Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension from the violent movement. In most cases you aren't always looking forward and relaxed when the accident occurs. In some cases, you know its coming and have tensed your muscles, or you have turned to look at the other person in the car when the accident occurs. Each injury is specific to that person and the treatment plan is catered to the specific person and injury as well.
Chiropractic can help with both types of injuries. Adjustments and alignments can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment. Chiropractic massage can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery.
Pain killers can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long term solution. Chiropractic can alleviate pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system with proper alignment. It can also restore proper joint movement, helping to ensure that you use proper motion so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body. We are not concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well being. When a Whiplash injury has occured the healing process and treatment is catered to your specific injury.
What to expect when you come in...
First is to set a treatment plan that first gets you out of the pain you are currently in. Than you will go for the initial injury care to the rehabilitative care. This second part of your treatment plan helps build stability, strength, and relieves tension and soreness in the muscles and ligaments that were affected by the incidient. Once you have then gone through the initial care and rehabilitiative care you then are part of our maintenance care. During this type of care you are trying to conitnue to build stability and strength in the weaked and damaged area from re-exacerbated itself.
How can CHIROPRACTIC help WHIPLASH?
Chiropractors can offer to relieve pain in the areas of your whiplash. This is done by performing a specific chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation) Where your joint is gently moved to encourage your body's natural healing process.
Once you are out of pain then the rehabilitation is started. This includes low-force modalities, muscle relaxation and muscle stimulation. The goal is to relieve the tension in the muscles while also stretching and strengthing the area of complaint to help support the Whiplash Injury.
After manipualtion is performed to reduce the pain, and after you have been rehabed from the initial injury than comes the part in your treatment plan where you go into a maintenance care. This type of care includes changing ergonomic and lifesyle changes while also doing exercises to prevent an exacerbation of your Whiplash Injury.