In this blogpost our best London Chiropractor explains what whiplash really is, the symptoms of whiplash injury, and how the different chiropractic adjustments performed by a licenced chiropractor can help alleviate the neck pain caused by this type of injury.
What is whiplash injury?
Whiplash is a common injury to the neck muscles that occur when the head is rapidly moved backward or forward and then speedily “whipped” in the opposite direction. It is most frequently seen following a traumatic incident like a car accident or a fall. This can cause acute neck pain and restricted movement. The ligaments and muscles in the neck are stretched beyond the normal motion range. This sudden movement strains the muscles and ligaments in the neck and can cause painful joint restrictions in the spine.
You might feel fine immediately after the accident, however, your neck may begin to hurt a few hours or even days after the accident if you have whiplash. Just because the symptoms have appeared later, it doesn’t mean that the injury is any less serious. No matter when the whiplash pain begins, don’t choose to ignore it. Many fail to seek proper treatment for their pain. It is important to make plans to obtain effective and accessible treatment of whiplash for your pain and injury.
The most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- neck pain
- neck stiffness and difficulty moving your head
- pain and muscle spasms in the shoulders and arms
A whiplash injury may be more serious in those with existing neck problems and older people, this is due to their movement being limited as the muscles have lost flexibility and strength. Ligaments in older people may not be as stretchy, meaning there is potential for more damage to occur.
How can chiropractic treatment help with whiplash injury?
Chiropractic is a great option for those suffering from whiplash. Chiropractic treatment helps to relieve the neck pain associated with whiplash, by realigning your spine and improving the movement in your neck. Treating a whiplash injury promptly with chiropractic care helps to prevent any long-term problems from developing, such as chronic pain, arthritis, migraines and headaches. Chiropractic treatments will also reduce inflammation, improve the blood flow and speed up any healing time after sustaining a whiplash injury.
1. Reduce inflammation and pain
Chiropractic adjustments can provide rapid and long-term relief from inflammation and pain in the soft tissues of your neck that result from whiplash. In many cases, you can even reduce your reliance on pain medications after regular chiropractic treatments.
2. Restore the range of motion in your neck
Whiplash injuries can cause stiffness in your cervical spine that makes it difficult to move your neck in any direction. Manual chiropractic adjustments of your neck focus on restoring the full range of motion you have in your neck, so you can stay physically active and pain-free.
3. Improve your muscle tone
After an injury, you might lose muscle tone and strength in your neck. This makes it difficult to go about your usual routine. Regular chiropractic adjustments keep your spine and its structures strong and healthy.
4. Treat and prevent headaches
The strain of your neck muscles during an auto accident can increase your risk for recurrent headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce tension in your muscles to naturally relieve headaches.
5. Speed up your recovery process
After an auto accident or any other type of trauma, you might experience ongoing effects in the weeks and months that follow. Chiropractic adjustments that start soon after the trauma can reduce your risk for serious complications and also speed up your overall recovery process. With increased blood flow and renewed energy, you can expect to get back to your usual routine much faster and with less pain.
6. Boost your overall wellness
Chiropractic adjustments not only support your spine health, but they also offer benefits for your general health and wellness. Spinal adjustments can increase blood flow throughout your body, providing you with increased energy and mental clarity. With routine chiropractic appointments, Dr Anika Bhayani (DC) can help you enjoy good physical and mental health.
Are you suffering from whiplash injury and you are searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me” or a Chiropractor in London?
If you’ve been in a car accident or suffered a fall that caused trauma to your neck, Call us 07376 243726 for a free consultation with our London Chiropractor. You can also book an appointment online now. You can locate our Chiropractic in Covent Garden.