The sheer level of forces involved in an automobile accident is absolutely staggering to contemplate. Even a vehicle traveling at a mere 30 miles per hour that ends up being hit by another vehicle will experience extreme deceleration that will subject the driver and all passengers to a temporary gravitational pull of more than two tons. It’s no wonder that extreme injuries are the result, and especially so to the neck and back.
Your spine has evolved to absorb vertical, up-and-down stress. When it comes to supporting our bodies and allowing us to function in an upright position, your spine excels at its intended purpose. When other forces come into play, say horizontal or sideways stresses that can exceed 2000 pounds, severe or catastrophic injury is the unfortunate outcome.
When your spine is subject to forces that exceed its normal capacity, it’s very design is compromised. It is stretched, torn, and compressed in ways that create multiple and varied injuries that can be extremely painful to deal with, and that may not be healed for months, or even years. Sometimes, they don’t heal at all, and you’re left with a lifetime of pain and limited mobility.
The very first thing you should do if you suspect neck or back injuries from a car accident is to seek out the advice of a trained medical professional. Your physician is the best person to diagnose and treat your injuries or request the assistance of a specialist when necessary. Your team of medical professionals will assess, diagnose, and treat your injuries and pain with therapies and medication that will enable you to get on the road to recovery.
Now, we’re just lawyers and not medical professionals so, again, consult a trained medical professional about treatments and remedies. But based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence, we’ve noticed that there is an array of natural remedies that may help reduce the pain and discomfort you feel in your neck and back after you’ve been injured in a car accident. Using these natural pain relief methods along with medical treatments may allow you the most relief from your soreness, pain, and reduced mobility. Here are five completely natural remedies for pain relief that you can take advantage of right in the comfort of your own home.
When you’re experiencing a lot of pain, heat is what you need. Whether it’s a heating pad, a thermal wrap for your back or neck, or a hot shower or bath, heat soothes injured tissues, increases circulation to injured areas, and helps to block pain receptors. Additionally, very often, heat simply feels good. It is comforting. It is relaxing. But there is a fine line between heat that feels good, and too much of a good thing. Applying heat for around 15 minutes every few hours is a good guideline to follow when you’re looking for a bit of pain relief and a boost in your mood.
Essential oils are the volatile aromatic compounds of specific flowers and herbs that have therapeutic properties. Have you ever been in the woods after a rain and smelled the wonderful scent of wet earth? Then you already know what essential oils are capable of! They help promote healing, relaxation, and well-being and are beneficial in the healing process after an accident. In addition to the wonderful aroma of essential oils, there are healing properties assigned to many oils. For instance, rosemary oil and peppermint oil reduce the inflammation of injured tissues by increasing the blood flow to the injured areas. It’s important to remember to consult a skilled and qualified aromatherapist before you embark on any aromatherapy protocol. There are some essential oils that are dangerous when used full-strength on your skin, and others that contraindicate certain medical conditions.
The benefits of human touch are well-documented. Touch provides comfort, security, increased blood flow, reduced stress, and pain relief. Swedish relaxation massage will not only provide intense relaxation but will also reduce inflammation that contributes to your pain. This type of massage will increase the blood flow to injured areas and will enable your body to heal more quickly.
One of your body’s main recovery modes is sleep. When you sleep, your body repairs and regenerates damaged tissues, and produces the hormones your body needs to support those repairs. When you are sleep-deprived, your body and brain can’t repair itself. When you’re injured, the need for adequate restful sleep becomes even more vital. Your body simply can’t repair the damage that’s been done without adequate sleep. And when you’re sleep-deprived, you suffer psychological effects that will prolong your pain and delay your healing.
Water is crucial to your body’s proper function. Water helps to disperse vitamins and minerals into your bloodstream so that your body can utilize them. Water also supports blood plasma, which is what carries oxygen to our cells, muscles, and organs, and removes the carbon dioxide and waste products. When you remove water from the equation, systems simply start to break down. This is why adequate hydration is so integral to healing after you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident. If you don’t get proper hydration, you’re slowing down your healing process and keeping yourself in pain that much longer.
If you’ve suffered back and neck injuries due to an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to compensation for your damages from the negligent party that caused the accident. Medical payments, time off work, pain and suffering – these are a just a few of the potential damages that you could be compensated for. The smartest move that you can make after an accident is to consult with a skilled, experienced attorney such as those at Marathon Law. Contact us today at 303-704-1222, or via our online contact page.