How Chiropractic Care from Life Chiropractic Grass Valley  Successfully Treats Whiplash

You’re sitting at a red light, listening to the radio, waiting for the light to turn green. All of a sudden your vehicle is rear-ended. Your head is quickly and violently slammed backward and then forward. You feel shooting pain throughout your neck and shoulder, running up into the back of your head. Over the next few days, your pain worsens and your neck stiffens. You can’t turn your head, you’re struggling to sleep at night, and doing daily activities just isn’t possible anymore. You’re suffering from whiplash.


None of your at-home treatment is working. Ice and heat therapy isn’t loosening up the muscles. Over-the-counter pain medication isn’t reducing the swelling or associated pain. You need a better solution. You stumble upon chiropractic care at Life Chiropractic Grass Valley, a popular treatment method for whiplash, and decide to give it a try. Within a few visits, Dr. Bill Berkowitz, your chiropractor, has helped treat your whiplash, reduced your pain, and restored your range of motion.


Whiplash is a common problem in the United States with over 3 million people suffering from the condition every year, with 300,000 individuals becoming disabled due to the associated pain. Most cases of whiplash improve within three months by just following at-home care recommendations. However, roughly 25 percent of whiplash patients report symptoms for up to a year.

While whiplash is most commonly caused by auto accidents, it can also be the result of sports injuries, falling accidents, and physical abuse. 

Common symptoms include:

  •  Neck pain and stiffness
  •  Worsening of pain with neck movement
  •  Loss of range of motion in the neck
  •  Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  •  Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, and/or arms
  •  Tingling or numbness in the arms
  •  Fatigue
  •  Dizziness

Less common symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

Chiropractic Care for Whiplash

Chiropractic care from Life Chiropractic Grass Valley and Dr. Bill Berkowitz is a particularly effective treatment for whiplash because it is able to reduce inflammation surrounding the affected muscles and ligaments. Additionally, it restores neck and shoulder mobility. When visiting Life Chiropractic Grass Valley for whiplash concerns, Dr. Berkowitz will conduct a full examination of your spine to ensure that no other damage or issues exist in other parts of the body. This may include the need for x-rays or possibly an MRI.

That 11 lb Weight on Your Neck Causes the Injury

Traditionally, when a whiplash injury occurs, the soft tissue of the cervical spine is subjected to both hyperextension and hyperflexion leading to intense inflammation. To address whiplash, Dr. Bill Berkowitz typically has a multi-staged approach to heal the tissue — starting with gentle adjustments to improve motion and stimulate healing. This improved blood flow is critical to reducing the swelling and stiffness in the cervical joints.

Here at Life Chiropractic Grass Valley, every whiplash patient is treated with a custom plan tailored to their specific case. No two patient cases are the same, meaning that the course of treatment should fit what works best for that individual. Often, some form of spinal manipulation is recommended by Dr. Bill Berkowitz to help heal and restore the spine’s alignment and relax the surrounding tissues.

Specific whiplash treatment techniques might include:

  • Instrument-assisted Adjustments: This technique is another non-thrusting technique that chiropractors often use. Using a specialized hand-held instrument, Dr. Berkowitz applies force without thrusting into the spine. This approa
  • Specific Spinal Adjustments: Dr. Berkowitz identifies spinal joints that are restricted or show abnormal motion. Using this technique, he will help restore motion to the joint with a gentle thrusting technique. This gentle thrusting stretches soft tissue and stimulates the nervous system to restore normal motion to the spine.
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy: Dr. Berkowitz may use a very gentle vibratory instrument to treat injured soft tissues. This technique involves performing gentle vibration with the  instrument to relax spasm and increase blood flow.
  • Trigger point therapy: Dr. Berkowitz may put direct pressure (using his fingers) on these specific points in the area to alleviate muscle tension.
  • Specific Corrective Exercises: to help restore motions and heal the injured soft tissue with more functional scar tissue. 

 Ultimately, chiropractic care from Life Chiropractic Grass Valley and Dr. Bill Berkowitz is able to more effectively treat and care for whiplash injuries than traditional care as it focuses on addressing the root cause of the injury. By restoring proper joint alignment, reducing inflammation, and relaxing muscle posture, whiplash patients are able to improve their condition at a faster rate, with long-term success.

Grass Valley’s Best Whiplash Chiropractor

Dr. Bill Berkowitz at Life Chiropractic Grass Valley has treated numerous individuals who have experienced whiplash in the Grass Valley area. If you have been a victim of a car accident, or another incident that has resulted in whiplash, Dr. Bill Berkowitz and our team encourage you to get in touch with Life Chiropractic Grass Valley to receive a full assessment of your health following the incident. Contact us today to help protect your physical and emotional health moving forward.

About Dr. Berkowitz  

Bringing more than 3 decades of practice experience, Dr. Bill Berkowitz focuses on balancing and corrective care, applying his expertise to provide patients with predictable, repeatable and measurable results.

Dr. Bill consistently strives to enhance the well-being of his patients by addressing the root imbalances of their problems and promoting optimal balance, alignment, and function of the spine and nervous system.  

Bill’s wealth of knowledge and experience has allowed him to develop a nuanced understanding of the human body and its intricate connections. With each adjustment, he supports the body in returning to a state of balance that goes beyond mere symptom relief, focusing instead on long-term correction for his patients’ well-being. 

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