To Heal Better (from Injuries) and Stay Healthier (Post Surgery), Look Back (Part one)

In Victoria, BC, where people are relying on walk-in clinics, often with a one-concern-per-visit policy, acupuncture offers a different take on recovering from injuries and surgeries. Because while it may seem like that sore back or strained knee just came out of nowhere, your temple wasn’t built in a day. A Registered Acupuncturist will gather the random milestones of your health history, incorporate this into your current concern, and keep you in a better state for longer.

There’s a filipino saying, “If you can’t look back to where you’ve come from, you’ll never get to where you’re going.” Here are three common experiences and how they shape our current health concerns.

1. Minor, Yet Recurring Health Issues

Recurring health issues are the temporary concerns that you may have resigned to living with such as seasonal allergies, monthly migraines, and morning muscle aches. Occasional medications may be necessary to get you through the day. But for those that don’t want to rely on medication, acupuncture is an option. Acupuncture applies the general systems theory to find out what’s keeping your body functioning inefficiently. This means assessing the fascial connections and testing their relevance. In other words, what clutter is your nervous system dealing with on a regular basis? Could that be keeping you from being healthier?

2. Major Surgeries and Hospitalizations

This includes laparoscopic procedures where you may have only needed a couple hours in Outpatient Care. Surgeries such as caesarean sections, appendectomies, hysterectomies, and hernia repair often involve cutting through layers of abdominal fascia. The scar tissue in turn often reshapes how our bodies work, both structurally and physiologically. Treatments by a Registered Acupuncturist differ from Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) because attention is given not only to what muscles currently hurt.  The myofascial systems that run deep to internal organs matter to an acupuncturist. And if you’ve had major surgeries in the past, they should also matter to you.

Most of us view our hospital visits as a thing of the past soon after we’re discharged. But it may have relevance to the present. One example is health concerns years after gall bladder removal. It’s been documented well enough that it’s earned a name: post-cholecystectomy syndrome.

3. Old, Old, Old Complex Injuries

Much like the effect of old surgeries, major injuries that took months or years to recover may still be a part of the problem. Injured soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) recover best when allowed to progress through the stages of healing. This means moving from inflammation to rebuilding. But if you’re active and regularly tweaking something, everyday a musical round of the various phases of soft tissue healing is playing inside us. And at some point the nervous system orchestrating this won’t respond to our needs. Acupuncture’s take on new injuries? Respect those old problems.

Acupuncture can work well because of the emphasis on diagnosing and treating the connections between old health concerns and new problems. So when shoulder’s in a sling and someone asks what happened, there’s more to your story. And there’s a part two to this story. Stay connected.