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Auto Injury Treatment Littleton
Have you been in an auto accident and are now experiencing pain and discomfort? You are not alone.The Colorado State Patrol reported more than 26,978 car crashes in Colorado in 2017, with close to 3,500 crashes resulting in injury. As Colorado’s population continues to expand, it can be presumed that this number will, unfortunately, continue to rise. But for those residents in and around Littleton who have suffered an auto-related injury, or who may experience one in the future, you can trust your experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate chiropractors at Arne Wellness Center to provide optimum chiropractic care and auto injury treatment to help you heal, recover, and get back to doing the things you love. Here at Arne Wellness Center, Littleton’s Top Rated Local® wellness and holistic healing center, we are wholly dedicated to treating the root cause of your pain and associated symptoms, so that you can heal quickly and naturally, without the use of prescription drugs, and without having to undergo surgery. Whether your auto injury is minor or severe, we are committed to providing you with effective, lasting pain relief. Call Arne Wellness Center today at (303) 578-3407, or reach out to us online to begin your path to pain relief and healing.
Before we explore the auto injury treatments we provide to residents in and around Littleton, let’s first look at some of the most common auto-related injuries we treat here at Arne Wellness Center:
- Neck and back stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Upper back pain
- Mid-back pain
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain and pelvic pain
- Injuries to the arms, hands, legs (including knee injuries), and feet
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Headaches and migraines
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle spasm and muscle fatigue
- Rib pain
- Herniated disc/disc bulges
- Pinched nerve
- Arthritis caused by injuries
- Stress and anxiety
- Trouble sleeping and more
At Arne Wellness Center, we provide wellness care that is applied using natural healing techniques such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal decompression, and state-of-the-art treatments like our infrared sauna detoxification therapy. Our goal is to offer the most effective pain relief treatments to help our patients heal from their injuries. We take a holistic approach with our treatments, meaning that while we will identify the cause of, diagnose, and treat specific auto injuries, we also treat the body as a whole to encourage optimal whole body health. Please visit our About Us page to learn more about our chiropractors. Below are the auto injury treatments we offer to relieve pain and other symptoms to get you back to living again.
Chiropractic care is recognized as one of the safest, most effective, non-invasive auto injury treatments available. Chiropractic medicine focuses on treating the spine and central nervous system in order to correct neuromusculoskeletal disorders as a result of injury or health conditions. By applying chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulations) to the spine, your chiropractor can improve nerve function and communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body to relieve pain, increase range of motion, and enhance function and mobility. Chiropractors also address injuries to both hard and soft tissues, including bones and joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia to help you feel better quicker and move about easier. Without chiropractic care after an auto injury, soft tissue injuries would otherwise take months to fully heal. Below are some of the most common chiropractic techniques and treatments you may receive during your auto injury treatment with us.
Chiropractic Adjustments (Spinal Manipulations)
By applying gentle, controlled force to the spinal column, your chiropractor can restore proper nerve function, which can alleviate pain in the neck, back, and other areas of the body, while also stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. By realigning the spine, your chiropractor restores pathways between the brain, spinal nerves, and the rest of the body, which may have been blocked or impaired due to an injury sustained in an auto accident. Chiropractic adjustments can be applied to the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and extremities to reduce pain and inflammation, improve range of motion, restore alignment and posture, and stimulate nerve function and mobility. Chiropractic manipulations can be done using hands, arms, and may involve the use of handheld tools like an activator for gentle adjustments and to adjust smaller joints.
Therapeutic ultrasound therapy is a valuable treatment for helping our patients experience pain relief as they heal from their auto injury. Ultrasound therapy involves the combined use of high-energy ultrasound pulses, ultrasonic waves, and deep heat, which are applied to soft tissues and joints to speed up the healing process after an injury by:
- Improving blood flow and circulation in a specific area
- Reducing inflammation, swelling, and edema that cause pain
- Micro-massaging and soothing muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons with gentle pulses and heat waves to reduce sprains, strains, and muscle spasms
This effective auto injury treatment can:
- Enhance a patient’s recovery time by softening scar tissue
- Encourage the body’s natural ability to heal damaged tissue
- Reduce pain, discomfort, and inflammation of damaged tissue
- Decrease muscle and joint stiffness
- Reduce muscle spasms
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
- Encourage proper nerve function
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is an effective chiropractic therapy that involves the use of light electrical pulses which are meant to stimulate muscle contractions. Chiropractors use EMS units to send electric pulses through adhesive electrode pads that are placed on specific areas of the body. These light electrical pulses can:
- Stimulate muscle function
- Reduce inflammation and swelling
- Alleviate muscle spasms
- Relieve pain in different muscles groups affected by an auto injury
One way to heal from an auto injury is to strengthen damaged tissues through exercise. While this may sound counterintuitive, staying active and performing gentle, chiropractor-recommended exercises can maintain the health and function of your musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Muscle weakness after an auto injury increases the risk of re-injury, as weak muscles and joints are vulnerable to fatigue, tears, and other injuries. By performing light exercise during your recovery and rehabilitation, you can restore strength to your muscles and joints, improve flexibility, while strengthening your posture and balance. Exercising for a sustained length of time gets your heart rate going which encourages circulation and blood flow. This is essential for transmitting nutrients to damaged muscles and other injured tissues to replenish them and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Additionally, exercise stimulates the release of endorphins from the pituitary gland, neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit signals between neurons) that are responsible for blocking pain and controlling emotions. The release of endorphins through exercise can help with pain management while also enhancing your mood.
One of the most important aspects of exercising during auto injury recovery is that, as you strengthen your muscles and joints, you are conditioning your body for preventing future injuries. Exercise is especially important during aftercare for avoiding future injuries. Your chiropractor at Arne Wellness Center may provide you with guided exercises and instructions that you may do in the office, at home, or even at work to facilitate an effective recovery from your auto injury.
Active and Passive Stretching
Another step in your auto injury treatment may include both active and passive stretching. Stretching is one of the best ways to encourage the body’s natural ability to heal itself from an injury. As with exercise, stretching also stimulates an endorphin release to help manage your pain. Stretching the muscles gradually lengthens these tissues while reducing muscle tension and alleviating stress on other soft tissues, joints, and boney structures. Passive stretching is a technique involving assistance with stretching using another person (your chiropractor or massage therapist), a resistance band, a strap, or another therapy tool. During passive stretching, the patient relaxes the muscle being stretched and provides little-to-no contribution to the stretching exercise. Your chiropractor may incorporate passive stretching into your auto injury treatment to help restore muscle strength and function. Active stretches are usually implemented into your home care and aftercare treatment plan, in which you perform the stretches to lengthen and reduce tension in muscles at a time and place that are convenient for you.
Use of Heating Pads and Ice Packs
Applying ice to injured areas within the first 24 to 48 hours of an auto accident can help minimize inflammation and reduce pain. For acute injuries, your chiropractor may implement the use of ice packs to reduce inflammation. The application of heat can help loosen and relax muscles tight and tense soft tissues, improving your chiropractor’s ability to manipulate bones and joints in the spine and other areas of the body.
Using topical pain relievers can be a godsend when it comes to finding effective pain relief solutions to aid in your recovery. Your chiropractor may incorporate natural pain relieving creams into your auto injury treatment to help provide topical pain relief with much more effective and safe ingredients than most store-bought brands.
Dietary and Nutritional Management
Diet and nutrition play a key role in your path to recovering from an auto injury. What you eat and drink can affect your health, weight, body systems in positive and negative ways. Your Arne Wellness chiropractor may provide you with nutritional tips for an added level of healing and rehabilitation, which can encourage your body’s natural ability to heal and restore proper nerve, joint, and muscle function. Improving your diet, in combination with your auto injury treatments, can help reduce pain and other symptoms brought on by an auto accident. Eating right will help you manage a healthy weight which can reduce pressure on the spine, lower back, hips, and feet.
Want to fill out your initial paperwork for your chiropractic appointment? You can access our downloadable Chiropractic Forms by clicking the links below.
Acupuncture is another form of alternative medicine that seeks to improve whole body health. This therapy involves the use of thin, single-use needles which are inserted into the superficial layers of tissue into specific areas of the body according to a patient’s needs. Acupuncture promotes natural healing and improves function by unblocking currents and restoring the body’s regular energy flow that follows meridian points across the body. Restoring this energy flow helps nourish and heal damaged tissues in the body, making this therapy an effective, drug-free alternative, and minimally invasive auto injury treatment. Acupuncture offers effective health benefits to patients suffering from many different auto injuries. Here are some of the health benefits patients may gain from incorporating acupuncture treatments into their auto injury treatment:
- Acupuncture safely influences the body’s natural ability to heal and recover quicker.
- It encourages proper function of the nervous system to release pain-relieving hormones and chemicals in soft tissues, the spinal cord, and the brain.
- Needling helps regulate different systems in the body that may be affected by an auto injury, including the muscular system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, nervous system, and lymphatic system, to name a few.
- Acupuncture can improve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing after an auto injury.
Visit our Acupuncture page to learn more about this effective auto injury treatment. Call Arne Wellness Center today at (303) 578-3407, or contact us online to schedule an appointment for an acupuncture consultation and/or treatment.
Massage therapy focuses on the soft tissues like muscles, tendons, fascia, and others. This manual therapy is recognized as one of the most beneficial auto injury treatments for pain management because it promotes safe healing, provides effective pain relief, and encourages healthy circulation. By applying different levels of pressure to muscle and tissue groups in the body using different hand movements and techniques, massage therapy can:
- Break up scar tissue
- Relieve muscle tension
- Improve balance, range of motion, movement, and flexibility
- Stimulate circulation of lymphatic flow and blood flow, transporting nutrients to replenish damaged muscles and tissues
- Encourage relaxation to ease stress
- Relieve neck and back pain, including whiplash
- Alleviate lower back pain and sciatica
- Relieve headaches and migraines
- Help manage mental and emotional (both short-term and long-term) traumas of auto injuries, including insomnia, anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Stimulate focus and clarity
These are just some of the benefits those who have suffered car accident injuries could gain from receiving regular massage treatments. Additionally, massage therapy pairs extremely well with chiropractic care. Receiving massage treatments in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments may enhance the rate of recovery because these combined treatments work together to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. What’s more, loosening up the muscles prior to an adjustment with your chiropractor can enhance the adjustment and its effects. Contact Arne Wellness Center today to schedule an appointment for massage therapy as an effective form of auto injury treatment.
Spinal decompression therapy can help those who have suffered a neck and/or back injury in a car accident. Spinal decompression is an effective, state-of-the-art traction therapy that is applied using precise and accurate computerized traction to gently relieve pressure and compression off of the discs in the spine. This revolutionary auto injury treatment is a safe and effective alternative for relieving neck pain, upper back pain, mid back pain, and lower back pain, without the use of prescription drugs and invasive surgery. Spinal decompression therapy is especially beneficial to those who have been in pain for longer than three months, where pain and other symptoms from an auto injury have moved from an acute stage to a more chronic stage. Additionally, this therapy stimulates disc rejuvenation by transporting water, oxygen, and nutrients to the into the spinal disc. Our chiropractor may implement spinal decompression into your auto injury treatment plan to enhance your chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture treatments. These treatments generally take 15 to 20 minutes and can be applied one to five times a week in conjunction with other therapies. Spinal decompression therapy can relieve pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness as a result of these common auto injuries:
- Herniated discs/disc bulges
- Lower back pain
Call us today to learn more about this safe, non-invasive auto injury treatment.