Car accidents can cause a variety of personal injuries. Unfortunately, many of these are overlooked by emergency doctors who first have to determine whether the patients are in a stable condition. Without deep cuts, severe head injuries, or broken bones, many people with multiple musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries are sent home.
Despite being directed to contact their regular doctors, the same people often neglect their return appointments until they cope with exceptional, latent pain. If this sounds familiar, read on to find out how a chiropractor can help after a car accident.
Find out how the accident affected your spine
As the central support structure in your body, your spine plays two very important roles. In the beginning, it keeps you upright and serves as a stable foundation for good posture, balance and freedom of movement.
Second, your spine is a veritable highway that carries important messages between your brain and nerves to aid every aspect of your body’s function. If the spine is not properly aligned, these messages can be delayed or completely disrupted. In this case, numerous problems can arise, including:
- Chemical imbalances
- Mood swings
- Chronic headache
- Delayed or inadequate immune response
Misaligned areas of the spine or subluxations can also cause a number of uncomfortable physical symptoms. While the structures surrounding a subluxation make up for an injury, people can develop sore muscles, cramps, tension headaches, back pain, and neck pain.
Car accidents are often responsible for causing subluxations across the entire spine. They can also lead to whiplash and many other forms of joint dysfunction.
Discover natural ways for pain relief
Chiropractors offer a number of options for natural pain management. The philosophy of chiropractic is that the body has the best ability to heal itself when the spine is properly aligned.
Hence, their care often begins with efforts to re-align by gently returning dislocated structures to their earlier and rightful positions. The various strategies a chiropractor could use for this purpose include:
- Practical or manual spinal adjustments
- Computerized spinal adjustments
- Message therapy
- Inversion therapy
As the alignment of the spine is gradually restored, secondary problems such as muscle cramps and muscle tension subside. Pinched and compressed nerves can relieve pressure and improve balance and general movement. To further speed healing and relieve pain, many chiropractors also use acupuncture and acupressure therapies, ultrasound therapies, and even various hydro or water therapies.
Get advice to speed up the natural healing process
Chiropractors also provide lifestyle recommendations to help clients achieve greater levels of wellbeing and health. According to Dominguez Chiropractic, diet and lifestyle have a direct impact on how your body functions and repairs itself. This holistic approach to restoring wellbeing strengthens the immune system and the body’s natural healing response.
These recommendations are always individual and need-specific and can include advice on weight loss, dietary recommendations, support with smoking cessation and special exercises to rebuild strength and stability in key areas.
Document your injuries to support your claim
Another reason to see a chiropractor after a car accident is to document injuries that your doctor may have overlooked. It is not common for spine alignment issues to be diagnosed in the emergency room.
These are issues that can still affect your ability to go to work, drive your car safely, and perform many other important and everyday activities. You may need to file a personal injury claim. Records of your chiropractic treatment should always be shared with your attorney to assist and assist with your case.
Car accident chiropractic care is the best way to complement treatment that you are receiving in a traditional medical setting. Chiropractors examine the effects of events on the spine and its alignment in greater depth. By working with a chiropractor, you can speed your return to good health while taking advantage of highly effective natural pain management options.
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