Car accidents are extremely common with more than 6 million taking place in the United States every year. Of those, official estimates suggest that around 3 million people are injured, but often, damage sustained in a car accident is never officially recorded. Nearly all car accidents involve extreme force being placed on the bodies of those involved. In many instances, the forces are enough to cause internal damage, but since there is no visible injury, the problems you experience may not become apparent for days or even weeks.
When the musculoskeletal system is placed under extreme pressure, many types of injury can occur. These can include:
- muscle, tendon and ligament tears
- spinal cord damage
- herniated discs
The severity of these injuries can vary enormously, but the damage (except for in the case of fractures) is virtually impossible to see immediately. Over the course of the following few hours, you could start to notice symptoms including pain, redness, swelling, neurological changes such as odd sensations in certain parts of your body, or mobility problems. However, all of these injuries have one thing in common – you will need to take plenty of time to recover. How long will depend on the severity of your injury, but one way that you can expedite the healing process is to opt for chiropractic care.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic care specializes in treating non-visible injuries, just like the kind sustained in a car accident. The goal of chiropractic care is to realign the body to its correct and optimum functioning ability, restoring the natural flow of energy and enabling optimal blood flow around it. In doing this, it prompts the body to heal itself without the need for surgery or medication.
Chiropractic care uses a combination of manual adjustment techniques, where the hands are used to manipulate the body into certain positions, releasing trapped nerves and bringing the spine into proper alignment. This also helps to improve patient mobility.
Some of the key benefits of chiropractic care include:
- Improved joint mobility and function.
- Natural pain relief without the need for medication.
- Improved circulation.
- Improved nerve function.
- Releases tension and stress.
- Increases energy.
- Improves sleep.
- Speeds up the recovery process.
Whether it is work, running around after your kids, getting back to your hobbies or a combination of these, nobody has time for an extensive recovery period if it can possibly be avoided. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been proven to significantly increase the rate at which people can heal following a car accident, enabling them to get back to their normal life much more quickly.
If you would like to learn more about how to recover faster from a car accident with chiropractic care, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to be assessed, please get in touch with our team today.