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A chiropractor or chiropractic physician is a medical professional who is trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors treat patients of all ages—infants, children, and adults. They believe in a conservative (non-surgical) hands-on approach to treating these disorders. Chiropractors don’t hold medical degrees, so they aren’t medical doctors. They do have extensive training in chiropractic care and are licensed practitioners. Chiropractic care is used as an alternative to, or to complement, conventional medicine.

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor is an expert in the care of your bones, muscles, and nerves that constitute about 60% of the body. The theory behind chiropractic care is that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support. Chiropractic treatment is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.

What Can a Chiropractor Help With?

A doctor of chiropractic can help you with more than back pain. In addition to spinal manipulation and chiropractic care as treatment for acute low back pain, research has also shown chiropractic care to be helpful in treating neck pain, headaches, pinched nerve, osteoarthritis, and even fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both chiropractors.

What Ailments Can Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractic care is not limited to neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems. Apart from helping you with back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a pinched nerve, a chiropractor is also capable of treating whiplash, spinal osteoarthritis, short leg, piriformis syndrome, Myofascial pain, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia and cervicogenic headaches. This is why chiropractic care is usually recommended to those who are experiencing pain following an automobile accident.

If you’ve been in an automobile accident, or are just interested in how a chiropractor can help you, consider Accident Care Chiropractic. We are the Pacific Northwest’s most trusted name for auto-injury recovery, and have been voted as a top trusted clinic 10 years in a row! Check out our locations and contact us today.

Whether it’s a minor or substantial accident, automobile collisions can leave you pretty shaken up mentally and physically. Even if it’s just getting rear-ended, you can still be left with a painful neck injury. Recovery is an essential part of the process and one of the fastest ways to get back to your life. Chiropractic care is one of the top ways to recover from car accidents. Many choose to see a doctor, but the care you receive at a chiropractor is prescription-free and helps restore motion faster. Read below to learn about the other benefits of seeking chiropractic care after a car accident. 

5 Reasons To Seek Chiropractic Care After A Car Accident 

  1. Motion Restoration: After an accident, inflammation in the neck or back can cause a slow healing process. Inflammation causes your blood to be unable to circulate nutrients properly without the help of a chiropractic adjustment to restore mobilization. Chiropractic care will help you restore motion faster and potentially even the next day! With the proper adjustments, they can create mobility in your spine to speed up the healing process. 
  2. Reduce Inflammation: Doctors can do all the X-rays they want, but they won’t be able to see micro-tears within ligaments and muscles. Micro-tears are one of the top sources of pain the day after an accident. So, when you see a chiropractor, they can manipulate your spine to produce IL-6. IL-6 is a necessity when injured, and chiropractors can help your body release that substance faster. 
  3. Reduce Scar Tissue: Scar Tissue often develops in your muscles after a car accident due to your body’s natural response. This creates a stiff feeling in your muscles, making it hard to do day-to-day tasks. Chiropractors can track down the muscle that has scar tissue and break down the tissue to heal faster. 
  4. Pain Management Care: Chiropractic care can help your body release pain-reducing emotions. This means that you will feel significantly less pain than a person who has the same injury and doesn’t seek chiropractic care. It’s a safe and natural way to heal your body and reduce pain without using addictive medications. Often, you will find that addictive medications do more harm than good in the long run. 
  5. Fewer Long-Term Issues: Chiropractic care can reduce long-term issues and save you from turning a minor car accident into an expensive surgery. Patients want results, and that’s exactly what a chiropractor will do for you. Along with pain reduction, chiropractors can improve your way of life and keep you active. 

Next time you or a loved one gets in an accident, contact Accident Care Chiropractic. Receive comprehensive care for motor vehicles that will get you back on your feet and pain-free before you know it. For more information, visit our website to find a location near you! 

Nobody can deny the changes the world is facing when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If it seems like the world has tipped on its axle you are not alone, everything from the way we learn, work, dine, socialize, and spend our time has changed and it seems like the changes are not going to end anytime soon. The pandemic is a fluid situation that seems to change daily and it can be confusing. You can rest assured that when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of our patients at Accident Care Chiropractic & Massage, we always take it seriously. We are constantly monitoring the situation as it changes and adapting how we treat our patients accordingly. One thing that will never change is the exemplary care and compassion our teams have for the patients we treat. The road to your recovery is always our goal and you can trust our office is practicing in the safest way possible to keep you healthy. Here are some suggested measures our office is taking in accordance with The International Chiropractors Association (ICA)

  • Respect and follow local and state directives on office closures and seeing patients.
  • Disinfect all commonly used surfaces regularly, including knobs and handles.
  • Wash hands thoroughly, frequently, and between patients.
  • Use antiseptic products to clean treatment surfaces between each patient.
  • Stay in touch with patients, ensure they are not showing symptoms prior to arrival.
  • Have patients maintain safe social distance (6ft.).
  • Maintain a safe office environment.
  • Be safe, be vigilant.
  • Go the extra mile.

Chiropractic Services represent an essential and necessary component of the health care program for millions of patients of all ages and all walks of life in the United States and worldwide. Timely and consistent access to chiropractic care is essential to the maintenance of the health and well-being of this patient population, particularly during times of stress. While the pandemic is on everyone’s mind, chiropractic care is still an essential part of your treatment after an accident. Here are some guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to keep in mind before coming in for your treatment. 

  • If you think you have COVID-19, notify the doctor or healthcare provider before your visit and follow their instructions.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when you have to go out in public.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.
  • When paying, use touchless payment methods if possible. If you cannot use touchless payment, sanitize your hands after paying with card, cash, or check. W
  • ash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

We know times are challenging, but it’s best to stay up-to-date on the new regulations and monitor the situation frequently. At Accident Care Chiropractic & Massage, you can have peace of mind that we are adapting and monitoring the situation daily to maintain your health and wellbeing and will always keep you apprised of any new changes along the way. The last thing you probably think about when you get behind the wheel of your car is getting into an accident but protecting yourself and your family with the right type of insurance can make a huge difference when it comes to a successful recovery. Luckily, auto insurance covers 100% of our costs at Accident Care Chiropractic & Massage

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