**Disclosure: This post is not to replace any information provided to you by family medical doctor, nor should you stop the treatment you are currently receiving (I am not a certified medical professional). This post is to enlighten you on treatments I have received that worked for ME. Please discuss any questions you have with your medical doctor before trying these treatment process.
This story starts on November 15, 2016. It was 8:30pm at night and my kids and I were on our way home from Church Clubs. My best friend was in the van ahead of me and my kids were chatting excitedly in the back seat. We pulled up to red light and waited patiently for it to change. My oldest son was sitting kitty corner to me and asked me a question. The light was still red so I turned towards his voice to respond when BAM!
Time slowed down to a stop. I believe I caught a glimpse of what accident victims describe as their life flashes before for their eyes. My eldest son’s head went flying into his lap (which I learned later it was the position he thought he was suppose go into in case of an accident), my middle child snapped forward and back and I couldn’t see my youngest. A silence filled the car and then the tears began. We had been rear ended by a young driver going at least 60 kph. The back end of car was crumpled and the car that hit us, airbags’ had deployed, but overall we were very lucky. I dealt with the driver, my crying kids (who THANK GOD were strapped in perfectly and not injured at all!) and proceeded to get to a safe spot, as pain, neck stiffness, headache and shock kicked in.
Once my kids were safely tucked in at their Grandparents where they could be monitored all night, was when my adrenaline stopped pumping and the pain set in. What I thought was a minor case of whiplash turned into a month long episode of pain, stuffiness and the inability to move. Daily headaches, severe whiplash, minor concussion and the inability to lift, carry or raise my hands above my head became my new way of life.
It’s funny how life interweaves different people and circumstances into your life at the right time. Two weeks before my accident, I was introduced to a local acupuncturist/Tai Massage Therapist. I had seen her once for help with a repetitive work injury, but little did I know that her techniques would lead to healing.
3 Non Traditional Pain Management Treatments
- Acupuncture – A form of alternative medicine whereby thin needles are inserted into key points on the body governed by Traditional Chinese points for chi and energy flow. Although it is not scientifically proven, many studies (including my own personal experience) has shown that it grossly reduces pain and inflammation. Sometimes, your doctor many intensify the effects by attaching electrical stimulation to the needles. It feels like a tapping feeling similar to IFC.
- Cupping – An ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It feels like your skin is being pinched by a wooden clothes pin and it leaves round bruising marks. The technique is great for increasing blood flow and overall relaxation, while decreasing pain and inflammation. Many people attribute the results to that similar of a deep-tissue massage.
- Ear Seeds – Ear Seeding, also known as Auricular seeds, is a small black seeds from the vaccaria plant or small metal pellets that is affixed to your ear with an adhesive tape. The seed or pellet is placed on acupressure point that corresponds with the area of your body that is in pain. It can be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks and is a convenient way to extended the treatment from your doctors office between appointments. It feels like a prick when it is placed on. The first time I had an ear seed, I had an immediate headache. I learned afterwards that if you press it for three (painful) seconds, the pain will subside.
Have you ever tried this or other non traditional pain management techniques before? Which one and what did you think?