Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic therapy after an auto accident injury is a very fast and effective pain relief treatment. I know that you may have no experience with this treatment, or feel concerned, nervous or unsure about how chiropractors work. I really understand this.

Hopefully I can give you enough information so you can consider this valuable treatment. Adding in chiropractic therapy can speed up your recovery, and most importantly, get you out of pain faster.

It of course feels strange that someone takes your neck in their hands and moves it side to side while it makes loud noises!


So lets talk about that a little: First, the chiropractor only moves your neck in your necks natural pattern. Side to side, for instance. Before your accident you could move your neck to the right until your nose was over your right shoulder, this was called normal range of motion.

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Now after the car accident, if you move your neck to the right, you might not even be able to look over your right shoulder, let alone get that nose even close. This is called restricted range of motion.

Ok, so the job of your chiropractor is to help you get your full range back. Why is it restricted? Because first, your muscles are injured, and swollen and they are saying no way, too much movement hurts. (This is why you get massage therapy!).

Secondly, the joints of your neck are also injured. The chiropractor helps these joints to release their tension. The adjustment, as its called, helps the pressure and the pain in the joint let go, you hear a loud noise, you feel your chiropractor move your neck fast, and you experience LESS PAIN immediately.

Receiving chiropractic care after a car accident is a key neck pain treatment to help you heal from your injuries.

A Chiropractic Appointment

When you make an appointment with a doctor of chiropractic, this chiropractor will use x-rays, and other diagnostic tools to evaluate where your injury is and how she or he may be able to assist you in getting out of pain.

The chiropractor will show you your x-rays and explain where your injury is currently and what the goals are for the chiropractic treatments. The goals will include how you and the chiropractor will evaluate, or measure that you have reached the end of treatment.

How Does Chiropractic Therapy Really Work?

Chiropractic therapy is hands on therapy. You will remain fully dressed, and lie on a treatment table. The chiropractor will use his/her hands to help the joints in your spine have more movement. Let's say your chiropractor is working on your whiplash symptoms.

When you first come in for treatment, turning your head left and right probably hurts a lot and you probably can only move it a little each way. The chiropractor will only move your neck as far as it can naturally go because of the injury, and will then create an "adjustment" in this joint at this point.

What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment

  • An adjustment is a movement in the natural direction your neck or your back moves, with some controlled pressure to open the joint
  • The chiropractor does not move your neck further than it can go, nor does this therapy involve a twist of your neck
  • The chiropractor moves your body in your body's normal range of movement
  • An adjustment may make your body make a lot of noise - (sometimes my neck/back will sound like bubble wrap being stepped on)
  • Noise does not mean anything good or bad, it's just a natural sound when the joint is opened
Pain relief can be very fast, and just as commonly it may take you a few hours before you start to feel a bit better

How To Choose a Good Chiropractor

  • Ask friends who they have seen
  • Your attorney may also be a good resource if you have hired an attorney prior to starting medical treatment
  • Look for a chiropractor who works with and believes in massage therapy
  • Choose a chiropractor who has a goal/treatment plan for you finishing your treatment

Michelle was just in a car accident. 3/28/2013

I will be writing about my experience in real time, read along, or check in now and again. I will be posting about my pain treatments, and you can send questions about your own accident at any time for me to include.

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