TAC Injuries and your recovery.

If you have you been injured in a car, bike, bus, train or tram accident, the good news is that there is an amazing medical/surgical system that can help greatly repairing the damage sustained and get you on the road to recovery. And the TAC is there to cover much of the cost and help you get back to a pre-injury status.

However, one common occurrence in these types of injuries is whiplash where the head gets whipped back and forth and potentially damaging many neck and shoulder tissues (muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, etc.)

Half of all those exposed to a motor vehicle collision will never fully recover but have milder symptoms, and 25% are expected to present with a complex clinical picture including severe-pain-related disability, muscle degeneration, sensory and motor disturbances, muscle weakness, and psychological distress.(1)

Chester (1991) noted that a diagnosis of fibromyalgia was present in more than 50% of 48 rear-end motor vehicle crash cases, in a 7 month – 7 year study. (See more info on fibromyalgia elsewhere on this website.)

The most common symptoms related to neck pain (94.2%), headaches (71.5%), shoulder pain (48.9%), low back pain (37.2%), visual disturbance (21.1%) and loss of balance (16.1%) along with other symptoms including vertigo, tinnitus and radicular irritation.

Fatigue, anxiety, sleep disorders and a range of musculoskeletal problems, such as thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndromes, and TMJ disorders were also reported.

Symptoms did not always appear soon after the injury, but often up to 96 hours later.(2)

Hopefully you have received appropriate treatment/rehabilitation and you have recovered well and are back to living your life like you were before the injury.

But if you are still troubled by pain, restricted movement or disability, even after trying a few different approaches to recovery, then you may want to investigate a different process that has been clinically observed to significantly rehabilitate the spine, the muscles and nervous system control. In many cases pain may be eased or eliminated as well.

This process is known as Network chiropractic. It is very different from normal chiropractic. There is no cracking or crunching of the spine. Instead gentle and relaxing contacts are made to tissue overlying the spine and pelvic areas. These contacts work deeply into your system to relax and balance the muscles and to soften and straighten the spine. (See list of benefits that may be experienced below.)

So, if you want to move better and feel better, please call right away.

Please note, if you have a current and valid TAC claim then there is very little out of pocket expense to you.

If there is no TAC claim, private insurance with extras (including chiropractic) will cover around 50% of the costs, depending on the level of cover.

You may also be eligible to receive 5 treatment sessions paid for by medicare with an EPC (enhanced primary care) referral provided by your GP, with minimal out of pocket expense.

If none of these resources are available, our fees are very reasonable compared to most.

In a landmark study completed late 1997 and conducted by the Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology of the University of California (Irvine) Medical School, 2818 patients under Network Chiropractic care, reported significant improvements in:

  1. Physical well-being: Reduced pain; improved spinal flexibility; more energy; less fatigue; fewer colds/flu; fewer headaches.
  2. Stress evaluation: Less stress with family, significant relationships and work; improved coping with daily problems.
  3. Mental/Emotional Well-being: Less distress about physical pain when present; more positive feelings about themselves; less moodiness, temper or anger outbursts; improved ability to think and concentrate; less anxiety or depression.
  4. Lifestyle changes: Increases in regular exercise and use of relaxation techniques; improved dietary choices.
  5. Life enjoyment: Greater experience of relaxation or well-being; more open in relation to others; more confidence in dealing with adversity; more compassion for others; more openness to guidance by inner feelings or inner voice.
  6. Quality of life: Improved satisfaction with personal life, personal self, accomplishments and ability to adjust to change; improved satisfaction with life as a whole.

The authors of the study conclude, “The evidence of improved health in the four domains (physical state, mental/emotional state, stress evaluation, life enjoyment) and overall quality of life, suggests that Network Care is associated with significant benefits.” These benefits are evident from as early as 1-3 months and show continued improvement with further Network care.

Common injuries After Motor Vehicle Accident which TAC may help you recover from

  • Whiplash
  • Headaches, migraines or other facial pain disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Severe lower or mid back pain
  • Postural issues and related shoulder problems
  • Muscle soreness or general body aches

1. The Rapid and Progressive Degeneration of the Cervical Multifidus in Whiplash: A MRI study of Fatty Infiltration

James M. Elliott, PhD, PT,a,b D. Mark Courtney, MD,c Alfred Rademaker, PhD,d Daniel Pinto, PhD, PT,a,d Michele M. Sterling, PhD, PT,e,f and Todd B. Parrish, PhDg,h

2. Leon Chaitow ND DO, Judith DeLany LMT, in Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Volume 2 (Second Edition), 2011

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