After being involved in an auto accident, a chiropractor can provide the essential treatments that you need to treat whiplash, headaches, neck and lower back sprain/strain injuries. In our Goodyear office, we can help you get your life back on track after an auto accident injury. Below are four reasons why chiropractic care is important after an auto accident injury.


Inflammation


After an auto accident, an individual may have whiplash. Whiplash occurs as a result of the head and neck being thrashed around during an auto accident. The injuries sustained can range from just a stiffness/tightness feeling, to having severe pain, headaches, dizziness, numbness and tingling into arms/hands, upper back pain, and lower back pain. Even if there are no symptoms at all, there may still be micro damage to the muscles and ligaments of the spine. It is important to get your spine checked no matter how small or big the accident.


Restoring Motion


Adjusting the spine after an auto accident will also help restore motion to the joints of your spine and body. Restoring motion to the spine will help alleviate pressure on the nerves, helping with pain as well as preventing breakdown of the injured joints. We also work with the soft tissues that have been injured due to the auto accident. The muscles surrounding the spine become injured and can actually go into spasm as a protective mechanism to your body’s injury. We assist the healing process by using myofascial release techniques help to increase mobility, decrease spasm, and help the scar tissue become more elastic during the healing process. Adjustments help speed the healing process and work to restore the body to a healthy state.


Scar Tissue


Scar tissue forms inside the body as a result of injury after an auto accident. This development is the natural response by the body after any sort of injury and the scar tissue can cause stiffness as well as long term damage if not properly treated. A chiropractor targets the damaged areas and can use myofascial techniques to break up the scar tissue. This process helps the tissue to heal faster than it would without such treatment. Not only does this benefit the injured tissues, most patients reported relief of pain and stiffness throughout care.


Pain-Reducing Hormones


Studies show that chiropractic adjustments release endorphins, pain-reducing hormones. When endorphins are released, they target receptors in the areas where there has been injury and help relieve pain. We also utilize passive therapies such as electronic muscle stimulation (EMS or STIM) which also cause natural release of your body’s endorphins.

Overall, chiropractic care is very beneficial to those who have, unfortunately, been injured and are suffering from an auto accident injury. If left untreated, those injuries can manifest into bigger problems and cause long-term affects on your body and joints, such as Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Do your body a favor and schedule an appointment with Desert West Chiropractic immediately after being involved in an auto accident. Your spine with thank you. Give our office a call at 623-935-2929.