Chiropractic Care 101: Whiplash!
Crash, bang, boom, whiplash is no joke!
Who out there has had to deal with the aches and pains of whiplash? It can be so severe that the most menial daily tasks can't be carried out, or it can be a mild annoyance that prevents you from turning your head to the side. Regardless of the intensity of the injury, it isn't something that should be left untreated. Some cases (even the most mild) can create muscle stiffness that causes long-term chronic pain. If you recently developed whiplash, from anything as formidable as a car accident to as simple as aggressively having your arm tugged by a child in one direction while you turned another way, you should think about asking your primary care physician to refer you to a qualified Chiropractor.
What Chiropractors can offer to relieve the pain-in-the-neck symptoms of whiplash.
Chiropractors "got your back" and I mean that literally (and figuratively). By using several different treatment techniques, Chiropractors can assist in relieving pain, and encouraging healing in the affected areas.
- Chiropractic Adjustment: By performing spinal manipulation, via short thrusts or slower movements, Chiropractors can gently move the involved joint towards the restricted area. This helps create mobility and encourages healing.
- Muscle Relaxation and Muscle Stimulation: With calm gentle stretches to the affected muscles, Chiropractors can relieve tension. Sometimes these stretches are also combined with 'finger pressure techniques' on certain pressure points to relieve pain.
- McKenzie Exercises: Fortunately for us, McKenzie exercises are 100 percent intended to reduce disc derangement caused by whiplash. The first set of exercises happen in the Chiropractor's office, but can be taught to the patient to use at home. This gives the patient a little more control in the healing process.
Each case of whiplash is different, so each treatment plan will vary.
As you go through your healing process with your Chiropractor, you might not see all of these techniques used. Each case of whiplash comes with its own set of symptoms. Sometimes the severity of the injury prevents the Chiropractor from using the spinal adjustment method as it would be too harsh on the affected sore muscles. Sometimes the exercises are not 100 percent necessary in the recovery process. Whatever your particular case of whiplash might be, you can rest assured that your Chiropractor has been specifically trained to handle it. With their arsenal of treatment plans, you are going to be in good hands. So if that neck of yours is still aching from a whiplash related injury, don't wait! Research qualified Chiropractors in your area and seek out a whiplash treatment plan that is tailored just to you.