Whiplash is a condition that occurs when the cervical spine is hyperextended and hyper-flexed. It usually happens due to a sharp acceleration and deceleration, which causes your head and neck to literally “whip”. This is why whiplash is usually a result of a car or sporting accident. This movement causes intense and sudden stress to the spine and results in the injury we know as “whiplash”.
What Whiplash Does to The Body
Whiplash causes the body to go into a state of discomfort or pain as well as cause:
- Vertebral displacements
- Herniation or rupture of the vertebral discs
- Tearing or distension of the muscles and tendons of the cervical spine
- Spinal cord and nerve root stretching and swelling
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms can vary depending on each case. Some symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Weakness or tingling of the upper limbs
Chiropractic Care Options
Chiropractic care is the best option for whiplash treatment and pain relief. Chiropractors are able to determine the severity of the case through a physical examination and distribute a treatment plan that will help relieve tension and slowly increase range of motion in the neck and back.
Chiropractic manipulation, relaxation and/or muscle stimulation (gentle stretches of muscles and pressure point techniques), and the application of various muscle exercises are usually the most effective chiropractic care techniques used to treat whiplash. These will all help stabilize muscles, relieve tension, and correct defective movement patterns.
If you are suffering from whiplash syndrome, our team at Active Integrative Medicine in Pickering is here to help you. Visit our professional chiropractors to get the chiropractic care you need. Contact us today at 905-492-8688 to book an appointment.