Posted on 10-08-2017
1. Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation. At the time of a mortar vehicle collision, the ligaments and muscles attached to your spine can be stretched and develop micro-tears. X-rays or MRI’s aren’t advanced enough to diagnose these types of injuries. This type of soft tissue injury causes inflammation. Usually, a patient will not feel discomfort after a crash until a day or two later and it may take several weeks before all the symptoms show themselves.A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments actually helps the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an important substance created by your body that’s used to help heal acute injuries.
2. Chiropractic Restores Range of Motion. Another problem after a crash is muscle spasm and stiffness which is caused by inflammation which inhibits healing. This also causes the muscles and ligament to have poor nutrient supply and blood flow.During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which helps increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area.
3. Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue. Your body heals your muscles, tendons, and ligaments by creating scar tissue. This type of tissue is not as elastic as your original tissue and will cause discomfort unless you stretch it out. Your chiropractor focuses the adjustments on these specific vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretching them and breaking up the scar tissue in the joint.
4. Chiropractic Care Relieves Localized Pain. A 2013 study found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with manipulation!
5. Chiropractic Relieves Stress. Crashes can cause you to become very stressed, have increased anxiety and may lead you to depression. A 2011 study used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.
6. Chiropractic Works. In 1996, British researchers found that 93% of auto injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care.
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