can claim for.

We work on a no win, no fee basis. What this means is that, in the event your case is not successful, you won't be charged a penny. It means that making a claim is a completely risk free process - this lets you focus on getting better, not worrying about money.

For free legal advice or to make a no win no fee whiplash injury claim today, either fill out our online form or call 0800 197 32 32.