WHIPLASH

What causes whiplash pain?

Spinal manipulation, the primary whiplash treatment for joint dysfunction, has the chiropractor gently moving the involved joint into the direction in which it is restricted.

Also known as a chiropractic adjustment, spinal manipulation may involve the application of a short thrust in that direction. In many cases, instead of a thrust, a slow mobilizing movement is used by Dr. Quintana.

The primary whiplash treatment is muscle relaxation and/or stimulation, which consists of gentle stretches to the area with excessive tension, or repeated contractions of the muscle that is inhibited.

If the muscle is very tight, a more vigorous stretch may be applied by Dr. Quintana. Gentle finger pressure techniques may be applied to trigger points in order to relieve the pain associated with the tight muscles.

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