Most whiplash cases occur when someone is involved in a motor vehicle
accident. Whiplash symptoms include neck pain from the skull down into the
shoulder blades, headaches, dizziness, and even tingling or numbness down the
arms into the hands. It is imperative that whiplash cases be seen about early and
often. Whiplash can have lasting effects for years if not treated correctly.
I like to care for these conditions in 3 phases. The first phase is mobility
/pain based phase. In this phase we will be adjusting the spine to make sure
proper joint mobility and alignment begin to be corrected. We use
electrotherapy, dry needling, graston, and or active release techniques to
decreased muscle tension. Traction therapy is used to improve mobility as well.
The goal of this phase is to increase range of motion and decrease pain.
Our second phase is a stability phase. We will continue adjustments to
improve range of motion, and we will add stability exercises to help with
ligaments and tendons that have been injured. We will also add in decompression
therapy in this phase to help heal injured discs. I like to start this later than phase
1 due to the fact that it can be provocative to the injury at first ( this is learned
Our third phase is our strengthening phase. In this phase our goal is to
make you stronger than you were before the injury. We will crank up the
exercises in order to reach this goal. We often continue decompression and
adjustments in this phase.
Each phase of care is dependent on the person involved. Some phases are shorter
than others, but the outcome is all the same. I healthier version of YOU!
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