People who have never experienced a serious personal injury are shocked to hear just how long the recovery process can take. When it comes to injuries related to car accidents I was never aware of how long it takes to recover. With the forces such as whiplash, our bodies are not designed to withstand a change in velocity like a car accident. When your neck is thrown forward, backward or to the side the muscles on the opposite side literally pull and shred from the force. They begin to build up adhesions between the muscle fibers as the body attempts to recover. These adhesions along with inflammation are the reason it becomes difficult to turn your head, rotate your wrist, bend forward at the waist or any other combination of movement that may become restricted after a serious injury.
It is essential to begin treatment on these muscle adhesions as soon as possible whether it be ice and electric muscle stimulation during the initial inflammation stage or Active Release Techniques when the inflammation is decreased. The Active Release Techniques help restore normal motion in the tissue and joints by breaking up scar tissue and loosening the muscle contractures. This is how we as Cincinnati Chiropractors help decrease the average case length. Simply adjusting a patient is a thing of the past because this addresses more of the actual joints. Adjustments are essential to helping with motor vehicle accidents but it is the combination of the adjustment and muscle, ligament, and tendon work that work more efficiently.
Personal Injuries or Motor Vehicle accidents are much like sports injuries(sprains/strains) with the exception of the car accident being more of a global injury than the sports injury. It is like having multiple sports injuries. So why use a different technique than those used for sports injuries? ? ? The answer is obvious! You wouldn’t use a different technique or strategy. The goal in both cases is to get back to normal activity and restore the body so the patient has pain free Range of Motion as quickly as possible. If you or anyone you know is suffering from pain related to these types of injuries please call and see how you can benefit from treatment.