Whiplash is a term used to refer to an injury of the neck caused when it’s suddenly pushed in a direction, which creates a whip-like motion of the neck and head. You can get whiplash often from car accidents, but also from accidents such as from falling or sports. It sprains the neck ligaments as well as strains the muscles and tendons.
Often occurring signs of whiplash include tension and discomfort around the neck. It’s also common to get a headache, but they can be on one side or both sides of the head. Some other symptoms that tend to subside quickly are problems with swallowing, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. Oddly enough, symptoms of whiplash usually don’t show until somewhere between 2 hours and 2 days after the whiplash.
An important method of treatment for whiplash can be chiropractic manipulation. Methods of chiropractic treatment include:
Applying ice/heat to decrease pain and muscle spasms.
Gentle movements of the injured ligament in the direction that it cannot move in.
Mild pressure applied by fingers on points of the neck to relieve the pain in tight neck muscles.
Giving sensorimotor exercises such as McKenzie exercise to treat whiplash.
Offer ways to reduce stress to aid chiropractic issues.
A chiropractic approach to treating whiplash is an extremely effective one in that there are numerous methods that chiropractors can use to rid your injury. Not only do chiropractors offer physical help inside the office, but they offer help for a patient’s outside life as well. Schedule an appointment if you think you are being affected by whiplash and would like to resolve the underlying issue behind the pain.