Whiplash Treatment Options
There are a number of whiplash treatment options. Some whiplash treatment options are medically proven while others have gone through limited or no research. Because most whiplash pain is associated with the neck, the main focus will be treatment relating to neck pain and injury.
Acupuncture is a treatment in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points (acupoints) on the body. Acupuncture is said to reduce and relieve neck pain.
Chiropractic care involves the manipulation of the joints. It involves gently moving the affected joint into the direction of the restriction. Also treatment may include gentle stretches to the muscles that have tension so as to relax them. The chiropractor uses finger pressure techniques to trigger points so as to relieve pain. Research shows that this treatment option is very effective when used with exercise or physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy uses a number of physical techniques to help restore movement. In the case of whiplash, physiotherapy helps restore a person’s range of movement. It involves various exercises which stretch and restore movement.
A massage is the kneading of muscles in the neck, back or body in order to loosen tightened muscles. This kneading gives relief to neck pain related to a whiplash injury.
Whiplash treatment options: Neck brace/collar
The neck brace or collar is used to give support to the neck. It is normally recommended by doctors. It basically stops one from moving their neck. However, recent research shows that a neck brace should not be worn for long periods as it slows down the healing process of muscles in the neck. In fact, it is said that a neck brace weakens the muscles in the neck when worn for a long period.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS is a machine that applies a mild electric current to the skin. It is said that this current provides relief to nerve strands by preventing the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain and stimulating the body to produce its own painkillers called endorphins. There is limited research into the effectiveness of TENS, but it is said to lessen neck pain.