Motor vehicle accidents can be a traumatic event with catastrophic effects. Often time’s symptoms don’t present immediately thanks to the “fight or flight” sympathetic response the body goes through when it feels there is a threat.  Later on, maybe days or even weeks later, the body can start displaying complaints such as neck and back pain. The stress of being in a car accident sends the Central Nervous System (the part of the nervous system responsible for coordinating and influencing the activity of every part of the body) into a frenzy that often goes undetected by the untrained eye and can lead to chronic issues. Too often the victim is treated with painkillers, muscle relaxers and rest while the true source of pain is left untreated. At Integrated Health Solutions, we customize specific treatment plans based on the patient’s dysfunctions and aberrant movements to address the cause, not the symptoms. Listed below are the top three reasons for choosing Integrated Health Solutions after being involved in an accident.

  1. Reduce Pain and Inflammation
  • Chiropractic manipulations have been shown to cause a release of IL-6, an important anti-inflammatory chemical
    • Roy, Richard A., Boucher, Jean P. “Inflammatory response following a short-term course of chiropractic treatment in subjects with and without chronic low back pain”. J Chiropr Med. 2010 Sep; 9(3):107-114
  • Medical Dry Needling has been shown to reduce local, referred and widespread pain while restoring range of motion and normalizing the immediate chemical environment of active myofascial trigger points
    • Dommerholt J, Gerwin RD. “Neurophysiological effects of trigger point needling therapies.” Diagnosis and management of tension type and cervicogenic headache; Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett; 2010. 247–59
  • Soft tissue techniques, including Graston and Active Release, can induce secretion of growth factors, which facilitate healing.
    • Kim, Jooyoung, Sung, Dong Jun. “Therapeutic effectiveness of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization for soft tissue injury: mechanisms and practical application”. J Exerc Rehabil. 2017 Feb; 13(1): 12-22
  1. Restore Range of Motion
  • Chiropractic manipulations have shown significant positive effects on spinal range of motion, especially in the cervical spine (neck).
    • Millan, Mario, Leboeuf-Yde, Charlotte et al; “The effect of spinal manipulative therapy on spinal range of motion: a systematic literature review”. Chiropr Man Therap. 2012; 20:23
  • Trigger point dry needling decreases neck pain intensity and widespread pressure pain sensitivity and also increases active cervical range of motion in patients with acute mechanical neck pain.
    • Mejuto-Vazquez, MJ, Salom-Moreno J, et al. “Short-term change in neck pain, widespread pressure pain sensitivity, and cervical range of motion after the application of trigger point dry needling in patients with acute mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial”. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014, April;44(4)
  1. Improve Stability and Motor Control
  • Dynamic exercises that target the core muscles may help reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain. 
    • Saragiotto, Bruno T., Maher, Christopher G., et al. “Motor control exercise for non-specific low back pain: a Cochrane review”. Spine 41; April 16
  • Muscle function can be disrupted and inhibited by myofascial pain related to trigger points. Dry needling is a safe and effective way to reduce the effects of trigger points in muscle.
    • Kietrys DM et al titled “Effectiveness of Dry Needling for Upper-Quarter Myofascial Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2013;43(9):620–634. Epub 11 June 2013. doi:10.2519/jospt.2013.4668.

The doctors at Integrated Health Solutions are dedicated to eliminating the symptoms that result from motor vehicle accidents and have extensive training in the therapies listed above. Our goal is to not only eradicate the pain, but also restore the balance that you had prior to the accident. Choosing effective, evidence-based treatment protocols not only improves recovery time, they are also proven to be a safe, non-invasive alternative to medication and surgery. 

Content provided by Dr. Drew Hunt

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