If you or your loved ones were involved in a car accident, it is important you go see a chiropractor immediately for the following reasons:
1. You may not feel pain right away. A lot of times, our body does not feel the immediate pain until 24-48 hours later (delayed response). The is due to the endorphin released by the body. Endorphin (feel good hormone) is secreted by our body everytime we encounter stress, whether it’s stress we anticipate (such as physical stress from exercise), or stressful situations such as an accident. It helps the body cope with the situation. When the endorphin wears off, we begin to feel the pain, which is usually much worse than the initial feeling. Each person is different when it comes to the amount of endorphin being released by the body, and this explains why for some people, the neck and back pain comes on days later. It is therefore important to go get examined by a chiropractor even though you don’t feel pain, to avoid a delay in treatment.
2. Chiropractic or physical therapy help you get better faster. Although your body has a natural ability to heal itself, chiropractic can speed up the process. Chiropractic adjustments remove never interference by correcting spinal misalignments (vertebral subluxations). This in turn restores proper nerve flow to various bodily tissues (including the injured muscles and ligaments). The use of physical therapy modalities helps to relax the muscles (your muscles are often in spasm initially after an accident) and improves blood circulations. Better blood circulations means more nutrients going to the injured tissues, which facilitates the healing process.
3. You may suffer a serious condition you are not aware of. Fractures often occur as a result of the collision. While most fractures manifest themselves as severe sharp pain along with swelling, there are times when the person may have what’s called “hidden fractures“, which may not be detected through self-examination. It is only through a thorough examination by the doctor along with the right diagnostic tools that these fractures get revealed. If you or your loved ones are involved in a car accident, it is important you get seen by a chiropractor or other healthcare professionals right away, even if it’s a minor accident, and you don’t think you are hurt.
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