When you are in a car accident you neck is not protected. The neck is often injured in a car accident, due to the jerking motion that occurs because the body is being held in place by a seatbelt while the head is not. So, why is alignment important and how will you know if it is out of alignment due to a car accident? Read on to learn! When your body is properly aligned, including your neck, your body will maintain a straight line that runs from your head to your shoulders, down your back, and to your hips, knees, and feet. Proper alignment does much more than keep you sitting straight in your chair. It helps prevent long term pain and many other health conditions. A misalignment in your neck can impair your range of motion, and severe misalignments will impact your quality of life. Spinal misalignments, including a misaligned neck, can be responsible for everything from chronic headaches and depression to increasing your risk of catching a common cold. Your cervical spine, the part of your spine that makes up your neck, is commonly misaligned and the most prone to causing problems. If you can't twist your neck left or right or you feel pain when you turn your neck, there's a good chance your neck is out of alignment. There are signs to look out for that typically indicate a misalignment. You can also do things, like stretch, to help combat the symptoms of a misaligned neck. Severe misalignments will require medical attention, usually from a chiropractor. In the article below, we will take a look at how to know if your neck is out of alignment and some things you can do to find relief.