Whiplash Treatment Provided by our Holladay Chiropractor
Whiplash is a condition of the neck, typically caused by an automobile accident. It occurs when the neck is projected forward and then backward, which can damage the soft tissue and nerves in the neck. While a standard medical doctor may prescribe pain medications to help with your discomfort, a chiropractor like one at Capstone Chiropractic, serving Salt Lake City, UT and the surrounding area, helps the healing process.
Definition of Whiplash
Whiplash is a neck injury that can cause pain, stiffness and a decrease in the range of motion in your neck. In some cases, your pain will worsen when you move. You might also experience pain and tenderness in your shoulders. It's also possible you'll experience blurred vision, memory problems, depression, irritability, headaches, dizziness or fatigue. Sleep disturbances are possible and so is ringing in your ears. Some people who have whiplash have tingling or numbness in their arm. Most often whiplash occurs from a rear-end auto collision, but it's possible it can arise from trauma, a sports injury or physical abuse.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Usually, whiplash heals within a few months, especially when you utilize the services of a chiropractic expert. One of the treatments we may use to assist in reducing your pain and promoting a speedy recovery is a chiropractic adjustment. This particular treatment is comprised of our chiropractor moving the joints, so all areas of the spine line up with each other. This takes pressure off of the nerves and soft tissue that surround the neck. This particular treatment may help to increase your range of motion and will encourage the flow of the blood to the area to speed up your recovery.
Another important aspect of chiropractic care for whiplash is exercise therapy. This treatment consists of our chiropractor guiding you through a series of exercises that stretch the muscles in your spine. The exercises promote blood flow to the area, so you receive adequate nutrients for the healing process. You build up strength in the muscles in your neck, so you're able to move it once again without pain. The exercises move at a pace that's tailored to your needs, so you regain your range of motion without discomfort.
Our chiropractor might recommend you undergo massage therapy. The treatment consists of a professional manually manipulating the muscles in and around the neck. This promotes blood flow to the area, so it heals more effectively. The massage targets the tissue deep within your neck to reduce your pain, so you're able to focus more on the recovery process.
Make an Appointment Today
If you suspect you have whiplash, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor at Capstone Chiropractic, serving Salt Lake City, UT and the surrounding area, by calling (801) 272-8500.