Chiropractic treatment effects how your body heals, the inflammation phase, repair phase, remodel phase. Medication alone will magnify your chances of a permanent injury. The inflamed area will heal with decreased mobility, less strength and lower pain threshold.
Pain is the result of three factors, direct trauma to the nerve, cellular toxins or psychogenic factors. A whiplash injury can result in all or only one of the pain stimuli. Nerve and cell destruction are physical factors the produce pain, psychogenic factors are emotional and/or mental.
Nerve damage can result from either a major accident or minor accident. A car injury or slip and fall would include major trauma. Minor injuries occur through motions often repeated. A whiplash type of injury results from quick or sudden major traumas.
Whiplash injuries combine three injuries from one major trauma. First the initial contact from the major trauma, then a second contact when internal organs collide with the skeleton, last a recoil of the internal organs. This is why a whiplash injury can cause many injuries and serious damage to internal organs other than to joints, muscles or bones can result.
The inflammation process needs to be controlled to prevent further cell damage. When cells are destroyed they release toxins that effect the pH of the cell environment. A decrease of the cellular pH will irritate the nerves causing pain. Altered levels of pH in cellular fluid will decrease your body’s ability to heal normal. The inflammation phase of healing can last up to seventy two hours past the initial trauma or as long as the stimulus creating the inflammation continues.
The second phase of healing last from seventy two hours to twelve weeks after the initial injury. The repair phase is when the new tissue replaces the old. Collagen is the healing tissue which forms during the repair phase of healing. There are two types of collagen, the new haling collagen is less strong and flexible.
Physical medicine such as chiropractic care applied during the healing phases after an injury help for normal collagen synthesis. Chiropractic physical medicine will help restore the mobility and strength of an injured joint or damaged tissue preventing a permanent injury.
The third phase of healing is called the remodel phase. How the injured tissue is treated during the remodel phase will determine is the injured area remains weak or improves in strength depending on physical medicine. Chiropractic care during the remodel phase of healing helps the new collagen tissue get stronger preventing permanent injury while increasing the strength to the area.
Physical medicine such as chiropractic helps relieve pain, increase the strength and increase the mobility of injured tissue minimizing the potential of a permanent injury. Chiropractic physical medicine applied during healing phases can increase strength and mobility limiting the likelihood of a permanent whiplash injury.