Whiplash can be difficult to manage. The neck pain and soreness can make it hard to do even simple tasks, like driving. Treatments like massage and ice therapy can help, but they generally only give you relief for a short duration. If you want longer-term relief from whiplash pain, then it's a good idea to seek chiropractic care instead. Here's a more in-depth look at why chiropractic care delivers longer-lasting relief for whiplash patients.
Whiplash can be caused by a misalignment of the vertebrae.
Whiplash is a complex condition marked by neck soreness and stiffness that occurs after a sudden movement of the head and neck. This most often happens when the head whips forward, and then back, during a car accident. The movement certainly strains muscles and ligaments in the neck, but it can also pull the vertebrae out of alignment. If this occurs, then treatments like massage and ice aren't going to give you very long-lasting relief because they're not addressing the root problem contributing to the whiplash symptoms—the vertebral misalignment. A chiropractor directly addresses this misalignment by putting the vertebrae back into place.
Chiropractic treatment allows the other tissues to heal.
When your vertebrae are out of alignment after an accident, they can put undue strain on the muscles and ligaments in your neck. Often, these muscles and ligaments are injured, but as long as they are under strain from misaligned vertebrae, they don't heal very well. A chiropractic adjustment puts your vertebrae back into place, which relieves this strain so the muscles and ligaments can heal. As such, you will feel some pain relief right after a chiropractic adjustment, but your pain levels should also continue to improve in the days to follow as your soft tissues heal.
Chiropractic treatment also addresses issues in your back.
When your chiropractor adjusts your spine, they will generally adjust both your neck and your back. Often, when you are in a car crash, your back becomes misaligned, too. This can cause you to carry yourself in a way that is harder on your neck as it heals. So, adjusting the back also helps allow for the healing that needs to happen after a whiplash injury.
Whiplash can plague patients for weeks or months, but often a chiropractic treatment is key to getting the longer-lasting relief that you seek. Schedule an appointment with a chiropractor in your area, and go from there.