America’s roads have become far safer over the past three decades. By just about any measure, travelers are much less likely to be injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident than they were in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And this is true even though we’re driving more miles each year!
However, automobile accidents are still notoriously hard on the musculoskeletal system, and there is still a very real risk of back and neck injuries—even when drivers and passengers are protected by the latest safety equipment. In fact, recent research suggests that some types of injuries—particularly to the thoracic and lumbar regions of the back—may actually be more likely when safety belts are used. There is also some evidence that airbags may contribute to more severe neck injuries when they deploy.
At the same time, other developments are also changing the nature of auto injuries. For instance:
So even though the overall fatality rate and the rate of serious injuries should continue to fall as safety systems continue to improve, minor to moderate injuries from auto accidents will continue to be a fact of life for the foreseeable future.
What You Need to Know
Even in cases where drivers and passengers walk away from a wreck believing they’re “uninjured”, accidents can have profound, long-lasting health consequences for those involved. It’s not uncommon for some types of symptoms to appear only gradually days or weeks after the event itself, delaying effective diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms may also come and go intermittently, making it more difficult to associate them with the accident.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to safeguard your health and improve your chances of a more rapid, complete recovery following an auto accident. Clinical studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care can shorten recovery time and decrease the amount of permanent physical damage sustained in a collision.
An auto accident can affect your health (and your lifestyle) for years if you don’t receive the proper treatment. So if you or someone you care about has been injured in a collision, please call our office and make an appointment today.
Chiropractic care can help put your recovery in high gear!
Opinions towards healthcare have changed in recent years and of course, different problems are solved with different reactions. For example, tripping and falling down a flight of stairs will create a completely different approach than being pregnant and going into labour. However, society is now starting to address longer lifespans and what the costs of what’s now known as ‘lifestyle diseases’ are, meaning that disease prevention is taken more seriously. In addition to this, early intervention is also seen as a more important factor as we realize how vital it can be to spot health problems early on.
Even the Affordable Care Act as part of the national healthcare policy now states that certain services are to be covered when it comes to preventative care. People are also now being made aware of what tests and examinations should be done at what age by their private insurers as well as how each medication works and how to use them efficiently. The changes have even made an impact in the workplace as many companies have rolled out a ‘wellness program’ to ensure the best health for its employees. Although both the public and private sector has improved their stance on healthcare, it is still important to note that the main person in charge of your health is you. It is great that all these programs are set up and ready to help but you still know your body better than anyone else and nobody is affected by your wellness as much as you. So despite interest levels from elsewhere, is should still be you that has the most interest in prevention and early intervention.
Perhaps the most common workplace injury is to the musculoskeletal system and these are the ones that we have to be aware of most as nobody else will be able to see it from the outside. Musculoskeletal damage often causes pain in the bones, joints and muscles and can, in turn, have a great impact on our strength, balance, stamina and more. The biggest problem in this area is that people often think that it is a natural side-effect of ageing where this isn’t completely true. By becoming healthier and attending regular chiropractic sessions, we can delay the ‘effects of ageing’.
How Can A Chiropractor Help? – Chiropractors are fully qualified and trained to manipulate your spine in a certain way to re-align and relieve any back, neck and joint pain. These small movements are known as ‘adjustments’ and can reduce pain as well as improve mobility.
Of course, the main reason for visiting a chiropractor is to alleviate any pain that is being experienced but it should also be looked at as a long-term health benefit. Chiropractors are trained with prevention in mind so don’t just act to remove pain but to also keep it away in the future. Physicians know that a person’s decisions on a daily basis will affect general health and so the most important thing is to keep the pain away so they do not have to visit the chiropractor on a regular basis.
There are some things that you can do to prevent the possibility of these pains ever being a problem. You should try to: keep a healthy diet, keep active, lose weight if required, achieve enough sleep, maintain a good posture, lift heavy items correctly, and be responsible with alcohol. It really is important to take responsibility of your own health so that you won’t be suffering further down the line!
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