Auto accidents are among the most common reasons that American’s are dealing with chronic pain. Whether it is a “fender bender” or something more serious, injuries can appear right away or over time. Common area s of pain are in the neck and back, which is why chiropractic care is one of the best ways to heal your auto injuries.
Chiropractic Care Reduces Inflammation
During a car crash, the muscles of your spine can be stretched abruptly or possibly get micro-tears from the motion during the crash. Because these tears are micro, they generally are not detected on MRI scans or X-Ray machines. The tissue damage will cause the area to be inflamed, which a chiropractor can easily identify. Generally auto injury patients don’t feel much pain immediately after their accident, but instead the pain comes the next day or later in the week. A stiff or painful neck and back are the most common symptoms of rear-end collisions.
According to a study in the Journal of Chiropractic they tested an inflammatory response following a short-term course of chiropractic treatment in the subjects and found that chiropractic adjustments help the body release interleukin 6, which is a substance that your body makes in order to help heal its own acute injuries.
Chiropractic Restores Motion
When suffering from an injury, it is common to stop using the injured body part in order to ease pain. This leads to decreased range of motion because of inflammation in the tissue. Because the spine doesn’t get a lot of blood flow to begin with, when it is inflamed or injured it gets even less nutrients.
Chiropractic care mobilizes the joints of your spine which can increase blood flow to the spine. With blood flow back to normal it is easier to gain back full range of motion.
Chiropractic Care Relieves Stress
Getting into a car accident is a stressful event. Whether it means dealing with your insurance or an auto injury, it can add a lot of extra stress to your day to day life. As mentioned in The Injury Chiropractor Directory:
A 2011 study1 used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.
Chiropractic treatment is the most common and effective nonsurgical treatment for back pain, but many painful conditions are caused by a misalignment within the musculoskeletal system. This is crucial when you are suffering from auto injuries. Don’t let chronic pain get the best of you after your auto accident!
Through specialized gentle manipulation, a chiropractor can relieve pain, correct mis-alignments, and promote a foundation of wellness. The chiropractic doctors at Oahu Spine and Rehab know that a healthy body is achieved through a healthy spine, nervous system, muscles, and joints.
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- Ogura T, Tashiro M, Masud M, Watanuki S, et al. Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative Therapies 2011;17(6):12-7.