Whiplash? In an Auto Accident?... Get chiropractic care, because you're no dummy!

Do you ever wonder why when a racecar crashes, the car basically explodes? Racecars are designed to ‘shatter’ upon impact for a reason...while our cars we drive day to day are built to withstand accidents. The reason for this is that racecars implode upon impact because they are designed to take the force from the crash, not the driver.

For us, the opposite happens. The driver (and/or people) in the car absorbs the force from the crash and the car hardly gets scrapped!

After an accident, you may be experiencing obvious pains and symptoms like muscle stiffness or spasm, neck pain, headaches, numbness and tingling, back pain, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and many other complications. Or worse than that, you may be injured and feel nothing at all.

If you are not treated with chiropractic care, your body is more likely to create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly. This will lead to further long-term complications.

The goal of a chiropractic treatment regime is to gain maximal symptomatic improvement as quickly as possible while minimizing reparative scar tissue formation in the injured soft tissues.

Auto Accident Check List

  • Call 911 immediately and request any necessary medical emergency aid for any injuries
  • Record names and contact information for everyone involved
  • Record auto insurance information including policy numbers for every vehicle involved
  • Record year, make, model and license number of all vehicles involved
  • Note the location of the accident including street names and landmarks
  • Photograph the scene and any damage done to the vehicles and passengers
  • And of course … call your Chiropractor Immediately!

In a WRECK?... RAK can help!

RAK Chiropractic has been serving the Rochester MN 55906/55901 with highly individualized and specialized chiropractic care. RAK Chiropractic combines chiropractic care with physical therapy, athletic therapy, nutrition and lifestyle coaching to promote healthy living for the entire family. Dr. Ryley Layden and Dr. Katie Layden provide sports chiropractic and soft tissue treatments to athletes and individuals, pediatric, pre and post-natal care in Southeast Minnesota. With the knowledge of the doctors at RAK they also specialize in Auto Accident rehabilitation.

A car accident can be stressful and damaging not only to your vehicle but also to your health.


Following an auto accident the first few questions and thoughts you have are:

1 – how bad is my car damaged?
2 – how bad is their car damaged?
3 – what are the costs going to be?
4 – who was at fault and going to pay?
...usually the last thought for someone is how am I feeling and how am I going to feel?

Injuries sustained during an auto accident can become life alternating and debilitating if not treated correctly right away. Todays' cars are designed to withstand the forces of an auto accident and have minimal damage following a crash. When a car does not ‘crumble’ something/someone has to take the force … the passengers! Think of a racecar when they get into a wreck – the car explodes into pieces and the driver more often than not walks away! Those cars are designed to take the force from the crash so that the driver does not.

Auto Accident injuries may show themselves as pain and stiffness are common, but other symptoms can include headaches, neck pain, numbness and tingling, arm pain, nausea, dizziness, vision changes, low back pain, sciatica, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, jaw pain, sore throat, hoarse voice, insomnia, anxiety, light headedness, ringing in the ears, shoulder pain or wrist pain.

The symptoms from an auto accident may not always be so clear and may take months or years to develop if never treated correctly.

No matter how minor the crash seems to be, getting evaluated for a spinal injury and seeking care if needed from a chiropractor as soon as possible following the accident can greatly improve your chances for a full recovery.


Auto Accident Studies

Studies done at the University Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Bristol, UK have shown "43% percent of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following 'whiplash' injury, for which no conventional medical treatment has proven to be effective."

More research was done by the same department in Bristol, UK to determine the effects of chiropractic care in a group of 28 patients who had been referred with chronic ‘whiplash’ syndrome. The results were “twenty-six (93%) patients improved following chiropractic treatment.” This research clearly shows chiropractic care is the most effective choice for neck pain following a car accident or any type of whiplash injury.

If you have been in an auto accident, you need a doctor who is trained in the biomechanics of the human body; someone who treats these injuries everyday. In addition, x-rays can be taken to find out if there has been any structural damage. In our office, we evaluate auto accident victims frequently and make any appropriate referrals to other health care providers if needed.

If you or anyone you know has suffered from a whiplash injury or has any aches and pains from a car accident or a fall go see a chiropractor immediately.

RAK Chiropractic WORKS ... Call TODAY!