Data Shows Low-Speed Collisions Still Produce Injury
With all the technology and safety measures in place, it seems like a bit of a stretch that a low-speed vehicle collision could possibly cause injury. However, crash tests show that speeds as low as 2.5mph may produce injury to humans. Another study showed it took as little as 6mph in a rear-end collision to cause whiplash injury.
We see a fair number of rear end collision patients at Grand Oak Healthcare in Athens and Loganville. Let’s take a look at what you should know about what such collisions can do to your body and how us chiropractors can help.
The Data on Collisions and What a Chiropractor Can Do for Auto Accident Injuries
Researchers studied data to find a relationship between impact mechanics and how that transferred to the human body. Since force equals mass times acceleration, you don’t need a lot of acceleration for 3-4,000lbs of car to pack a respectable amount of force.
The same researchers also sought to analyze what kinds of injuries stemmed from impact. They concluded that low-speed vehicle collisions produced soft tissue and joint injuries
The ultimate goal of chiropractic care is to restore range of motion and improve your body’s physical function. Chiropractic care can do four things for your body:
Reduce Inflammation - Chiropractic manipulation promotes a positive physiological response that signals your body to calm its inflammatory response. This makes for faster healing.
Reduce Pain - Chiropractic adjustments triggers the release of pain-relieving hormones. A study conducted by The University of Spain showed that levels of oxytocin, neurotensin and cortisol in the bloodstream increased in test subjects after spinal manipulation.
Reduce Scar Tissue - Muscles and tendons scar up in response to trauma, which can cause pain and stiffness. A chiropractor can use expert techniques to break up scar tissue and promote healing in the affected area.
Preserve Range of Motion - Injury tends to cause your body to stiffen up in an attempt to protect itself from further injury. Both injury and stiffening can pull you out of alignment until a chiropractor performs an adjustment to put everything back in place and ease out the stiffness.
Get the Benefit of Chiropractic at Grand Oak Healthcare
Dr. Giles and his team focus on the effective, evidence-based spinal care that the people of Athens have come to love and Occupational Medicine. We also help patients and their attorneys dealing with personal injury cases, providing the required paperwork to move ahead with insurance claims or legal action.
Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Give our Athens location a call at (706) 543-2584, our Loganville location at (770) 687-2655, or go online and fill out a contact form. We look forward to helping you.