Why It’s a Great Idea to See a Chiropractor after a Car Crash
One of the most common injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident is what is commonly referred to as whiplash. Typically caused either by impact with another vehicle or by sudden braking/acceleration, whiplash results from the violent “snapping” motion of the head and neck. Unfortunately, you don’t need to be traveling at a high rate of speed to incur serious injury caused by whiplash. Because whiplash extends your muscles and ligaments beyond their customary range of motion, you can experience tears, pulls and other trauma to connective tissue.
With traditional medicine, the typical response to whiplash is to treat with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication, and to restrict movement. A chiropractor, though, can offer a range of treatments that actually address the source of your pain and discomfort. Among the different techniques available through a chiropractor are:
- Chiropractic spinal adjustment or manipulation—A chiropractor can examine you and identify if there are misalignments or other issues with your spine that are causing or contributing to your pain. With gentle movements, a chiropractor can relieve pain and facilitate healing.
- Stimulation and relaxation of muscles—In the aftermath of a whiplash injury, your muscles will often tighten up. That can be a source of significant pain. A chiropractor has treatment options that can alleviate tension and encourage muscle relaxation.
- McKenzie exercises—These exercises are specifically designed to target the trauma caused by whiplash. Fortunately, they are exercises you can do on your own. In most instances, your chiropractor will show you how to do them, and then you can perform them at home to promote healing and relieve pain.
Injured in a Car Accident—Let Peralta Chiropractic Help You Deal with the Pain
At Peralta Chiropractic, with offices in Dallas, we use chiropractic care and treatment to improve the health and well-being of patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including people hurt in motor vehicle accidents. Call us at 214-942-3700 or at 817-923-1254 to set up an appointment.