When doctors talk about whiplash, they’re actually describing a whole range of injuries and traumas to the neck. Specifically, whiplash is when the muscles and ligaments in the neck are extended and flexed in a sudden, traumatic way. This often happens in car accidents as the body is propelled in one direction while the head moves in another. But whiplash is also a common injury in sports (especially contact sports like football and hockey, but also in sports like snowboarding, skiing and surfing) and accidental falls.
Effective treatment for whiplash will depend on the severity of the injury. It’s possible for people to be fully recovered in a matter of months, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The effects of a significant whiplash injury can be deceptive or pronounced, and can linger on for years if not properly treated.
With symptoms like severe pain, headaches, limited range of motion and even nausea, whiplash is definitely not something you want left untreated.
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash
Chiropractics is one of the most sought-after treatments for injuries that fall under the ‘whiplash’ category—and for good reason. Statistics show that rates of recovery are much higher for patients who receive expert care from a qualified chiropractor
There are several factors that set certain chiropractors apart and give their patients higher rates of full recovery. These factors include expertise, experience, and focus on the overall wellbeing of the client. Too often, patients visit a chiropractor for whiplash and expect a few adjustments or treatment sessions to ‘magically’ heal their injuries. And too often, chiropractors lead patients to believe this.
For victims of whiplash, a realistic and holistic approach to chiropractic care will involve a careful assessment of the individual in question, his or her physiology, and the exact nature of the injury.
If the injury is recent, early phases of treatment will be appropriately gentle, using stretching techniques and delicate adjustments to reduce strain and swelling. This lays the groundwork for more intensive treatment later on, as the neck gets stronger.
The main phase of chiropractic whiplash treatment will involve specific adjustments to the spine and neck that restore correct alignment and relieve undue stress on the affected muscles, ligaments and bone structures. These adjustments may consist of short, guided thrusts in specific locations on the neck or back—or they may involve slower, gentler manipulations that correct physiological imbalances.
The earlier this treatment begins, the better it is for the patient. Whiplash injuries that are left untreated for months or decades have a way of sticking around longer, and symptoms become more difficult to resolve completely.
Patients who are serious about recovering from whiplash—and chiropractic doctors who are serious about treating them—should be prepared to incorporate other elements into the treatment, in addition to spinal adjustments. These may include stretching techniques, nutritional counseling, and special attention to daily posture habits and ergonomic changes.
Reputable chiropractors don’t encourage patients to have a “quick fix” mentality. Instead, they empower patients to understand the underlying cause of the symptoms. Effective chiropractic treatment for whiplash is all about empowering the neck and spine to heal by themselves, resuming their natural alignment and function.
Many whiplash patients report immediate feelings of relief from chiropractic adjustments, and in many cases, significant progress can be made in a single session with a dedicated chiropractor. But a big-picture, holistic approach to whiplash treatment will always bring better results.
Our approach to whiplash treatment involves careful attention to each individual case, combined with years of experience treating hundreds of whiplash victims. We’ve seen incredible results with our multi-faceted approach to whiplash treatment, and we’re confident that you can experience those results for yourself.