In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the ways that car accident injury symptoms can become chronic in certain situations. This is never a desirable outcome, and one that several different approaches may help prevent – including the use of quality chiropractic care from experienced chiropractors.
At Peterson Chiropractic, that’s exactly what we’re here to offer. We provide a full range of auto accident injury chiropractic services to patients around SLC and other parts of Utah, including treatments that will help avoid chronic issues arising after an accident. Today’s part two of our series will shift gears and look at some of the specific approaches chiropractors will often use to help avoid chronic pain for car accident victims.
Working on Flexibility and Range of Motion
Two major areas that chiropractors focus on when treating auto accident victims are flexibility and range of motion. When a person is injured in an accident, they often experience pain in certain areas that can cause them to tense up or avoid any kind of movement.
This is compounded by the fact that many people do not want to move around too much for fear of further injury or exacerbating existing pain. However, this can be a major factor in the progression of chronic pain and should be addressed right away.
Chiropractors understand this dynamic and will work with patients to help improve flexibility and range of motion through targeted massage therapy, stretching exercises, and other treatments. The goal is to not just reduce existing pain, but to also help prevent it from becoming chronic in the future.
Reducing Inflammation and Promoting Blood Flow
Inflammation is one of the key factors that can lead to long-term damage and pain when someone is injured in a car accident. Chiropractors are well aware of this, which is why they often start treatments by focusing on reducing inflammation.
This may involve using cold and heat therapies, massages, or specific exercises to help promote blood flow and reduce swelling in the affected area. By doing so, chiropractors are taking a proactive approach to helping car accident victims reduce their risk of chronic pain down the line.
Depending on the severity of the accident, it’s possible that a person’s posture may have been affected. This is especially true in cases of whiplash or neck injuries, as these can cause people to slump over and adjust their body position in order to minimize pain.
Over time, this can lead to chronic issues like back pain, shoulder pain, and other issues. Chiropractors often address these postural problems by providing targeted adjustments and exercises that will help a person regain their original posture and reduce the risk of future chronic pain.
These approaches are just some of the many chiropractic treatments utilized by experienced professionals like those at Peterson Chiropractic. If you’ve been in a car accident in Utah and are looking to avoid chronic pain, contact us today for more information on our services. We’re here to help you get back on your feet and feeling better as soon as possible!