TOP 8 REASONS WHY CHIROPRACTIC IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR CAR ACCIDENTS
BY: TEDDY SIM, DC
1. Chiropractic alleviates localized pain
Thousands of studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to reduce pain. In fact, a 2013 study found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with spinal manipulative therapy.
2. Chiropractic relieves stress
Car accidents are very stressful, especially if you are in pain. When you body is exposed to trauma, it goes into flight of fight response, which results in anxiety, depression and stress. A 2011 used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment. Reducing you overall level of stress is important, because, left untreated, stress can also slow recover time and increase your risk to develop chronic pain.
3. Chiropractic reduces pain in your whole body
Many car accident patients develop more widespread pain after a crash, especially if the original injury was not treated in a timely manner. A 2014 study reports that people who received chiropractic treatment had increased levels of pain reducing hormones in their bloodstream.
4. Chiropractic reduces inflammation
During a car accident, the ligaments and muscles that make up your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears. With tissue damage to any area in the body, inflammation will occur. Many times, an auto injury patient will not feel much discomfort immediately after the crash. However, it is very common these car accident patients wake up to stiffness and pain in the neck and back the next morning. This is caused by the body's inflammation response to micro-lesions.
A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments actually help the body to release anti-inflammatory interleukin 6 (IL-6), an important substance created by your body that is used to help acute injuries.
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5. Chiropractic restores motion
Inflammation causes tissues to become less mobile, which can slow healing time to the body. Ligaments of the spine do not get many nutrients or blood supply normally, and this becomes even more difficult when inflamed and injured. During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which help increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area
6. Chiropractic reduces scar tissue
Your body heals ligament, tendon and muscle injuries by creating scar tissue. Scar tissue in an injured area is made up of the same kind of cells as the original tissue, but it's laid down rapidly and randomly as a temporary "patch" on top of the damaged area. If you get a scar tissue in a large muscle, it can be uncomfortable for a while until you stretch it out, but it most likely won't cause any long term problems. Scar tissue in the ligaments of the neck and back, however, can be much more debilitating, since we can not stretch it out ourselves. Chiropractors focus on the adjustment on these specific vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretching them and breaking up the scar tissue in the joint.
7. Chiropractic WORKS!
Researchers have recognized that chiropractic therapy is a great way to help people recover from auto injuries for many decades. In 1996, British researchers found that 93% of auto injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care. In 2015, an Ontario, Canada government group agreed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work, are the most important factors in recovering quickly from car crash injuries.
8. EARLY CHIROPRACTIC CARE PREVENTS CHRONIC PAIN
Research from 2000-2003 found that car accident patients who go early treatment focused on mobilizing the injured area recovered faster and head fewer residual symptoms from the collision. Chiropractic adjustments get the joints in your spine moving the way they are suppose to, helping prevent chronic pain.
If you have been in juried in a car crash, you do not have to suffer from chronic pain. Chiropractic is a great way to help your body heal from all kinds of injuries.