Miranda Hockey - December 5th 2019
Recovery from any injury takes time and proper care. This is particularly true in the case of car accidents. There is no set time for healing and there is no generalized treatment plan as victims often suffer multiple different injuries during a collision. Natural health clinic BlueWhite Health helps people who have suffered a car crash on their path to healing through a personalized treatment plan.
In order to help people – like patient Miranda Hockey who was three months pregnant when she suffered a car crash – take a drug-free and non-addictive approach to relief and recovery, Kamloops, BC-based BlueWhite Health uses techniques including acupuncture, cupping, traditional Chinese herbal medicine and TuiNa massage.
While Miranda found relief after her first session at BlueWhite, some of her injuries took more time to heal.
“My neck and shoulders took a little longer but I noticed the stiffness was reduced after each treatment,” Miranda recalled and further explained that she was able to see the positive effects of her treatments without stressing about the financial tolls.
“I heard that ICBC is now covering acupuncture,” Miranda said. “Having BlueWhite Health direct bill ICBC helped me from having to worry about paying for the treatment cost up front when I was off work and money was tight.”
ICBC Acupuncture Coverage
Dealing with approximately 46,000 reported car crashes in BC’s Sourthern Interior alone in 2017, led ICBC to increase their coverage of care for injured drivers and passengers. As of April 1, 2019, victims of car crashes can now receive coverage for acupuncture treatments.
Anyone suffering from pain and/or stiffness related to a car accident can visit one of BlueWhite Health’s registered acupuncturists and have their first 12 sessions, within the first 12 weeks after the accident, covered by ICBC. Just as it was for Miranda, BlueWhite Health will remove some of your financial stress by directing billing ICBC for acupuncture services so you don’t have to pay up front and out of pocket.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture offers a drug-free treatment option to reduce pain and inflammation. It does so by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes and help speed up recovery time after a traumatic event such as a car accident. Acupuncture can also help improve range of motion after an injury, allowing patients to get back to their day-to-day activities quickly and safely.
The process of acupuncture involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles and thus balancing vital energies. The needles are placed in various locations to stimulate the central nervous system, which, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These biochemical changes can trigger the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Traditionally practiced in the Far East, acupuncture is becoming more widely practiced and accepted as a treatment option in North America.
Acupuncture is also effective for the following conditions:
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Depression and Anxiety
• Digestive disorder
• Facial Rejuvenation
• Joint Pain
• Migraines and Headaches
• Mood Swing/Disorder
• Neck and Back Pain
• Premenstrual Syndrome
• Tennis Elbow
• Weight loss
• And more
In order to uphold their mission to restore health and balance to their patients, BlueWhite Health provides a comprehensive approach which includes complimentary treatments like TuiNa massage.
TuiNa Acupressure Massage
A form of Chinese manipulative therapy, TuiNa massage helps reduce pain, alleviate stress and alleviate symptoms of other disorders in both children and adults. Interestingly, TuiNa has been shown to be beneficial to children with autism as it supports self-regulation, speech improvement, increased communication and affection.
The process of TuiNa may begin with the practitioner brushing, kneading, gliding, rolling, pressing and/or rubbing the areas between each of the joints and muscles. The practitioner may also use range of motion and traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points.
A therapeutic treatment, TuiNa massage can effectively reduce pain related to:
• Chronic pain of the ankles, arms, back, hips, legs, neck, shoulders and thighs
• Limited mobility
• Muscle spasms
• Osteoarthritis pain
• Postural problems
• Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
• Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Muscle tension or spasm
TuiNa Massage is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese herbalism and cupping.
The practice of cupping is performed by placing a cap on targeted areas of the body and creating a partial vacuum – by heating and cooling the air in the cup or using a mechanical pump – that draws tissue into the cap. The cup is left in place for five to 15 minutes. Methods of cupping include dry, wet, massage and flash therapies.
Health benefits of cupping include:
• Increased energy flow
• Improved circulation
• Reduced muscle pain
• Relief of stiff muscles
Whatever symptoms you are dealing with as the result of injuries related to a recent car accident, contact BlueWhite Health for support and guidance in your healing process. BlueWhite Health is here to help with your rehab and help you return to your normal activities pain free.