Chiropractic Therapy for Whiplash Injury

If you have suffered a whiplash injury at work, practicing sport or in a traffic accident, the first recommendation would be to visit a chiropractor for whiplash treatment. But let’s start from the beginning.

How is a Whiplash Injury produced?

Mainly due to a traffic accident, although it can also be caused by an accident at work or during the practice of a sport, due to falls of varying consideration, or cranial traumas. When a whiplash occurs, the muscles of the ligaments, the intervertebral discs, are affected, and the vertebrae and the general nervous system can also be affected.

During the whiplash there is a sudden movement of head and neck forward / backward or laterally, resulting in injury. Because of excessive movement that goes beyond natural movement, the muscles and ligaments that support the spine hyperextend (the neck moves backwards), or hyperflexion (the neck moves forward).

The vertebrae may be forced out of their normal position, reducing their usual range of motion and the vertebral discs may tear or rupture. In addition, the spinal cord and nerve roots are stretched inflamed and irritated.

One of the main drawbacks of this injury is that the symptoms may take time to appear, so the patient sometimes does not take the necessary measures for recovery; and after months or years, after having suffered the injury, more acute symptoms such as degeneration of the neck are manifested due to trauma and ligament rupture.

Whiplash symptoms and chiropractic adjustments

  •  A headache and neck pain, which can radiate to shoulders and shoulder blades
  • Neck stiffness
  • The tingling and itching sensation produced by muscle tearing
  • Visual disturbances, blurred vision, dizziness, vertigo
  • Pain in shoulder blades, legs, hands, lower back
  • Fatigue, irritability
  • Pain in face, jaw, difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea, ringing in the ears

Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment and Prevention of Chronic Pain

On the first visit, the chiropractor will always perform a prior examination to verify the condition and history of the patient and how the injury has developed since there are no equal injuries. Chiropractic Adjustment is applied not only on the injury or pain points, but observing the patient in its entirety, his previous history, habits of life, etc. Any incidence at the neurological, muscular or mechanical level that may have been triggered due to the injury is treated.

The type of chiropractic manipulation will be based on soft impulses of the affected joint that has abnormal or restricted movement, and thus stimulate the nervous system and regularize the usual movement of the spine. This manipulation is combined with muscle stimulation / relaxation, stretching exercises adapted to the patient’s situation and postural reeducation, so that the patient learns to avoid harmful actions and reduce stress and the effects of stress on their body.

An essential aspect together with the chiro manipulation is that the patient must remain active, as long as the extent of the injury allows it, to obtain a long-term beneficial recovery.

Whiplash Treatment from the Chiropractor

To recover from a whiplash injury, the chiropractor exercises stretching and gentle pressure techniques to trigger the pain caused by tense or overloaded muscles. Thanks to stretching and chiropractic adjustments, the nervous system regains its coordination and mobility; On the other hand, the muscles of the neck restore their strength to control the stability of the neck.

Any imbalance / disestablishment of the spine will be corrected with the chiropractic adjustments and the cervical musculature will be strengthened.