Whether you’ve recently been in a small fender bend or were injured in a major collision, visiting a chiropractor after an auto accident can help you manage your pain better as well as help you make a full recovery.

At Senara Health And Healing Center & Spa in Peoria, we offer extensive chiropractic care services to make sure you aren’t suffering from pain associated with neck, back, or spine injuries longer than necessary after a car accident. You can visit us if your car accident has caused headaches and migraines, back and shoulder pain, or lower back and sciatica pain.

Even minor car accidents can cause whiplash and misalignment, so contact a chiropractor at Senara today to schedule an appointment.

Treating Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occur in auto accidents, and it can cause significant tightness and pain. You may not feel the effects of whiplash right away either. For this reason, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor right away. 

When your body rushes with adrenaline from a traumatic event — like a car accident — it dampens any pain you would otherwise feel from the impact. Even without feeling any pain, your body can still be injured or even develop injuries over time. A chiropractor will be able to assess injuries and even predict injuries you may develop over the next few months depending on different variables from your car accident as well as present injuries.

Making Adjustments

Your accident has probably left your spine and joints misaligned to varying degrees. A chiropractor is able to make small adjustments to help realign your body. This can help alleviate pain associated with the misalignment and help you make a faster recovery.

There’s a good chance that you will need to see a chiropractor regularly after your auto accident because of the strained muscles in your neck and back. These strains and sprains can prevent your joints from staying in proper alignment because of how tense the muscles around them are. Regular adjustments will help keep your body in alignment as your muscles begin to relax and repair themselves.

Addressing Inflammation

After your accident, you’re going to experience swelling from the micro-tears to your ligaments and muscles. This inflammation is to help protect your ligaments and muscles from further damage, but it can cause pain and pressure in your neck and back.

The adjustments your chiropractor makes will help treat the inflammation because your muscles won’t have to strain as hard to compensate for misalignments. Again, it may take your muscles a while to fully relax and repair, so your chiropractor will prescribe a schedule of applying ice or heat to help reduce inflammation and encourage relaxation to your muscles depending on where you are in the healing process.

Stretching

If you’re able, your doctor or physical therapist will also recommend different stretches to help strengthen your muscles and retain as much flexibility as possible. This is important because, if left untreated, your muscles will form scar tissue that is tighter and harder than regular muscle tissue. This will cause a lack of mobility and a feeling of tightness in your muscles that may be irreparable. 

As different injuries begin to heal and appear after your accident, your chiropractor or physical therapist will be able to suggest different stretches and movements to help you retain mobility of your neck, shoulders, back, and sciatica. It’s important to perform these stretches and movements as often as your chiropractor recommends — but don’t overdo it. Not stretching enough could lead to muscles that are inflexible and stiff, while overstretching can cause further strain to your muscles. 

Get Care Right Away

If you’ve been in a car accident in Peoria, contact us right away to schedule a chiropractic appointment. We will be able to make a full assessment of your injuries, make adjustments, and even perform advanced treatments to aid in the healing process.

At Senara Health And Healing Center & Spa, we offer everything you need to make a full and quick recovery from a car accident. From chiropractic care and physical therapy, to stem cell therapy using PRP injections, we use a variety of practices to help you feel healthy, rested, and restored. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation.