Being involved in a car accident is traumatic as it is—managing insurance agents and finding a replacement for your car. These are important, yet relatively less significant to one post-accident aspect: your health.
Dealing with the cramps and spasms of pain one experiences after a collision makes all the more challenging. However, by visiting a chiropractor for auto injury treatment, you can avoid these bouts of pain.
Here’s how chiropractic care helps after an auto accident and ensures that you do not suffer from its ramifications for longer than you need to.
Understanding Chiropractic Therapy
The human body is a complex structure of bones and muscles. All of its different parts are managed by the brain which controls them via the nervous system. However, when any of these bones or muscles becomes misaligned, due to phenomena such as poor posture and accidents, they might obstruct a nerve. When important nerves are compressed, they create pain and hamper body functions.
Chiropractic therapy aims to readjust these out of place body parts and help the body nerves operate at their optimum.
When a person is involved in a car accident, their body undergoes an extreme amount of stress and many internal tissues and muscles are torn in an attempt to safely channel that force.
The area that is perhaps, most vulnerable to these internal damages is the neck. The seatbelt may hold a passenger’s torso back, but the neck will be tossed around in the Whiplash. This sudden and excessive tumult of the neck results in many muscles tearing.
The body then tries to repair these damaged tissues by covering them in new muscle called ‘scar tissue’. This scar tissue however, makes the problem worse by restricting mobility around the neck and constricting the nerves passing through the narrow area.
However, a timely visit to a chiropractor can help ensure that the muscles are properly aligned so that scar tissues can be laid out in an efficient manner. Massage therapy exercises help accident victims overcome the pain and distress that are symptoms of whiplash and proceed in comfort.
It could be Worse
It is also possible that your spinal cord became misaligned, pinching the important nerve root next to it. This causes cervical herniated disc, a condition where your neck, back and shoulders suffer from excessive bouts of pain and discomfort.
As the nerve root that is compressed is responsible for the movement of many important body parts, motor functions across one’s body suffer; and can even cause sciatica.
However, an appointment with a professional chiropractor can help alleviate all of these symptoms of a car accident.
Chiropractic care for neck adjustments can help avoid cervical herniated disc and unnecessary scar tissue. Dr. McClaren operates Cascade Spine & Injury Center; book an appointment with the Northeast Portland chiropractor and learn how car accident injury heals quickly with chiropractic treatment.