Being involved in an accident can be traumatic in its own right. Trauma can manifest on many levels, from mental and emotional to the pure physical. As such, you may find you need more than one type of care to fully recover after your accident.
One popular choice for healing from the physical effects of being in an accident is chiropractic. This is because chiropractic care treats areas of the body that are commonly affected by accidents. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) highlights chiropractic’s usefulness in treating spinal issues, since the spine governs how well much of the body is able to function.
In this post, learn three tangible benefits of receiving chiropractic care after an accident.
Benefit 1: Faster healing from neck injury and easing of pain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), accidents are one primary cause of neck pain. This is often due to the “whiplash” motion the neck makes when the body is unprepared for a swift movement.
Because a chiropractor is rigorously trained to work for optimal spinal health, which centers around the alignment of the spine in relationship with the head and neck, treatment can alleviate many accident-related issues such as (but not limited to) the following:
– Muscle fatigue.
– Pressure on discs and joints.
– Muscle spasms.
– Nerve damage caused by poor spine alignment or compression.
Benefit 2: Chiropractic care is conservative and non-invasive by nature.
In the medical field today, chiropractic is considered a non-invasive and conservative form of alternative medicine. In other words, chiropractic practitioners do not prescribe medications or perform surgery. Chiropractic doctors are well versed in the use of non-invasive, natural helps and aides that can speed up healing. In fact, according to the International Chiropractic Association (ICA), extensive research validates chiropractic as a safe means of obtaining healing and relief from pain.
This makes chiropractic an ideal form of care after you have been in an accident. If for any reason the accident has caused underlying structural or internal issues beyond what chiropractic is designed to address, it is always possible to proceed further along the treatment continuum to medication and surgical interventions as needed. But if chiropractic is able to solve the discomfort and injuries you have sustained, your body will be spared the trauma of more invasive medical treatments.
Benefit 3: Chiropractic will treat your whole body system, not just the specific site of the injury.
If you are seeking out treatment for pain and/or injuries sustained through being involved in an accident, you likely have a list of specific areas that require attention.
But chiropractic as a health system views the body as an integrated whole with many working parts. This means you will get the benefit of that approach to heal both your injuries and pain and other underlying dysfunctions within your body that you may not have even known were there, according to Advanced Medical Rehab of Slidell.
For example, perhaps you visit a chiropractor because your neck is sore and stiff. Both you and your chiropractor know that the soreness and stiffness have arisen as a direct outcome of the accident you have just been through. But your chiropractor will look further back into your health history to evaluate your posture, your level of physical activity, your spinal alignment and other areas where you feel stiffness or pain that may not seem to be related to the accident itself.
Then your chiropractor will go to work to align your spine with your neck and head to alleviate both your current soreness and stiffness and also give you the best chance of maintaining a pain-free state into the future.
Chiropractic treats what could be called the most critical body system – the spine-neck-head system. With its role as messenger for the brain and central nervous system, structural foundation for movement and posture and support for every cell and organ in your body, it is no surprise that achieving optimal alignment of this system can benefit your health. From better breathing to less pain, fewer headaches to improved sleep, chiropractic offers many helps to recovering after an accident.