Suffering from Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury to the neck muscles that occur when the head is rapidly moved backward or forward and then speedily “whipped” in the opposite direction. This can cause short-term or acute neck pain and restricted movement. The ligaments and muscles in the neck are stretched beyond the normal motion range. The soft tissues can tear or sprain leading to discomfort and pain.
COMMON RISK FACTORS AND SYMPTOMS
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Pain in the arms, upper back, and shoulders
- Blurred vision
- Headaches particularly the back of the head
- Challenges in concentrating
- Extreme fatigue
- Vertigo or dizziness
Signs and Symptoms of Arm & Wrist Pain to Watch For
- Facial pain
- Thyroid or nasal problems
Whiplash Chiropractic Treatment
- Spinal manipulation for whiplash: Also known as chiropractic adjustments, spinal manipulation entails identifying the neck joints that are misaligned and positioning them back into their proper place. That can be done by gently moving the affected joint into the direction in which it is constrained. In some cases, the chiropractor can apply swift but gentle thrust in the desired direction and in others a slow mobilizing movement. The whiplash injury could have also aggravated a herniated or bulging disc. Therefore, chiropractors employ the flexion-distraction technique, which is a hands-on, gentle, non-thrusting spinal manipulation to ease the herniated discs.
- Muscle stimulations or relaxation as whiplash treatments: The primary whiplash treatment used by chiropractors for related muscle dysfunction is muscle stimulation and/or relaxation. That includes gentle stretches to the muscles experiencing excessive tension and repeated contractions of the muscle that is restricted. If the muscles are too tight, the chiropractor applies a more vigorous stretch. Gentle finger pressure technics will be applied to ease the pain related to tight muscles.
- Specific trigger point therapy: The chiropractor can identify spinal joints, which are limited or show abnormal motion (commonly called subluxations). He or she will help restore joint motion with a gentle thrusting technique. That can stretch body tissues and stimulates the nervous system to reinstate normal spine motion. Also, the chiropractor can identify specific tight hypertonic, painful muscle points by placing direct pressure using the activator on these exact points to alleviate muscle tension.
If you are experiencing whiplash pain...
If you are experiencing whiplash pain, Dr. Chris Rush at BeachView Chiropractic Center can treat your body as a whole. He will examine the underlying cause of the pain and develop a tailored treatment depending on the severity of the injury. More so, an emphasis on prevention and self-care at BeachView Chiropractic Center as the key to body upkeep will be advocated. This allows you to have short and long-term pain relief.