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What Happens If I’m in a Motor Vehicle Accident- Part 1

It can happen…  You’re sitting at a red light and suddenly the car behind you rear-ends your vehicle.  Or you’re on the highway and a car cuts you off and brakes suddenly, and you’re not able to brake in time.  Or you’re driving on a back country road and the driver coming from the other direction veers into your lane putting you in a ditch to avoid a head-on collision.  It happens.  But you don’t have to suffer for it!

Dr. Amanda was recently in a car accident- and thankfully walked away with the primary damage endured by the car.  However, the physical response to injury was impactful on daily life.  And dealing with the insurance company brought light to the challenge it can be to navigate coverage, benefits, and how it applies to you and your situation.

In an effort to help others, we’re putting together a two-part series of articles to provide insight and advice when you’ve been involved with a motor vehicle accident.  This article will discuss the physical effects that can happen after being in an accident.  Next month’s article will discuss the ins and outs of getting your insurance questions answered.

It happened.

The car accident you weren’t expecting.  Your immediate reaction is to assess the physical condition of yourself, the people in the car, and the car itself.   Adrenaline is pumping causing your senses to be heightened and pain to be suppressed.  If you are severely or critically injured, you’ll be taken by ambulance to the ER.  If you’re injuries are considered “minior,” you’ll most likely be sent home and told to follow up with your physician should any concerns arise.  And now your head is spinning while you’re calling the insurance company. And you’re starting to feel a discomfort… or maybe it’s just the stress?

No matter how small the impact, a motor vehicle accident results in physical injuries to the body.  In serious collisions, life-threatening injuries may be present and addressed at the ER.  However, non-life threatening and non-visible injuries may not be addressed in an emergency situation.  Sometimes the symptoms don’t arise at the initial examination.  Or even until years later!  The delayed manifestation of symptoms is related to the phases of healing… and why it is very important to receive appropriate treatment after an enduring an accident.

The 3 Phases of Healing…

The Reaction Phase occurs in the first 24-72 hours after injury.  The area of injury has a traumatic response including swelling, muscle spasm, and pain and/or guarding.  For serious injuries, these symptoms take place immediately.  Your body is warning you that “something is wrong.”  And it prevents you from further aggravating it by eliciting such symptoms.  In a less traumatic car accident, the symptoms can take up to 48-72 hours to appear.  In these cases, the symptoms are often viewed as less dramatic and are often ignored.  You should never ignore symptoms or changes your body experiences after a motor vehicle accident.  Just because the ER cleared you, does not mean you’re free and clear from all injury.

The Regeneration Phase occurs next as the body lays down new tissue in and around the injured areas.  This phase typically lasts 6-8 weeks.  Depending on the area impacted, scar tissue development can interfere with normal movement patterns.  Even the smallest of changes in proper mechanics, especially in the spine, can lead to long-term dysfunction.  It is essential to address the mechanical changes early to prevent more challenging issues in the future.

The Remodeling Phase lasts the longest, anywhere from 3 to 12 months.  And it can be the most challenging phase.  The tissue is not yet fully repaired at this time.  Reestablishing proper function takes much longer to accomplish than simple pain reduction.  Don’t be fooled by a lack of pain, healing is still taking place for up to a year, or even longer, after a motor vehicle accident.

Why it’s important to seek chiropractic care…

Whether your car accident was yesterday or a few years ago, you should… With a focus on function related to musculoskeletal health, chiropractic care is an ideal treatment option after a motor vehicle accident.  Not only can treatment be provided, chiropractors are trained to identify when referring to another healthcare provider is necessary.  Benefits of seeking chiropractic care include:

  • pain reduction
  • improved range of motion
  • minimizing scar tissue development
  • restoration of faulty mechanics
  • improved nervous system communication
  • strengthening and prevention of future injury to the affected area
  • guidance and referral when necessary

 

The take-home message…

A motor vehicle accident is traumatic to the body, no matter how big or small the impact may be.  The signs and symptoms of injury might not happen instantly.  It’s important to have a chiropractic examination to assess the body’s condition.  The consultation and examination provide insight as to the the best course of treatment.  Even if an accident occurred “a long time ago,” it is encouraged to seek chiropractic care.  The body is amazing and will adapt as long as it can.  Unfortunately, the adaptations aren’t always in the best interest of your musculoskeletal health.  We can help you move better, feel better, and live better!

 

Check out next month’s article that will discuss insurance-related questions regarding a motor vehicle accident.

 

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July 2020 at Body Logic

Can you believe we’re half-way through 2020!?!  It seems like the fastest and longest 6 months EVER… but that’s just a matter of perception.  For some of us, 2020 has brought challenges and struggles that have never been endured.  For some of us, 2020 has brought blessings and silver-linings in abundance.  And for some us, life just continued on with minimal impact on the day-to-day.  I truly believe that all of us have been taught lessons in patience and gratitude.  At Body Logic, we hope that our care and compassion for our patients and clients have been positive lights that have provided comfort during such uncertain times.  We are here for you.

As we enter July, we have our usual updates around the office to share with you.  And we wish you all a safe and healthy July 4th!!

First, Let’s Talk About Health!

How are you?  How is your body?  How is your head?  How is your heart?

Everyone is experiencing the current state of the world through their own eyes and bodies.  And not everyone is the same!  One commonality, however, is that we all endure stress.  Stress can be physical, mental, and/or emotional in outward presentation.  But the body doesn’t differentiate where the stress is coming from- it’s just stress!

In order to combat the stress, it is essential that the body is fueled with quality vitamins and minerals.  If we don’t have quality building blocks of nutrition, how can we expect the body to thrive and protect its immune system.  You can try to get it in your diet, but it’s not easy!  Standard Process has made it simpler than ever to support your body with the raw materials it needs.  Body Logic is offering 10% off the different packets available for the month July!  Check them out below.  Most are available for purchase in the office.  And if not, we can help you gain access!

Happy 3-year Anniversary, Dr. Matt!

Dr. Matt celebrates his 3rd Anniversary with our Body Logic Team this month.  And to celebrate, he’s taking some much deserved time off!  Dr. Matt will be out of the office July 1-10. He will return to his normal patient hours on Monday, July 13th.  We are incredibly grateful for Dr. Matt and are lucky to have his skill set and kindness on our team.  Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott will be treating patients during his time off.  Even if you’re a “regular” Dr. Matt patient, you are welcome to see one of the other doctors while Dr. Matt is out of the office.

Welcome to the Team, Harmony!

Harmony is our newest addition to our front desk staff at Body Logic.  The pandemic delayed her start date, which was originally intended for March!  But we are happy to have her with us now.  We’ll be updating our website soon to include pictures and more.  In the meantime, here’s a little info about Harmony:

Harmony has lived in Virginia Beach for 6 years. She is originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada.  She studied her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and Homeopathy at the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy. She is very happy to be working in a holistic clinic and joining a team of people who love what they do.

In her spare time, Harmony enjoys many outdoor activities including water sports, skiing, hiking, biking and yoga. She loves being married and a Mom to two amazing children.

Welcome to the Team, Jenessa!

Jenessa is our newest addition to our massage therapist team at Body Logic.  She rounds out our team of massage therapists with an enthusiastic drive to help each of her clients.  We’ll be updating our website soon to include pictures and more.  Here’s a little info about Jenessa until the updates are made:

Jenessa comes to Body Logic from the panhandle of Florida. Jenessa brings her passion for massage as well as knowledge from working many roles in the field of Physical Therapy. Jenessa is trained in many modalities of Massage Therapy some of which include Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Cupping, and Aromatherapy. Each massage Jenessa performs is carefully crafted to respond to exactly the type of bodywork that is best fit for each client. Her goal for each session is to enable her clients to perform at their optimal level in both work and recreation.

When Jenessa is not practicing massage, she loves cooking, gardening, and spending sweet time with her St.Bernard Captain and her rescue cat 2-Stroke. 

Modified hours and face coverings remain in effect.

Forward Virginia: Phase 3 is effective starting July 1st.  Although this allows for some leniency in the number of people allowed in a given area, Executive Order 63 remains in effect.  We understand and appreciate the different views surrounding face coverings.  And we continue to appreciate your awareness and respect for your fellow Body Logic patrons.  Please feel comfortable to discuss your limitations regarding wearing a face covering with your provider once in the treatment room.

Body Logic will continue to run on our most recent modified hours.  Massage is available Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 9am-6pm and Tuesday/Friday 9am-5pm.  We will remain closed on Saturdays.  To see the doctors’ schedules, click here!