You’ve been rear-ended in a traffic collision, and now there’s a sharp pain in your neck. That’s probably whiplash, and finding the right treatment is key. With a specialty in sports rehab, myofascial release, auto accidents and work-related injury prevention, Dr. Max Lippman at Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy in the Danville, California, area is the one to contact to find a safe treatment that will alleviate the pain.
Whiplash is an injury that affects your neck and spine, causing joint misalignment and muscle spasming. Whiplash occurs when your head and neck are put through a rapid back-and-forth motion. It’s very common in rear-end traffic accidents. Other causes are:
The main symptom of whiplash is neck pain, and that pain can vary from a minor pins-and-needles feeling to excruciating pain. You may experience other symptoms, which can start within 24 hours of the injury, such as:
Every case of whiplash is different, so your treatment won’t be the same as someone else’s. Dr. Lippman and the other certified staff at Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy can manipulate your spine through short thrusts and slower movements, gently moving the affected joint to help create mobility and promote healing.
Any trauma, including whiplash, can cause your joint to misalign, which in turn causes the muscles attached to the area to spasm. As time goes by with your muscles in spasm, scar tissue builds up. In response, you change your movement patterns, which leads to more pain and muscle degeneration.
Dr. Lippman’s advice is to get the joint moving and aligned. With specialized massage and myofascial release, he’ll reduce your muscle spasm without using any drugs or medications. This adjustment allows your muscles to relax. In order to restore your proper neck motion, he’ll recommend exercise to help your brain to reconnect with the joint and muscles.
Eventually, Dr. Lippman’s treatment reduces your pain and inflammation. Once the therapy restores your normal movement, your entire body function improves, from the spine to the extremities to the organs that are connected to the nerves coming from your spine.
Your whiplash pain diminishes even more through Plaza Chiropractic’s massage therapy, which reduces pain by soothing muscle tensions and spasms. Our massage therapy also increases blood flow, which promotes healing.