Accident recovery tips from a Seattle acupuncturist

By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, acupuncturist

Auto accidents can be painful both physically and emotionally. I’ve seen it both with my acupuncture patients and have experienced it myself! It can be overwhelming. At Glow, we have years of expertise treating car accident cases. Through a custom blend of Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic, we can ease the effects of stress and trauma on your nervous system, as well as treat your whiplash, headaches, neck or back pain or other physical symptoms. We guide you through the process from the first exam and referral to the last assessment.

Common injuries

Car accidents frequently result in the following conditions:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain (cervical sprain strain)
  • Low back pain ( lumbar sprain strain)
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist or ankle pain
  • Other complaints include anxiety, sleeplessness, post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)

Phases of Recovery

Our treatments are always tailored for you and may vary at different phases of your recovery. Initially, you will be dealing with much of the shock and trauma of the motor vehicle accident (MVA). As an acupuncturist with over 10 years of experience I’ve seen this a thousand times. You may not even feel any pain. I find acupuncture to work wonderfully RIGHT away after your accident. While other treatments might cause a flare up at this stage, acupuncture will stop pain and begin the healing process immediately.

At Glow we can ease the tension and get your body out of the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system. During this first stage you may also experience swelling, headaches or sleeplessness. The treatments will begin to ease the inflammation causing these problems and prevent the formation of scar tissue which can be difficult to address later. We will also assess and take steps to improve your range of motion and alignment. As your treatment progresses we will work to further address your specific musculoskeletal injuries and adhesions like whiplash, neck or back pain.

We’ve found that the combination of services we offer provides immediate relief and longstanding results.  Every case is different and every treatment protocol is individualized. Through acupuncture, massage and chiropractic, your body will be realigned, scar tissue formation will be less and inflammation reduced.

Goals of treatment

  • Assess the nature and extent of the injuries
  • Reduce the effects of trauma on the nervous system
  • Reduce swelling and pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease scar tissue formation and resolve adhesions

Navigating the system

Besides the physical and emotional stress post auto accident, there’s the stress of dealing with the insurance companies, car repair shops, etc. We take care of the medical side of things and have extensive experience with insurance and billing.  To book an appointment, please call our office at 206-568-7545. We offer early treatments 7 days a week as well as mornings and evenings. Not sure what you need? We can help get you the right treatment for you. Questions about Acupuncture? Ask to Speak with Lindsey for a free phone consult. Or visit Glow Natural Health Center for more information.

Lindsey Lawson is an acupuncturist practicing in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle. A graduate of Bastyr University in 1999, she then interned in affiliated hospitals in Shanghai and Chengdu. Her specialties include back pain, neck pain, whiplash, headaches, women’s health and auto immune disorders.

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