Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash
Whiplash is a common injury that affects the neck muscles due to the rapid to and from movement of the neck as a result of a traumatic event (like a car accident). Whiplash often affects the soft tissues of the cervical spine. The swift and sudden forward motion (hyperflexion) and backward motion (hyperextension) of the neck and head can lead to sharp and severe pain and can cause restricted movement in your neck.
How does a chiropractor carry out the diagnosis of a whiplash injury?
The chiropractor carefully examines your whole spine following a whiplash injury. The chiropractor performs a thorough examination of your spine because other areas apart from the neck may be affected as well. During this examination, the chiropractor locates any ligament injury, areas of restricted joint motion, muscle spasms, and disc injuries.
To identify any of these problems, the chiropractor may employ a motion and static palpation technique. Dr. Roman will also carry out an analysis of your posture, how you walk, as well as your spinal alignment. Together, these analyses will enable your chiropractor to have a bird’s-eye view of your body mechanics and the information she gains from them will help with the diagnosis procedure.
Your chiropractor may further utilize an MRI of your spine to see if there are any degenerative changes.
Chiropractic Whiplash Treatments
The diagnostic results of both the neurological analysis and physical analysis are both utilized to give the best treatment plan for you.
To start, your chiropractor works to reduce the neck inflammation by utilizing different therapy processes and may employ a combination of manual therapy techniques and gentle stretching. Applying an ice pack on the neck area may also be recommended.
As the neck becomes less painful and the inflammation decreases, your chiropractor will employ other chiropractic techniques like gentle spinal manipulation to restore your neck’s facet joints back to its normal motion. Some of the spinal manipulation techniques include:
This technique is a hands-on approach which involves the use of gentle, non-thrusting type of spinal manipulation to treat herniated discs. Instead of using a direct force to the spine, the chiropractor utilizes a slow pumping action.
Specific Spinal Manipulation:
The chiropractor locates the subluxation (these are spinal joints that display abnormal motion or some amount of restriction). With this technique, the chiropractor will be able to restore the motion of the joint using gentle pushing. This movement helps to stretch soft tissues and facilitates the nervous system to restore the original motion to the spine.
Chiropractors use a unique hand-held instrument to carry out this technique. With this method, the chiropractor applies the needed force without manually pushing into the spine.
Dr. Roman may also utilize manual therapy along with spinal manipulation for the treatment of injured soft tissues like muscles and ligaments. Typical examples of these manual therapies include:
Therapeutic Massage: This is utilized by the chiropractor to reduce muscle tension in your neck.
Manual Joint Stretching And Resistance Techniques: Muscle energy therapy is an excellent example of the manual joint technique.
Trigger Point Therapy: The chiropractor identifies certain painful and tight points of a muscle and then places their finger to with direct pressure to these specific areas in order to remove the muscle tension.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy: A therapy in which the instrument is used to apply gentle repeated strokes in the affected area. Similar to the Instrument-Assisted Manipulation, except the soft tissue is targeted.
Chiropractors look at the entire body and not just a single part when they are identifying a problem. When it comes to your neck pain, they don’t just focus on the neck alone, but they take a bird’s-eye view of your entire spine. They do not only seek to treat, but they are also facilitators of prevention, and they may also recommend therapeutic exercises to help reduce whiplash symptoms and restore normal motion in your neck and spine.
With the aid of these chiropractic techniques, chiropractors help to address neurological and mechanical causes of whiplash and help increase your daily activities.