How to Reduce Your Risk of Injury in a Car Accident
While no one wants to be in a car accident, they are a very normal part of today’s fast paced life. Car accidents are one of the top reported reasons for injuries worldwide. Auto injuries are a huge cost burden on the U.S. healthcare system, leading to chronic disability and suffering. Chances are you will be in one at some point in your life.
Did you know there are some relatively simple ways to reduce your risk of injury in the event of a car accident?
Auto injuries and spine alignment
The impact of a car accident can lead to immediate or latent symptoms of pain, stiffness, and loss of function in affected areas. Most often, injury occurs to the neck, head, and/or back. The biggest underlying issue related to an auto injury is spine misalignment that often occurs with impact. This is why seeking care from a chiropractor is often one of the first recommended measures.
Spine misalignment puts the entire body out of sync and affects normal nerve flow. Seeking treatment from a chiropractor that specializes in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is the best way to holistically restore spine alignment. They are experts in recognizing subtle changes in the spine that can be efficiently addressed and help you heal. Dr. Samantha Coleman at ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia is one of these elite experts
Preventing injury with a car accident
A CBP care provider can help prevent unnecessary injury by addressing any pre-existing misalignments in your spine. Additionally, they can give you recommendations for promoting good spine alignment while sitting in a car. These include:
- Adjusting your seat. Your back should be comfortably supported by your backrest with both of your feet flat on the floor. Make sure your headrest is directly behind your skull to protect your neck from whiplash.
- Adjusting your steering wheel. Have your airbag pointing at your chest and as far away from your body as possible.
- Wearing your seatbelt properly. Keep your seat belt snug across your pelvis (not the stomach) and shoulder to ensure optimal impact absorption.
- Paying attention to your posture. Good spine alignment with impact will protect your body. Avoid leaning to one side, slouching, or crossing your legs when sitting in the car.
Auto Accidents and Chiropractic Care
Whether you’ve been in a car accident or not, good spine alignment is crucial for optimal health and body function. Seeking CBP care is great both for preventing possible injuries and minimizing risk of injury in the event of a car crash. Want to see what is possible for you? Get in touch with the Dr. Samantha Coleman at ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA to discuss the potential of chiropractic treatment for you.