by Brian Bartholomew DC and Marybeth Large
Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident or Whiplash: What You Need to Know
Chiropractic care is an ideal approach to healing following an auto accident. As it specializes in the care of bones, muscles, nerves, and connective tissue, chiropractic care aims not only to heal the post-accident trauma on the body, but also to achieve a fully functional, pain-free life in the long-term. Care from our chiropractors after a car accident addresses the damage or distress within the body via adjustments, stretches and natural recommendations.
Traditional medicine often falls short for auto accident sufferers because the body needs more than just pain alleviation or temporary symptoms suppression by pharmaceuticals. In order to completely heal, you mush regain strength, alignment and muscle control for long-term healing. Chiropractors understand how to help comfortably correct misalignments and assist the body healing. Pain relief following chiropractic care is expected and the great thing is that it is a drug-free, sustainable and natural approach
Trauma: How It Happens and How Chiropractic Care Addresses It
Auto accidents cause trauma in all occupants of the vehicles involved. Regardless of seat belts or low speeds, the body is subjected to sudden, stressful movements that it simply isn’t able to safely handle. As the body gets moved around forcefully and unexpectedly, ligaments may become stretched or torn, muscles are strained and many of the 206 bones of the human body often become misaligned. These misalignments can cause many health concerns including whiplash.
Whiplash is one of the most typical injuries sustained from auto accidents, with long-lasting and painful effects. It is the result of the head and/or neck being “whipped” as a reaction to the impact, and this neck sprain sets off a chain reaction that upsets the entire body. Other common injuries resulting from auto accidents are: headaches, dizziness, neck stiffness, arm/shoulder/back pain, sleep disturbances, and blurred vision.
Chiropractic care following an auto accident is a logical step for all involved in car accidents. One of the most troubling aspects of injuries sustained from automobile accidents- even “minor” ones- is that they may not be immediately visible to the victim. Some injuries can take days, weeks, even months to make themselves evident. Beginning a chiropractic care program after the accident ensures that potentially hidden injuries, as well as obvious ones, will be assessed and cared for.
Chiropractic Care Helps the Body to Heal Naturally and Regain Strength
Following an auto accident, chiropractic care is a more comprehensive approach to body healing than just pain medication. While prescription painkillers can bring relief and comfort, they are not a long-term sustainable solution for an accident victim- the main reason being that the medicine simply covers up the pain for a temporary time. They often have adverse side affects, which can complicate the body’s recovery. Rather than eliminating pain temporarily via medicine, chiropractic care enables the victim’s body to heal organically over time without relying on artificial drugs.
Chiropractors use adjustments to relieve pressure on nerves and muscles. The spine is realigned, allowing the body to begin the total healing process. Through a deep understanding of our own natural body systems- and a particular focus on the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems- chiropractors help patients to achieve their goals of physical comfort and optimal body function.
Don’t Wait- Seek Chiropractic Care & Begin the Healing Process
Chiropractic care should begin soon after the accident to minimize suffering and speed healing. Each person’s plan of care is customized based on their specific needs. In Ny, No Fault Insurance is responsible for covering all care for any reported accidents until the individuals involved in the car accident are back to pre-accident health status.
Seeking chiropractic care following an auto accident is the first step on a journey to total body healing and a return of body strength and pain-free mobility. If you or someone you love has suffered an auto accident, give Ithaca Family Chiropractic a call at (607) 257-9355 and we will get you connected with an excellent doctor of chiropractic.
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