Whiplash can be one of the most painful and debilitating injuries that a person can suffer, and Accident and Injury Chiropractic of Tacoma can be the key to regaining full function, living with minimum discomfort, and live with maximum mobility after trauma. Our staff of carefully trained and fully accredited chiropractors and associated practitioners can help bring your neck, spine, shoulders, and skull back towards the land of health after a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is the name for the injury that can be received to the head, neck, and shoulders when an accident or total-body impact throws the human form around. The kinetic force of the event can be transmitted to the head and the body in different ways, causing the head to gyrate independently from the body to a certain extent. Kinetic energy can recoil from the body to the head, causing the head to "crack" back and forth like a whip. This sort of tearing and compressing action can be very traumatic. This injury is common in incidents that involve tremendous forces such as car accidents and falls, and it is normal for the full extent of the damage to take a day or two to manifest after the trauma has been received.
When an overwhelming kinetic force is applied to the body, the vectors involved moving the body and the head in distinct ways. The amount of support, the direction of the force, the further interactions with other objects or people during the incident, and the posture of the person injured at the time of the accident can all have large effects on the exact forces the body and the head will undergo. This can cause the neck to be stretched and compressed in ways quite unnatural to the form. Every structure in the neck, one of the most important parts of the human anatomy, is at risk under such duress.
Even a minor disruption in the relationship between the vertebrae can have detrimental effects on the range of motion and quality of life. Our chiropractors have studied the structure of the spine and its related anatomical features, and they can gently and professionally adjust the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, vertebrae, and other bodily structures so as to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and spinal structure in general. As the spine and neck are returned to a more natural position, the body's natural ability to maintain the correct forms and postures begins to take over and healing is enhanced. This leads to increased feelings of health and well-being, a greater range of mobility, and an end to advancing trauma caused by debility and instability in the spine. Headaches and other neurological issues may also be reduced or relieved by properly reseating the skull upon the spine.