Why is whiplash the most common type of accident injury?
Experiencing, severe, unexpected jolts while sitting in a vehicle forces your neck muscles and ligaments to “hyperextend”, resulting in what is medically referred to as an “acceleration flexion-extension” injury more commonly known as whiplash. Involving the transfer or deceleration and acceleration forces, whiplash causes serious damage to the tissues surrounding the cervical area of the spine by rigorously stretching them and then allowing soft tissues to “snap” back uncontrollably.
How do I know if I have whiplash?
Symptoms of whiplash may emerge immediately after the accident or wait several days before restricting mobility and causing pain. Frequently reported signs of whiplash include unrelenting neck, shoulder and/or arm pain, headaches, numbness in the arms and hands, blurred vision, dizziness and increasing inability to move the head.
How can a chiropractor help my whiplash?
Our chiropractors use a specific type of treatment called a chiropractic adjustment to realign cervical spine vertebrae by gently manipulating and mobilizing neck and upper spine vertebrae and soft tissues. This works to relieve pressure on irritated nerves, alleviate tissue inflammation and minimize pain caused by misalignment of the spine.
Will Therapeutic Massage Help My Whiplash Symptoms?
Yes! Following a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Day may recommend victims of auto accidents enjoy the benefits of therapeutic massage that helps relax “stoved-up” muscles and enhance blood flow to inflamed soft tissues so muscles and ligaments receive adequate amounts of nutrients and oxygen necessary to facilitate healing.
Other types of massage that address whole-body soreness and pain following an auto accident include myofascial, friction-based and trigger point massage therapies that help relieve all whiplash symptoms while stimulating circulation and release of endorphins to improve energy levels and eliminate depression caused by stress and anxiety.
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Anthem Chiropractic provides a wide variety of chiropractic treatments to not only address whiplash and other musculoskeletal injuries but also back and neck problems resulting from overexertion or chronic disease.
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