Use Both Passive and Active Treatments for Whiplash Relief

man suffering from whiplash

If you’ve recently been in a car accident or suffered some type of traumatic event that could cause whiplash, seek chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you visit a chiropractor, the better your chance of heading off chronic pain and other persistent, long-term conditions. At Posture Works, we don’t hesitate when it comes to addressing cases of whiplash in our San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients.

Seek help right away!

A number of incidents can cause whiplash outside of a car accident, including falls and sports injuries. Even if you’re not experiencing any of the tell-tale symptoms of whiplash, it’s critical to seek chiropractic assistance as soon as possible. In many cases, whiplash doesn’t begin manifesting until days or weeks after the injury occurred. Preemptively seeking care can help you overcome the worst of the symptoms when they do begin to appear.

Passive and active whiplash treatments

Whiplash treatments are diverse, in order to keep pace with the different types of manifestations prevalent in whiplash patients. Some treatments may fall into the realm of ‘active,’ treatment, whereas others could be considered ‘passive’ treatment. Active treatment encourages you to engage in exercises or activities that involve the affected area, whereas passive treatment is something the practitioner does to you, like massage or spinal manipulation.

Within each modality are a variety of specific treatment options to facilitate recovery. Some of the more common, significant whiplash treatments include:

  • Range of motion exercises: These are specially designed workouts you can use to fight off the adverse effects of whiplash and maintain or regain your body’s range of motion. One of the most common and serious side effects of whiplash is that it affects your ability to move your neck as you should be able to, which can have a range of serious implications. Restoring range of motion is a critical step towards recovery.
  • Physical therapy: This active treatment methodology is a series of concentrated exercises, designed to alleviate symptoms and treat the damage caused by the whiplash itself. Physical therapy can improve range of motion, strengthen affected areas, and release built-up tension.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are effective in mitigating the pain of whiplash, but they should never be used to mask that pain. When used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, hot and cold therapies, and other treatments, OTC medication can help a patient cope as their pain dissipates.
  • Massage: This passive therapy modality is one of the best ways to alleviate the pain associated with whiplash and other trauma-related conditions. Massage therapy manipulates the muscles surrounding the spinal column, promoting better health throughout the entirety of the body.
  • Chiropractic adjustment: Another type of passive therapy, receiving a chiropractic adjustment is an excellent way for you to fight both the symptoms and the root cause of discomfort related to a whiplash injury. During chiropractic care, the practitioner will manipulate the cervical spine to address any damage caused at the time of injury or after.

Resolve whiplash symptoms

Whiplash can happen to anyone. If you’ve been in a car accident or suffered a traumatic neck or head injury, Posture Works aims to help you. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to tailor every treatment approach around the condition of our San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients. Contact us today to make sure your whiplash symptoms aren’t going unresolved. Call for a free consultation!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.