If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to break or bruise a rib – then you know painful it can be to breathe. You know you can’t laugh, and you dread the sensation of an oncoming sneeze or
It doesn’t take a lot to injure your ribs: a small (or big) fall off your
bike; a minor car accident; even coughing too vigorously can injure your ribs.
If you are having chest pain and difficulty breathing after an impact to the
chest, it is important to see your doctor immediately. They will likely do an
exam and possibly a chest x-ray to diagnose your rib injury. Your doctor will
want to be sure that a rib fracture isn’t posing a danger to any of your
internal organs. Once your rib has been diagnosed as fracture or bruised,
standard care for most rib injuries includes rest, stopping or limiting
exercise and sports, and taking over the counter pain meds such as acetaminophen
The good news is that we have some tools at All and One Acupuncture to help
give your ribs a healing boost and reduce your discomfort during the process.
Acupuncture close to the rib injury as well as in the back and chest muscles
will reduce inflammation, relax spasming muscles, and reduce pain. We also use
gua sha– an instrument assisted press-stroking treatment – to stimulate release
of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving chemical mediators in the body.
Internal herbs may be prescribed, and external herbs, salves, or poultices may
be applied to help manage pain and support the healing process.
So if you’ve bruised or cracked a rib, don’t suffer through the process for
weeks waiting to get back to your normal life. Call us at All and One
Acupuncture in Portland, and let us help you feel better.