Why a Chiropractor is Essential after a Car Wreck
This year, in Billings, we haven’t had much snow. But it will come, and with the snow come slick roads. Slick roads lead to wrecks. A car wreck can happen any time of year, but there are usually more of them when the snow flies because, well, people don’t slow down quite enough.
After a wreck, your body is going to be shaken up a bit. Even if you don’t sustain major injuries, things have been jarred, jostled, and jolted. Joints are going to be tight and need aligned to ensure everything heals appropriately.
The 4 Ways a Chiropractor helps after a Car Wreck
Is chiropractic care the only thing you’ll need after a wreck? Likely not. There are issues that can show up that a chiropractor can’t help with. Many people don’t realize that psychiatric help is often necessary – especially after a major traumatic accident.
Adjustments, however, can help the body heal. In many instances, the victim of the wreck doesn’t need surgery; they need an adjustment.
Micro-Injuries and Delayed Symptoms
Micro-injuries don’t necessarily mean itty-bitty injuries. We’re not talking abrasions or small scratches. Instead, these are injuries that don’t result in major pain or immediate discomfort. They still need addressed, and they need addressed before you even know they’re there.
For example, you’re in a wreck and your back is knocked out of alignment. At the time, you don’t notice anything – maybe chalking up any weird feelings to being “shaken up.” But then, delayed symptoms show up weeks, or even months, later as your back gets sore. Address them now, so you don’t have pain later.
Restoring Proprioception and Spatial Awareness
Proprioception is the awareness of what your body is doing when you can’t exactly see what your body is doing. If you can close your eyes, and still touch your nose with your finger, you have this ability. An ability that may be diminished after a wreck.
The lack of spatial awareness or proprioception may not have any pain associated with it. But your body, nervous system, and mind aren’t all working together. After a car wreck, your local chiropractor can ensure things are lined up, and your kinesthesia is on point.
Prevent Injuries from Overcompensation
If you roll your ankle, it hurts. Then, walking starts to hurt, so you compensate with a little bit of a limp. Short-term, that might not be such a bad thing. Your body, however, learns to avoid the pain, and puts stress on another area of the body to alleviate the pain in the ankle. Over time, that stress takes a toll and you may end up with pain in your hips. Hip pain, all because of a rolled ankle.
After a car wreck, minor pain that doesn’t require any other treatment, may not seem like a big deal. Later, though, it can lead to pain throughout the body because you’re overcompensating. Skip the discomfort; treat the cause with a visit to the chiropractor.
Emotional Healing through an Adjustment
While there is a big difference between therapy and chiropractic care, the two can go hand-in-hand. In fact, your visit to the chiropractor can improve your mood and help you heal emotionally after a traumatic car wreck.
It works a little like this. You have discomfort or pain. You get an adjustment, and your pain is reduced. This releases endorphins which are known to help improve your mood.
See Dr. Shayne Durbin, a Chiropractor in Billings, after a Car Wreck
How does this work? How does a chiropractor work with you after a car wreck?
Assuming there are no major issues that require surgery, you can find relief without going to the hospital and navigating their complex and confusing world. Instead, you call Dr. Shayne Durbin at 406-545-2128 (or fill out the appointment request form), and we get you set up for an adjustment to help you heal from any injuries sustained in your car wreck.
It’s that simple.