Treating Whiplash through Chiropractic Care in Gastonia

Auto accidents can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience.  Accidents can also cause many types of injuries, and some don't show up immediately. Oddly enough, the initial attention often falls on the condition of the vehicle, rather than the actual people in the accident. Initially, one may feel fine or think they are not injured. However, over the course of the next several days, the pain can take hold and movement can become painful. In fact, in some cases it can take more than a week for the symptoms of whiplash to appear. But, when this silent creeper appears, the pain of whiplash can overtake the body, and any relief through treatment may be more difficult to achieve.   

Chiropractic care after an auto collision should be an automatic response. Chiropractors are trained to work with the skeleton and soft tissue. Chiropractors can detect these types of injuries and help the healing process, especially when treated in the early stages. 

Whiplash and other car crash injuries affect the spine. Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae.  It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities. To understand how whiplash develops, please click on this link.

Seeing a Chiropractor after an accident may also help lower other medical bills. A Chiropractor can alleviate many common problems that stem from an accident. They can also take X-rays, if necessary, and provide a comprehensive diagnostic report.

Another important ingredient to treating whiplash is making sure that the patient implements a plan of care between Chiropractic visits.  The benefits of Chiropractic care will be limited if the patient's job or home life causes stress and pressure on the injured area of the body. There are various exercises to help with any pain and discomfort, and a seasoned Chiropractor, like the ones at SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers, can help implement the right home care plan.. 

Some of the different therapies a Chiropractor may use with an injured patient include gentle spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound, spinal traction, and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). Auto Accident injuries can be tricky, so it is important to see a Chiropractor who has experience with these types of injuries.. The soft tissue injuries may persist for long periods of time without proper care and treatment. Long term problems may cause secondary issues to occur, such as osteoarthritis. For these reasons, it is absolutely crucial to include Chiropractic care in a recovery regimen after an auto accident.

While the common reaction is to worry about a car's condition rather than a person's health, if in an auto accident, take the proactive approach and schedule an appointment with a Chiropractor. By taking this approach, the Chiropractor will use the appropriate steps to ensure that the painful symptoms of whiplash do not creep up and consume everyday life.