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Whiplash and Posture: How Chiropractors Help

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the common effects on posture that can take place due to whiplash injuries in a car accident. Whiplash can weaken the muscles in the back and neck, making it harder for them to maintain vital posture – leading to pain, discomfort and even long-term posture alterations that are not ideal. 

At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re here to help. We provide the best car accident and whiplash treatments you’ll find around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, including help with posture and related areas. Today’s part two of our series will look into some of the approaches and techniques our chiropractors may apply to help analyze and optimize posture following a whiplash injury of any kind. 

Postural Analysis

During your first visit to Peterson Chiropractic, our chiropractors will conduct a postural analysis. This helps us to get an accurate picture of the posture as it is before treatment begins. We’ll use this baseline to measure progress and ensure that any treatments have been effective and successful during the recovery process. 

During this analysis, we’ll also ask you some basic questions about your lifestyle and diet to get a better understanding of how these can also contribute to posture issues. And of course, we’ll get the details on your accident and how whiplash has impacted your posture. 

Tests or Exams

Depending on the severity of the whiplash injury, our chiropractors may need to do some more tests or exams. This could include a neurological exam or X-rays to help us get an even clearer picture of the issues at hand. 

In other cases, this may just mean a manual examination where our chiropractors check various joints and ligaments to measure range of motion, flexibility, and so on. This helps us understand what parts of the body are most impacted by the accident and need more attention during treatment. 

Spinal Adjustments

From here, we can start to create a specific treatment plan tailored to your needs, including spinal adjustments where necessary. Many patients find that these manual adjustments can help with posture and pain relief. In the long term, they also help to reduce inflammation and promote healing in the damaged areas of the body – all vital for restoring optimal posture. 

During these adjustments, we’ll be working to restore health to the affected tissues and help the spine to re-align as much as possible. Techniques may range from gentle massage to more intensive spinal manipulation, depending on the condition of the patient. 

Stretching and Exercise

Once we’ve performed an initial assessment and put together a treatment plan, it’s time to start addressing posture issues with stretching and exercise. We’ll prescribe specific exercises that are designed to help build strength in weakened muscles, as well as stretches to keep the spine and affected regions flexible. These exercises will help to keep the body in a more natural and healthy posture, promoting recovery and making it easier for the patient to manage pain levels and maintain good posture over time.

At Peterson Chiropractic, we understand that whiplash injuries can have serious impacts on your posture – but you don’t have to suffer in silence. Our experienced team is here to help and can provide the best whiplash treatments available in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information on our approach or to book your initial appointment, get in touch with us today!

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Peterson Chiropractic is led by Doctor Bradley Peterson, who grew up in Davis County and attended the University of Utah.