Car accidents can cause all kinds of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones to internal bodily trauma. Soft tissue injuries like “whiplash” are the most common type of injuries from auto accidents, and they, too, can be minor or severe. It’s important to note that even minor spinal misalignments, if untreated, can result in chronic pain, limited range of motion, and further injury.
Chiropractic therapy has a proven history of reducing recovery time and relieving painful symptoms related to automobile injuries. Unlike most pharmaceutical treatments, chiropractic care addresses the source of the injury, and focuses on its patients’ long-term health.
Here are a few specific reasons to visit a chiropractor following an auto accident:
Prevention of further injury
Minor spinal misalignments due to whiplash often go unnoticed by patients and doctors following automobile accidents. But even slight misalignments can lead to overcompensation and greater injury. Decades of research have found that chiropractic evaluations and adjustments relieve immediate symptoms and reduce the risk of further injury. A 2013 study found that over 90% of patients suffering from neck pain felt improvement from chiropractic adjustments.
Car accidents tend to shock the body and the psyche. Returning the body and mind to their natural, untraumatized state takes time. The use of pharmaceutical drugs for recovery creates yet another abnormality and results in a longer recovery time. Studies have found that more than half of all whiplash patients continue experiencing symptoms three months after the initial injury. Chiropractic treatment has been demonstrated to relieve stress and help regulate healthy nervous system flow, allowing patients to get back to their optimal state faster.
Restored mobility and reduced scar tissue
Soft tissue injuries involve micro-tears in muscle tissue, which then leads to scarring. Scar tissue lacks elasticity, and once formed, creates uncomfortable stiffness and a reduced range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments work to realign the spine and surrounding soft tissue before restrictive scars develop. Chiropractic therapy also reduces inflammation from the inside out, increasing blood flow to sore areas of the body, reducing pain, and restoring mobility.
Natural pain relief
Patients can experience unmanageable pain following a car accident. Painkilling medications are often prescribed in these cases, sometimes at a great risk. Opioids block sensors in the brain that send pain signals through the nervous system. While this relieves acute pain, it masks anxiety and fails to address the source of the pain. An estimated 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids or heroin. Patients can minimize their prescribed dosage or avoid painkillers altogether with regular chiropractic treatment following an auto accident.
Why Loy Chiropractic Arts?
Loy Chiropractic Arts provides every patient with long-term, drug-free solutions to whole body health. Full recovery from a traumatic event like an automobile accident takes time and work, but it’s absolutely achievable when the appropriate steps are taken. Dr. Loy has over 25 years of experience in the chiropractic arts. He often uses X-ray to accurately assess the injury and move forward with the proper course of action. He also provides patients with the information and support they need to participate in their own recovery and to achieve optimal health. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Loy today!