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How Chiropractic Can Help Those With Whiplash


Whiplash is generally defined as a neck injury occurring when the head is thrown forward suddenly, usually from an automobile accident. Many people who are hit or “rear-ended” may suffer from whiplash. The injury can cause severe pain in the neck and shoulders, as well as joint dysfunction and herniated discs.  Mild whiplash may last only a few days while severe whiplash can cause years of back and neck problems. 

It is fortunate that chiropractic adjustments have been shown to promote recovery from this injury. Because chiropractic’s goal is to align your vertebrae and relieve nerve pressure, the specific symptoms of whiplash can easily be seen and treated. While it may not be an overnight process, a wellness plan including chiropractic treatments may help you recover from your issues faster. The chiropractor will examine the back and neck in order to find problem areas and will thus recommend different treatments which may include adjustments, muscle stimulation, or light exercising,

Chiropractic adjustments are meant to put any misplaced vertebrae back where they belong. When whiplash occurs, it is possible for misalignment to happen perhaps in multiple places. When vertebrae are disturbed this way, nerve pressure can be debilitating. After an adjustment, the vertebrae are realigned, relieving the nerve pressure. This will allow blood to begin to flow freely and begin the healing process.

During muscle stimulation, devices are used in order to deliver small electromagnetic shocks to problem areas. While this may sound intense, it is a very gentle process and is designed to relieve tension in the muscles. Most chiropractors will use a TENS machine which uses soft pads to apply stimulation. The patient is always able to control the levels of stimulation being received, ensuring optimum comfort and benefit.

Along with regular adjustments, the chiropractor may recommend some light exercises or stretches to do in office and at home. These movements will help to strengthen the damaged muscles and joints and improve mobility. It is important to be very gentle while performing the prescribed exercises and to always ask questions if you are unsure of what to do. These exercises are meant to correlate with adjustments, so make sure you know exactly how to do them. It may help you recover even faster.

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