Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Whiplash

Posted on October 4, 2021

One of the most common injuries people suffer after a car accident is whiplash. Unfortunately, you may not experience symptoms of whiplash until days or even weeks later. Thus, whether or not you are experiencing pain and/or discomfort following a car accident, you still need to visit a chiropractor. 


Whiplash is no light matter. A serious case of a whiplash injury can have long-lasting consequences on your comfort and mobility. If not treated properly, it can have negative effects on your health and well-being for the rest of your life. Fortunately, chiropractic therapy can help alleviate the pain and discomfort you experience due to whiplash. It can help you resume your normal activities in no time.




What Is Whiplash Injury?



This is an injury to the neck resulting from the forceful and sudden back and forth movement of the neck. It usually involves the tendons, muscles, nerves, and discs in the neck. Most whiplash injuries result from rear-end auto accidents. However, you can also experience whiplash as a result of physical abuse, sports accidents, falls, and other types of trauma.  




Symptoms of Whiplash



The most common symptoms of whiplash injury include:
 

  • Neck pain.
     

  • Dizziness.
     

  • Neck stiffness.
     

  • Pain or numbness in the hand or arm.
     

  • Lower back pain.
     

  • Shoulder pain.
     

  • Blurred vision.
     

  • Ringing in the ears.
     

  • Tiredness.
     

  • Irritability.
     

  • Sleeplessness.
     

  • Memory or concentration problems.




Chiropractic Techniques Used to Treat Whiplash



Some of the techniques that chiropractors use to treat whiplash include chiropractic manipulation, muscle stimulation or relaxation, exercises, and lifestyle changes. However, the most common treatment technique for whiplash injury is chiropractic manipulation. 




Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy for Whiplash Injury



Chiropractic care provides many benefits in the treatment of whiplash injury. With early intervention, your chiropractor will customize the ideal treatment plan to suit your specific needs. Some of the reasons you should visit a chiropractor if you have whiplash include:


 

Reduced Pain and Inflammation



Chiropractic care for whiplash can provide long-term and rapid relief from pain and inflammation in your neck’s soft tissue. Often, patients with whiplash do not even need to take pain medication after getting chiropractic therapy.



Chiropractic Care Can Help Improve Your Overall Wellness



In addition to boosting the health of your spine, a spinal adjustment can benefit your overall wellness and health. Chiropractic adjustments can help boost blood flow throughout the body, resulting in mental clarity and increased energy. 



Restored Range of Motion in the Neck



Whiplash can cause stiffness in your neck. This can make it difficult and painful to move your neck in any direction. Fortunately, a manual chiropractic adjustment of your cervical spine can help restore the full range of motion in your neck. This will help you stay pain-free and physically active. 



Prevention and/or Treatment of Headaches



Whiplash injury can make you experience recurrent headaches. Chiropractic therapy can reduce the tension in your neck muscles to prevent or naturally relieve headaches. It can also prevent whiplash-related headaches from developing in the future.




To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for whiplash, visit Accident and Injury Chiropractic at our office in Tacoma, Washington. You can call (253) 215-8350 to schedule an appointment.

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