Importance of Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident
Author: Dr. Natalia Vega
The importance of chiropractic care after a car accident cannot be overstated. After you have been in an auto collision, the likelihood is that your neck and back are hurting badly. Chiropractors can help work out all those kinks in order for you to get on with your life again. You’ll avoid driving around with that constant tension headache or the stabbing pain shooting down your arm. Instead, you will experience relief from chronic pain as well as regain flexibility and range of motion. There’s no reason to suffer any longer when it doesn’t have to be this way.
Chiropractic is a field of health that deals with the diagnosis, care, and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and the effects these disorders produce on the function of the nervous system and health in general. The nervous system is directly related to the performance and health of the body in general, therefore a better functioning of it will provide you with a better quality of life and a better state of health. The nervous system is the communication between the brain and the body. The nerves go through the vertebrae of the spine to all the organs and tissues of the body. Sometimes we are not able to adapt to the physical and emotional stress that our body constantly experiences and this results in muscular tension that in turn displaces the vertebrae out of place and causes irritation to the nerves that pass through them. This irritation not only causes pain, but also influences the normal functioning of other body systems, and consequently health.
Now, let’s talk about how a car accident can affect general health. After a car accident, the pain and discomfort may not manifest immediately, which is why regardless of how insignificant you may think the accident was, it is a must to consult with a health professional. The force of the impact that causes an accident can cause, among other things, a lot of stress in the neck, shoulders, and back area. One of the most common injuries in car accidents is known as a whiplash injury. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. This forced movement causes the muscles and ligaments in that area to tense and cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms and even the head. Many people believe that they do not suffer any damage after an accident because the injuries are not visible to the naked eye but if an injury is left untreated, not only does it delay the treatment that you will inevitably have to take, but it can lead to future complications that can greatly challenge your everyday life. Visiting a chiropractor quickly after a car accident is essential to diagnose the presence of any injuries and begin treatment to restore the individual’s original health.
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive form of alternative treatment used to treat a wide variety of injuries. Chiropractic treatment consists of spinal adjustments, manipulations of the extremities, and spinal decompression to relieve pressure on the nerves. Many chiropractors also use physical therapy to speed up the rehabilitation process. The most used physical therapy modalities are hot /cold packs, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, laser, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises to restore the functioning of the muscles. Such treatments help reduce irritation and swelling around the tissues in the affected area and can also restore strength, mobility, flexibility, and optimal functioning of the nervous system, eliminating symptoms and improving general function and health.
You should visit a chiropractor of Atlas Total Health Chiropractic if you experience symptoms such as headache, back pain, neck, shoulder, and arm pain, stiffness, numbness, and tingling, ringing in the ear, blurred vision, or unexplained dizziness. A chiropractor can effectively evaluate these health problems and determine the presence of an underlying injury or illness, which could be the cause of the symptoms. Remember that every time the body is in a car accident, the spine and spinal cord receive most of the impact and trauma. Call us today at (866) 668-0108.