Whiplash is one of the most commonly occurring injuries after a car accident. Unfortunately, you can experience whiplash injuries during the event but not see symptoms until days later.
For this reason, our experienced chiropractor, Michael Dutton, DC, recommends you seek a chiropractic evaluation at Gentle Touch Chiropractic in Salem, Oregon soon after the accident.
Dr. Dutton can evaluate the health of your spine to determine if there are issues or problems. He customizes a care plan to treat whiplash and other injuries using the latest chiropractic techniques.
Whiplash describes a forceful back and forth movement of your cervical spine (neck) that can occur from the impact of a collision.
When your neck moves so suddenly, it can cause trauma to the structures in your cervical spine, including your nerves, muscles, and ligaments. The impact can also move the vertebrae of your spine out of place.
Any misalignment in your spine can affect the overall function of your body and result in chronic pain. You might also experience pain from the stretching or tearing of your soft tissues.
How chiropractic care can treat whiplash
As a whiplash specialist, Dr. Dutton can perform chiropractic adjustments that realign your spine and prevent a worsening of whiplash symptoms. He also offers spinal decompression services that relieve pressure on the discs of your cervical spine.
Spinal decompression involves gentle stretches to release each vertebra of your spine. These stretches take the pressure off the nerves in your spine to quickly relieve persistent neck pain and back pain.
Chiropractic care offers many benefits over other whiplash treatments. With early intervention, Dr. Dutton can customize a chiropractic treatment plan to your needs. Chiropractic care can:
1. Reduce inflammation and pain
Chiropractic adjustments can provide rapid and long-term relief of inflammation and pain in the soft tissues of your neck that result from whiplash. In many cases, you can even reduce your reliance on pain medications after regular chiropractic treatments.
2. Restore the range of motion in your neck
Whiplash injuries can cause stiffness in your cervical spine that makes it difficult to move your neck in any direction. Manual chiropractic adjustments of your neck focus on restoring the full range of motion you have in your neck, so you can stay physically active and pain-free.
3. Improve your muscle tone
After an injury, you might lose muscle tone and strength in your neck, which makes it difficult to go about your usual routine. Regular chiropractic adjustments keep your spine and its structures strong and healthy.
4. Treat and prevent headaches
The strain of your neck muscles during an auto accident can increase your risk for recurrent headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce tension in your muscles to naturally relieve headaches. Regular visits with Dr. Dutton can also prevent headaches from developing down the road.
5. Speed up your recovery process
After an auto accident or any other type of personal injury, you might experience ongoing effects in the weeks and months that follow. Chiropractic adjustments that start soon after the trauma can reduce your risk for serious complications and also speed up your overall recovery process. With increased blood flow and renewed energy, you can expect to get back to your usual routine much faster and with less pain.
6. Boost your overall wellness
Chiropractic adjustments not only support your spine health, but they also offer benefits for your general health and wellness. Spinal adjustments can increase blood flow throughout your body, providing you with increased energy and mental clarity. With routine chiropractic appointments, Dr. Dutton can help you enjoy good physical and mental health.
About This Whiplash Injury Chiropractor In Salem Oregon
Dr. Dutton has spent 21 years in Salem specializing in the treatment of both acute and chronic injuries for patients of all ages.
Currently he is treating patients with injuries ranging from motor vehicle accidents to an Olympic medalist helping her prepare for the 2021 games in Japan. Whether you have an old unresolved injury, unexplained pain, or new injury Dr. Dutton is passionate about treating and educating patients on their road to better health.
The techniques used by Dr. Dutton are specifically designed to speed your return to wellness, making treatment as comfortable and gentle as possible.
Dr. Dutton has a vast knowledge of motor vehicle crashes and has been a successful patient advocate in numerous court cases.
If you’ve been in a car accident or suffered a fall that caused trauma to your neck, call Gentle Touch Chiropractic to schedule an evaluation today by calling (971) 332-5609.