Whiplash Symptoms and Treatment
Whiplash is common condition in auto accident injuries but can also occur from fast-moving sports or a fall from a roof. In all these cases, whiplash is a condition caused by forces violently whipping the head back and forth. The reason why trauma from whiplash is so painful is because the soft tissue around the neck gets the most impact. More than one direction change can happen in an accident causing what is known as a whiplash effect of a back and forth damaging motion. However, the damage from whiplash may be minor and go unnoticed, eventually leading to health complications later in life. If you have been in an auto accident, we at Live Well Chiropractic are here to help assess the damage and find the treatment that works for you.
Treating Whiplash with The Help of a Chiropractor
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash starts with a physical examination. The first thing that our team will do is examine the spine and the neck to determine the exact location of the injury. After the location is determined and the injury is diagnosed, the patient is offered a personalized treatment plan. A typical whiplash treatment plan includes the following procedures and chiropractic techniques:
- Muscle stimulation and relaxation. With the help of finger techniques and gentle stretches, a chiropractic specialist reduces muscle tension and provides pain relief.
- Spinal adjustments. The purpose of these chiropractic manipulations that chiropractors perform by hand is to position a misaligned neck joint back into the correct place.
- Instrument-assisted therapy. Chiropractors may also use different instruments for treating affected soft tissues.
- Specific trigger point therapy. The purpose of this chiropractic technique is to stimulate the nervous system in order to reinstate proper spine motion.
Motion and Exercise
Our chiropractors will provide guided exercises and motion treatment to help the body regain its ability to function normally. This is often combined with temperature treatments to loosen the damaged soft tissue and increase blood flow for healing. Patients may need physical therapy rehabilitation, which our experienced chiropractors can also provide. The use of a foam neck collar can be necessary in stabilizing the neck and preventing further injury.
Contact Us for Help
If you have had an injury caused by a car accident and you are still experiencing pain and discomfort, it is time to see a specialist. At Live Well Chiropractic Center, our team of professionals provides a range of chiropractic services to West Haven and the surrounding areas. Do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule your first appointment with one of our specialists.