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Why Acupuncture for Post-Surgical and Traumatic Injury Recovery?

Research has shown that acupuncture can provide excellent results after many types of major or minor surgeries. Studies show that acupuncture after surgery decreases pain by 22-36% and decreases the amount of painkillers needed by 42%.**

Numerous ways acupuncture helps to promote tissue healing and recovery: 

  • increases bloodflow to areas of injury and overuse (especially good for ligament or tendon injury)

  • decreases pain and swelling

  • promotes healing of tissues after injury or surgery by increasing red and white blood cells to the area

  • decreases inflammation

  • helps re-establish nerve connections after surgery, trauma, or laceration

  • stimulates muscles to prevent atrophy during healing time

  • decreased pain

  • decreased swelling

  • faster overall healing time

  • less dependency on pain pills

  • improved appearance of scars

  • improved range of motion

  • less bruising

  • less muscle atrophy 

  • return to work and the activities you love faster!

Results You'll See with Acupuncture as Part of your Recovery Plan:

**Fuentealba Cargill F, Acupuncture for postoperative pain, a literature review. Rev Med Chil. 2016 Mar: 144(3):325-32

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Triumphant Hiker
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"Melissa, suggested acupuncture would aide in my recovery after I had my ACL replaced. I figured I would give it a shot and see if it helped me get back on my feet quicker, and boy was I glad I did.

We started treatment shortly after surgery and after the first session I noticed changes around the area of surgery.

I continued treatment for two weeks and found that although I had recently had surgery, the pain was very tolerable and that mobility was returning to my leg quite rapidly. Another incredible effect, was the bruising only lasted roughly a week after surgery.

Fast forward two months, I had my other ACL replaced but opted not to start acupuncture treatment right away, because I wanted to see what the difference would be. My new surgery was noticeably more painful and slower on the recovery than I had experienced with the other leg. Bruising still remains after four weeks and the stiffness has just started to diminish. This leg has been so much harder to deal with that I have contacted Melissa again and began getting it treated.

I would highly suggest utilizing acupuncture as a means to assist in healing your body post surgery. I didn't believe that acupuncture would help with my recovery, so I tested it. The results between each leg were 180 degrees difference. I will continue to see Melissa, at Flow Acupuncture, due to her great breadth of knowledge and stunning customer service and I recommend her services to other skeptics like myself."

                                                                            - Ian, SLC



Acupuncture and Related Techniques for Postoperative Pain: a Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Postoperative pain intensity was significantly decreased in the acupuncture group at 8 and 72 h compared with the control group. The acupuncture treatment group was associated with a lower incidence of opioid-related side-effects such as nausea , dizziness, sedation, pruritus, and urinary retention. Perioperative acupuncture may be a useful adjunct for acute postoperative pain management.

Sun Y, Gan TJ. Br J Anaesth. 2008 Aug;101(2):151-60.

Electroacupuncture in combination with rehabilitation for treatment of motor impairment after elbow operation

This study aimed to compare the clinical effect on motor impairment after elbow operation between electroacupuncture combined with rehabilitation and rehabilitation training only (control.)

Fifty-three cases were randomized into an electroacupuncture combined with rehabilitation group or rehabilitation only group.  Mayo Elbow Performance Score (Mayo) and range of motion (ROM) were analyzed statistically after treatment in two groups. Compared with rehabilitation therapy, electroacupuncture in combination with rehabilitation training can achieve much significant effect on the motion function recovery of elbow joint after fracture operation.

[Article in Chinese] Luo KM, Hou Z,  Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 Jul;30(7):559-62.

Pain-relief and movement improvement by acupuncture after ablation and axillary lymphadenectomy in patients with mammary cancer.

In this study 48 patients with mammary cancer after ablation and axillary lymphadenectomy were treated with acupuncture (group I); a control group of 32 patients with the same operation but without acupuncture was compared (group II). Results indicated that group I had significantly less pain and increased range of motion when compared to group II. Acupuncture seems to be an effective treatment to relieve pain and improve arm-movements after ablation and axillary lymphadenectomy.

He JP , Friedrich M ,Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology [1999, 26(2):81-84]

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