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Back pain is the main reason people go to a chiropractor, but whiplash and chiropractors are the second most common thing people think of when they talk about chiropractic care.
Conventional doctors usually suggest immobilizing the neck for a few weeks, then offer stretching exercises, but this is the opposite of what should be done and only causes the pain and length of time to heal, to increase substantially. Can chiropractors help with whiplash? They absolutely do!
Whiplash chiropractic treatment techniques, however, speed healing and reduce pain. While adjustments sound as if they will be too painful to perform, chiropractors know special techniques that will not cause pain and will return the cervical spine to its correct position, which will improve mobility.
The pain will be controlled through very gentle stretching, heat and ice therapy, chiropractic massage, and the use of other modalities, as deemed helpful by your chiropractor.
We offer a wide range of chiropractic treatment for whiplash and have extensive experience in this area. While your first reaction will be to put on a neck brace, lie on the sofa and wait for the pain to dissipate, you should call one of our clinics at Better Health Chiropractic within a few days after your injury.
We understand that whiplash is incredibly painful but waiting for the pain to disappear will take months with that approach. Better Health Chiropractic offers reduced pain levels and will speed healing through gentle, chiropractic treatment, which includes adjustments, rehabilitation exercises and gentle stretching, suggestions for natural anti-inflammatories to control pain and more.
Your chiropractor at Better Health will most likely use several modalities to speed healing to the damaged neck tissue, including massage therapy, ultra sound, cold or heat therapy, and/or cold laser therapy. Rest assured that our staff is very familiar with the trauma suffered by those who have whiplash and are very sympathetic to your pain and will make every effort to keep you comfortable during your treatment.
Whiplash can be tremendously painful and since it usually is the result of an accident, you might have sustained other injuries as well. As soon as your doctor has cleared you to return home, making an appointment with your chiropractor as soon as possible would be a smart move.
Some people do not feel the pain of whiplash until a full 48 hours after the accident. Don’t feel as if you won’t be believed if you start to have neck pain after you leave the hospital and are at home. This is not unusual and your chiropractor, as well as their staff, are not there to judge you!
Receiving chiropractic care as soon as possible will help to ease your pain and allow the healing process to begin. Chiropractic treatment for whiplash offers substantial pain relief and faster healing to 93% of whiplash patients compared to those who received no treatment.
Whiplash (medically referred to as Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration, or CAD) is easily one of the most commonly used words in the chiropractic language, and it’s almost always associated with vehicular accidents. According to Spine-Health.com,
“Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward and then forward, putting the cervical spine through lightning-quick motions and extreme stresses.”
However, a list of possibilities would be near endless that may cause the head to rapidly jerk back and forth – especially when it comes to sports and or even head-banging a bit too hard at a rock concert. You get the idea, but yes, rear-end car accidents are the most common cause.
First and foremost, neck pain. For some, it can be sharp and radiating (traveling along the shoulder or down the arm), for others it can be a hot tingling numbness or even a dull aching. Whether tolerable or excruciating, it’s a serious issue when you experience these accompanied by a limited range of motion or stiffness. It can be hard to diagnose, and since we’re talking about the neck, cervical spine, and the central nervous system (some experience “reduced” mental faculties), symptoms can become complex.
It really depends on a lot of things. For example, are you going to see a chiropractor? With treatment, most people recover within about 3 months or so, but for those that go the DIY route, it’s a bit riskier. Chronic pain can last years, and there are a number of associated disorders to consider. Has your balance or coordination been impacted? The body does work to heal itself, so how are the vertebrae and joint capsules doing? The first step to quick effective recovery is diagnosis!
To be safe, we advise you not try and exercise or stretch your neck yourself after experiencing whiplash unless under the supervision or direction of a professional. They’re not complex movements or anything, but unless you have a clear understanding of your neck and cervical physiology, you could unintentionally make things worse or hurt associated soft tissue. Here’s a quick list of easy, low-impact, and DIY-style exercises to consider with proper instruction:
The best way offers the most effective neck support and helps you keep it in a neutral position as you sleep on your back. Stomach sleeping puts pressure on the neck, even if you have a nice soft ergonomic pillow. You can also sleep in an inclined position, again, as long as the neck has enough support to keep the spinal column straight, not bending.