Whiplash | SF:  Whiplash commonly occurs from a car accident. This occurs when the force of the accident ‘whips’ the head violently from one direction to the other, going farther than normal limits.  This excessive movement results in muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine being overstretched, torn or irritated.  Dr. Smith treats whiplash with a combination of chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue massage therapy, and strengthening exercises at his office in SF.

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Whiplash commonly results from a car accident. This occurs when the force of the accident ‘whips’ the head violently from a forward position to a posterior position but going farther than normal limits allow.  This results in muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine being overstretched, torn or irritated. The soft, cushioning discs that occupy the space between the spinal bones can herniate or rupture.  Symptoms may take hours, days or weeks to appear.

Whiplash may not be a minor injury.  Even though damage to your car may be minimal, whiplash may have caused spinal damage. Frequently, lifelong health problems begin as a whiplash injury that was dismissed as minor at the time.  

Any trauma to the spine can disturb the normal position and motion of the vertebrae, affecting nearby muscles, ligaments and discs. Doctors call these vertebral subluxations. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord so even a small disturbance can have a profoundly adverse effect on the delicate nerve tissue.

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The damage to the nervous system can cause tissue and organ damage throughout the body.  This degenerative chain reaction often results in many underlying health problems and can slowly destroy even good health. Medical doctors treat life threatening emergencies such as bleeding, infections, and broken bones. They are not, however, trained to recognize subtle underlying spinal damage. 

Many patients leave the emergency room with a health problem that will only grow worse with time. Health conditions seemingly unrelated to the back can often begin with nervous system impairment involving the spine. 

Treatment will vary depending to the severity of your condition. A series of adjustments will most likely be performed. 

Adjusting styles range in force and intensity from very gentle to very vigorous.  An adjustment is a precisely applied force to an area to help restore balance to the spine and relieve pain and stiffness. Other therapies may be recommended to help relax or strengthen the muscles or to reduce swelling. Ice and heat therapies, massage, traction or trigger point therapies may be utilized. Healing often also requires lifestyle modifications such as the reduction of stress or dietary changes.