Approximately 3 million whiplash injuries are reported each year due primarily due to car crashes. About 30% of that number develop chronic pain as a result and a further 30% become disabled due to chronic neck pain. Joint manipulation and muscle therapy helps reduce the long term effects of whiplash and reduce swelling in the area. The end result is that your body will have fewer muscular adhesions and better range of motion. Once the joint has been successfully restored to its normal range of motion, the area may also need strengthening, which your chiropractic physician can discuss with you at the appropriate phase of your treatment plan.