When your body is suddenly jolted as a result of an unforeseen impact or a heavy blow, such as a car accident or sports injury, you may be left with the uncomfortable symptoms associated with a whiplash injury. Fortunately, recovery and relief are possible with the help of a chiropractic care specialist.
Chiropractic care is a type of healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on the spine. During a chiropractic evaluation, the chiropractor will assess the various areas of the body that are affected by the injury. Chiropractors will use a variety of techniques, including manual adjustments, to help alleviate pain and improve function in the body.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully thrown forward and backward or side to side. This type of movement can strain the neck muscles and ligaments, leading to pain, discomfort, or various other unpleasant symptoms.
Symptoms of a whiplash injury can include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty with memory and concentration, tingling or numbness in the arms or hands, and more. In severe cases, whiplash can lead to more significant complications, such as nerve damage, chronic pain in various areas of the body, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents, but can be caused by a variety of things, including sports injuries, amusement park rides, snowboarding or skiing accidents, and falls. Any incident that provokes a high-intensity impact on the body may result in a whiplash injury.
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for people with whiplash injuries. There are several chiropractic techniques that may be implemented to attain the patient’s desired results. Chiropractic care can be helpful for reducing pain, improving the patient’s range of motion, strengthening the muscles, promoting healing, and improving overall function.
Spinal manipulation, also known as a chiropractic adjustment, is a treatment technique used by chiropractors to help restore proper alignment to the spine and reduce pain and stiffness. During this treatment, a chiropractor narrows in on the misaligned joints and manipulates them into proper positioning. Common spinal manipulation techniques used for whiplash injuries include:
- Flexion-distraction technique
- Instrument-assisted manipulation
- Specific spinal manipulation
Muscle stimulation or relaxation techniques are therapies used to help improve muscle function and reduce pain and muscle spasms for patients with whiplash injuries. These techniques may be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as spinal adjustments and exercise, to help promote healing. There are several types of muscle stimulation or relaxation techniques, including:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Heat or cold therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
H3: Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy is a treatment option for patients experiencing whiplash symptoms. Soft tissue therapy helps to reduce pain and improve muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have been affected by a whiplash injury. There are varying types of soft tissue therapies that may be used depending on the patient’s unique whiplash injury, such as:
- Massage using pressure or kneading to relax and stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Myofascial release that targets the connective tissue or fascia surrounding the muscles
- Graston Technique, an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
Trigger point therapy is used to address muscle pain and stiffness. It involves the application of pressure to specific points in the muscles, known as trigger points, which can cause pain in other parts of the body.
If you are experiencing symptoms related to a whiplash injury, Oregon Medical Centers is here to help you find relief through chiropractic care solutions. We will diagnose the underlying cause of your discomfort and create a custom treatment plan that promotes the restoration of your comfort. Contact our professionals to schedule your chiropractic consultation today.
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