Have you been in an accident and you’re now suffering from neck pain? Whiplash is likely the culprit. While there is no overnight fix, our team at Dodd Chiropractic Clinic serving Jacksonville, FL, can help you find safe, natural, and lasting relief from your pain.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common auto accident injury that occurs when the head is moved with force – usually in a back and forth or side to side “whipping” fashion. When that occurs, tiny rips and strains occur in the neck muscles. It can also lead to a misalignment of the cervical or upper spine and even cause or aggravate herniated discs. This creates a great deal of pain and suffering, typically leading to the following symptoms and more.
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Pain and tension in the upper back, shoulders, and sometimes arms
- Difficulty concentrating
Whiplash is most commonly an auto accident injury, although it can be experienced through other forceful and high-impact activities.
Treating Injuries Using Chiropractic Care
As whiplash typically causes stiffness and tension, the first step in treatment is often focused on the soft tissues.
Massage therapy and therapeutic exercises are also helpful in addressing the root of discomfort. Massage helps to relieve tension and draw blood and healing nutrients to the damaged tissue, which can help kickstarts the natural healing processes. Therapeutic exercises are used to stretch and strengthen those same damaged tissues.
Once the tension and stiffness are addressed, other treatment methods are typically employed to get to the root of the issue. A chiropractor on our team will often use chiropractic adjustments to help realign the spine. You don’t have to worry about forceful movements, though. These adjustments usually do not hurt and can be quite relaxing. These adjustments are an important part of chiropractic care for healing as misalignment can continue to create problems.
In addition to adjustments, spinal decompression therapy may be often used. This treatment will stretch your neck and back gently to take pressure off the nerves, discs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Be sure to ask a chiropractic doctor on our team about what technique is right for you.
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Don’t let an auto injury keep you down. At Dodd Chiropractic Clinic serving Jacksonville, FL, we are dedicated to helping you get back to living your best life. Call (904) 388-1811 to schedule an appointment. We are here to help.