Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash is essential. Whiplash injuries occur when the head and neck are whipped back and forth violently. Many of the tissues in the neck (muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints) can be damaged during the injury. It is important to be assessed after a whiplash injury, to determine if any injury of the spine has occurred. Most people associate whiplash, injuries with car accidents. Car accidents are a common cause, but whiplash can occur with any sudden movement of the head. Contact sports, falls, and amusement park rides are some other potential causes of whiplash.

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Whiplash Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments are one of the most effective methods for the treatment of whiplash. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments for reducing pain, and restoring normal movement to the neck after injury. The goal of rehabilitation of a whiplash injury is to return the damaged tissue to full health. This is done by gently —storing motion in the joints as they heal. It was previously thought that if left alone in a neck brace, the tissues could heal on their own. However, this has since proven to be an ineffective method of treatment and has generally been abandoned. It is now understood that although pain tends to subside in a neck brace, the tissues become weak and stiff, prone to re-injury. It is only through rehabilitation that the spine can be strengthened and returned to a state of mobility and health. This is why it is so important to seek chiropractic care after a whiplash accident. The pain may subside without proper care but the tissues are left in a vulnerable state until appropriate mobility is restored through treatment and exercise.