Whiplash is a damaging injury that can be painful and debilitating. It’s a common car accident injury involving neck pain and loss of range of motion in the head, upper back, and neck. At Holistic Touch Medical Centers in Little Rock, AR, our team of experts can diagnose and treat whiplash using all-natural techniques.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are wrenched by force in one direction and suddenly in a different direction. The spine, muscles in the neck and upper back, and the nerves all get extended and strained as a result. That produces a serious injury that can trigger a number of problems, ranging from an inability to move the head without serious pain to headaches. In many situations, the problem will heal over time, but it does require guided help, assistance, and expert evaluation.
How Our Chiropractor Helps
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash focuses on helping the body heal and repair itself. This reduces the pain, strengthens the damaged soft tissues, and restores mobility. All of the methods we use are non-invasive and drug-free. This allows you to avoid pain medications, which are only short-term and often come with side effects.
If you have whiplash, it may not present symptoms for days or weeks after an accident. Over this time, the condition could worsen. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible after an accident. Our chiropractor will perform a physical exam to look for any underlying conditions and determine how to treat them.
Methods of Treatment
In serious whiplash cases, spinal misalignment can occur, which causes chronic pain and discomfort. Our chiropractor will naturally realign your spine to relieve pain. By manually moving the upper spine and discs back into place, we can ensure that your pain does not reoccur.
While spinal adjustments are a common method our chiropractor uses to treat whiplash, we may also use other techniques. We offer massage therapy, which reduces inflammation and improves blood flow in the neck to promote healing. Massaging the muscles also helps the inflamed neck muscles begin to relax and stop spasming Our chiropractor can also use physical therapy. This may include stretching and strengthening exercises to improve your range of motion in your neck.