Do I Need Chiropractic Care After an Auto Accident?

December 30, 2013

Whether you’ve been in a major or a minor car accident, chiropractic care is always a good idea. The forces involved in a car accident, even just going 10 miles per hour, can throw many elements of your spine completely out of alignment and cause serious health problems that you might not recognize for years.

Because car accidents are frightening and fill your body with adrenaline, you likely won’t know that you’ve been injured. In fact, most people don’t realize the full extent of their injuries for 3-5 days after the accident.

Why You Need Chiropractic Care after an Auto Accident

If you’ve recently been in an accident, the biggest concern you should have is whether you have subluxations. Subluxations are caused when vertebrae come out of alignment and choke off the nerves in the area. Though many nerves in the body are related to pain sensations, another good portion of them control muscle and organ functions.

When the nerves are pinched off, the organs aren’t able to function the way they should. This condition worsens over time as the muscles around the subluxation begin to go into spasm to compensate for the misalignment.  Also, other symptoms in the body can start occurring such as TMJ, sinus problems, headaches, acid reflux or heart burn just to name a few.

After many years of having a subluxation, bone spurs on the vertebra will start to develop, and, eventually, your vertebrae will fuse together. When the fusion process is complete, there is little anyone can do to give you back proper nerve function.

Nerves start to atrophy (shrivel up) and function of the organs and muscles start to decrease.  Usually, at this point, you won’t be able to turn your head to back out of your parking spot. Additionally, you might start having neuropathy symptoms in your hands and feet. However, chiropractic adjustments can help minimize this damage and prevent it from getting worse.

Chiropractic Care to Get Rid of Subluxations

After an auto accident, the best way to determine whether you have an injury is to see a trained and experienced chiropractor. They may take x-rays and will run further tests, find out where the problems are, and design a customized chiropractic treatment to fit your unique situation. With regular chiropractic appointments and adjustments, you can feel even better than you did before the accident.

To make an appointment today, call Ogden Chiropractic today at (801)-337-1657!

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