After you slip and fall to the ground, you typically check yourself over for any major injuries. Upon realizing that none of your limbs are broken and you can move everything, you probably stand up, feeling relieved that you are okay. However, it would be a mistake to just brush off what happened and go home. Instead, you should make an appointment with a chiropractor. Here is why.
They can check you over for less obvious injuries.
Sometimes an injury does not cause obvious symptoms right away. You may, for example, have strained a muscle in your back or slightly bulged a disc when you fell. If you were to just go home and go to bed, you might wake up the next day feeling pain from this previously unrecognized injury. Visiting the chiropractor early on after a fall can help ensure any "hidden" injuries are discovered sooner. If your chiropractor does suspect you have injured yourself in some way, they will point it out and help you get the treatment you need, whether that is an adjustment in their own office or care from a different medical practitioner, like an orthopedist.
They can realign your spine for faster recovery.
Even falls that do not cause serious injuries can push your spine out of alignment to some degree. If you walk around with a misaligned spine for a few days or weeks, you might develop back pain or neck pain due to the change in posture. Fortunately, a chiropractor will adjust your spine, putting it back into alignment before it has a chance to cause any more serious problems. This alignment process will not hurt, although your back may make some cracking noises in the process.
They will help you reduce stress and get better sleep.
Slipping and falling is stressful. You may struggle to relax and even sleep after such an accident. But luckily, a chiropractic adjustment can help. By adjusting your spine, your chiropractor can take pressure off certain nerves related to stress. An adjustment may also stimulate the release of hormones called endorphins, which ease pain and promote a happier mood. Through both of these routes, a chiropractic adjustment will help you put the fall behind you and move in, mentally.
Even after a minor slip and fall incident, it is a good idea to visit a chiropractor. Tell them what happened, and they will take care of you.