Chiropractic physical therapy includes a variety of techniques. The techniques recommended by your Accident Care Chiropractic chiropractor will vary based on the type and severity of your injury. Below, we’ve included a list of common techniques used for auto accident injuries, although they are not limited to this list:
Stretches: Stretching is a great way to improve function and alleviate stiffness. Your chiropractor can help you stretch and recommend specific stretches for you to do at home to increase mobility and speed up the healing process.
Exercises: Therapeutic exercises can be done manually with your chiropractor and/or at home. Exercises aim to restore strength and range of motion along with promoting healing to your injury.
Massage therapy: Therapeutic massage treats tense and stiff muscles. It will help to relax muscles and aid in the healing process. In addition, therapeutic massage therapy can help to eliminate both physical and emotional stress resulting from an accident.
Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger point injection therapy helps to reduce pain and inflammation during the healing process without the dangers and addictive properties of traditional painkillers.
Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy: This is a myofascial technique that uses stainless steel instruments that conform to specific anatomical locations to help target soft tissues, myofascia, and muscles. It can help to improve the range of motion and reduce pain as a result of an auto injury.
Resistance and/or flexibility therapy: Resistance therapy involves using elastic resistance bands in stretching and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and strength. Flexibility therapy involves exercises and stretches aimed at improving flexibility and therefore range of motion.
Postural training: Postural training involves a variety of techniques that aim to improve your posture during the day. Doing so can alleviate back, neck, shoulder, and leg pain that may be impeding the healing process of your injury.
Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy uses water to soothe pain and inflammation. Hydrotherapy may involve hot tubs, pools, whirlpools, or physiotherapy tanks.
Heat/Cold therapy: Heat/cold therapy is a simple, yet effective chiropractic physical therapy technique. Cold therapy involves using ice packs that help to reduce inflammation and swelling, especially after injuries like strains, sprains, and bruising. Whereas cold therapy restricts blood flow to injuries, reducing swelling and inflammation, heat therapy opens them up. Heat therapy is great for reducing aches and pains and promoting healing. Alternating between applying heat and cold to injuries is great at reducing inflammation while promoting blood flow to speed up the healing process.
Electric stimulation: This treatment option uses safe and low-frequency electrical currents to stimulate muscles. It can reduce pain and stiffness, and return mobility to the affected area.