Why it’s Important to See a Chiropractor after a Car Accident

Thrive Chiropractic, Minnetonka, MN, Insights, Why it’s important to see a chiropractor after a car accident, by Dr. Breanna Tivy

It’s official! Winter is upon us in Minnesota. For those of us winter lovers, we look forward to skiing and snowshoeing, cozy afternoons curled up with coffee and a book, and a special type of beauty that is only seen after a fresh snowfall.

Unfortunately, winter also brings less charming factors like icy roads, long commutes, and an increased chance of fender benders. While most people are focused on getting their cars repaired as quickly as possible following an accident, they often neglect to make sure that their bodies are appropriately taken care of and repaired as well.


Many people hesitate to see a chiropractor after an accident because they don’t feel pain right away.  Immediately following a traumatic physical event, the body steps into action to help protect you and help your body heal. Your body braces the areas that may have been affected, like tightening up the muscles of the neck and shoulders to restrict movement. While this is beneficial immediately, it becomes problematic when these patterns settle in long term. When these patterns linger, they can have lasting effects on your body and nervous system. These effects can include irritation on the nerves which can cause lasting pain.  They can also cause interference on the nervous system, which can result in lack of proper function throughout the body.

It’s important to know that when the body first settles into the protective mode, we may not feel immediate pain. However, after a short time, you may begin to experience pain and discomfort that you did not experience prior to the accident. This is why it is important to seek care for accident related issues immediately following an accident so that any potential areas of trouble can be identified, managed, and documented. The earlier you’re seen following an accident, the quicker we can start to address your injuries and get you on the road to recovery.

If you are involved in an auto accident, consider scheduling an exam with a chiropractor as soon as possible.  Auto insurance will cover your care in most cases.  For those in the Minnetonka area, schedule by phone or online.

Dr. Breanna Tivy
Minnetonka Chiropractor