There are millions of injuries that occur due to car accidents each year in the U.S. Many accidents that are classified as “minor” create long-term symptoms of patients, sometimes causing pain and dysfunction for upwards of 10-15 years. Chiropractic care helps to restore the normal function of your spine which allows tissues to heal and become free from pain.
1) Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation
During a collision, ligaments and muscles that surround the spine can be stretched and torn. This damage can cause the area to become inflamed, which can lead to stiffness and pain. Studies have found that chiropractic adjustments help the body release anti-inflammatory agents (Interleukin 6) to help heal acute injuries.
2) Chiropractic Restores Motion
Inflammation of a joint can lead to immobility, which slows the healing process. During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized which helps to increase blood flows. This increase in blood flow means there’s a supple supply of nutrients to the damaged area.
3) Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue
Your body heals injuries by creating scar tissue, which is rapidly laid down in a random pattern over the damaged area. Scar tissue in ligaments around your spine can be extremely limiting, especially because we’re unable to stretch them out ourselves. Chiropractic care helps to stretch and break up scar tissue that surrounds the spine.
4) Chiropractic Relieves Localized Pain
Many studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and highly effective way to reduce neck and back pain (the areas where the adjustments occur).
5) Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Your Entire Body
Patients who have experienced a car crash are likely to develop more widespread pain throughout the body. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments increase the levels of pain-reducing hormones that circulate in the bloodstream.
6) Chiropractic Relieves Stress
When your body goes through a traumatic experience such as a car crash, it goes into fight or flight response, which can begin a cycle of anxiety, depression and stress. A study demonstrated that chiropractic patients had lower brain activity in areas of the brain responsible for processing pain and stress through the use of PET scans. These patients also had lower levels of cortisol in their bloodstream, indicating lower stress levels.
7) Chiropractic Works!
Researchers studying the effects of chiropractic on auto injury patients found that 93% of patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care. In 2015, part of Ontario’s
provincial government claimed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work are the most effective ways to recover more quickly after an accident.
8) Early Chiropractic Care Prevents Chronic Pain
Studies have found that auto injury patients who receive early chiropractic treatment had injuries that recovered more quickly and had fewer residual symptoms from the crash. A chiropractic adjustment gets the joints in your spine moving the way they’re supposed to, which helps prevent chronic pain.
If you’ve been in a car accident, chronic pain doesn’t need to be your future. Chiropractic care is the best treatment to help your body heal all kinds of injuries.