Whiplash is a common auto accident injury sustained when you are hit from behind or directly in front. It occurs when your head whips backward and forward rapidly without warning. Your neck muscles and ligaments get stretched, and you can end up with significant pain almost immediately. Even if you don't feel the effects of whiplash right away, tightness and headaches can settle in after a day or two. If you are diagnosed with whiplash, a chiropractor can use a variety of techniques to get you started on the path to healing.
Chiropractic care involves the re-alignment of your joints, muscles, and bones. Your body can get out of alignment just from doing daily activities. With time, your spine can compress, which can give you lower back pain. Pain from sitting in a single position all day can cause issues to your upper back and neck, and being on your feet or walking can lead to issues with your hips getting out of alignment.
If you have a herniated disc, your back pain may be caused when the bulging disc presses against a nerve in your spine. It might be possible to get some relief by positioning yourself a certain way on pillows, but spinal decompression therapy could be a better option if your chiropractor agrees.
You'll need an evaluation of your condition first, and if spinal decompression therapy is right for your herniated disc, you might need to undergo a series of treatments.