Whiplash Chiropractic Treatment
Whiplash chiropractic treatment should be personalized according to each individual unique cases. It’s important you talk to your chiropractor about your whiplash chiropractic treatment plan before you begin it. Your chiropractor should exam you to determine the appropriate treatment for your whiplash injury, based on the primary dysfunction the exam detects. Chiropractic treatment often involves approaches such as manipulation, stimulation and muscle relaxation, exercises, lifestyle and ergonomic changes.
The main whiplash chiropractic treatment is spinal manipulation. Your chiropractor gently moves the affected joint into the direction of the restriction. Do note that there is not enough evidence to suggest that spinal manipulation is an effective long-term treatment for whiplash but there are short-term benefits.
Secondary whiplash chiropractic treatment like muscle relaxation will gently stretch your muscles. Which helps with tight muscles. Your chiropractor also will address factors that need to be changed in your home, work and in your recreational life.
Common Signs of Whiplash
Common signs of whiplash include stiffness and pain in your neck. Symptoms usually congregate around regions of impact. Often, when whiplash occurs, it causes strain or sprain in the area below the skull due to the lift of your head. Symptoms generally will occur around the upper cervical spine. It can trace back to the front or back of the neck. This will cause pain or sharp discomfort, which will worsen without medical care, when you turn your head.
You would also feel tension headaches at the base of your skull, cervicogenic headache. More than 75 percent of patients suffer from this. The headaches often are unilateral, aka one-sided. However, sometimes they could be bilateral: felt on both sides. Pain and stiffness will extend to the shoulders, upper back, upper chest and arms.
Other musculoskeletal symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and difficulty swallowing. These usually will disappear without treatment after a while. But if they do not go away, you NEED to see a doctor and get examined. It’s important you find out which issues still linger and haven’t been resolved.
Other chronic symptoms include jaw pain, ringing in your ears, Vertigo – the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning, fatigue, irritability and trouble concentrating.
With Whiplash, signs seldom develop until after a couple of hours, often between 2 to 48 hours after the car accident occurred. The reason why is not fully understood. Some believe it’s the result of a delay in muscle soreness.
Can You Prevent Whiplash?
You can’t ‘prevent’ whiplash. But, reduce the seriousness of the whiplash injury while you are in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) . Make sure you fasten your lap belt or shoulder belt every time. Also, make sure you properly position your headrest in your vehicle.