There are many things that can happen when a vehicle hits, including fatal collisions and fender benders.
Many people who are involved in crashes do not notice any injuries and have trouble recalling details.
It happens for many reasons.
This blog will explain what chemicals your body releases and how they can help you survive a car accident.
Understanding Survival Traits and Human Fight or Flight or Physiology After and During a Car Accident
You and the car have kinetic energy when you drive or ride in it.
The energy of your movement is transferred quickly to the brakes when there is a sudden stop. This kinetic energy can be released in a car accident and can impact the body. This can lead to injury or pain.
People will often feel an overwhelming sense of urgency that gives them the ability to quickly react to danger.
You might be able to walk away from a collision with no pain, claiming that you haven’t sustained any injuries.
Patients often report injuries from car accidents within 2 to 3 days. Many others are not injured and leave the accident scene with no injuries.
People often describe a car accident in slow motion. This is called slow motion perception.
What is the Cause of Our Bodies’ Reaction?
What is it that causes our bodies and minds react in this manner to threatening events? How does science explain this? Does it protect us from harm and other dangers?
When we experience trauma, natural hormones are released throughout our bodies.
These chemical reactions can also be triggered by other activities, such as bungee jumping and high altitude.
These heightened senses are often overlooked, but when danger threatens our lives, we instinctively defend ourselves against it.
Fly or fight
“fight or flight” is often used to refer to situations in which adrenaline can be released into the body.
Dilated blood vessels and increased air flow allow the body to pass more blood to the muscles, increase oxygen in the lungs, and boost physical performance in short bursts.
If we are attacked or injures by a dog, for example.
An adrenaline rush is a feeling of energy that gives us the strength and power to escape or attack. This adrenaline rush is intense, and can be used to escape danger, react quickly, and even rescue others.
Side effects of Adrenaline in a Car Accident
- Sometimes your vision can become blocked in the forward direction, often causing threats from the sides to disappear from you field of vision.
- Sometimes your hearing can become blocked, preventing you hearing warnings or hearing attacks.
- There are no feelings of pain
- Sensu heightened
- Energy surge sudden
- Increased respiration
- Blood vessels dilation
- Increased blood flow
Adrenaline Surge: The After-Effects
- You may feel weak and your hands shake. This is due to the fact that your blood sugar has fallen, which was pumped into your body to provide energy for a fight-or-flight survival response.
- Sudden fainting can sometimes occur when there is a sudden drop in adrenaline or an endorphin rush. This is not the same as the fear response.
- Unexpected release of intense emotion that was suppressed during adrenaline surge. Most often, this manifests as crying.
What is Adrenaline?
Adrenaline, a natural hormone, is made by the adrenal glands. It is secreted throughout our bodies when we have a traumatic experience.
An adrenaline rush is a very intense feeling like sadness, happiness or any other intense emotion.
This hormone creates a powerful natural response that gives our bodies the ability to fight or escape from dangerous threats.
What are Endorphins?
Endorphins, neurotransmitters found in the brain, act as natural pain relievers.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that allow signals to be transmitted from one neuron into the next across synapses.
These chemicals transmit signals through the nervous system and can be found in the pituitary cell.
A receptor is a molecule which transmits signals. An endorphin binds with a receptor to which morphine or other opiates gravitate, also known as the “opioid receiver”.
Endorphins can affect emotional reactions and block pain. Endorphins can interact with opioid receptors to produce pleasure and satisfaction.
Endorphins are produced by the pituitary and hypothalamus of vertebrates during:
- Running (runners high).
- Consumption of spicy food
- Sexual activity
Positive stress, such as diet and exercise, is necessary for the reproduction of endorphins. However, stress and pain can also trigger their release.
The Psychological Model
You can be happy, sad, or mad. Fear is a sidebar. A person will usually be in glad mode.
Endorphins can be released to regain happiness if stress causes a person to feel sad or mad.
Endorphins can also be used to cope with fear by providing a sense of calm euphoria when it is stimulated. To ensure survival in extreme circumstances, the brain keeps a certain amount of endorphins.
Endorphins and adrenaline will be produced by your body, which can lead to increased energy or a decrease in pain.
This is what happens to athletes who get hurt during a sport. They continue playing until they are done with the game.
This is because their bodies produce adrenaline and endorphins. These two chemicals are supercharged and can even cause pain.
What physical injuries can occur in a car accident?
The body absorbs energy in car crashes, particularly those at high speeds. This increases the chance of injury. Here are some examples of injuries that can occur to various parts of the body.
Trauma to the Upper Body and Spine
A broken or bruised collarbone is one of the most common injuries in an automobile accident, especially when it happens at high speeds. This can sometimes be caused by seat belt use.
High-speed car crashes can cause fractures in the ribs. A rib fracture can lead to a collapse of the lung because the ribs act as a protective shield around the lungs.
The heart is pushed forward in a car accident. The heart can be in direct contact with the ribs and cause bruising.
The spine may sustain trauma from a car accident, which can lead to disc herniation, which can cause back pain or neuropathy. After sustaining injury to the spine in a car accident, pain can either be chronic or acute.
Whiplash, which is a cervical spine injury, can also be caused by a car accident.
Because the body moves at the same speed as before the accident, neck and head injuries are quite common.
When a part of your body (e.g. your head) is thrust forward, it stops kinetic speed.
These injuries are quite common and should not be ignored.
After a car accident, always seek medical attention
Even if you do not feel any discomfort immediately after a car accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.
Your doctor can tell you if there have been any injuries to your body. They also monitor for any signs of possible injuries and warn you about red flags.
It is important to have all documentation regarding your injuries and that you seek medical attention within a reasonable time frame if you want to file a personal injury claim.
You could lose your claim if you wait too long before you see a doctor after an accident.
It can be difficult to find a trusted medical facility if you have been in a car accident and sustained injuries.
Most chiropractors offer a complimentary consultation to help you get to know the clinic.