Can chiropractic help after a car accident?
With physical injuries in your car accident, you can momentarily mask the pain with medication. However, the physical repair of your spine, joints and muscles require hands on treatment. Chiropractic is a solution for this type of injury. A physical injury requires physical treatment. Adjustment are used on joints that aren't functioning well, massage therapy to help repair the muscles and minimize scar tissue, and exercises to strengthen the ligaments that stabilize your spine.
Can massage help after a car accident?
Massage Therapy is the evaluation and treatment of soft tissue and joint dysfunction and pain. Massage can help restore flexibility and range of motion as well as increase overall recovery time and wellness. Massage therapy uses multiple soft tissue techniques to treat your joints and muscles to improve your body’s overall health. Massage increases the body’s supply of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, which help release scar tissue from the muscle tissue. The goal of therapeutic massage therapy is to assist the body to heal faster.
What is Whiplash?
When you’ve been in an accident, the impact causes your head to suddenly whip forward and backwards beyond the range of motion that your cervical joints are usually able to move. This force causes tears of your muscles and ligaments that maintain your neck in place, causing pain and discomfort. This can cause joint instability and disc herniation resulting in nerve entrapment.
What happens to your body in an auto accident?
A car accident can compromise the integrity of your head, neck and spine, as the structures can tear and/or become over-stretched. Frequently, you may not feel soreness immediately. However, as the soft tissue becomes inflamed and irritated, you may wake up the next morning with a very uncomfortable, stiff neck and back. Soreness and tenderness is an indication that you have incurred damage to the muscles and ligaments of your spine and neck.
Your body will begin to heal your auto injury by sending white blood cells to the damaged area, as well as by prohibiting normal motion. The next step in healing is that your body will begin to lay scar tissue to repair the injured area. The problem with scar tissue in your neck and spine, however, is that it decreases the mobility in areas that are already inherently restricted in range of motion. Scar tissue can permanently limit your flexibility, cause chronic pain, and can even contribute to early degeneration of the spinal joints.