If you have been in a car accident, you may have suffered an injury causing you to lose range of motion and flexibility. There may be stretching exercises you need to do for you rehabilitation that have become difficult or nearly impossible to complete without experiencing a significant amount of pain. Many individuals in this situation have found that regular chiropractic care has helped increase flexibility and range of motion.
The effects of aging can begin to limit a person’s flexibility. After years of wear and tear, various health effects and injuries can affect the way your body moves compared to when you were younger. Add in the additional trauma caused by a car accident, and you may find that daily activities such as bending over to pick up laundry has become difficult.
Luckily, chiropractic care has been proven to increase flexibility and range of motion. A 2001 study by the Phillip Chiropractic Research Centre of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments increased range of motion in the 105 patients who participated in the study. Participants in the study were either given no adjustments, fake adjustments or true adjustments. The patients who were given the true adjustments showed a significant improvement in flexibility and range of motion while the other groups showed no such improvement.
It is important to maintain range of motion. People tend to limit or entirely stop using body parts that are swelling, painful or stiff. However, the lack of use causes the muscles to atrophy and creates even more stiffness in the affected joints. So lacking regular exercise, the muscles and joints stiffen, adhesions and scar tissue can form, and flexibility is further reduced. A person can become completely incapacitated if they do not break this cycle.
A chiropractor can help get mobility back by manipulating parts of the body so that bones and joints are aligned properly. Proper alignment will reduce pain and improve flexibility, balance and coordination. There are a variety of techniques used to aid alignment, improve circulation and improve body function including manual manipulation, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and trigger point therapy. In addition, a chiropractor may recommend specific exercises for you to perform while at home to help increase your strength and flexibility even further.
Recovering from the trauma of a car accident can be a difficult experience. Often, chiropractic care can often help improve flexibility and range of motion of car accident injuries. Consult with your doctor or visit an experienced chiropractor to see if you can benefit from their expertise. And set up a consultation with a personal injury lawyer if you feel you should be compensated for your pain and suffering.