A car crash-even a "minor" one-can be a big disruption in your busy life and can cause months of stress and unexpected pain. With proper care, however, you can get back to your normal routine much faster and reduce the onset of chronic problems.
What to expect.
When injured, the body tenses the muscles and causes inflammation around the injured area to "protect" the injury from further damage. Unfortunately, this mechanism can cause problems down the road. If left untreated, the "protected" area will lose motion and flexibility. This can result in reduced moblity in the muscles and joints. A study in Sweden compared individuals who received prompt treatment and used gentle neck exercises right after the injury had much improved flexiblity and usage, even after three years post-collison.
There are many reasons why active, early care helps after whiplash:
Staying active helps overcome your fear of movement or re-injury. Activity increases blood flow in the injured area and improves healing.
Chiropractic also improves the function of your body, by carefully focusing on the injured areas of your spine and increasing motion in those specific areas. By combining chiropractic with physical therapy exercises, we can get you back to even better than you where before.
If you have been in an auto accident, even one you think it has had a minimal effect on your body, please call us for an appointment today!