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    Even "Little" Accidents Can be Dangerous

    Recently, a young man went to his chiropractor because he was having headaches
    and dizzy spells. The chiropractor examined him and asked him if he had been injured

    "No, not really, " the patient reported. "I mean, I was in a little fender bender a couple
    weeks ago, but it wasn't serious. I didn't have to go to the hospital or anything."

    Like so many other people, he didn't see how a "little" accident could cause any
    problems. He didn't break any bones or spill any blood. The care was barely dented on
    the passenger side, and he was able to drive away as soon as the police finished their

    What he didn't realize is that physical damage can occur even during a very minor
    impact. Any sudden jolt can jar the vertebrae (the bones along the spinal column) out
    of position.

    According to federal government experts, "All driving can be dangerous. More than
    80% of all car crashes occur at speeds less than 10 mph. Fatalities involving non-
    belted occupants of cars have been recorded at as low as 12 mph. That's about the
    speed you'd be driving in a parking lot." (U.S. Department of Transportation's
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Seat belt safety pamphlet # DT HS 802

         Three medical doctors writing for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine came to the
        same conclusion. "The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the
        force applied to the cervical spine of the occupants," they explained. (Charles Carroll,
        M.D., Paul McAfee, M.D., and Lee Riley, Jr., M.D., "Objective findings for diagnosis of
        'whiplash'" March 1986).

    Other health care professionals agree. "The accident does not need to be server in
    order to generate cervical trauma. Using the brakes when the light suddenly turns red
    and when the neck is too relaxed is enough to cause trauma," said orthopedic doctor
    Robert Maigne, M.D. ("A New Approach to Vertebral Manipulations," C.C. Thomas,

    Sometimes, even after "little" accidents, the effect of subluxations are immediate: pain,
    stiffness, loss of mobility; Unfortunately, at other times, outward symptoms take time to
    surface. Weeks or months later, headaches, backaches, dizziness, or other physical
    symptoms arise. Many cases have been documented where people don't feel the effect
    of the accident-caused subluxation until years later!

    This is not to imply that every accident or sudden stop will cause a subluxation
    Everyday, people walk away from serious accidents completely unharmed. But, anyone
    who is in an accident - even a minor one - should visit a chiropractor for a thorough
    checkup. It's the only way to be sure!