Recovering From Accidents Naturally
In the initial moments after a minor auto accident, it is fairly common to feel perfectly normal, if somewhat shaken up. However, if you wake up the next morning with a stiff neck and aching back, you could be feeling the effects of whiplash. While many people assume that the pain will go away as unexpectedly as it appeared, that is generally not the case. If the auto accident affected your spinal alignment, that minor fender bender could leave you with chronic pain that lingers for months or years.
Auto & Personal Injury
Auto injuries often cause problems in the areas of the body that are most likely to spark pain both locally and throughout your body: the neck, shoulders, and back. Your central nervous system is deeply tied into your spine’s well being, so even a slight misalignment can have cause pain to radiate throughout other parts of your body. And, unfortunately, auto accidents can cause your spine and joints to come out of alignment easily when your body is jolted or jerked during the impact. In addition to alignment issues, auto accidents can also cause strains or other soft tissue damage—soft tissue meaning muscle, ligaments, tendons, and other parts of your body that connect and support your bones and organs. All of this adds up to explain the reason you still feel pain, even weeks or months after an auto accident.
Likewise, personal injury can often have lingering results that you may not be able to see. Personal injury is a term that encapsulates a wide range of different injury causes, but generally refers to injury to your person caused by someone else’s actions or negligence. This includes problems derived from repetitive actions (like carpal tunnel), or injury from external forces (like slipping on a patch of ice). Many of these causes work similarly to auto accidents in that they are jarring enough to send your bones and joints out of alignment or strain muscle. It’s why you may feel pain without any visible signs like bruising.
Physical therapy is a fitting treatment for both auto injuries and personal injuries because our techniques focus on strength and healing for your body as a whole. Where many doctors will look strictly at the injury, we will check bone and joint alignment to see if there are any problems outside of the injury site that might be causing pain or affecting healing. For personal and auto injuries specifically, there is a higher potential for unseen and unknown injury, so including chiropractic techniques with our physical therapy services can provide relief where other medical techniques may not.
At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, our goal is to help you find relief and healing without medicine or invasive surgeries. We provide a range of different methods to help treat your injuries, including:
Each of the above services can be used individually or in conjunction with others. This allows us to create a well-rounded and comprehensive treatment plan to relieve pain and help your body heal and strengthen. In order to help you enjoy healing and lasting pain relief, the Senara doctors and physical therapists take their time to learn what is happening with your body and what the root cause of your pain is before designing a treatment plan for your individual needs.
It’s Not Too Late, Or Too Soon
Ideally, it’s best to visit a chiropractor or physical therapist soon after the injury occurs, so x-rays can be taken and a thorough assessment done. The idea is that, even if you experience injuries you don’t necessarily feel, your doctor can suss those out and provide treatment. Our aim is to help prevent minor injuries from becoming a major pain. If you were in a car accident, even a minor fender bender, getting checked shortly thereafter can minimize issues down the road. Or, if you experienced a slip, fall, or other accident, start with an evaluation to check for deeper issues you may not see or feel.
However, even if you cannot visit a physical therapist or chiropractor immediately after an accident, it’s not too late. There is no deadline to receiving physical therapy or any chiropractic care. So, if you’re still experiencing flare-ups or ongoing pain months after an accident, your local Peoria physical therapy team may be able to help.
Physical therapy is intended to treat what’s happening throughout your body at the present and to heal and strengthen, so there is no point that it becomes “too late” to schedule a consultation.
If you were recently in an accident or you have ongoing pain, whether it’s neck and back pain or elsewhere in your body, physical therapy sessions may be able to help. Contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria to schedule a consultation and start the road to recovery today!