Of the approximately 2 million rear-end accidents in the US every year, a significant number of folks end up dealing with chronic pain and disability. Some research shows that 18% of people are still in pain one year after a crash.
North Road Chiropractic sees many car crash patients in Oakleigh office, and we often see patients who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find help. North Road Chiropractic has great success in treating these patients.
What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?
During a crash, the ligaments of your neck and back can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain signals to the spine and brain.
Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further harm.
If the injury isn't managed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The damaged tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system essentially becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, leading to chronic pain.
North Road Chiropractic is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are effective at relieving pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Oakleigh and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give North Road Chiropractic a call today at (03) 9579 2699 for a consultation or appointment.
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