Guide to Whiplash Treatment with Chiropractic Care
One of the top car accident injuries is whiplash, often sustained during contact sports. This injury can be incredibly painful and debilitating, but attaining chiropractic care as soon as possible can help alleviate your symptoms and help you get back to your life. Read below to learn more about this injury and how our team at Centennial Chiropractic Clinic in Springfield, OR, can help.
Whiplash and How It Happens
When your body sustains any force, it can damage the musculoskeletal system. For example, if you’re in a vehicle and a collision occurs, your head is forcefully and rapidly moving in a whip-like fashion. This can be even greater when you’re wearing a seatbelt. The neck follows suit and is forced beyond its normal range of motion. This force causes strain on the ligaments and can tear the soft tissues.
People tend to tense up in a collision, a natural response. However, this tension can damage the neck's soft tissues. While whiplash sounds harmless to some people, it can wreak havoc. In addition to the stiffness and pain that makes it difficult to move the neck, it can also cause:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble concentrating
- Pain in the upper back, shoulders, and arms
Importance of Seeking Care
You may not notice symptoms immediately when you are involved in a vehicle accident. The body is still in shock and not processing pain. However, you must seek care immediately, even if you don’t notice symptoms. Chiropractic care improves your chances of a full recovery and allows our chiropractor to detect any other issues that might be present.
Chiropractic Whiplash Treatment
Whiplash treatment begins by addressing the issue that brings you the most discomfort: neck and shoulder tension and inflammation. Until this is addressed, it’s often too uncomfortable to tolerate adjustments or other needed techniques.
Therapeutic massage and other soft tissue techniques are invaluable for reducing tension and inflammation, restoring range of motion, and promoting natural healing. Once you can comfortably move your neck, adjustments and other techniques can be utilized to address alignment issues.
Experience the Benefits of Chiropractic Care
If you’ve been in an accident and suffer from whiplash, let our team at Centennial Chiropractic Clinic in Springfield, OR, help you achieve lasting relief. Call our office at (541) 726-6521 to schedule your appointment today.