Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care For Whiplash

Posted in Neck Disorders on Sep 6, 2017

If you have ever had to deal with whiplash pain, you know how seriously it can impact each aspect of your life. 

Daily tasks, that were once simple, can be painful or even impossible to carry out. Even milder cases can make it challenging to turn your head from side to side. Needless to say, whiplash can cause chronic pain and hold you back from doing many of the regular activities you enjoy.

Upper cervical chiropractic is a very effective form of care for whiplash that not only helps when it comes to pain management, but also helps you heal quicker as well. 

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Your upper cervical chiropractor can recommend specific exercises you can do at home between regular visits as well as other lifestyle changes that could facilitate your healing and improve your flexibility.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash describes an injury that is usually focused in the neck and spine. The condition is caused when the neck and head are thrown in one direction very quickly and unexpectedly, and is then thrust in the opposite direction. 

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Your head is whipped around quickly, usually front to back, however it can also be whipped from side to side as well.

While most people associate whiplash with auto accidents, even just turning one way while a child tugs your arm in a different direction can cause the condition. Additionally, anything that jerks your head suddenly has the possibility to lead to whiplash.

What Damage does Whiplash Cause?

The damage that whiplash causes is called a vertebral subluxation. It is the most common source of pain and discomfort that is caused by injuries related to whiplash. 

There are different kinds of subluxation; some caused by emotional stress and tension, bad posture, inadequate diet, weak muscles, and poor sleeping positions. 

This type of subluxation is caused by injury and an upper cervical chiropractor can properly diagnose the injury and treat it.

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The injury from whiplash is in the spine and neck, however, the pain can extend to the arms, shoulders, legs, hips, and head. You can experience frequent headaches, tingling and numbness in your hands, and have difficulty moving about or walking. 

The pain can range from soreness and stiffness to sharp and stabbing, and the injury could affect various nerves, causing dizziness, blurred vision, lower back pain, ringing in the ears, and even problems with your internal organs.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Whiplash

Upper cervical chiropractors will typically use a range of different methods to relieve the pain of whiplash and aide in healing. 

The upper cervical chiropractor will perform spinal adjustments in order to gently move the joints back into alignment. This will help to align your body to relieve pain and encourage healing.

In some cases, relaxation and muscle stimulation may be effective. This involves stretching the muscles that have become affected, relieving tension and helping them to relax. Finger pressure techniques might also be combined with stretching in order to relieve pain.

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It’s important to note, that each whiplash case is different. An upper cervical chiropractor will evaluate the patient and determine the appropriate method of care on a patient by patient basis.

Different cases of whiplash come with different symptoms. Thus, the upper cervical chiropractor will determine the best course of care to relieve your pain and restore your flexibility and mobility. 

Dr Nick Tedder is located in Dacula GA and services the communities of Atlanta, Auburn, Austell, Braselton, Buford, Cumming, Dacula, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Flowery branch, Gainesville, Grayson, Hoschton, Hamilton Mill, Johns Creek, Lanier Islands, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Suwanee, and Winde

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