You have recently had a car accident. You did not see the other driver coming. Fortunately, you and the other driver walked away. You visited the emergency department or your PCP’s office had an exam, they gave you pills, told you to rest and sent you home.
Then, a few days later, your neck was in pain, your back was aching, and your shoulders were sore. And you thought the pain would just go away on its own.
Many people who have been in minor accidents realize the accident was not so “minor” even if it was a low speed collision.
Find this story very familiar. The pains and aches that come after a minor or major accident are signs of musculoskeletal misalignment. The best treatment for such is chiropractic care.
After an auto injury, one of the main things that may happen is inflammation from the impact of a hit or bump. Inflammation, while being a healthy body response to injury, can be painful and limit you. Inflammation usually occurs when the body produces proinflammatory cytokines, which upregulate it.
Injuries that may lead to inflammation come from micro tears in ligaments or overstretched muscles. A regular doctor may never get to see these because they are invisible to X-rays or MRIs.
The only option you have for effective treatment is the chiropractor. Chiropractors can help quicken the healing of your muscles and ligaments. The adjustments they make to restore alignment signal your body to stop producing proinflammatory cytokines.
Stiffness following an accident becomes an issue when you are in pain, your body is aching, or you have misaligned joints or an impacted spine. After an auto accident, one of the main complaints of people is poor mobility. With the resulting inflammation, the mobility of the affected areas is also limited.
Chiropractic adjustments usually restore your entire musculoskeletal structure to alignment. The primary outcome is increased blood flow and more nutrients reaching the affected areas. With only a few visits to the chiropractor, you will have full mobility restored.
After an injury to your muscles, tendons, or ligaments, your body usually forms scar tissue over the damage. The scar tissue is similar in structure to the other muscle tissue but is laid up quickly. Consequently, it does not function or feel good or comfortable.
Chiropractors will usually focus on these scar tissue regions and stretch them out. Stretching these out through adjustments breaks up the scar tissues. It results in proper muscle healing and restoration of good movement and comfort.
A typical result of the impact of an auto accident is localized pain. Chiropractors can effectively reduce localized pain in your body. According to a 2013 study, 93 percent of neck pain patients had relief after manipulations. They can also help you with pain in other parts of the body that result from the auto accident.
Other than body pains and injuries, auto accidents can lead to high stress levels. When you get adjustments and manipulations, a common outcome is better blood circulation and endorphin production. Both are critical in helping lower your stress levels.
For more on chiropractic care, visit Eisman Chiropractic Clinic at our office in Detroit, Michigan. Call (313) 395-0088 to book an appointment today.