Car accidents are always shocking to your system and often your whole body. It can cause inflammation, soreness, and pain, for days and sometimes even weeks afterward. Chiropractic care after an accident can help heal some of the causes of short-term pain before it causes long-term damage. The force of impact from a car accident measures thousands of pounds, which exerts pressure on your spine and neck. This causes spinal instability, misalignment, and tearing and stretching of soft tissues.
Chiropractic care can help you heal in many ways:
Reduce inflammation —
Car accidents frequently cause small tears in the muscles and ligaments, which will not show up on x-rays. The small adjustments that chiropractors make can reduce inflammation in these tears by re-aligning your spinal column. This helps prevent long-term damage to the spine and releases a natural, inflammation-reducing chemical in your body.
Whiplash is common after car accidents, as are neck and back problems that can become much worse with time. Without treatment, these injuries can impair range of movement and make it difficult to do daily activities without pain. Chiropractic care is best suited to address the root causes of your soreness with natural methods. This can reduce the risk of requiring invasive procedures years down the line. Chiropractors can help prevent and treat minor injuries so they don’t become chronic problems in the future.
Natural medicine —
Importantly, chiropractic care is a natural option that stands in contrast to opioids and other pain medications, which can be addictive and cause dependency on drugs in order to relieve symptoms. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is natural, requires no drug use to mitigate pain, and can often address the root cause of the issue rather than merely the symptoms. In focusing on the whole body, chiropractors can readjust misaligned bones and muscles. This realignment is especially important after car accidents, which can shock bones and soft tissue out of place.
Multiple symptoms —
Sometimes, symptoms after car accidents can be overwhelming. Whiplash, nausea, headaches, ringing in ears, dizziness, back and neck pain and soreness, and other symptoms may present. Because chiropractic care is focused on the whole body, chiropractors frequently understand that these symptoms are connected, which is not always the case with other treatment options. Frequent headaches after a car accident may actually be the result of misalignment in the neck. Chiropractors are therefore able to pursue sustainable, natural solutions to multiple symptom presentations.
While finding relief following a car accident can be stressful, chiropractic care offers a number of natural, holistic solutions that can alleviate the worst symptoms and address the root causes of pain.