Sprain or whiplash
Whiplash occurs when the head and neck suddenly accelerate or decelerate relative to the rest of the body as a result of a traffic accident or other trauma involving a whiplash. the head and cervical region. The term “whiplash-related disorders” (TACF) describes all the signs and symptoms that result from this type of injury and may include neck pain, stiffness, tenderness, reduced movement, pain points to touch, headaches and problems of a neurological nature.
The chiropractor must first assess the degree of the patient’s whiplash the light of any previous assessment of the same disorder, since a disorder that is symptomatically mild may actually be a more serious disorder in remission, prior to initiating treatment.
The chiropractic approach
The modalities, frequency and duration of treatment will be influenced by the grade of the injury by reference to three important dimensions of care: time since injury, pain experienced, and chronicity factors. Chiropractic treatment will therefore consist of adjustments that restore good synergy between vertebral and nerve structures, thereby reducing stress in the cervical region. The chiropractor will promote the relaxation of muscles by working soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia). The goal of chiropractic care is therefore to reduce pain, restore the biomechanics of the region and prevent the recurrence of painful episodes.
Source: ACC – Chiropractors Association of Canada – VAC