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How Acupuncture Aids in Concussion Recovery

Feb 01, 2024
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Acupuncture is a powerful tool in concussion recovery. While the practice can’t make a concussion go away, it can help alleviate symptoms associated with the head injury. Read on to learn more about how acupuncture can aid your concussion recovery.

As many as 3.8 million concussions happen to people every year. These mild traumatic brain injuries often occur during sports play or other recreational activities. They can also happen as a result of a car accident or from a simple fall. 

Concussions range in severity, but may cause unpleasant symptoms, including headache, dizziness, and nausea. Rest is the most common recommendation when it comes to recovering from a concussion, but acupuncture can also be a powerful tool to help you manage your symptoms so you can get over the brain injury faster.

Here at Minnesota Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Kierstin Beaman, DACM, uses acupuncture to help with concussion recovery. Read on to learn more about the vast benefits acupuncture offers to concussion patients.

About concussions

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury resulting from a blow or jolt to the head. The aftermath often involves a range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Emotional imbalances
  • Vertigo
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Nausea

While it’s important to get rest and seek conventional medical care following a concussion, bringing in alternative therapies like acupuncture can enhance the recovery process.

Acupuncture improves circulation

Acupuncture can effectively help in concussion recovery because it enhances blood circulation. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, Dr. Beaman promotes better blood flow to the brain, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients crucial for healing. Improved circulation can contribute to reduced inflammation and enhanced neural repair.

Acupuncture enhances energy flow

While acupuncture is a proven medical technique, there’s a reason it’s been a part of Eastern medical practice for thousands of years. Central to acupuncture philosophy is the concept of Qi, the body's vital energy. Acupuncture helps balance the flow of Qi through meridians, or energy pathways, promoting harmony within the body. 

In the context of concussion recovery, restoring this balance may aid in alleviating symptoms and promoting overall well-being.

Acupuncture helps with pain management

Concussions often come with headaches and other discomfort. Acupuncture has pain-relieving effects that offer relief by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. This drug-free approach is particularly beneficial if you’re looking to manage pain without relying solely on drug interventions.

Acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety

The emotional toll of a concussion can be significant, contributing to stress and anxiety. And, added stress and anxiety prevents the rest and calm needed for your brain to recover from a concussion.

Research has shown that acupuncture shows promise when it comes to reducing stress levels by influencing the release of neurotransmitters that promote a sense of calm. 

Acupuncture complements standard concussion treatments by addressing aspects of healing  that may be overlooked in traditional Western medical approaches. Dr. Beaman personalizes your concussion treatment approach based on your specific symptoms, overall health, and response to acupuncture.

Make an appointment at Minnesota Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture by calling 651-272-7998, or book an appointment online. If you or a loved one is recovering from a concussion, explore the benefits of acupuncture as part of an integrative health strategy for a well-rounded and holistic healing experience.