Returning to your regular daily routine after a sports injury, auto accident, or a fall can seem like a slow, painful, and frustrating process. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, and sleep issues due to discomfort, chiropractic care can help you recover faster when paired with physical therapy.
Read on to discover more about how chiropractic can help you bounce back faster after injury.
Chiropractic Adjustments Help Muscles Relax and Realign
When you are injured, your vertebrae may have been shifted, which can in turn force muscles to work in ways they don’t usually work. Without chiropractic adjustment, the work you are doing in physical therapy may not be as productive as it could.
Your physical therapist will work with muscles, but unless the spine is aligned properly, the muscles you are trying to treat may not relax and move to their full range of motion. Pairing chiropractic care to align the spine, relax and realign the muscles with physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion is ideal.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help Improve Muscle Balance
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help manage pain after an injury by improving muscle balance and releasing nerve compression. Misaligned vertebrae can pinch or compress nerves, causing crippling pain and a tendency to “favor” one side, putting more wear on the muscles on one side of your body than the other.
Chiropractic care can realign these vertebrae and help create balance, preventing the single-sided shortening of muscles and ligaments due to injury and make your physical therapy work more effectively.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Reduce Tension, Pain, and Muscle Spasms From Injury
With a spinal misalignment, your body naturally compensates. With the muscles taking on a load they may not be intended to bear, tension, pain, and muscle spasms can occur.
Chiropractic care will realign your vertebrae, allowing the muscles to relax into place, which in turn can help reduce pain and tension, as well as eliminate painful spasms in the affected muscles.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help Restore Range of Motion
When working your way through an injury, an important part of recovering normal function and regaining full strength is restoring a full range of motion. Restricted range of motion in the neck and back can be both an indicator of where the trouble lies, and the source of the trouble.
Pain, tension, and muscle imbalance as a result of the restriction of movement can be reduced with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore a full range of motion to not only the neck and back, but hips and shoulders as well, realigning the spine can allow the muscles connected to these areas to lengthen, relax, and move freely.
Chiropractic Care Can Go Beyond Adjustments To Help You Bounce Back Faster
The care you receive from your chiropractor when you are recovering from an injury will be holistic, going beyond spinal adjustments. The doctor may help speed your recovery with massage therapy, acupuncture, and assisting you with specifically targeted exercises and stretches to strengthen and lengthen the muscles in the area that is causing you trouble as well as supporting muscles to prevent future incidents.
South Orange Chiropractic Center can provide specific, targeted treatments to help speed your recovery, whether it is sports-related, car accident-related, or even one of those mystery injuries where you wake up one morning and your neck will only turn so far. Together with your physical therapist, we can get you back to feeling pain-free and balanced.
For more information about the services offered by South Orange Chiropractic, please feel free to give us a call. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your specific injury today at 973-761-0022.