Not all pain after an auto accident is caused by obvious injuries like broken bones or cuts. Some pain may stem from the myofascial tissues. These tough membranes are wrapped around your muscles to provide support and connect them to other parts of the body.
When myofascial tissue becomes stiff, it may restrict movement in both the muscles and joints. This can lead to joint and muscle pain. During myofascial release, your chiropractor will locate and release areas of myofascial tissue that are stiff and tight.
We rely on electricity every day to light our homes and use appliances. With all its run-of-the-mill uses, you may have never considered that electricity could be used to reduce acute and chronic pain. How is electricity used to lessen pain? Electrotherapy directly blocks pain signals and encourages the body to release its own natural painkillers (endorphins).
Electrotherapy Uses and Benefits
The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes the use of electrotherapy for:
” Pain management
” Treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction
” Tissue repair
” Improving joint mobility
” Treatment of edema (both acute and chronic)
” Treatment of fecal and urinary incontinence
” Treating abnormal peripheral blood flow
” Treatment of atrophy
However, electrotherapy is mainly used by chiropractors to relax muscles, prevent muscle spasms, reduce pain, increase blood circulation, rehabilitate muscles and improve range of motion.
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.
A relatively new method of stimulation, laser acupuncture usually uses low-energy laser beams – instead of traditional acupuncture needles – to influence the flow of current at the acupuncture points.
Acupuncture point injection therapy
Acupuncture point injection therapy involves the injection of small amounts of approved solution administered by qualified acupuncturists. Like acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points or trigger points just under the skin or into muscles. As the name suggests, this therapy evolved from acupuncture and has long been a therapy used by acupuncturists in China.