Whiplash can lead to debilitating pain, stiffness, tension, and reduced mobility. 43% of people who have experienced whiplash will deal with the associated pain for extended periods of time, however, studies suggest that chiropractic treatment can help improve those symptoms. 93% of people who receive chiropractic treatment after suffering from whiplash saw a reduction in pain.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with accidents that involve a sudden collision, and while symptoms may not be visible, they can cause a lot of pain, distress, and discomfort. Chiropractic treatment for whiplash in Delray Beach can be very effective in reducing pain, the risk of further neck complications, and improving neck mobility and range of motion. The most effective chiropractic treatment for whiplash involves spinal manipulation, with massage and stretching exercises aiding in the recovery process as well. Because injuries due to whiplash vary in severity from client to client, an initial chiropractic exam is important in determining the steps that need to be taken to improve the pain and discomfort one might be feeling.
Common Whiplash-Related Injuries
The most common way in which people experience whiplash is through some form of automobile accident such as being rear-ended, but people can also experience whiplash from sports accidents, physical abuse, or other types of traumas that cause the head and neck to move in a sudden manner. Some of the complications that can result from whiplash may include:
Though treatments may vary, our chiropractors will use a combination of techniques that best target regions of pain and help to aid in the healing process. The goal is to reduce pain, increase mobility, reduce tension, and increase blood flow and circulation. Treatment is important because the neck is a region that is concentrated in nerves and injury here can cause a lot of different musculoskeletal and neurological difficulties. Some of the chiropractic treatment we provide for whiplash treatment in Delray Beach may include:
Most chiropractors will use a manipulation technique that combines joint movement, massage, and physical therapy to relieve pressure on the neck, reduce inflammation and improve nerve function. Not only will this aid in the treatment of neck pain, but it will also help get rid of the headaches that many people associate with whiplash.
People tend to hold tension at the base of their head and in their neck and trap muscles, and the pain caused by this can be worsened by the sudden jerking motion felt with whiplash. Muscle strain can lead to tightness, and if left untreated the pain can be debilitating and hard to treat. Realigning the neck and spine can reduce tension on the muscles. It can also improve the blood circulation in the affected area, reduce nerve pain and help relax the area by removing any pressure.
Chiropractors also offer educational resources for different at-home stretches and exercises that can aid in the rehabilitation process in between appointments or after chiropractic treatment is done. This can not only aid in continued treatment of the affected area, but it can also help prevent future injuries.
Chiropractors can also offer lifestyle changes to clients affected by whiplash that are meant to help aid in ways of reducing strain on the neck. These recommendations may involve changes at home, for work, or for different activities that should or should not be done when healing from a whiplash injury.
It’s important to seek treatment for symptoms associated with whiplash as soon as possible after the accident to promote the process of healing quickly. For long-term relief and preventative care, our chiropractic treatment plans in Delray Beach can offer a combination of techniques to reduce negative symptoms associated with whiplash. Treatment is also important because people who have experienced whiplash are at an increased risk for experiencing it again due to weakened neck or joint muscles, and the resulting injuries from the second incidence of neck trauma may be more severe than the first time.