Mobile vehicle collisions are overwhelming and traumatizing experiences that can happen to a person. Things do a complete 180 in just the blink of an eye: one minute you’re driving while singing, and the next, the scene shifts and everything is in total chaos. Those who survive automobile accidents have to live though and heal from the emotional and physical damages caused by the incident. The treatment for injuries both visible and invisible may be different, but both processes will require a long period of time.
What Happens to the Body After an Auto Accident
The muscles and ligaments of the body experience micro-tears after an auto accident. The most damaging and fatal effect of an accident is called the whiplash, and it occurs when the head goes through a sudden, jarring movement that’s sustained either forward, backward, or sidewards. When not given immediate proper treatment, a whiplash can cause somoene’s death because it causes a destabilization in the spine. It is also responsible for the following:
- Arm pain
- Blurred vision
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Reduced range of motion
The spine goes through a trauma during an auto accident that’s why it must be dealt with at the soonest possible time. In some cases, the physical effects of the accident are not felt immediately. Sometimes the symptoms show up after days, weeks, or months which is why people sometimes walk away from an accident thinking they’re perfectly fine only to experience intense pain in different parts of their body several months later.
More often than not, survivors of an auto accident think that getting an X-ray and showing the results to a doctor will help them recover from physical injuries. Not underestimating the capacity of these medical professionals, but one must also understand that an X-ray won’t show the microtears in the muscles and ligaments. When these are not detected and shown to the doctor, necessary treatment won’t be given which may lead to serious complications in the future.
The Importance of Chiropractic Care
The body is put in a position that allows it to quickly heal and recover when treatment is given right away. Regardless of whether it was a high speed or low speed accident, it’s necessary that a chiropractor is able to assess the situation within hours or days after the accident. These medical professionals have a trained eye, and their field of experties includes treating automobile-accident related injuries. They have the skills to manipulate the spine to trigger the release of an anti-inflammatory substance known as the IL-6 and it’s crucial in helping the body recover from acute injuries.
Why is this important?
This inflammation can lead to more serious problems in the future because it prevents blood and nutrients from reaching the different parts of the body. It also causes the healing process to go a wee bit slower which is the last thing you need when recovering from an auto accident. Chiropractic care will help increase the mobility of your spine which will speed up the healing process as an aftermath. You will feel much better after each session as your body shows improvements.
Scar tissues also form inside the body after an auto accident as its natural way of responding to the incident. The problem with these scar tissues is that it can cause muscle stiffness and the person will feel a great level of discomfort when it’s not treated immediately. A chiropractor can easily spot the areas that are damaged, break the scar tissues, and help the victim heal faster.
The pain that a victim experiences after an auto accident is also lessened with the help of chiropractic care because each physical movement or manipulation triggers the body to release pain-reducing hormones. Some would argue that they can just purchase pain-reducing drugs so they don’t need to sign up for chiropractic care but the problem with these drugs is that they are highly addictive and they contain chemicals that can actually do more harm than good to the body. Those who rely on drugs end up spending more instead of saving, a problem that could have been avoided if they seeked help from a chiropractor in the first place.
Tested and Proven
Chiropractic care has been around for decades and those who have received help from chiropractors within days after the auto accident have lesser chances of suffering from long-term physical issues. Those who choose to lock themselves up and lie in bed all day after the accident have a slower recovery process than those who continue to work and engage in any physical activity. The body enters a state of shock, yes, but it does not mean that it loses the ability to move, albeit slowly. Money should not be an issue because there are clinics that offer affordable chiropractic services. The number of sessions is highly dependent on the intensity of the injury.
Auto accident victims begin to doubt their capacity to keep themselves safe, and the physical pain only adds to the emotional baggage that they carry. Chiropractic care also addresses this issue in a way because it subtly increases the person’s will to get better and heal faster.
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