A lot of people who experience frequent neck and back pain do not know about the benefits of chiropractic services. It is not a well known that one of the services received in a chiropractic office is soft tissue healing. For example, if you have had a whiplash from a car accident injury, the muscles in your neck are in spasm. They may feel more numb than anything, and very stiff. You may have pulled ligaments in your spine, and suffering from headaches.
Soon after a whiplash or lower back injury, any numbness wears off and the pain starts. Or you may have just had lots of pain. People feel it differently, but everyone wants relief.
Whether you tell your chiropractor that you had an accident or (very common) “I just woke up and realized I could hardly move” – you will get a full exam to determine just for one example, your ranges of motion – or how much you can still move.
Muscle weaknesses can also be determined. X-rays will often be taken to make sure there are no hair line fractures or other conditions that are unknown.
Many chiropractors use hot packs to relax your muscles. Then they’ll do some tension release, or myofascial release on the sore areas, as much as you can take, each visit. Also they will administer some manual traction, or stretching that will add to the relief and return your range of motion, gradually.
You will probably be advised to use ice packs at home. Heat will increase inflammation, and ice will diminish it. If you use ice you will feel pain relief. The ice draws circulation to the injured soft tissues and helps generate healing.
The faster after an injury you get treatment, the less scar tissue will end up forming in your muscles, ligaments and tendons. Scar tissue is tough and non-elastic, so it is better to prevent a build up if possible.
It is quite amazing how long a whiplash injury can affect your daily activities. But proper treatment can help you to recover about 80%-85% of your former condition. After an injury, take advantage, as soon as possible, of your local chiropractic services.
This article was originally published on Ezinearticles.