Anyone who can walk away from an auto accident with nary a scratch should consider themselves to be very lucky. The reality is most auto accident victims will sustain at least minor injuries.

If you have recently been involved in an auto accident, your health and well-being should be your primary concern. While you might not sense there are any injuries, some injuries take time to evolve. It’s for that reason that going to see a chiropractor after being involved in an accident is a really good idea.

To be clear, you should go to the hospital or see your primary care physician if you have an injury that seems quite significant. Otherwise, seeing a chiropractor is a good place to start as a preventative measure or if the injury or injuries seem mild to moderate.

Aa extra motivation to get you to your local chiropractor, here are the top five (5) benefits you can derive from making this healthcare choice.

1. Ease Pain and Inflammation

The most likely result of an accident is going to be body pain and inflammation. Most of the time, the body pain will radiate in the neck or spine. As for inflammation, that could occur anywhere in the body, including the extremity joints.

By employing the proper chiropractic adjustment and or massage techniques, chiropractors can immediately bring about some level of pain relief. They can also start the process of reducing inflammation in an injured area.

They do this by moving bones and muscles around in such a manner as to promote better blood flow throughout the body. Also, spinal cord adjustments can help release pinched nerves, which are very often the primary cause of back/neck pain issues.

2. Improve Mobility and Range of Motion

When nerves get pinched and soft tissues (muscles and tendons) get strained, it causes the body to restrict its ability to move freely. The brain says there is an injury and the muscles need to restrict movement and mobility in order to protect the injured area.

Chiropractors have the means for improving the body’s mobility and range of motion. They typically do that with a series of spine adjustments, massages, and body stretching techniques. This helps improve blood flow to an injured area. As blood flow improves, the healing process is expedited. Once real healing takes place, it becomes easier to move the back, neck, and extremities.

3. Improve Your Appetite and Ability to Sleep

Most people lose their appetite and or struggle to sleep when they don’t feel well. When someone has an injury or finds themselves dealing with pain issues, eating and sleeping will typically become problems. Sleeping also becomes a problem if the location of the injury or pain makes it difficult to find a comfortable position in which to sleep. Should anything like this happen, it becomes vitally important that the pain issue or discomfort gets addressed sooner rather than later.

It all goes back to a chiropractor using the proper chiropractic and adjustment techniques to be the body back into alignment. Once the body is in alignment, a person’s appetite should return and they should find it easier to sleep.

4. Improve Your Overall Immune Response

Mention has been made of how chiropractic adjustments and massage techniques are intended to improve the flow of healthy blood throughout the body. Again, the flow of healthy blood hastens the healing process.

As a by-product of improving the flow of healthy blood, an individual’s immune response gets enhanced. Keep in mind, the body needs to produce lots of white and red blood cells to combat bacteria and viruses. It should be easy to see how treating the spine or muscles will also enhance a person’s immune response as blood flow improves.

5. Build Support for the Insurance Company or a Lawsuit

Very few car accidents are no-fault accidents. There is almost always someone who is at fault for what happened. By law, the person or persons who caused the car accident will have to bear the financial responsibility for the accident.

If it was you who caused the accident, you’ll likely go to your insurance company for reimbursement of your medical costs. If the other party is at fault, you’ll turn to them and or their insurance company for reimbursement. There is also the possibility you might be due other forms of compensation for significant injuries.

Regardless of who is at fault, one thing should be very clear. Insurance companies will not make payments until they get the proper auto accident injury support documentation related to the injury. That documentation can come from a hospital, medical doctor, or chiropractor. It just has to come. Your chiropractor can be useful in helping you build your case and with the process of providing both a diagnosis and a prognosis.

After your involvement in a car accident, it would simply be prudent for you to see a chiropractor regardless of how you feel. If there is nothing substantially wrong, your chiropractor could take preventative measures that would decrease the possibility of you having future health issues of any kind. Preventative healthcare is never a bad thing.

We hope you find this information to be informative and helpful.

If we can be of any assistance with a health problem now or any the future, you can contact us for further information.