Whiplash is an injury that results from a violent jerking motion associated with the neck. Although commonly associated with automobile accidents, whiplash can be caused by a fall or any other type of activity that causes the head to jerk violently from one direction to another. If a person braces themselves for the fall or the impact, the tightened muscles can actually be injured more severely than if they are in a relaxed state. A chiropractic adjustment can help to restore balance to the neck and upper portion of the spine improving blood flow and relieving the pain and inflammation associated with the injury.
Chiropractic adjustments relieve stress by maintaining structural balance and releasing the tensions that often gets trapped in the muscles. Stress that affects the neck muscles can cause tension headaches and migraines. If the stress is severe enough to cause inflammation, it can also cut off the circulation to the arms and hands, resulting in numbness and tingling. If left untreated, the stress can eventually build to the point where the muscles become stiff and sore even if they are not being used for exercise or activity. Chiropractic adjustments work to relieve the stress and tension, releasing the toxins that build up within the muscles causing pain and inflammation. Restoring blood flow hastens the healing process and helps to strengthen the tissues in the neck and shoulders.
Herniated discs can occur anywhere along the spine, even in the cervical vertebrae. Blunt force trauma to the head, slip and fall accidents, auto accident injuries, and other types of trauma to the neck can cause herniated discs. When a herniated disc occurs in the neck, spinal decompression may be able to relieve some of the pressure. Chiropractic adjustments will also be beneficial because they help to restore both form and function to the musculoskeletal system in the cervical and thoracic sections of the spine. A herniated disc in the neck can also be caused by a degenerative bone condition that begins to break down the vertebrae and the connective tissue.
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