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Whiplash, Injuries & Acupuncture

Updated: Dec 20, 2023


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Whiplash Injuries, Acupuncture Treatments

Whiplash is a medical condition that results from sudden and forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck. It commonly occurs in car accidents and contact sports like rugby. Whiplash is a common injury and is often accompanied by pain and limited range of motion in the neck.


Pathophysiology of Whiplash: The pathophysiology of whiplash involves the forceful movement of the head and neck causing ligament, muscle, and nerve damage. When the head moves abruptly forward, the neck extensor muscles contract, while the flexor muscles are stretched beyond their normal range. This causes damage to the ligaments, muscles, and the spinal cord. The sudden movement also causes an inflammatory response in the tissues surrounding the affected area, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness.


Acupuncture for whiplash: Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points. This helps to stimulate the flow of energy and blood in the body, promoting healing and reducing inflammation. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for people with whiplash, helping to alleviate pain and stiffness. Several studies have found acupuncture to be at least as effective as conventional treatments, such as medication and physical therapy. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other modalities such as massage, chiropractic therapy, osteopathy, and physiotherapy to help people recover from whiplash.


Scholarly research: Medical Journals on acupuncture for whiplash: A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that patients with chronic neck pain who received acupuncture treatment experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those receiving sham acupuncture or conventional therapies. Another randomized controlled trial found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving function and the quality of life in individuals with chronic neck pain. Furthermore, a systematic review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that acupuncture was effective in reducing neck pain, neck disability, and headaches.


Whiplash is a common injury that can result in pain and limited range of motion in the neck. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for reducing the symptoms associated with whiplash. As research continues to emerge, this traditional Chinese medicine technique will continue to gain popularity as a therapy for this condition. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture Wellington, Let's discuss if acupuncture is right for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this help to answer most people's questions, or leave a comment below.


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