Many people don’t realize how severe an auto accident can be. However, much research shows that the after math of an automobile accident can leave your body in tremendously bad shape that many think is impossible to recover from. As a San Jose Chiropractor, I have noticed that many people are misinformed when it comes to whiplash. I hope this article will help better explain whiplash, why it happens, and how our office can help.
I want to address a very common question: what happens to your body that causes a whiplash injury to occur? Whiplash can happen whenever your body suffers from an abrupt jolt. Most whiplash injuries happen when you are sitting in a fixed position in your car and are rear-ended by another car. Because this happens so fast, your body doesn’t have time to react before your car is pushed forward. During those moments of impact, your body gets pushed down into your seat. Your head, which is heavy and secluded by your neck, is delayed in reaction, while your body is continually pushed down. Quickly after, your head changes directions by traveling forward to the limit your seatbelt will allow. Finally, once your head reaches the limit traveling forward, it is forced backwards in reaction. Because your neck is not restricted by your seatbelt, your head is jolted back and forth beyond its standard limits. When this “whipping" action occurs, it causes much damage to the already extremely fragile neck structure.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that it can take multiple days (usually around two or three) before any whiplash symptoms occur. Common whiplash symptoms include headaches, neck pain, and loss of motion. The reason it can take a few days to feel the symptoms is because it can take time for the inflammation from the tiny tears in the injured ligaments and muscles to build up and further aggravate you. When the delicate ligaments that support your neck are wounded, the muscles react by tightening to guard the injured area. This protects the damaged area from further injury.
A few weeks following this injury, the distressed tissue releases chemicals that attach little cells to the wounded area, called Fibroblasts. They build up, creating a scar-like material called fibrin. Fibrin then helps mend and re-build the injury. During these few weeks of repair, it is extremely important to maintain normal ranges of motion, as well as spinal alignment. If this is not done properly, the scar tissue will end up limiting the future mobility of the injured area. This can lead to spinal degeneration.
The good news is that by preforming precise, detailed chiropractic adjustments along with treating the injury with therapy and different exercises, your body will have a much better chance of rebuilding properly. This means less chronic pain, stiffness, disc degeneration, and pinched nerves. We can help alleviate your pain and rebuild your spinal structures. These treatment options also severely reduce future injuries from occurring. So if you have whiplash, schedule an examination with San Jose Chiropractic and Accident Injury Center today!
How does Chiropractic Care help with my health?
We need healthy bodies to live a satisfying and productive life. We need to be healthy for ourselves, our loved ones and our children. Chiropractic care helps with creating a healthy nervous system which is a major key to your health on a daily basis.
Why is Chiropractic a key to health & longevity?
Chiropractic is the largest alternative health profession in North America and the third largest health-care profession in the United States. Your muscles and nerves work together to keep you healthy. When neuromuscular block impedes the flow of nerve communication, the result is tension. A skilled chiropractor finds the blocks in your nervous system, therefore restoring your health and longevity.
Have you ever felt stress that impedes how you function on a daily basis? A skilled chiropractor is able to relieve that tension and restore relaxation and balance to your body. Relaxation feels inherently good to your body, doesn’t it?
When you experience pain and tension, we can give you relief
A visual and kinesthetic example of this block is when a wire is connected to a light bulb. If the block is severe enough, the light flickers. What do you think happens when a nerve is blocked by a vertebrae? Your blood vessels are guided by the nerve flow and your organs and muscles can’t get the essential energy needed to function during the day.
It is our hope that you have a better understanding of why a healthy nervous system is key to health and relaxation. At San Jose Chiropractic and Accident Injury Center we can give you the individual pieces to your health. We are skilled finding the key to your nervous system stress and relieving that tension with skilled treatment. We also specialize in lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, pinched nerves, migraines and headaches, bulging discs, herniated discs, ruptured discs, allergies and many other pain causing symptoms. At San Jose Chiropractic and Accident Injury Center we also treat sport’s injuries and car accidents.