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My name is Jason Dawson and if you have chronic back pain, I'm glad that you've found my blog. After an accident, I suffered with back pain for several years until I started visiting a chiropractor. I could tell a difference in the severity of my back pain after only a few treatments. I continued seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis and today my back pain is gone. When I had excruciating back pain, I couldn't enjoy any physical activities and some days I could barely walk. I'm writing this blog so that I can help others who have back pain. In my blog you'll learn about chiropractors and how they can help you. You'll also learn some things that you can do at home that will lessen the pain in your back.

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Treating A Current Headache From A Car Accident Several Days Ago

by Nandy Dannenberg

You had a minor auto accident a few days ago from which you got a stiff neck and barely a scratch on your car. Now you have severe pain in your neck and shoulders accompanied by a splitting headache. These are typical signs of a whiplash injury, which is your body's delayed reaction to the earlier trauma. Your local chiropractor is trained on managing such injuries in the spine and can help relieve your pain. Here is why the pain was so delayed and how the chiropractor will help you get rid of it.

Your Body Protects Itself

At the time of the accident, your head was forced backward suddenly, then forward again. This created tiny tears in the muscles in your neck and around the top of your spine. The area became inflamed to cushion it from further injury. Your experience of it was that you had a stiff neck.

A few days later, the inflammation went away and you're now feeling the effects of the trauma to your neck. You have pain radiating out from your shoulders and up into your head. The headaches are caused by the tense muscles in your neck irritating nerves that travel into the head. A trip to the chiropractor's office will reduce the muscle tension in the area, and your neck and shoulder pain.

Treating a Whiplash Injury

Chiropractors learn about how the muscles and nerves around your spine react to trauma. Their goals in the treatment of a whiplash injury is to:

  • increase the blood supply in the injured area
  • reduce inflammation in your neck and upper back
  • remove any scar tissue that developed from the tiny muscle tears

Your chiropractor will offer several non-invasive treatment options to get rid of your pain and promote healing in your neck and upper back.

Spinal Adjustment

The chiropractor will examine your spine for the possible misalignment of vertebrae due to the accident. Called a subluxation, this often occurs, but is not exclusive to, the first two vertebrae in your spine. When these vertebrae become misaligned, the muscles and nerves surrounding the spine in that area become inflamed and painful. Once a subluxation is detected, the chiropractor will manipulate your spine to realign the vertebrae to their proper positions, which relieves the tension on the muscles and nerves.

Active Release Technique

The chiropractor feels along your neck and spine for tense muscle groups. They will massage these muscles in the direction of their normal movement. This causes those tense muscles to relax, which reduces inflammation and the pain in your neck and shoulders. If the doctor detects scar tissue during the muscle massage, they will add pressure to break up the scar tissue, which also increases circulation and reduces inflammation.

Myofascial Release Technique

Muscles can become so tense that they create a knot under the skin and generate painful muscle spasms. When the chiropractor finds these muscles, they will place steady pressure on the knot until it relaxes and the spasms stop.

Physical Therapy

Once the muscles in your upper back and neck have relaxed, ongoing physical therapy will keep them from becoming tense while your body is healing from the trauma. You'll do range of motion exercises to slowly stretch the muscles out to their proper lengths and prevent you from developing a stiff neck.