Dealing with aches and pains after a car accident? Consider turning to a chiropractor.
Nothing is more frightening than getting into a car accident. The first thing everyone does is to check and make sure they are okay. Depending on the severity of the accident some people may only walk away with visible cuts or bruises; however, as our Federal Way, WA, chiropractors Dr. Andrew Winger and Dr. Frank Rossi can tell you, it’s impossible to see the damage that’s been done to the musculoskeletal system.
Whiplash, or neck pain, is the result of the neck being suddenly and violently jerked out of place. It’s one of the most common injuries after a car accident and it requires proper care and treatment to facilitate fast, efficient healing. Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Limited range of motion
- Pain or numbness that radiates to the shoulders and arms
- Headaches, often behind the eyes
Why do these symptoms occur? Well, when whiplash happens it can shift spinal vertebrae out of place, which you might imagine can lead to some pain and stiffness. While neck pain and stiffness can be brought about by everything from sleeping in an awkward position to emotional stress, whiplash is caused by an injury that requires treatment. It’s not uncommon for those with whiplash to experience pain, numbness or tingling that radiates to the head, shoulders, arms or even legs.
Treating Whiplash with Chiropractic Care
So, what makes chiropractic care a good choice for someone dealing with whiplash in Federal Way, WA? There are several different techniques that we can employ that can help alleviate symptoms and actually help promote the body’s own natural healing response. Common chiropractic options include:
- Spinal adjustment (also known as spinal manipulation): During this technique, a chiropractor will apply specific pressure and force to move the joints of the spine back into alignment, which will not only reduce pain but also promote blood flow to the area for more efficient healing. By realigning the vertebrae of the spine we can also take excessive pressure off certain nerves that may be causing your pain, tingling or weakness in the shoulder, arms or hands.
- Stretching and muscle stimulation: During this chiropractic technique we will stretch certain affected muscles within the neck and shoulder to help reduce tension and tightness, helping the muscles to naturally and gently relax. Sometimes this technique is combined with trigger point therapy to reduce myofascial pain and dysfunction.
There are a variety of different techniques, treatments and exercises that we will prescribe to you based on your specific symptoms, the severity of your whiplash and your overall health assessment to help you find the relief you need.
Redondo Family Chiropractic in Federal Way, WA, is here to provide you with a wide array of chiropractic care and treatment plans that can be tailored to your specific health needs. Call our office today to learn more about what we can do for your acute or chronic symptoms.