Yes, you can take your child to a chiropractor. My name is Anna, and I work for a chiropractic medical office. Some people believe that children are not good candidates for chiropractic services because they are still growing. This is simply not true. Kids' bodies experience the same kinds of stress and pressure as adults' bodies do, and they can also benefit from the attention a chiropractor can give. This is especially true for children who participate in sports and other physically demanding activities. This blog will help you understand what a chiropractor can do for your child and why you should make an appointment to see one.
Whiplash symptoms usually resolve within a week or two, but sometimes they can linger for months after a car accident or other incident that jars the neck. If you're suffering from whiplash symptoms that just don't seem to want to go away, here's a closer look at why that might be – and what you can do about it.
What is whiplash?
"Whiplash" is a general term that refers to most any strain or soreness in the neck after a traumatic movement or accident. In more minor cases, the strain only affects the muscles, so the soreness goes away rather quickly. Other times the connective tissues, like tendons and ligaments, also become strained. This is when whiplash tends to last longer – weeks instead of days. But still, there's another element that comes into play when patients suffer from long-lasting whiplash symptoms that linger for months.
Why does whiplash sometimes last for months?
When the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your neck are injured, they often tighten up. This tightness causes a pulling effect, which may pull the vertebrae in your neck out of place. The vertebrae then pull on other tissues, causing a sort of cyclical effect that has you trapped in ongoing neck soreness. No matter how many pain killers you take and how much ice you apply, the soreness never quite goes away because you're not addressing what is now the root of the problem – misaligned vertebrae.
How can you deal with lingering whiplash symptoms?
Icing, resting your neck, and stretching may help a little, but what you really need to do is visit the chiropractor. They can adjust the vertebrae in your neck, putting them back into place so they stop pulling on the muscles and tendons in your neck. Once your vertebrae are back into place, the sore tissues will get a chance to finally heal. Many patients feel a lot better as soon as they have their necks adjusted, and then they continue to improve over the next week or two as the soft tissues in their necks heal. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to return to the chiropractor for a few treatments before your symptoms go away completely. Your chiropractor should be able to evaluate the severity of your injury the first time you visit and then give you an idea of the way your treatment will proceed in the coming weeks.
If you're still suffering from whiplash symptoms months after an accident, those symptoms are probably not going to go away on their own. You need to get to the root of the problem – misaligned vertebrae – to experience relief. Talk to a chiropractor about receiving a chiropractic adjustment for your whiplash.